A number of Philly-area prospects were in action across two games last night at the Scholastic Play-by-Play City Classic at Arcadia University.
Archbishop Wood (PA) defeated Abington (PA), 71-46 in the opener. Wood was led by 25 points from Senior, guard, Collin Gillespie and 18 points and 7 boards from Tyree Pickron. Gillespie was the most impactful player on the floor this evening. Abington got 14 points out of Eric Dixon and 11 from Robbie Heath.
The night-cap was a big-time match-up between Neumann-Goretti and Imhotep Charter. The game was a hotly contested, physical affair that Kentucky commit, Quade Green eventually took over to lead Neumann-Goretti to an 87-73 win. Green dropped in 37 points (24 of which came in his dominant second half). South Carolina Head Coach, Frank Martin was on-hand to watch Gamecock commit, David Beatty play for Imhotep. Beatty showed his explosiveness off the bounce but some early foul trouble limited his minutes and he finished with 16 while Daron Russell (URI commit) went 16 of 16 from the charity stripe for Imhotep on his way to 25 points. Russell was a jet with the ball and drew his fouls by getting to the rim both in half-court an transition.
Here are summaries and notes on players of interest from a Villanova recruiting perspective:
Class of 2017
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (6-8, Neumann-Goretti, Villanova signee)
DCR put up a quality double-double against one of the best teams in the state with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Shot 6-7 from the floor and 12-12 from the free-throw line. All six of his baskets were dunks and lay-ups. His only miss was a play on which he absorbed a lot of contact going up, the shot rolled just off and the ref chose not to whistle the foul. He was active on defense and played with a lot of energy and passion. You can see the results of the hard work he is putting in off the court. His footwork and versatility around the basket has improved and he is demonstrably better with his free-throw stroke.
Class of 2018
Marcus Littles (6-9, Neumann-Goretti) Wide-bodied, physical banger that can get after it on the glass. Lacking in mobility and quickness. The Cats don’t need a big in his class and even if they did, Littles doesn’t fit the mold of the type of big that Jay Wright has been recruiting. His face-the-basket skills are still developing. Scored 2 points against Imhotep.
Tyree Pickron (6-3, Archbishop Wood) Erratic shooter. Rugged and plays a little bigger than his size. He can get to the rim with some frequency but doesn’t finish in a manner consistent with a high major player. Plays hard. Doesn’t project as a player that can play at the Big East level.
Seth Pinkney (6-11, Archbishop Wood) Good rim protector. Plays with a good motor. Raw as sushi on the offense end of the court. He has the height and athleticism to get some looks and possibly some interest as a redshirt candidate for a mid-major (or higher) program. However, he is thin, lacks strength, and doesn’t have much of a skill base at this stage. A project. Scored 2 points against Abington with 3 blocked shots.
Class of 2019
Christian Ings (5-10, Neumann-Goretti)
Ings is a smallish guard but he is quick, strong with the ball and has great hops. He uses his athleticism and handle to make up for his size. He is crafty, shifty, and changes speed and direction well to create separation. He is an okay shooter at this stage but demonstrated he has the mind-set to be a quality performer in the clutch. He knocked down some key free throws and helped break the press when Imhotep was desperate to get turnovers and reverse the momentum in their favor. He made an electric, drive and dish play for an assist in the second-half. Scored 10 points.
Eric Dixon (6-7, Abington)
Dixon has a nice low-post skill package. He is a good athlete with a strong lower body and that allows him to compete, with physicality, in the paint at the high school level. He scored 14 points in this game mostly from around the cup. Skilled at backing down his man to a spot from which he feels comfortable with his shot. Knocked in a jump hook shot. Made a nice pass to a cutter from the low post. He wasn’t as efficient when he tried to score off of mid-range, fall-away jumpers - though his footwork was solid. Dixon did use a nice jab-step move to free himself for a 17 footer that he drained. The art comes in projecting how he will fit in at the next level. On first evaluation his physical tools and size give him the look of one of those highly-skilled, undersized 4-men that you see in the CAA. His ability to develop his first step and face up game will determine how much higher his ceiling can be.
Lucas Monroe (6-6, Abington)
Scored 6 points - two FTs, an elbow jumper, and a left-wing jumper with a foot on the three-point line. On first look, he is more intriguing from an upside potential perspective than Dixon because he has more quickness and leaping ability. He will need to add strength as he develops. Monroe made some nice dribble moves. He can use the dribble to create separation for mid-range pull-up jumpers and to drive and kick. Showed some ability to drive both left and right. Had an impressive rebound that stood out in particular because he showed good anticipation, aggression and athleticism. Worth keeping an eye on.
Donta Scott (6-7, Imhotep Charter)
Imhotep has a lot of talent in the Soph and Frosh classes. Scott is perhaps the most versatile and skilled of the bunch at this point in time. He scored 8 points against Neumann-Goretti on two three-pointers and one bucket at the rim. Scott has a good handle for his size and age but he will need to continue to figure out how to best use it. His jump shot form is not out of a text book but he has plenty of confidence. The most impressive part of his performance in this game was a pair of blocked shots that he had in transition where he seemingly came out of nowhere to track down opponents, soar above them and swat away their shot attempts. He could really be a good one as he puts all the good traits of his game and his athleticism into a complete package as a player.
Jamil Riggins (6-6, Imhotep Charter)
More rugged and strong built than Scott. Did a good job of getting square to the bucket on the jumpers he took. Drained one straight-away from about 16 feet out, knocked in one trey and scored one at the rim on his way to 7 points. He hasn’t developed his ball skills to the point that Scott has but Riggins has a lot of upside potential.
Class of 2020
Elijah Taylor (6-8, Imhotep Charter)
Didn’t get enough run to really show much of what he can do. He is highly regarded as one of the top players in his class in Philly. He is a fluid athlete at 6-8.