Walker and Roundtree Lead Team Final Over E1T1 at EYBL Peach Jam

Villanova commit, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and 2017, wing target. Lonnie Walker led Team Final to an important win over E1T1 at Nike EYBL Peach Jam on Thursday evening. VUSports was there to provide insight to Villanova fans.

The main event Thursday night at Peach Jam from a Villanova perspective was the game in which Team FInal (PA) knocked off E1T1 (FL) by a score of 83-69 behind some spectacular play by Villanova commit, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Villanova's primary guard prospect in the Class of 2017, Lonnie Walker.

Here is a closer look at how three players being recruited by the Cats performed in this game.

The lone Villanova commit for the Class of 2017 to-date, posted 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 28 minutes of play on Thursday night to help lead Team Final to victory.  Cosby-Roundtree shot 10-14 from the floor and 3-4 from the free-throw line in what was a very efficient shooting performance.  Only one of his FG attempts was from outside of 5 feet from the rim - a 17 foot jumper that he was a little quick to release on a semi-break.  His 10 made shots included 6 dunks, 2 lay-ups and 2 put-backs.  One of is misses took place when he made a drop-step move on his primary defender only to get blocked by the weak-side help.  He also missed a short floater on screen-and-roll action where he set a solid pick and darted to the bucket only to come up a touch short.  His free-throw stroke is much smoother now than it looked at the EYBL Hampton and Atlanta stops on the Nike tour.  Cosby-Roundtree played active defensively and was a force on the boards.  He does not hesitate to get out on the perimeter and defend when needed.  He has the level of mobility needed to thrive as a perimeter defender while still being able to provide help as a shot-blocker when he is defending on the weak side in particular.  Villanova Head Coach, Jay Wright was on-hand to watch this game as were his Asst. Coaches, Baker Dunleavy, Ashley Howard and Kyle Neptune

Walker was fabulous in this game as he tallied 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor, 2-3 from the free-throw line and 4-8 from three-point range.  Additionally, he grabbed 10 boards (for a double-double), dished out 6 helpers and had 1 turnover and 1 steal.  His consistent effort through the entire game and his passing stood out as real positives.  His highlight plays included:

  • drove the baseline and made a nice feed to a cutter for an easy lay-up
  • pull-up three-ball from the top in transition with a defender on him
  • flew through the lane to grab a defensive rebound
  • made a shake-and-bake dribble move, drove and dished to "DCR" for a dunk
  • great pass in transition for an easy lay-up and an assist (good court vision)
  • precision pass to DCR cutting baseline for an easy flush
  • strong drive to the cup finished with the left-hand through contact
  • shovel pass in transition for another DCR cram
  • sprinted across the court to help a fallen teammate

Walker scored the ball in myriad ways: wing threes spotting up, pull-up threes, corner threes, spin dribble moves, hop-step moves, right-hand finishes and left-hand finishes.  When he is locked in and focused on both ends of the court, as he was tonight, Lonnie Walker is an impressive prospect and McDonald's All-American candidate.

Kevin Knox once again displayed the skills that make him such a highly sought after recruit.  He poured in 24 points in 29 minutes of action.  Knox was 12-21 from the floor , 0-2 from the line and 0-2 from three-point range.  He pulled in 9 rebounds, tallied 2 assists (off-set by 3 turnovers) and had one steal.  He went into orbit in the first half to finish a back-door alley-oop play, drove one transtion scoring opportunity straight into the grill of Lonnie Walker and finished strong with an "and one".  Knox can score from all three levels - he has a silky jumper he can hit from long and mid-range, be it off the dribble, spotting up, or off a curl/screen.  Knox can also get to the rim using his length, athleticism, good handle and creativity.  Given his size and length he can generally create a shot for himself when he needs one.

Lonnie Walker and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree took their fair share of turns trying to put the clamps on Kevin Knox.  Here are examples of their legal guarding techniques: Top Stories