Sophomore standouts at All-City Classic

Sunday's All-City Classic game between Philadelphia and New York, held at Ben Franklin High, featured a number of future college stars. The sophomore game gave fans and media in attendance a glimpse at the future. Archbishop Carroll forward Derrick Jones (pictured) was one of the afternoon's most impressive players.

Derrick Jones- Jones is a lanky 6'6-6'7 forward from Philadelphia's Archbishop Carroll. Over the summer, Derrick was terrific on the AAU circuit, running with We R-1. On Sunday afternoon, he provided two of the day's highlights. In a game filled with athletes, there wasn't a better one on the court than Jones. Derrick had a monster two-handed put-back dunk as well as an alley-oop that saw him rise way above the rim. The most impressive thing about Jones on Sunday, however, was his willingness to battle in the post. Despite being on the thin side, he did battle in the post all game long with 6'10 Jesse Govan, who already possesses a nearly college-ready body. Saint Joseph's has already offered the Archbishop Carroll forward who just emanates upside. At the moment, Scout has Derrick ranked as the number 7 small forward nationally in his class. While still extremely early in the process, Derrick Jones has already emerged as a big-time forward prospect at the high-major level. He not only possesses elite athleticism, but plays with a solid motor and has a willingness to mix it up inside.

Sam Foreman- Foreman, a 5'10-5'11 guard from The Haverford School, took home MVP honors for the Philly squad on Sunday, scoring, by my count, 19 points in the winning effort. Sammy is at his best slashing to the basket, which he did all game long. On the smaller side, Foreman has very good body control at the rim and is unafraid to drive the ball among the trees. He also got to the free-throw line where he, and all the Philly team for that matter, did a terrific job knocking them down. While most of his points came at the rim, Sam also hit a pull-up 17 footer in the first half to get himself going.

Lamarr Kimble- Year in and year out, Neumann-Goretti throws guard after guard at you, and sophomore Lamarr Kimble appears to be next in line at the South Philly school. Right around 5'11, Lamarr has a solid build and has a unique feel for the game. While they are right around the same size and in the same class, Lamarr and Sam Foreman have very different games. While Sam will drive right past you, Lamarr has some shiftiness to his game and also has a nice touch from deep. While he doesn't have blazing speed to go right past you, Lamarr is very clever with the ball, and showed that on a pretty baseline drive in this one. He also hit a mid-range pull-up and knocked down an open three. Kimble is another 2015 recruit firmly on the radar of the city schools. Saint Joseph's assistant coach Geoff Arnold was at Neumann-Goretti in September, likely to check out the talented sophomore guard.

Traci Carter-Last week, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Traci Carter, a sophomore this year at Roman Catholic. Among other things, Carter explained how he was looking to fit in at Roman this year alongside Shep Garner, Britton Lee, and the rest of the Cahillites. Well, on Sunday, Carter didn't exactly fit in; he stood out. Traci plays the game with a justified confidence. He opened the game up with a steal and lay-in and didn't stop there. Traci has great form on his jumper and knocked down two threes in this one. He got to the line and hit his free-throws. He also showed terrific court vision on the break, throwing a pretty bounce pass to teammate Sammy Foreman for the bucket. The class of 2015 in Philadelphia is loaded with high-major caliber guards, and Traci is another. Last week, he told me that "Penn State, St. Joe's, Xavier, and Seton Hall" have already been in contact. Roman coach Chris McNesby also informed me that St. Joe's and Penn State were among the schools in recently to check out both Traci and his 2014 teammate Shep Garner.

Chris Clover- St. Joe's Prep has another quality guard coming up the ranks in Clover, a 6'3-6'4 wing guard. In a game highlighted by high-flying dunks and buckets on the break, Clover made his mark, and made people take notice, with his fundamentally sound approach to the game. That's not to say that Chris doesn't possess athleticism, because he does. However, what made me pay attention Sunday was his willingness to sacrifice his body and take a charge. He also had a beautiful ball-fake in the second half that got his defender airborne, allowing him to drive, score the bucket, and hit the following free throw. Clover wasn't one of the biggest-name guards in this one, but he was really impressive. While The Prep is headlined by seniors Steve Vasturia and Miles Overton, sophomore Chris Clover looks to be next in line for Speedy Morris.

Levan Alston- The final player we will take a look at is Levan Alston, who, like Sam Foreman and Eric Anderson attends The Haverford School. Alston is a lanky 6'3 wing guard who put together a strong outing Sunday. This was my fourth or fifth time seeing Alston, and he once again caught my eye. Despite being pencil-thin, Alston excelled going toward the rim. He is shifty with the ball and wants to push the tempo. Defensively, he has a knack for getting in the way of passing lanes, and he handles the ball well on the break. Another thing worth noting about Alston is the fact that he truly seems to love the game. He constantly has a smile on his face on the court, and that enthusiasm translates into his play. The Haverford School has a point guard in Sam Foreman, a two-guard in Levan Alston, and a wing in Eric Anderson that are enough to give just about any team in the area a headache. Levan Alston is already drawing local interest. He certainly seems like a player that, at the least, La Salle, Drexel, Penn, and St, Joe's should be monitoring closely.

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