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December 28, 2001
By Dave Telep
The InsidersHoops.com &
The IrishEyes News Service
Looking to have your spirits lifted after the heartbreaking Notre Dame basketball defeat versus Alabama Thursday? Enjoy this rave review of Irish recruits Chris Quinn and Torin Francis, courtesy of Dave Telep, one of the most respected basketball recruiting analysts in the country.
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Here is Dave Telep's in-person report from The Slam Dunk Tournament in Lewes, Delaware.
Chris Quinn, PG, Dublin Coffman: He led a precision route of a struggling Salem team. He did the simple and the spectacular with the basketball. Great vision at the point, makes good decisions and has range that extends beyond the arc. In a head-to-head matchup with John Gilchrist, distinguished himself well and if a victor needed to be crowned in the matchup, bonus points for Quinn for having 6 assists and zero turnovers. Though he rarely guarded Gilchrist, he made John work at the other end. There was no luck of the Irish in this one, Quinn created his own breaks and scoring opportunities. Great performance.
Torin Francis, C/PF, Tabor Academy: He used a slight height advantage and superior athleticism to win the personal battle with Kevin Bookout. Francis was able to beat him to spots on the floor and finished athletically around the rim. 18 points and 8 boards in the game versus Stroud. The gentle giant is having a very good December and this performance was indicative of his talent level. He's always played well against top competition.
DeAngelo Collins, PF, Inglewood: He played a super game with 23 and 18 in the loss to Rainer Beach. In fact, if he's really considering the NBA option, and everyone here believes he is, then he made himself some cash the past two days.
Nate Robinson, PG, Rainer Beach: There was no bigger star the entire day than Robinson. He made clutch plays and created for himself and others. He's a two-sport star and has major Pac-10 offers for football. He wants to play both in college and will accept a football grant from the school, which promises he can play both sports. Judging by his performance on Thursday, he won't have any trouble finding suitors. Tough, gutsy performance.
Daniel Horton, PG/SG, Cedar Hill: He spearheaded a rout of Archbishop Carroll (DC) by draining five 3s in the first half. Smooth and extremely balanced he's playing for a Slam Dunk championship and hoping to secure a spot on the McDonald's AA team. Speaking of All-American's, how many will make the team from the loaded state of Texas?
JJ Redick, SG, Cave Spring: Before the game he said he was hot and he didn't lie. He scored 29 and connected on 6-of-9 attempts from deep. His final shot, a 30-footer at the buzzer, rimmed out and Cave Spring fell 65-63 to Oxon Hill. Toss in 7 assists and 6 rebounds and have a terrific stat line for one of the nation's finest shooting guards. Cave Spring needs a triple with under a minute to go and twice Redick passed the basketball only to never see it come his way again. Yes, one of his teammates had an open look at a 3 and missed, but they needed to realize that there was plenty of time on the clock to run Redick off a screen and get him a look. Super game from the Duke-bound senior.
Kevin Bookout, PF, Stroud: Yesterday we praised his teammates for getting him the ball down low. Things started that way for him on Thursday, but it seemed as if Stroud got into a perimeter mindset too early could that be because they went down big early? Sure, it could. Regardless, Francis used athleticism and bounce to make catches against him and let's face it, after the carrying the burden yesterday, a 9:30 a.m. game wasn't what the doctor ordered.
John Gilchrist, PG, Salem: There's no doubt he drew the ire of the crowd as they unfairly razzed him the entire game. No, it wasn't vintage Gilchrist and yes, Quinn certainly was the better performer on this day. However, Gilchrist wasn't bad. He scored 31 on 11-for-18 shooting. He grabbed 10 boards and dished out 4 assists. He did have an uncharacteristic 6 turnovers, but hey, he was pretty good getting to the hole. Just because the crowd turns on you doesn't mean you had a bad game.
Wade Dunston, SG, Bullis: That's two days in a row with more than 25 points from Dunston. He needed 23 shots to get 28 points (in contrast Ricardo Soliver needed just 22 attempts for 48 the other day) but hey, he's been consistent with his point performances and he's unsigned.
If it wasn't for Taylor Wheeler drilling 3s, Stroud wouldn't have been able to hang with Tabor Academy as long as it did. Wheeler made five triples in the game and the teams enjoyed a rare early morning hot streak from downtown. They combined for 19 3s in the game. ... Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey's father was in attendance for the Tabor Academy game. ... Tabor plays Archbishop Spalding later in the event, but if you read yesterday you'll understand why we won't be in attendance. (We've seen both of Spalding's losses this year and Mike Glick won't let me in the gym). ... Tabor's Michael Robinson has a decision to make. He's a football recruit at a higher level than basketball. However, hoops is his first love. Penn State, Boston College and Louisiana Tech like him for football and his basketball choices are from smaller Division I programs. ...
Florida assistant Anthony Grant has seen this analyst more than my family during the past two weeks. Maybe we should have exchanged Christmas gifts? ... Roger Bacon junior Monty St. Clair says Miami-OH, Duquesne and Bowling Green have offered him. ... BTW, all of the Bacon kids admitted that they disliked their uniforms very much. ... Sanford head coach Stan Waterman is a former University of Delaware guard. ... Oxon Hill senior Chris Williams whom we mistakenly thought was a junior and for good reason, might be prep school bound next year. We saw him last April with a 15-and-under team at Boo Williams and figured he was an underclassman. Wrong, he's a young senior who isn't happy with his low-major college choices and we hear he's contemplating a prep school move next year. If he does, watch out for Hargrave. ...
Cape Henlopen High, according to the fire code holds 2,100 people. Better count on doubling that for the Lebron James performance on Friday. ... Tom Maier is in his first season at Redondo Union. He replaced the esteemed Jim Neilsen who is now an assistant at Pepperdine. ... Louisville continues to evaluate Ricky Soliver. In the last week, every member of the Louisville staff including Rick Pitino has been out to watch him play. Today, Vince Taylor made the rounds to see him. ...
NBA great Wes Unseld was in the building evaluating players. Supposedly, he caught a little shut-eye during the All Hallows-Redondo Union game. ... Among the dignitaries in the crowd was Charles Oberly III, one of the lawyers on the famous Thomas Capano murder trial made famous by Court TV. Oberly, a Virginia grad, loves his high school hoops... The Stewart Twins were sailing through the skies in Lewes under the radar to start the game versus Inglewood. Until the refs caught wind of it, they were naughty and put on a little dunking exhibition in warm-ups. That's a no-no according to national high school basketball rules.
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