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City of Palms Classic: Round Two Evaluations

Posted on 22. Dec, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in High School, Tournaments

Round two at the City of Palms featured some unbelievable individual performances. While Austin Rivers generated the most buzz and fanfare, Fab Melo, Jabari Brown, and Julian Royal also turned in superb performances. Follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/nolanshulman for updates from inside the gym.

Fab Melo, Sagemont (7-0, 270) Class of 2010

Fab rebounded from a dismal performance on Saturday with a superb outing today. He was much more assertive in demanding the ball, and once he got it, he proved he knew what to do with it. He showed off his patented baby right hook, showed a knack for for finishing offensive rebounds, and just looked more comfortable out on the floor. Defensively he controlled the glass, collecting 11 rebounds and altering numerous shots. After picking up some chippy fouls Saturday, Fab only committed one foul in this contest. He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-14 shooting.

Will Sheehey, Sagemont (6-6) Class of 2010

Sheehey started like a house on fire. He had 10 points before I could get my pen out of my bag. He was outstanding in transition, using his body to shield the defender and finishing at the rim. He’s not the biggest guy, not the best shooter, and doesn’t have athleticism that will leave you in awe. That being said, Sheehey finds a way to get it done. He understands how to play the game and uses his IQ to slash in the lane and find his teammates in spots where they can be effective. He finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 dimes.

Mike Shaw, De la Salle (6-8, 215) Class of 2011

Mike had a pretty nice showing in De La Salle’s game vs. Bartow. He attacked the offensive glass, had active hands when pressuring the ball, and did a nice job helping his teammates get in position and maintain their focus. One thing that Mike needs to do is begin to camp out in the paint. He spends way too much time floating around the three point line. If he spent more time focusing on being a face-up four, instead of a wing, he could become a dominant force. He finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds on 4-8 shooting. He’s got an unlimited ceiling.

Alex Foster, De La Salle (6-8, 205) Class of 2013

Alex Foster is really polished for a freshman. He was outstanding passing out of the post, finding his teammates with two dazzling passes on backdoor cuts. He also flashed a gorgeous spin move in the lane and showed a good knowledge of how to use his body to draw contact. With more weight on his frame he could become one of the elite players in his class in a few years.

Jabari Brown, Findlay Prep (6-4) Class of 2011

Jabari exploded for 24 points and 5 rebounds in Findlay’s win over Dunbar. He did everything, showing an ability to slash to the rim, shoot the triple, and finish on the break. He has a body built like a truck and can absorb contact at the rim. He even showed an ability to handle it and run the point for a few possessions. I’ve seen Findlay quite a few times this year and this was his best performance thus far.

Thomas Laerke, Findlay Prep (6-3) Class of 2010

This was the first opportunity for us to see Thomas play. He’s from Denmark and just joined the team before their game in Columbus vs. Northland. He was really impressive, showing an unbelievable stroke. He made 4 of 5 three pointers and showed off his quick release. He isn’t just a spot up shooter though. He used the fake to take it to the tin and really showed a sound all around game. He had 17 points and should be used as a one man zone buster the rest of the season.

Brett Comer, Winter Park (6-2, 170) Class of 2011

With all the attention on Rivers, it was Comer who stole the show. He made shots when Rivers kicked it to him, slashed to the rim, and showed surprising athleticism. He had a few very acrobatic finishes at the rim and was the difference in Winter Park beating a very tough Milton team. He’s a Florida Atlantic commit and should be a fan favorite in Boca Raton.

Shannon Scott, Milton (6-2, 175) Class of 2011

Shannon plays the game at an unbelievably fast pace. He’s dynamic in the passing lanes and has great instincts for when to gamble and make the steal. He twice read the eyes of the passer and jump in front, taking it the other way for two. He can shoot threes, has lightning quick speed, and knows how to find his teammates in transition.

Austin Rivers, Winter Park (6-3) Class of 2011

Rivers started exactly the same way he did on Saturday. With his father Doc in the crowd, he electrified the crowd and showed an array of one on one skills. He showed off his floater, his quick first step, and of course his ability to shoot the rock. He had 16 first half points on 6 field goals, and each one was better than the last. In the second half he played the role of facilitator as his shot was dropping quite as frequently. He finished the game with 21 points, but the attention he received allowed his teammates to flourish.

Julian Royal, Milton (6-8, 215) Class of 2011

Royal once again had an enormous game in round two of the City of Palms. He did it all. He was a killer on the offensive glass, displayed sound power post moves, and even showed off an ability to face up. He finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds on 10-16 shooting. He’s been the surprise of the tournament thus far.

Myck Kabongo, St.Benedict’s (6-2) Class of 2011

Myck makes me a believer more and more everytime I see him play. He is so fast from end to end, I’m not sure there’s anyone in this tournament that can guard him. What’s more impressive is his leadership. His teammates will follow him into battle any time. He’s got a charisma about him that draws people to him. That being said, his game matches his heart. He proved it again on Monday going off for 19 points on 5-8 shooting. he’s always in attack mode and Monday was no different. He shot 10 free throws in the contest and had his defenders on their heels all night long.

Tags: Alex Foster, , Brett Comer, , , Julian Royal, Mike SHaw, , Shannon Scott, Thomas Laerke, Will Sheehey

One Response to “City of Palms Classic: Round Two Evaluations”

  1. anthony S 22. Dec, 2009

    Rivers is the real deal. He’s like an NBA player walking around these gyms. And his game is just filthy.

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