Slam Dunk: Day Two

<b>LEWES, Del. –</b> The nation's No. 1 prospect was on display at the Slam Dunk To The Beach. Dwight Howard nearly posted a triple-double and was far and away the day's top performer.

SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD
Bullis School 69, Cape Henlopen 53
Marriott Charter 84, Heritage Christian 60
Dr. Phillips 68, Amityville 53
St. Augustine 63, Parkland 52
Mount Vernon 68, Hillcrest 48
Mount Zion 50, Champlain St. Lambert 48
Arlington Country Day 53, St. Patrick 37
Southwest Atlanta Christian 68, Timpview 55
Reserve Christian 78, Rainier Beach 61
Westchester 81, Bloomfield Tech 52

2004 Checklist

Dwight Howard, C, SWAC: The main event at the Slam Dunk delivered the goods in front of a packed house. Howard came up one block short of the triple double as he posted 25 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocks. He tossed in 6 deflections, 4 assists and countless intimidations. Though the left-handed hook shot was nice, it was a dunk off a backboard pass from Javaris Crittendon that truly brought down the house.

By the way, as the crowd roared with approval after the play, Howard ran down the other end of the court nearly expressionless. Folks, at this point it's not likely another player goes ahead of him in the draft.

Jason Rich, SG, Dr. Phillips: Steady, solid and even spectacular once, Rich got it done against Amityville. The play of the day was a two-dribble wing drive culminating in a big time jam. Rich shot 11-for-17 to the tune of 27 points. We had him with 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. He filled the stat sheet out in his first game down here.

D.J. White, PF, Hillcrest: Somehow, he went 0-for-5 from the field in the first half. His team has been in a funk recently. White does a nice job of getting position and he doesn't receive nearly as many touches as he should. He finished with 11 and 9 but really played through the frustration.

Keith Benjamin, SG, Mount Vernon: Efficient might be the best buzz word to associate with him. 20 points off 6-for-14 from the field to lead the charge as Vernon dusted Hillcrest.

Olivier Lamoureux, PF, St. Lambert: He looked much better than he did at the War On The Shore. The UMass-bound forward has a great grasp for the game. He hustles and his craftiness in the post will payoff in Amherst.

Chris Miles, PF, Timpview: He had the toughest assignment of the tournament when he drew Howard. To his credit, he battled even after Howard put two fouls on him in the first three minutes. He'll have better days than his 8 points and four rebounds. From a prospect standpoint, he's beginning to fill out his frame and his arms are stronger and that's all you can ask of him.

C.J. Giles, C, Rainier Beach: 15 points and 8 boards for the future Hurricane. He's still coming out of his shell on offense but has some moves and will finish with a jam.

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Brandon Rush, SF, Mount Zion: His 6 points might have been the loudest half dozen in recent memory. He threw down three big time jams. He's possesses a helluva burst to the rim. Right now, he's got a ton of athleticism ala Josh Smith. Also like Smith, he'll need to round out his perimeter game prior to the start of his senior season. Smith did and look where it's taken him! Rush has that kind of talent.

Maurice Joseph, SG, St. Lambert: His big second half was key for his team. He finished with 16 points. He'll be a guy that many high-major programs spend time with in the next few months as he gains more exposure.

David Huertas, SG, Arlington Country Day: He started the game with the cast on his shooting hand. By halftime it was gone and he finished with 14 points. Huertas just got cleared to play today and is still playing with a broken thumb on his shooting hand. Trust us, this guy can stroke it. Forget the 2-for-6 today; he's got a big time stroke.

Marcus Johnson, SF, Westchester: He's picking up in Delaware where he left off in Florida last week. The Comets were never threatened and he led the charge with a game-high 19 points on 9-for-13 from the field.

Anthony Farmer, SG, St. Augustine: Led the charge for the Hermits on Saturday. The knock on him has been his ability to consistently shoot it. Well, he went 3-for-6 from outside the arc for 21 points. He's still got the size of a PG and a SG's game, but he's always been able to score.

Chris Lowe, PG, Mount Vernon: He had four points and the official box had him for just 3 assists so why are we writing about him? Because this kid is a mid-major floor general. He's not a scorer but he's a helluva passer and makes super decisions. Hand him the ball and let him run the team.

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Demond Carter, PG, Reserve Christian: His 21 points paved the way for a win over Rainier Beach. Carter did his damage from the line going 11-for-13 there. On a team that is fairly young, he keeps his composure, runs the offense and of course, just wins.

Jason Bennett, C, Arlington Country Day: The maturation process continues for one of the country's biggest big men. He went for 13 points and 14 rebounds today. The 7-2 big man is making strides on a yearly basis but the process is a gradual one.

