Donofrio Thoughts: April 11

On Thursday night, The Fellowship House in Conshohocken hosted the quarterfinals of the 2013 Donofrio Classic. Hawk Hill Hardwood checked out the action and has write-ups on Rysheed Jordan, Nana Foulland, Tyler Roberson, Abdul Lewis, and Matt Bullock.

Team Philly got all they could handle from Del-Val DC in the night's first quarterfinal. However, in the end, Team Philly simply had too much Rysheed Jordan, and escaped with a 100-96 win.

The evening's second quarterfinal pitted the New Jersey Roadrunners against Chester County. Roselle Catholic freshman Matt Bullock poured in 23 to lead the Roadrunners to an 80-69 win.

Rysheed Jordan was the night's standout star, but Nana Foulland, Tyler Roberson, Abdul Lewis, and Matt Bullock also stood out.

Rysheed Jordan- On the day that he announced his college decision to the world, Rysheed Jordan showed why he was such a coveted recruit. Steve Lavin's Saint John's squad suddenly got that much better yesterday when the 6'4 Vaux (PA) point guard offered up his verbal commitment. On Thursday night, he was phenomenal. Rysheed has tremendous size and strength at the point guard position, and is near impossible going to the rim. The majority of his 31 points came in the paint or at and above the rim. An electric athlete, Rysheed Jordan was the clear standout star Thursday night. The bright lights at Madison Square Garden await him next year.

Nana Foulland- Foulland is a 6'9 power forward from Berks Catholic (PA), and will be running with Team Final this spring and summer. Foulland is an intriguing prospect due to his size and motor. Nana had 16 points in a loss to the Roadrunners, and certainly had his hands full with Tyler Roberson. That being said, Nana exhibited a soft touch around the basket, including a pretty sky hook. He rebounded well, showing soft hands and a willingness to go right back up with the offensive rebound. At the moment, Nana's recruitment is primarily at the Patriot and CAA level, but both St. Joe's and Temple are also involved with the 6'9 post. Nana's recruitment will be very interesting to follow this summer, as his Team Final AAU program is one that draws plenty of attention on the circuit.

Tyler Roberson- Roberson is a 6'8 combo forward from New Jersey's Roselle Catholic, and one only months away from tripping north to Syracuse, where he will play his college ball. Roberson is more of a power forward, but showed solid ball skills on Thursday. He pushed the ball off the glass, rebounding and leading the break himself. He also knocked down a three from the left wing. Tyler was also able to slash to the basket from the wing. Tyler's length will be a factor in Syracuse's zone next year, and in fact the Roadrunners played a bit of zone defense on Thursday. Syracuse is getting a good one in the New Jersey forward.

Matt Bullock- The biggest surprise for me on Thursday night was Roselle Catholic freshman Matt Bullock. On a team with a number of Division 1 prospects, including an elite level one in Roberson, Matt Bullock stood out. He actually had a game-high 23 points for the Roadrunners in the winning effort. Bullock was deceptively athletic, tough in the paint, and showed some nice perimeter skills as well. It's so early in the process for him in terms of development, but Matt looks like a big-time wing guard in the making. Roselle Catholic loses both Tyler Roberson and Hakim Saintil next year, but their future is bright with Matt Bullock and five-star sophomore Malachi Richardson.

Abdul Lewis- Abdul Lewis is a 6'7 face-up 4 from Newark Eastside (NJ) who ran with the Roadrunners Thursday night. Abdul will also be playing with the Roadrunners this spring and summer. On Thursday night, Abdul displayed a nice stroke from the 15-17 foot range. He also was able to battle on the glass and score around the basket. I saw Abdul last July and came away very impressed. Abdul was offered by George Mason last summer, and this summer will be big for him in terms of his recruitment. At the moment, Abdul needs some seasoning and consistency, but I can see him getting solid mid-major looks with a strong spring and summer.

The semifinals at Donofrio are scheduled for April 15th, with the championship game the following evening.

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