The BT Report, 6.4.02

The blazing action from the Quaker Summer Slam, Sedro-Woolley's best is blowing up, an Aaron Brooks' game has gone national...literally.

Alright 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…

Live 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.  He 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". 

Lee's 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.

But 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:

"If 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."

I 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 report…

Props 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 …

Canadian Bacon: 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):

Ahnel Butler             6'4          Ballard HS, Seattle              Odessa (TX) JC

Raymond Butler         6'4          Ballard HS, Seattle              Odessa (TX) JC

Carlton Weatherby     6'0          Curtis HS, Tacoma             Stanford

Kevin Field               6'10          Wilson HS, Tacoma           Oregon State

Marcus Hanson          6'7          Cascade HS, Everett           North Seattle CC

Evan Cohn                 6'0          Issaquah HS, Issaquah        Santa Barbara (CA) CC

Chase Griffin              6'2          Eastlake HS, Redmond         Pepperdine

Danny Nwaelele          6'4          Inglemoor HS, Bothell           Air Force 

Introducing…Adrian Cook: 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.

More TOC info:  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.

Brooks Makes National Team Cut: Check out this press release from USA Basketball, looks like Franklin's Aaron Brooks could be busy this summer…

After 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.).

The 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).

The 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.

Speaking 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...

1A 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 fadeawayj_wa@hotmail.com.  We'll get back at you real quick with a response.

On The Slate This Weekend:

Hoops on the Hill @ Bellarmine Prep HS (June 7th-8th)

Tomahawk Invite @ Marysville-Pilchuck HS (June 8th)

We'll 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.

Alright, 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.

Over and out,

BT


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