Diamonds in the Rough

Several dozen NCAA coaches were on hand for the All-Star doubleheader held during the second day of the "Diamonds in the Rough" Exposure Camp at Passaic CC in Paterson (NJ).

In the first game, Norman Simmons (6-5, Blinn TX) netted a pair of threes among his game-high 16 points and Kareem Lloyd (6-7, New Mexico) added 11 points to lead the North All-Stars over the South 54-43. Craig Winder (6-2, Cecil MD) had 9 points for the North while the South got 7 points from Haron Hargrave (5-11, Sullivan NY) and 6 apiece from Miguel Millien (6-8, Trinidad CO), Sheldon Franklin (6-4, transfer from South Florida), Aaron Watson (6-7, Ventura CA), and Malik Haney (5-8, Hostos NY).

The West All-Stars began the second game with a 12-0 run before the East answered with 17 straight points. The game eventually went into overtime and was still tied after the extra session when Jafar Johnson (6-2, Cecil MD) swished a 15-foot jumper in "sudden death" to lift the East to a 42-40 triumph. Victor Akinyangu (6-6, Cecil MD) topped all scorers with 12 points while Johnson and James Clark (6-3, Angelina TX) each contributed 7 points. The West was paced by Donald Hennie (5-10, Hostos NY) with 10 points and Lateef Hicks (6-4, Porterville CA) with 8.

Among the other top players in the camp were Rodney Epperson (6-9, Barton KS) and Jihad Muhammad (5-11, San Jacinto TX).

Some 120 prospects participated in the two-day camp that was conducted by Ahead of the Game and supported by Big Apple Sports and the Littlefield JUCO Report.

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