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National Christian Schools Athletic Association National Championships

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by Rodger Bohn in High School, Tournaments

Erie, PA proved home to the National Christian Schools Athletic Association National Championships, which concluded the season for many of the country’s top private schools. Programs such as Quality Education (NC), Life Center Academy (NJ), God’s Academy (TX), and Our Savior New American (NY) took part in the tourney at Family First Sports Park.

Granted it was during a time that the power conference tourneys were going on, but it was surprising that we didn’t catch a single D-1 coach in the gym for the entire first day, despite the fact that there were well over 20 unsigned seniors that were D-1 caliber players. Quality Education Academy took home the crown, defeating Life Center in the finals. QEA finished the season with a 27-8 record, playing against some of the nation’s elite teams.

 

Here’s a look at some of the top guys that caught our eye:

 

Quincy Miller, 6’9, SF/PF, Quality Education (NC), 2011

Miller, who is arguably the top junior in the nation, did whatever he wanted to out on the floor against Our Savior. He showed off his super quick release from beyond the arc on a number of instances, while also putting it on the floor either way to take bigger defenders off of the dribble. When Our Savior opted to put a wing on Miller, he immediately went to the blocks and was able to score via turnaround jumpers over his defender. Defensively, Quincy showed no problems guarding both wings and posts due to his outstanding length and lateral quickness. He told us that he is still wide open in the recruiting process and is very open to hearing from any power schools interested, despite the rumors that he is a lock for Kentucky.

 

 

Dion Waiters, 6’3, PG/SG, Life Center Academy (NJ), 2010

Waiters played sparingly in two blowout wins. He looked a bit on the heavy side from when we last saw him on the AAU circuit, not appearing quite as explosive and not having the leaping ability that we remembered. Obviously the skills were still there, whether it be the gorgeous two dribble pull-ups, deep three pointers, or acrobatic finishes at the rack with both hands. There is still a bit of work to do before we’re quite ready to call Dion a full time point guard, but he’s definitely got the court vision of one. It’s the shot selection and basketball IQ that will have to grow for the Cuse commit to be a full time PG at the next level.

LaQuinton Ross, 6’8, SG/SF, Life Center Academy (NJ), 2011

 

Ross just went through the motions in the two games that we caught. Sure, he drilled plenty of deep three pointers and looked slick handling the rock, but he’s been doing that since we saw him in the 8th grade. “Q” still doesn’t look like he really wants it, going through the motions out there on the floor and not looking like he cared about being on the hardwood. He also struggled with his lateral quickness, making us wonder how he will do defending on the next level. Still a top 50 guy though.

 

 

 

 

Stargell Love, 6’3, PG, Quality Education Academy (NC), 2010

Love was coming off of an ankle injury and played the most that he’d played in the previous few weeks. He played the role of facilitator for QEA and didn’t look to score much, which was good to see because that’s the role that he’s going to have to play at Baylor last season. Apparently he played much better in the two games that we missed in the following days.

Aaron Bowen, 6’5, SG/SF, Quality Education Academy (NC), 2010

The fresh Georgetown commit shot the lights out of the ball and had a couple of nice dunks, but did very little in between. It’s clear that he’s going to be more of a system guy right now with the holes in his game, but his ability to stroke it from beyond the arc should allow him to get some playing time as a freshman for the Hoyas.

Juvonte Reddic, 6’9, PF/C, Quality Education Academy (NC), 2010

A recent VCU commit, Reddic showed the upside that made him one of the more interesting unsigned big men in the spring signing period. Long and athletic, he is able to impact the game with his physical tools on the offensive glass and as a shotblocker on D. In terms of moves, Reddic is still a bit rough around the edges at this point but does show flashes of a solid jumper facing the basket. Definitely a bigtime upside guy, which is why he fielded offers from schools such as Maryland, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Jevon Thomas, 6’0, PG, Our Savior New American (NY), 2013

Thomas struggled a ton against the QEA press, committing a lot of turnovers early on due to his lack of backcourt help. The freshman showed off nice court vision and bigtime ability to create his own shot when his squad was able to get the ball past half court. Thomas also had a bigtime dunk on a fast break. He’s definitely a guy that schools should keep an eye on, and one who clearly plays better when playing with better talent.

Walter Pitchford, 6’10, PF/C, New Creations (IN), 2010

Pitchford is the definition of a high risk, high reward big man. He has all of the physical traits that you’d look for: Long, athletic, plays hard, runs the floor well. Unfortunately, his skills just aren’t there yet for him to be a major contributor at the high major level. It’s unsure whether the one time DePaul commit will be honoring his LOI with the coaching change at this point.

Kervens Calixte, 6’4, SG, God’s Academy (TX), 2010

Playing for the prep team, Calixte is a bit of a scoring machine in God’s Academy open style of play. A strong guard, he can keep you honest by drilling the open three but can also take you off of the dribble. The native of Haiti struggles with his decision making and shot selection at times, but take him for what he is: A pure scorer for a LM to MM program.

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