Hoops Recruits Gain Honors

Syracuse's stellar 2007 recruiting class has been receiving great interest recently, with four players named to various post-season All-Star games. The 'Cuse will have representatives at the McDonald's All-American Game, the Jordan All-American game, the Roundball Classic, the Charm City Challenge, and the Nike Hoop Summit. OrangeNation has all the details.

Syracuse's stellar 2007 recruiting class has been receiving great interest recently, with four players named to various post-season All-Star games. The 'Cuse will have representatives at the McDonald's All-American Game, the Jordan All-American game, the Roundball Classic, the Charm City Challenge, and the Nike Hoop Summit. OrangeNation has all the details.

All-Star game info is listed below. Following that, there is information on how Syracuse recruits have fared in postseason play and a story on Donte Greene.

Event:
McDonald's All-American Game
Participants:
Johnny Flynn, Donte Greene
Date:
March 28th, 2007
Location:
Louisville, KY - Freedom Hall
TV:
ESPN

Event:
Jordan Brand All-American Game
Participants:
Donte Greene
Date:
April 21st , 2007, 8 PM
Location:
New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
TV:
ESPN2

Event:
Nike Hoop Summit
Participants:
Johnny Flynn, Donte Greene
Date:
April 7th , 2007
Location:
Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
TV:
Fox Sports

Event:
Roundball Classic
Participants:
Johnny Flynn
Date:
April 3rd , 2007
Location:
Chicago, IL - United Center
TV:
no info

Event:
Charm City Challenge
Participants:
Antonio Jardine, Rick Jackson
Date:
April 1st , 2007
Location:
Baltimore, MD
TV:
no info

Event:
Derby Festival Classic
Participants:
rosters have not been posted
Date:
April 14th, 2007
Location:
Louisville, KY - Freedom Hall
TV:
no info

Update on recruits:

Donte Greene's Towson Catholic Owls won the Baltimore Catholic League Championship last Wednesday evening, beating Mount St. Josephs 70-54. Virginia Tech-bound guard Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 20 points and Greene was named the tournament MVP with a 14 point, 10 rebound showing. The Owls finished the year with a 31-4 overall record and went undefeated in BCL play. Delaney was named the regular season MVP.

Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine's Neumann-Goretti squad lost to Roman 59-56 in the Championship game of the Philadelphia Catholic League. Roman finished the game with an 18-4 run to overcome a late 10 point deficit. Pittsburgh-bound guard Bard Wannamaker scored 8of his 17 points in the last seven minutes to seal the win for Roman. Rick Jackson was superb with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots. Jardine chipped in 7 points and 11 assists. Jackson's 18 rebounds were only 2 shy of the championship record. Jardine finished the season near the top of the PCL league in scoring at 19.1 ppg.

Johnny Flynn's Niagara Fall's team was upset by Sweet Home in the Section VI championship. Flynn finished the game with 16 points after facing continual double and triple teams.

Donte Greene - BCL Championship Game

Greene shows off his team spirit during pregame introductions.

In the BCL championship game, Greene scored 4 first quarter points on a post-up move and nifty up-and-under fastbreak layup, but TC could not distance themselves from a tough Mt. St. Josephs squad that featured 6-10 junior Chris Sims and Maryland-bound SF Dino Gregory. Sims canned a trio of mid-range jumpers to keep Mount St. Josephs in the game and Gregory showed some very nice passing along with a soft touch in the paint.

The turning point of the game came in the middle of the 2nd quarter, when Donte Greene plowed over Dino Gregory on a drive into the paint. Both forwards had already picked up two fouls, so the balance of power would shift to whichever team could keep their star forward on the floor. It was a bang-bang play and the refs ruled it a blocking foul on Gregory.

Bang-bang play - Greene bowls over Gregory.

With Gregory on the bench with three fouls, Greene immediately went to work, scoring 7 points before the end of the half. He was fouled on his way to the basket and made both free throws, threw down a monstrous two-handed flush in transition, then broke down the defense from the perimeter with a crossover dribble followed by a beautiful 21-foot jumper. By the time his damage was done, Towson Catholic had turned a close game into a lopsided affair. Greene's last score gave TC a 12 point lead, and they never looked back from there.

Greene drills the deep three ball off the dribble.

Assessment: The biggest deficiency in Greene's game is on the defensive end. While he certainly has the physical skills to be a strong defender, he does not seem to possess the concentration nor desire to excel there at this point in time. All of his rebounding on the defensive side of the ball is predicated on being bigger, faster, and stronger than the opponent - there is very little technique or positioning employed. Also, he frequently loses interest on defense and is susceptible to back-door cuts. After he picked up two early fouls on Wednesday, he essentially abandoned the concept of playing defense entirely. It was painful to watch him give up two consecutive uncontested transition layups because he was unwilling to make the effort to establish position. Ole.

On the plus side, Greene already has experience playing the wing of the zone, as TC employs a lot of 2-3 in their defensive arsenal. His positioning ranged from good to poor and largely depended on how focused he was. There was one disturbing play when he lunged past a wing player and after failing to get the steal, decided to leak out for a transition opportunity. Mt. St. Josephs missed the resulting shot, but grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback. The rebound came in Greene's area of the zone, but he was at half court at the time.

At this point, Greene has a well-developed offensive game and can score in a variety of ways. He can be deadly in transition, but often times does not put forth the effort required to dominate a game in this manner. He has a strong handle for a player his size, but he often resorts to nearly palming or carrying the ball on his cross-over dribble - this may cause him problems at the next level as he is unlikely to get away with it as frequently, just as Paul Harris has had issues as well.

Donte sizes up the defense before making his move.

His free-throw technique is very fluid and he should have no trouble shooting in the 75+% range. Likewise, his outside shot can deadly at times and he has range well beyond the college three point line. Another thing that should be pointed out is that he has good court vision and is not afraid to share the ball. He had two very nice first half assists where he found teammates streaking to the basket in transition.

Knocking down free throws is easy with the proper form.

 


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