Oak Hill 87, St. Patrick's 51 DeMatha 62, St. Anthony's 49 Haddonfield 99, St. Peter's 30 Hun School 62, St. Augustine's 47
Eric Devendorf, SG, Oak Hill: Kept in check for the first half, Devendorf would finish with 15 points including an acrobatic finish to go with 4 assists and 5 rebounds. He shot 7-for-10 from the field and scored 10 in the second half.
Mamadi Diane, SG, DeMatha: His 14 points helped the Stags keep St. Anthony's at bay all night long. Whenever the Stags needed a bucket he seemed to hit an important shot. In a college system, he's going to get his shots and will make his jumpers. He'll be a productive college player at UVa. He's not a takeover the game type of player but he'll contribute.
Kevin Durant (Scout.com No. 2) vs. Derrick Caracter (No. 3): The game was on TV but it wasn't an instant classic. Oak Hill ripped St. Pat's as it got up early and didn't let up. Durant made 10-of-16 from the field and scored 20 points. In contrast, Caracter didn't have double-digits until late in the 4th quarter. The two are extremely different players, didn't guard each other and both finished with 9 rebounds. Durant did his thing and did it well while Caracter couldn't buy a bucket for most of the night.
Tywon Lawson, PG, Oak Hill: Typical Lawson as he went for 20 and handed out 11 dimes officially (thought we had him with 8). The guy produces and like we've said before, he's one of the best in his class at his craft. You can't ask more of a guard than to go 8-for-14 from the floor and keep everyone involved.
Corey Fisher, PG, St. Patrick's: He's got a little Allen Ray in his game though more of point and more athletic. He came out smokin' in the first half before cooling after the break. Early on he really passed the ball extremely well, scored his points and had teammates fighting to catch his assists. He would finish with 6 dimes and the lone chink in Friday's game was 7 turnovers. He's young and he's a stud guard with lots of talent, including an explosion to the rim.
Austin Freeman, SG, DeMatha: He'll likely have better shooting nights but he's a kid who plays within himself, has a body built to absorb contact and is a confident player – especially from mid-range – with his jumper. He's got a nice feel and pace to his game.
Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy was in the house watching Devendorf. … Two of the best freshmen were in the gym on Friday. Korey Lucious is here with Rufus King and plays on Saturday. Tyreke Evans out of Philly was in the building but is not in the tournament. However, Evans knows a good game when he sees one and will head to UConn for the game against UNC this weekend. …
Ahmad Nivins and Sean McCurdy are out with injuries for St. Anthony's and that makes a big difference. … Oak Hill's Kevin Durant is making an unofficial visit of his own on Saturday as he'll watch Syracuse play at Villanova. … David Palmer officially visited Illinois but is no longer considering UI. He does plan on taking spring officials to Southern Cal and Tennessee. …
Sophomore guard Corey Fisher said that Florida, N.C. State, St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers are some programs he likes early in the process and that are recruiting him. … DeMatha's Jeff Allen did not play and had a sleeve on his knee. …
K.C. Rivers went 2-for-2 from downtown for Oak Hill. … Brian Zoubek led his team in rout with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The word on Zoubek is that he continues to improve! …. Future Scarlet Knight Anthony Farmer had 23 in a loss to the Hun School. … Lookout for Jeff Robinson, a future high-major slasher in the Class of 2007 out of St. Pat's. … American landed a solid player in 5-foot-8 (maybe) guard Derrick Mercer out of St. Anthony's. …
One of the best things about Derrick Caracter is that he's a big guy with incredibly soft hands. … Corey Fisher might be more of a point than we originally figured him to be; he's a scorer too.