Jordan and Foreman lead Vaux to victory

Sunday's Kyle Lowry FamJuice Tip-Off Classic tipped off with a battle between one of Philadelphia's most talent-rich squads and one of Delaware's. Senior point guard Rysheed Jordan paced Vaux (PA) with 22 points en route to an impressive 66-61 win over St. Andrew's (DE).

Rysheed Jordan's 22 points led the way for Vaux. The 6'4 point guard had his full arsenal on display on Sunday afternoon. Jordan's crossover is lethal, and his athleticism off the bounce is among the best in the nation in the senior class. Rysheed is down to three schools: Temple, UCLA, and Saint John's. Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was in the house taking in the day's action as was Saint John's assistant coach Tony Chiles. Both had their eyes squarely on Mr. Jordan.

Rysheed has a new backcourt-mate at Vaux in 2015 point guard Sam Foreman. Foreman, a 5'11 jet, played his freshman year at The Haverford School last year, and is now enrolled at Vaux. Sammy had 17 yesterday and is a terrific compliment to Rysheed. The two form one of the better backcourts in the region.

Saint Andrew's was a late addition to Sunday's event, taking the place of Friends' Central. Saint Andrew's, coached by former Saint Joseph's standout Terrell Myers, is all about the one-two punch of juniors Austin Tilghman and Ben Bentil.

Tilghman, a 6'1 point guard, played a strong overall floor game on Sunday, scoring 25 points and collecting MVP honors for his team. Tilghman scored in a variety of ways. At 6'1, he may not have the size of a player like Rysheed Jordan, and he certainly doesn't possess that same level of footspeed or athleticism. However, he played a crafty game yesterday. He was able to score going at the rim, where he uses his terrific strength to absorb contact. Austin also had at least three perfectly thrown alley-oop balls thrown to Ben Bentil.

Bentil, a 6'8 power forward, is a four-star recruit, and the #8 ranked power forward in the class of 2014 according to Scout. Ben had 25 points in the losing effort, along with, by my count, 15 rebounds. A long, athletic, chiseled forward, the native of Ghana showed off some versatility Sunday. At times, Ben brought the ball up the court, where he was able to really see the floor well at his size. Ben also demonstrated impressive vision, throwing some nice passes both out of the post and on the perimeter. Although he possesses terrific athleticism, Ben did miss several buckets in close where he either took off or landed a bit awkwardly. His upside, due to his motor, his toughness, his size, and his developing skill set, is through the roof however.

In addition to Temple and Saint John's, a number of other schools were also in attendance. Drexel had two assistants in the building. Syracuse was also present with an assistant. Saint Joseph's had head coach Phil Martelli and assistant Geoff Arnold courtside.

The Hawks are actively involved in the recruitment of both Ben Bentil and Austin Tilghman. Austin and Ben, along with coach Terrell Myers, attended the Hawks' blowout win over Harvard earlier this season. Both trekked to Hawk Hill last year as well.

Vaux, with the Rysheed Jordan and Sammy Foreman, and St. Andrew's, with Ben Bentil and Austin Tilghman, have two of the better one-two punches in the tri-state area. Although still early in the season, both squads were impressive yesterday. In the end, Vaux got the best of St. Andrew's, but both teams look primed for strong seasons.

Hawk Hill Hardwood Top Stories