y'all, I'm going to do my best to give you my views on the Washington hoop
scene on a weekly basis, so here we go…
At The FQ:
The FJ was live at Franklin Friday night for the Quaker Summer Slam, and we were
treated to some solid hoop. On
paper, the game on the night appeared to be a Bellarmine Prep squad featuring
6'8 Jacob Manning facing off against scoring machine Lee Naering and the
Ingraham Rams. While we were geeked to see Manning's tenacious play around
the rim, it disappointed us to see him on the sidelines in street clothes for
the contest. Nearing didn't seem to miss playing against his summer squad teammate (they both compete for Rotary Select). No, but the 5'11 pony-tailed warrior definetely showed us why
he was the Metro 3A's leading scorer last season.
lit up Bell Prep for 31 points, many of which that came from waaaaay beyond the
three point stripe. Lee also
demonstrated to us that his game doesn't stop once he put the ball through the
bucket; he played some seriously stingy "d".
performance aside, Ingraham didn't have the firepower to contain a deep Prep
squad that looks like a top 10 for
next season's 4A campaign. Why's
that? Well, PG Josh Angeles and co. showed us that this is more than
just Manning's team. With great handles, Angeles continuously broke
down the defense for an easy lay ups or showed great court vision by finding a
teammate for the open jumper. Angeles ended up with 14 points.
Blair Dickman was equally impressive, adding 8 points--including BP's
first six second half points. Five players ended up with 8 or more points
for B Prep, taking them to a 61-57 dub over the Rams.
according to the FJ's Matt Grant, the contest between Mountlake Terrace and
Bethel was the one to watch. Check
out what the "Pale Rider" had to say:
Terrace fans are seeking a capable PG replacement to Seattle U-bound Ryan Webb,
look no further than Ronald Stiel-Williams: kid WAS the floor general. The
5'11 SR-to-be was constantly communicating with every player on the floor
while evenly distributing the rock, and was the key component to MLT knocking
off Bethel 57-50 in double OT. Bethel's
Johnny Derocher continued last season's success, continually using his strong
frame & athleticism to stifle Terrace's ensemble of post players.
The 6'5 two-sport star did it from start to finish with his solid
inside-out game, but there were times when it seemed he didn't see the rock
enough. Haden Gienger also repped it for the Braves, showing tremendous
ability to create his own shot off the dribble.
A bulky guard who will be looked upon to share the scoring load with
Derocher next season, Gienger broke his defender down 3 continuous times for
repeated jumpers. As a senior next
season, he will be a player to watch in the SPSL."
wasn't around this weekend, but my colleague Bill Nance over at The Final
Score logged some serious mileage on his beast this weekend checking out all the
area's tourneys. Check out his
To My Sis:
Where was I, you ask? Well, it just
so happens the answer to that question coincides with my weekly personal
shoutout. This past weekend my
sister Jeannie graduated with her Biology degree from Albertson College of
Idaho, so you know I was there representing for my sis.
I don't know how she survived for four years in Caldwell, Idaho, a town
that proclaims itself as "Farm City", but she's done it and will now be
doing the teaching thing at Everett High School.
I'm proud of you sis …
Getting back to the madness, strained diplomatic relations between Canada and
the United States could soon become a reality.
How come? Lodrick and
Rodrick Stewart's Nike Select team, also with the FJ Senior All-Stars, will
travel north of the border this Friday night trying to take out Canada's
finest in the SuperPages All-Star Basketball Challenge.
The following ballers will be representing the FadeawayJ.com conglomerate
against the basketballjones.ca All-Stars (BC's best players):
Ballard HS, Seattle
Odessa (TX) JC
Ballard HS, Seattle Odessa (TX) JC
Wilson HS, Tacoma
Cascade HS, Everett North Seattle
Issaquah HS, Issaquah
Santa Barbara (CA) CC
Eastlake HS, Redmond
Inglemoor HS, Bothell
While the Twins are making their usual noise on the national scene for the Nike
team, coach Rob Lowden told the FadeawayJ that Sedro Woolley's Adrian Cook has
burst on to the national scene after huge performances at the Bob Gibbons
Tournament of Champions in North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.
"Adrian played real well for us down there", Lowden said.
"He basically played so well that the twins began to look at him as
their equal." This comment
was highlighted by Cook's 20+ point performance (Lowden didn't know the
exact number) in a three point loss to Beach Ball Select, a team stacked with
major div-1 talent highlighted by UNC super recruit Raymond Felton.
That performance could begin to open numerous doors for the 6'4 SG, and
as the summer approaches, his stock will continue to rise.
