Bembry's 21 in season opener not enough

On Friday evening, high school basketball tipped off in the great state of New Jersey. At Kean University, Roselle Catholic took down The Patrick School 62-55 behind a terrific 19-point performance from sophomore shooting guard Malachi Richardson. Hawk Hill Hardwood takes a look at the performances of Richardson, DeAndre Bembry, Tyler Roberson, and Hakim Saintil inside.

DeAndre Bembry- The 6'6 swingman, who had his commitment to Saint Joseph's made official this week, was the main cog for The Patrick School. Bembry tallied 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. Behind his strong play, The Patrick School turned what looked like a blowout into a competitive game down the stretch. Bembry finished with 21 points, and by my count, 7 rebounds. He spent the game matched up with senior Syracuse commit Tyler Roberson and elite sophomore shooting guard Malachi Richardson.

Bembry opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a pull-up 17-footer off the bounce. His only other bucket in the first half came on an end-to-end drive that he punctuated with a highlight-reel jam. DeAndre grabbed the defensive rebound and drove the length of the court before throwing it down from a step inside the free-throw line.

In the second half, he really got going. He had another steal and dunk, followed by another steal and layin. After his opening shot from the perimeter, DeAndre did the rest of his damage either in transition or in the paint. He showed an ability to score off the dribble, going at the rim, and off the offensive glass. While most of his points came in the paint, that's not to say that Bembry is a post player. He has an ability to play there, and did post up Roberson for a pretty bucket, but most of his baskets came slashing to the rim.

Once again, the thing that stuck out the most about DeAndre was his intensity, motor, and businesslike approach to the game. Aside from a few brief stretches, he played all 32 minutes. He dove on the floor for loose balls, took charges, and was willing to mix it up on the interior with the bigger, much more heralded, Tyler Roberson. On Hawk Hill next year, DeAndre will be joining a veteran team. With his ability to play multiple positions, his athleticism, and his intensity, it's hard to picture him not earning playing time next year off the bat. One area for improvement for Bembry is his free throw shooting. On the night, he was 3-8 from the charity stripe.

Tyler Roberson- Roberson, an athletic, long 6'8 combo forward for Roselle Catholic, recently announced that he would be a member of Syracuse's strong 2013 recruiting class. On Friday night, he had 12 points and, by my count, 9 rebounds. Roberson also altered and blocked a number of shots on the defensive end. Like Bembry, most of his damage was done around the basket and at the line. Roberson is crafty around the basket, as he demonstrated in the first half with a pretty spin and finish along the baseline.

Malachi Richardson- To say that the future is bright for this 6'5 sophomore shooting guard from Roselle Catholic would be a major understatement. Malachi has everything high major programs look for in the backcourt. He has terrific size at the 2, great length, plenty of bounce, and plays with fire. The range on his jumper extends well beyond the three-point line, and he is capable of beating his man off the bounce. Indiana is the most recent offer for Richardson. He scored in a plethora of ways Friday, and finished with a team-high 19 points. When it's all said and done, look for him to be one of the most sought-after recruits in 2015.

Hakim Saintil- Saintil, a 5'11 point guard for Roselle Catholic, is one of the better unsigned guards in the Garden State. He turned in a solid performance on Friday night for Roselle Catholic, finishing with 12 points. On the smaller size, Saintil is a very good athlete, capable of finishing at or above the rim. His body is slight, but his speed allows him to create off the bounce for himself and others. The most impressive aspect of his game Friday was his shooting, as he canned three threes. Mid to high major programs have expressed interest in the New Jersey native. Saint Joseph's is likely looking for a guard in 2013. It will be interesting to see if they look to get involved with Saintil, who has the look of a guy who could likely give you some productive minutes at the A10 level with some added bulk.

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