Chick-Fil-A Classic Notebook/Recap

SCPrepNation.com takes a closer look at the top players and teams from the Palmetto State who competed in this year's Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia. Pinewood Prep's Kenneth Manigault (pictured) is moving up the SCPrepNation.com 2009 state player rankings after a strong performance in the tourney. Come inside for a recap of the Chick-Fil-A Classic.

Special thanks goes to correspondent Raheem Sullivan and Ryan Johnson for contributions and content for this report.

To start things off we have the All-Tournament Team which had the two big prospects from Pinewood Prep repping South Carolina, Kenneth Manigault Jr. and Milton Jennings.

CHICK-FIL-A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Lakeem Jackson-Christ School- MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Mason Plumlee-Christ School
Milton Jennings-Pinewood Prep
Kenny Manigault-Pinewood Prep
Stephen Hill-Miller Grove
Ryan Kelly-Ravenscroft

Christ School (Arden NC) defeated Pinewood Prep (SC) 73-63 to take the Classic I Championship while Orlando Christian Prep (FL) defeated Myers Park (NC) 63-59 to take the Classic II Championship.

In terms of stock risers Kenneth Manigault helped himself out quite a bit during the Chick-Fil-A Classic. Already committed to Wichita State, Manigault displayed a knack for getting to the bucket and finding open teammates for easy buckets. He also made pretty strong contributions on the boards too for Pinewood Prep. Stay tuned for a re-release of our state 2009 player rankings to see how many spots Manigault has jumped. Other guys that really stood out for us are listed below like Greenville's Eddie Copeland & Marquis Sloan, RNE's Rashawn Carroll & Malcolm Rhett, Union County's Devin Booker, and Ridge View's Michael Green.

Check out the stat lines below for all of the top prospects from around the Palmetto State.

Kenneth Manigault Statistics
vs Keenan 13 points 6 rebounds 5 assists
vs Greenville 24 points 7 rebounds 6 assists 7 steals
vs Christ School 20 points 4 rebounds 2 steals 1 assist

Milton Jennings Statistics
vs Keenan 18 points 13 rebounds 6 blocks
vs Greenville 20 points 8 rebounds 4 blocks
vs Christ School 25 points 14 rebounds

Devin Booker Statistics
vs Greenville 18 points 10 rebounds 5 blocks
vs Keenan 19 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks
vs Ravenscroft 18 points 6 rebounds

Michael Green Statistics
vs C.A. Johnson 18 points 11 rebounds 7 blocks
vs Myers Park 14 points 4 rebounds 5 blocks
vs Richland Northeast 8 points 8 rebounds 1 block

Malcolm Rhett Statistics
vs Lower Richland 16 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks
vs Orlando Christian Prep 7 points 12 rebounds
vs Ridge View 8 points 14 rebounds

Rashawn Carroll Statistics
vs Lower Richland 23 points 10 rebounds 2 steals
vs Orlando Christian Prep 7 points 6 rebounds
vs Ridge View 18 points 11 rebounds

Marques Sloan Statistics
vs Union Co. 21 points 4 rebounds
vs Pinewood Prep 6 points 4 rebounds 2 steals
vs Miller Grove unavailable

Eddie Copeland Statistics
vs Union Co. 16 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks 2 steals
vs Pinewood Prep 12 points 11 rebounds 1 block
vs Miller Grove unvailable

Notes & Observations (Raheem Sullivan)

  • I really like Greenville's Eddie Copeland. The only problem is that he's a tweener at 6'5 as a post player. He's extremely long and has to have one of the most unbelievable verticals I've seen in the past 5 or 6 years in SC. I'm guessing here but his vert has to be in the 45+ inch range. He has a nice touch from about 16 feet in and blocks/alters a lot of shots due to his length and athleticism. Right now I'd say he's D2 prospect but could draw some interest from small D1 schools who like athletic swingmen who can really run and jump in a up and down system. Claims an offer from Lenoir-Rhyne and heavy interest from other schools. More from Kerry on this dynamic human pogo-stick in the near future.
  • RNE's Rashawn Carroll had himself a very nice tourney. Malcolm Rhett gets a lot of the press and deservedly so but Carroll deserves some serious looks. I love his energy and length but we think he'll need to see more consistency in a 18 feet and in jumper before more schools come knocking on his door.
  • Kenneth Manigault absolutely had a heck of a tourney. Kerry told me to keep a close eye on him and I can see why. There's not too much that he can't do well and as a 6'4 point guard Wichita State snatched a good one from us here in South Carolina. He did have a game where he turned it over probably 8 or 9 times but if he can improve his ballhandling under heavy defensive pressure he'll be fine for the Shockers and could see some playing time as a true freshman.
  • We were anxious to see Ridge View's Michael Green as he's already landed an offer from South Carolina. He went off in the first game and flirted with a triple double as he had 7 big blocks to go along with 18 and 11. I'd like to see more back to the basket touches for him but he's got a ton of potential. If he shores up a few areas expect more schools to start hitting him up pretty hard. Excellent area rebounder and shot blocker already at this stage in his career.
  • I'm from the Anderson area and it was nice to see former Belton Honea Path HS standout Lucas Troutman and former Wren HS standout Sebastian Koch doing well for Christ School (NC). Troutman had a double double in the Greenies second tourney game but is still searching for some consistency. He started every game and is solid but with guys like Plumlee and Jackson powering the way we hope he's able to catch some eyes along the way with a few breakout games this season. Koch came off the bench for Christ School and gave them a nice boost. He's added some weight since last season and is still a big time three point shooting threat. I understand he's reclassified to the 2010 class and it should be a great move for him with some of the seniors on Christ School's roster now graduating. Last year we saw some flashes from him at Wren but it almost appeared like he wasn't allowed to "do his thing," and he often deferred so we'll see how the move pans out in the end for him at Christ School. Has a lot of street flair to his game as a lead guard but shoots it so well he's gonna get a lot of looks especially at 6'5 or 6'6.

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