Beasley in the Bronx

While much basketball attention is currently focused on the 2005 USA Basketball festival in San Diego, there is a big AAU event on the East Coast this weekend. Friday night opened the Rumble in the Bronx with just four games, and here are notes and news on those who excelled and struggled. Included is point guard recruit Bryan Beasley...

Some of the bigger names are missing, but there's still plenty of talent at the Rumble in the Bronx. The first night had four sets of games and a few committed guards shined.


Bryan Beasley, PG, Texas Ambassadors: Quick, gets into the lane and can also shoot it from the outside. Underrated guard who finished with 16 points in a loss to N.Y. Elite in the opener.

Will Harris, SF, N.Y. Elite: Harris' future coach, Brewster Academy's Jason Smith, was fortunate that he missed the first half of the game with Harris spending the majority of his time at the point. Harris was forced to run the show because his teammates showed up late and he didn't fare all that well. Then Harris moved back to the wing and used his strength to overpower defenders inside and helped fuel a second-half comeback in a win against the Texas Ambassadors. Harris, who originally signed with Nebraska, has Big East written all over him.

Salvator Patricio, PG, N.Y. Elite: The Hofstra commit showed up just prior to the end of the first half and put up 23 points in the win. He connected on five trifectas, got to the basket and also distributed the ball.

Niko Scott, G, N.Y. Elite: Another future Brewster Academy player, Scott showed poise and also got into the lane and made things happen for himself and his teammates. Committed to Columbia and likely to remain that way. Just a solid, smart player.

Phil Jones, C, N.Y. Elite: Big body from Philadelphia Lutheran who has good hands and plays hard. Can also step out and knock down mid-range jumpers. Not overly athletic, but was productive on Friday night.

Nic Wise, PG, Texas Ambassadors: The Arizona commit decided to travel with the Ambassadors this weekend instead of going with his high school team to the University of Texas team camp. Wise was solid, but didn't do much. Rarely shot it, but did a nice job getting his teammates involved.

Doug Wiggins, PG, Connecticut Basketball Club: One of the most underrated point guards in the country. Quick, explosive and makes people around him better. Plays hard on both ends. Had a big-time dunk over a 6-8 player from Louisiana Select and also made a trio of 3-pointers in a loss. Terrific get for St. John's.

Dan Werner, F, Jersey Shore Warriors: The N.C. State-commit picked up three quick fouls and was a non-factor in a loss to the N.H. Playerz. He can shoot it from the perimeter, but athleticism and foot speed will need to improve to defend at the ACC level.

Tyler Roche, WF, N.H. Playerz: He's been somewhat one-dimensional in the past – more of a long-distance threat. However, this was the new-and-improved Roche. He put the ball on the floor, posted guys up and mixed it up on the boards. Georgetown and N.C. State are involved – and most recently George Washington. Roche finished with 17 points in a win without making a 3-pointer.

Justin Sofman, SG, Jersey Shore Warriors: His team struggled in the second half, but Sofman was still giving plenty of effort. He's a smart, scrappy kid who has deceptive athleticism and can knock down shots from the perimeter. Rutgers is in the mix for his services.


Leonard Washington, F, Louisiana Select: Call him whatever you want. Power forward. Small forward. The 6-foot-6 rising junior just gets it done. Aggressive and powerful, he also knocked down a 3-pointer in a win against the Connecticut Basketball Club. When he wasn't producing offensively, he was taking charges and rebounding. Finished with 18 points.

Braxton Dupree, PF-C, Baltimore Stars: Big body didn't do much in the first half, but then he sparked a comeback with 12 points after the break. He strong and can bully opponents, but needs to get his body in better shape to become more consistent on both ends of the floor.


Willie Warren, G, Team Texas: This kid is a big-time talent. He showed it in April in the Next Level Tournament and is proving it was no fluke here on the east coast.

COMMITMENT According to sources close to the situation, McDonough (Md.) 6-8 forward Dajuan Summers committed to Georgetown. Summers and his team are not at the Rumble in the Bronx.

NOTES Bryan Beasley, a 6-foot, 178-pound rising senior point guard at Pflugerville High (Texas), has taken an unofficial visit to Texas A&M, but admitted that if he's accepted to Stanford, his recruitment is all but over. "If I get a chance to go and play at a place like Stanford, I'm not going to pass it up," said Beasley, who also mentioned Texas, Rice and N.C. State. … Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) rising 6-1, 185-pound senior point guard Joe Mazzula is taking an official visit on Sunday to West Virginia. His other co-leader is Rhode Island. Mazzula is a pass-first guy and a born leader who needs to become more consistent with his outside shot. … Baltimore Stars rising junior big man Braxton Dupree lists Maryland and Georgetown as his co-leaders with Georgia Tech, Virginia and Louisville in the mix. … Rising junior Melquan Bolding is back with the Albany City Rocks. … Daye Kaba will miss the tournament to rest his knee. … The N.H. Playerz are without Radar Ongoutou due to an injury. … Rakim Sanders didn't make the trip with the Rhode Island Breakers.

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