April 4th Donofrio Recap

On Wednesday evening, the Donofrio Classic rolled on, with two games. Hawk Hill Hardwood was on hand to watch the action. Ryan Arcidiacono, Khyree Wooten, Donovon Jack, and Jamal Nwanameika were among the standout performers.

The evening's first game paired up the Hunting Park Warriors with the Keystone Blazers. For the Blazers, the biggest name in the action was senior forward Donovon Jack. Jack did not disappoint either, putting together a strong showing. In all-star game settings like this, big men often tend to get lost. That was not the case with Jack, who was active on the glass and showed a variety of post moves.

The lefty showed an ability to score over both shoulders in the post. At right around 6'9, Jack already possesses a college-ready body. Exactly what college he suits up for could be up in the air, as Jack signed an LOI at Duquesne. With the recent firing of Ron Everhart, it remains to be seen whether Donovon officially reopens things, and if so, what schools look to get involved. Saint Joseph's was one of the finalists the first time around for the senior forward.

On the other side, for Hunting Park, the name of interest for Saint Joseph's fans was 2013 power forward Jai Williams. Williams, a 6'9 power forward from Philadelphia Electric and Technology, holds an offer from Saint Joseph's. Williams is an imposing figure from a physical standpoint, every bit as tall as Donovon Jack, with an even wider frame.

Jai was very quiet in this one, with his only two points coming on a two-handed dunk. Jai has the appearance of a space-eating post player at the college level, but needs to continue to improve his conditioning and overall feel for the game. He had very limited touches here, and was in and out of the game with foul trouble. It is easy to see why Williams is getting significant Division 1 attention, due to his body. In order for him to maximize that, there are areas where he will have to continue to improve.

The most impressive prospect on the Hunting Park team was 2012 Imhotep (PA) guard Khyree Wooten. There are few, if any, more electric athletes in the Philadelphia area than Wooten. Wooten had the dunk of the night in this one, taking off baseline and throwing it down with his off-hand. In addition to his ability to finish at, and above, the rim, Wooten also showed off a strong mid-range game. Not known for his jumper, Khyree also hit a number of threes. Wooten still remains unsigned at this point, and is certainly a prospect for mid-major schools to pursue this spring.

Despite being down 15 points early, the Blazers were simply too much down the stretch for Hunting Park, with Donovon Jack getting lots of help from senior guards Dinjyl Walker and Tahjere McCall, both of whom really impressed.

The headliner in the second game was, without question, 2012 Villanova commit Ryan Arcidiacono. This was Ryan's first competitive game in over 11 months, but you never would have guessed it watching him on Wednesday. Suiting up for the Bucks All-Stars, Ryan was watched by former Bucks All-Star, and current Villanova guard, Darrun Hilliard. Ryan's strength, quickness, vision, and shooting ability were all on display in this one. There are few tougher, more physical guards in the country in the senior class. Villanova is getting a very good one, and one that will be counted on to play and produce quite a bit as a freshman next year.

While Arcidiacono was clearly the best player of the night, that second game featured in excess of ten Division 1 players. 2012 Rider commit Jamal Nwanameika was extremely impressive for DeStefano's Electric. Jamal knocked down threes from NBA range, got into the lane, grabbed offensive boards and scored off the glass. In the first half alone, Jamal had at least 15 points by my unofficial tally. Over recent years, Rider has done a tremendous job recruiting the Philadelphia area, and Nwanameika looks like he could be next in line.

Lower Merion junior wing B.J. Johnson also suited up for DeStefano's in this one. Johnson is a fluid player offensively, and a very good athlete. In the first half, Johnson thundered home a one-handed dunk over a defender on the break. He also showed off his smooth stroke from the perimeter, hitting three mid to long range jumpers in the first half. Saint Joseph's is one of many schools tracking Johnson, and the Hawks have gone so far as to extend an offer his way.

Other impressive players in this one were Bucknell commit Matt Banas and Vermont commit Brendan Kilpatrick. Bucks County had too much for DeStefano's, so they too, along with the Keystone Blazers, will advance to play in the quarterfinals next week.

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