Casiem Drummond, C, Bloomfield Tech: The game with Westchester really got out of hand before he was able to get involved. From the tip it became a game of guards and once it got ugly, dumping it to the big man wasn't the first option. When he touched it, he scored: see 14 points on 7-of-9 from the field to go with 14 boards.

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Kevin Branch, SG, Reserve Christian: He didn't look the least bit intimidated by a national team with size. The freshman has a stroke from downtown and he's 6-3 now but he's got one of those frames that looks like he's got more room to grow. High-major all the way.

AROUND THE GYM

LEWES, Del. – Chris Roquemore, the sophomore big man at Heritage Christian opened his recruitment. News on the de-commitment and much more from Saturday's action at the Slam Dunk To The Beach.

News & Notes

Heritage Christian Academy sophomore power forward Chris Roquemore committed to Baylor in the fall. However, he's no longer a Baylor commitment. "I de-committed to Baylor," Roquemore said. "I'm thinking UConn, Texas and Arizona. Texas leads." He said that's he's still considering the Bears among his top five schools. …

Gassaud Dahi of Life Center is the brother of ODU guard Arnaud Dahi; both are from the Ivory Coast. … Russell Springman of Texas and Jerome Tang of Baylor were here to watch Roquemore. … Dr. Phillips was playing a man down Saturday morning. Starting PG Mario Sisinni, the director of their offense, turned his ankle in warm-ups. …

The first coach in the gym on Saturday was Old Dominion assistant Jim Corrigan who arrived before 8 a.m. for an 8:30 tip. … Sources said that Rutgers is making a heavy push for St. Augustine junior guard Anthony Farmer. George Washington and St. Joseph's have also offered. … Missing in action from the Mount Zion lineup was shooting guard Albert Weber

Junior David Huertas of Arlington Country Day is hearing from Arizona, Rhode Island, Providence, Miami, Northeastern, Florida and Florida State. The Huskies and Seminoles had coaches in attendance on Saturday. …

Mount Vernon's Dexter Gray has standing offers from Iona, Siena, Manhattan, Niagara and St. John's. Gray said he's not married to staying close to home. He's awaiting his test score. …

Scout's View

Steve Harley of Marriott Charter had a game-high 26 points. The 5-10 Harley does it with speed and even dunked one today. … Jerome Habel and Anthony Ivory combined for 29 points and 12 rebounds as Marriott scored 52 points in the paint to Heritage's 26. …

Roy Bright led Mount Zion in scoring with 14 points. He had 10 and 5 in the first half and finished with 14 and 6. In scouting Bright it's clear he's one of the best starters in the country as he typically plays the first half with unbelievable energy and effort on the glass. Traditionally, his second halves have been less productive. He expends a ton of energy in the first half of ballgames. …

Undersized PF Richard Hurd of Heritage Christian had 16 and 11 Saturday morning. … St. Augustine asked junior Anthony Farmer to handle the ball more this season and he helps them initiate their offense and looks confident in doing it. … D.J. White does a nice job of "sitting" in the post and presenting himself but his teammates aren't very adept at delivering it to him in a scoring position. …

Though ACD's David Huertas was playing hurt, St. Patrick's didn't care. They really tightened the screws on him early and made it hard to get good looks in the first half. …

Ben Nwachukwu of St. Augustine will forever be remembered as the first recruit of the Joe Jones Administration at Columbia. He had 17 rebounds against a small Parkland squad. … Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes of St. Lambert understands one speed: fast. You can tell that he just doesn't want to slow down. He's a refresher course on shot selection away from turning the corner as a prospect. …

Mount Vernon sophomore PF Jonathan Mitchell is an efficient player. He's got a short and mid-range game. However, when he shoots on the move the rotation on his shot changes but when he has time to get it off, it's a different story and his percentages go up exponentially. …

Talented Bloomfield Tech sophomore Casiem Drummond showed amazing balance for a 6-8 pivot man. In the first half against Westchester he made a pair of short jumpers off balance and made it look easy. … Rainier Beach swingman Terrence Williams struggled in the same fashion his team did. Williams shot it 17 times and made just 4. His selection could have been much better. …

Mount Zion's last possession against St. Lambert was a clear out for Tasheed Carr. The ISU-bound PG drove the lane, made a runner and won the game for the Warriors. But, the Warriors were taken to the wire. With 5 seconds remaining, St. Lambert coach John DeAngelas pulled a page from the playbooks of Cincinnati and Valparaiso and ran the old hook and ladder play for a wide open corner 3 that didn't go down. Great execution and a nice call late. …

The Bloomfield starting backcourt of Courtney Nelson and Da'Shawn Dwight combined for 13 turnovers against the patented Westchester pressure. … Demond Carter of Reserve Christian will have won a ton of basketball games by the time he suits up in college. Carter was the MVP of the small schools state championship as an 8th grader in Louisiana. …


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