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November 22, 2008

National Prep Showcase: day two

SMITHFIELD, R.I.- The second day of the National Prep Showcase had a barn burner of a game between Findlay and St. Mark's with Nate Lubick and Avery Bradley coming up big for their respective teams.

Findlay 80, St. Mark's 76

In the game of the event thus far, Findlay held off a mad rush by St. Mark's down the stretch to hold onto a four point victory. Texas signee Avery Bradley carried Findlay throughout the game with 28 points on 12 of 17 shooting, 2 of 2 from three. From the opening tip off where he broke away for a dunk to the finish, Bradley was the man for Findlay.

There was a stretch, however, in the second half where 2010 prospect Cory Joseph was the x-factor for Findlay. He hit three straight three-pointers late in the game and came up with an athletic steal on an up the court pass that would have resulted in an Erik Murphy lay-up to give St. Mark's the lead with under a minute to go. For the game Joseph scored 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting, 3 of 5 from three and 4 of 4 from the line and also had a team high seven rebounds.

With Murphy in early foul trouble, Georgetown commitment Nate Lubick was the go-to guy for St. Mark's, scoring 27 points on 12 of 19 shooting. Lubick also grabbed a game high nine rebounds.

Like Lubick, Murphy, who has signed with Florida, played well in the paint for St. Mark's. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting.

Fork Union Military Academy 64, Brewster Academy 45

Fork Union pulled off the upset of the event over Brewster Academy, who shot an abysmal 12 of 64 from the field. On the other hand, Fork Union took advantage of open looks from three against Brewster's pressing defense, making 11 of 24 attempts. Wing player Anthony Ervin led Fork Union with 16 points.

Kansas signee Thomas Robinson grabbed 12 rebounds but could never get it going from the field or the line, going 0 for 9 from the field and 2 of 8 from the line. Oklahoma signee Andrew Fitzgerald managed nine points on the inside. Baylor signee Givon Crump and Reggie Moore each had a team high of ten points.

South Kent Prep 60, Stoneridge Prep 37

Stoneridge Prep struggled once again losing big to South Kent. Jackie Carmichael paced South Kent with 14. Xavier commitment Kevin Parrom played a strong game, slashing to the basket for seven points and grabbing a team high eight rebounds. He also had a team high three assists. 2010 prospect Majok Majok was solid for South Kent with nine points and six rebounds.

For Stoneridge wing prospect Amath Mbaye hit a couple threes for a total of eight points. Post player Youssoupha Mbao scored eight points as well.

Hargrave Military Academy 77, Winchendon School 59

Freddie Riley led Hargrave in scoring with 19 points despite going 4 of 13 from beyond the arc. Maurice Creek (Indiana signee), Chris Braswell (Charlotte signee) and Luke Hancock (George Mason signee) also hit for double figures. Braswell also had nine rebounds.

Hofstra bound guard Yves Jules paced Winchendon with 16 points as their only double figure scorer.

Lee Academy 66, St. Thomas More 61

UMass commitment Maxie Esho led a balanced Lee Academy attack with 13 points while Marist signee Anell Alexis paced St. Thomas More with 15 points. West Virginia bound big man Dan Jennings had a strong stat line with 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Notre Dame Prep 77, Massanutten Military Academy 52

2010 prospect Mohammad Lee had a big game for Notre Dame Prep scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Cincinnati signee Sean Kilpatrick slashed to the basket for 15 points while Kenny Stewart knocked down a couple three-pointers on the way to his 15 points. Between the three Notre Dame players, they shot a combined 19 of 26 from the field.

Massanutten got 15 points from Rashadd Lucas and 13 points from Josh Humphrey.

Patterson 62, Maine Central Institute 47

No one for Patterson reached double figure in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicates. Hassan Whiteside continues to impress even knocking down a three-pointer on the way to nine points. Rahanti Harris struggled scoring the ball, finishing with only two points, but he did work the boards for ten rebounds.

Standing out for MCI was Memphis native Martino Brock who finished with a game high 21 points.

Bridgton Academy 65, Chaplain St. Lambert 46

On 6 of 9 shooting Jamal Crook led Bridgton with 12 points. Chaplain St. Lambert was paced by Yann Charles' 15 points.

Scouting observations and recruiting news

What more can you say about Avery Bradley. His quiet intensity carried his team, and his stroke from the midrange is unmatched in the 2009 class.

Cory Joseph has as pretty a shooting stroke as you will see. He has also been solid at the point guard position during this event and has displayed an effective all around game. In other words, he isn't just a shooter. With his brother at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers have a great shot at landing him. He is also hearing from Kansas, Florida, Texas, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.

Nate Lubick showed a lot of spunk and a skilled game as well. It looks like Georgetown is a place which will maximize his talents.

Erik Murphy was automatic when he turned to his left shoulder in the post for his jump hook. He also had some nice drives to the rim but had trouble finishing on the move. Look for him to be quite a productive player at Florida after a year of work in the Florida system.

St. Mark's 2010 post player Melsahn Basabe is a player to keep an eye on. He brought energy off the bench and provided a dose of athleticism.

Arsalan Kazemi impresses with his strong motor and all around game. He hasn't shown much in regards to shooting range, but he impacts the game in every other way. Look for Kazemi to make a major impact in Conference USA for Rice.

Vincent Council, who has impressed with his point guard play for Patterson, is on the verge of a college decision. The New York City native is choosing between Providence and Rutgers.

Martino Brock is no longer committed to Southeast Missouri State. Nebraska has recently called on him, but his recruitment is virtually starting all over again.

Mohammad Lee, who runs with the New York Gauchos during the travel season is getting interest from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Fordham, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marquette. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Xavier are at the top of his list. Lee is a physical, undersized shooting guard in the mold of an Avery Bradley type. A midrange scorer, Lee also defends both guard positions effectively.

A strong athlete, Sean Kilpatrick is best in the open court when he can get a head of stream going towards the rim.

Johnnie Lacy will score going right.

Naadir Tharpe is an intriguing 2011 point guard prospect. In an upset loss to Fork Union Tharpe displayed the physical skills. The big question is if he can develop the leadership skills to prevent a collapse to a less talented team as happened to Brewster Academy on Saturday.

Thomas Robinson rebounded at a high level Saturday but struggled to get the ball in the basket, especially from the free throw line.

Givon Crump specializes in scoring buckets. The question is whether or not he can find a position he can defend at Baylor.


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