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November 22, 2008
National Prep Showcase: day one
Freddie Riley hit a buzzer beater from deep to rescue Hargrave Military Academy in the day's one close game, and Louisville signee Mike Marra was the leading scorer of the day.SMITHFIELD, R.I.- In a day marked by blow outs at the National Prep Showcase,
Northfield Mt. Hermon 91, Fork Union Military Academy 63
Louisville signee Mike Marra had the hot hand from deep, sinking 6 of 12 three-pointers in route to a game high 25 points. California transplant Hector Harold also shot 50 percent from behind the arc, scoring a total of 18 points.
Fork Union was led by Anthony Ervin's 20 points
Hargrave Military Academy 76, Bridgeton Academy 74
UMass signee Freddie Riley drained a contested NBA range three-pointer with less than a second left in the game to give Hargrave the win. Riley finished with 11 points. Fellow wing Maurice Creek, who is headed to Indiana, had 13 points which included 3 of 6 shooting from three. But the main man for Hargrave was Charlotte signee Chris Braswell who poured in 21 points.
Malik Stith played a strong second half for Bridgeton, finishing with a team high 19 points for the game.
Patterson 81, Notre Dame Prep 56
Patterson dominated Notre Dame Prep with a balanced attack that saw five players scoring double figures. Georgia State signee Rashanti Harris, Washington signee Clarence Trent and Hunter McClintock each scored 11 while DeAndre Kane and Arsalan Kazemi, who has signed with Rice scored 10 points.
Point guard Vincent Council played a strong floor game for Patterson dishing out six assists to only two turnovers. Kane also dished out seven assists.
For Notre Dame James Southerland, who is committed to Syracuse, scored 13 points, and Providence signee Johnnie Lacy and Cincinnati signee Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 points each. Kilpatrick struggled from behind the arc, however, going 0 for 9 from three.
Winchendon 63, Stoneridge Prep 34
UMass signee Sampson Carter led Winchendon with 10 points in a grossly lopsided affair. The top performer for Stoneridge was point guard Mohamed Koita who scored 10 points.
Findlay 81, St. Andrew's 50
St. Andrew's was no match for the powerful Findlay squad. Top ten prospect and Texas signee Avery Bradley put up a game high 19 points. Four other Findlay player joined Bradley in double figures including Willie Hankins with 14, Victor Rudd with 11, Cory Joseph with 10 and D.J. Richardson (Illinois signee) with 10. Carlos Lopez, who is headed to UNLV added nine points.
St. Andrew's has a couple promising 2011 prospects in combo guard Michael Carter-Williams and wing player Michael Laplante. Both players scored ten points in the loss.
Massanutten Military Academy 74, St. Thomas More 62
Small forward Adrian Powell led the way for Massanutten with 16 points including 3 of 6 shooting from behind the arc.
West Virginia bound big man Dan Jennings paced St. Thomas More with 16 points and some strong work on the boards. Future Marist forward Anell Alexis had 15 points.
Scouting observations and recruiting news
Look for Mike Marra to get minutes at Louisville as a long range shooting specialist. He has a sweet stroke with range and gets it off quickly and with elevation. Marra isn't the quickest player or the best off the bounce, but he is certainly one of those players whose shot you expect to go in. I don't think he missed one shot to the side on Friday night.
Freddie Riley's twisting 25+ foot jumper at the buzzer was no fluke. He specializes in hitting tough wing jumpers on the move.
Liked the effort that Charlotte signee Chris Braswell played with throughout the game. Expect him to have a very successful college career.
Maurice Creek didn't have his best game, and in fact was a defensive liability for Hargrave during a stretch in the second half, but the Indiana signee has an economical approach to his game that is refreshing to watch. He makes a variety of shots, is strong with the ball, rebounds his position and sees the floor well.
Rashanti Harris is built like a man and rebounds like a man. The next step for him is to develop a way to score other than off put backs.
DeAndre Kane reiterated that he has not committed to Pittsburgh, but is down to Pittsburgh and Connecticut. Kane is a legit high major shooting guard who has a feel for the game and a burst of explosiveness. He showed great anticipation on defense. Kane said that academics are not an issue.
Hunter McClintock said that TCU wants him to visit next weekend. He also said he recently heard from Washington State and Arizona State and that Hawaii has been calling.
2010 prospect David Nyarsuk was quite productive in his minutes backing up Rashanti Harris. He was quick to the basketball and ran the floor well to go along with his tremendous length. He listed Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana as schools recruiting him, but the 7-footer said he has no offers yet.
Marshall struck gold signing Hassan Whiteside. He plays well above the rim and has the potential to be a scorer. What he does in the weight room will likely dictate the course of his career.
James Southerland, who signed with Syracuse last year, affirmed his commitment to attend Syracuse next year.
Look for point guard Vincent Council to be a spring signing priority for a number of schools. Council was solid throughout the game as his team's quarterback, and there just aren't a lot of quality point guards left in the 2009 class.
Assistants from Kansas State, Arkansas, Louisville, Cincinnati, Minnesota, UNLV, California, Iowa, South Carolina, Arizona State, Rutgers, UMass (head coach Derrick Kellogg), Vanderbilt, Providence, Northern Iowa and New Orleans were some of the coaches spotted in the gym.
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