While no northwest team advanced past the pool play portion of the
Tournament of Champions, a couple of guys were named to the All-Tournament
teams. Rodrick Stewart (Rainier
Beach HS, 6'4 SG, 2003) earn a place on the 17-and-under All-Tourney team,
while Team YES players Michael Knight (Seattle Prep HS, 6'3 SG, 2004) and Nick
Livi (Eastlake HS, 6'1 PG, 2004) got 16-and-under honors.
Makes National Team Cut:
Check out this press release from USA Basketball, looks like Franklin's Aaron
Brooks could be busy this summer…
three days of Trials that featured 31 participants and three others who had
requested a waiver from the Trials, 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball
Junior World Championship Qualifying Team were selected and announced today by
the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Terry
Holland, University of Virginia athletic director emeritus. To be eligible for
consideration for the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team,
a player must be a U.S. citizen and 18-years-old or younger (born on or after
Jan. 1, 1984).
The 16 finalists selected were: Mohamed Abukar (Rancho Bernardo H.S. / Escondido, Calif.); Carmelo Anthony (Oak Hill Academy, Va. / Baltimore, Md.); Christopher Bosh (Lincoln H.S. / Lancaster, Texas); Aaron Brooks (Franklin H.S. / Seattle, Wash.); Daniel Brown (Proviso East H.S. / Maywood, Ill.); Brad Buckman (Westlake H.S. / Austin, Texas); Derrick Byars (Ridgeway H.S. / Memphis, Tenn.); Matt Gorman (Watertown H.S. / Watertown, N.Y.); Dion Harris( Detroit Redford H.S. / Detroit, Mich.); Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill H.S. / Cedar Hill, Texas); Kris Humphries (Hopkins H.S. / Chaska, Minn.); Andre Iguodala (Lanphier H.S. / Springfield, Ill.); David Padgett (Reno H.S. / Reno, Nev.); Mustafa Shakur (Philadelphia Friends Central H.S. / Wynnewood, Pa.); Deron Williams (The Colony H.S. / The Colony, Texas) and Antione Wright (Lawrence Academy, Mass. / San Bernadino, Calif.).
University of Oregon mentor Ernie Kent will serve as head coach of the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, and will be assisted by Bob McKillop of Davidson College (N.C.) and Gary Waters of Rutgers University (N.J.).
Trials, which began Friday, May 31 and featured four sessions through Sunday
morning, June 2, were used to select the 16 finalists for the 2002 USA
Basketball Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team. The official
12-member USA junior team will be selected during the team's July 14-22 training
camp which will be held in Miami, Fla. The USA Basketball junior team will
compete July 24-28 in the 2002 COPABA (Confederation of Pan American Basketball
Associations) Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament that is
being held in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Featuring eight teams from North,
South and Central America, and the Caribbean, the United States will attempt to
earn one of the Americas Zone's four qualifying spots for next year's 2003 FIBA
Junior World Championship that will be held in Malaysia (city and dates TBD).
Quaker PG is also making an official recruiting visit this coming weekend to
UCLA. The Bruins are one of many
schools soliciting his services, we'll keep you posted on the latest from AB.
of Elite PG's… As
we reported on the message boards earlier Monday, the FJ has learned that Stanwood's Ryan
Appleby has made his official visit to the University of Florida. The Gators
flew him down after his tryouts this past weekend for the junior national team
in Colorado Springs. Ryan has said from the start that he has always had a
strong interest in playing for Billy Donovan down in Gatorland. We'll keep you
posted on the outcome of his trip...
and 2A Hoopheads—We Want You!! We
at the FadeawayJ know that in order to blow Washington prep hoops up, we need to
get educated on the 1A and 2A hoop scene. That
being said, we're looking for your help.
We need 2-4 journalists that love the game and have the smaller school
hoop scene knowledge to join our team of writers.
Keep in mind, you don't need to have a Pulitzer under your belt to
write for the FJ, just a sincere passion for enjoying the game and a hard work
ethic. If that's you, hit us up
at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll
get back at you real quick with a response.
The Slate This Weekend:
the Hill @ Bellarmine Prep HS (June 7th-8th)
Invite @ Marysville-Pilchuck HS (June 8th)
have previews of each of these tourneys later this week.
Also, we'll be back at the action this coming week.
Look for us at the Seattle U. Summer League Wednesday, and Everett High
Summer League this Thursday. And
don't sleep on the Homeboy's 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, as well: hit up
the link on the home page.
y'all: your first installment of the BT Report is almost finished, but I
have a little homework assignment for you.
Go to the message boards, and give me your lists for the top 10 players
in the classes of 2003 and 2004. I
saw somebody get that debate going, and it made my want to compile my lists.
Don't worry, I'll have mine for you next Tuesday.