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The Recruit Scoop Live @ Rumble in the Bronx

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by Alex Kline in High School, Tournaments

The Rumble in the Bronx is always a popular event among athletes of the Tri-State area. With games taking places at thirteen different courts and locations that range from Fordham to Manhattan to Iona there was an opportunity to watch quality basketball no matter where you live. With the music cranked outside and the grill going full steam,  this years rumble had a great atmosphere.  

This year, due to the popularity and effect of Adidas Nation and the Nike Jamboree (running at the same time as the rumble), the field was missing some of it's marquee superstars. Although Michael Gilchrist, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Tyler Harris and Kyle Anderson were missing in action, the rumble went on in full swing and did not disappoint.

Winners:  2012 5 -Star prospect Andre Drummond and CBC showed up to play as they made it to the U17 gold title game. They lost to eventual champion  East Coast Elite out of Delaware 63-58. East Coast Elite was led by AJ English who was named MVP after dropping 28 in the title game. They also got help from Pittsburgh bound Jaylen Bond, and Malcolm Gilbert.  The 6-11 Gilbert threw a block party, blocking Drummond a staggering 5 times.

*Mike Taylor and Uconn bound Maurice Harkless led the Metro Hawks to a win over Eli Carter and Sports University in the U17 silver title game.

Best of the Best: My MVP award has to go to Andre Drummond, who played a year up and led his CBC squad to the title game. Drummond posted solid numbers in all of his games.

Best Dunk: The best dunk has to go to NJABC’s Dwaun Anderson. Anderson, a 6-3 guard, took off a little past the free throw line and flew through the air with four defenders watching around. The Michigan State commit was in the air for a few seconds and finished with a thunderous one hand slam.

Best Finish: Despite a missing Michael Gilchrist and Rakeem Christmas, Team Final was still full of talent including standout point guard Tyrone Johnson. New Heights needed a signature win to advance to play on Championship Sunday. The game went to overtime with a packed crowd of fans, players, coaches, scouts and media in attendance. At the end of overtime, New Heights’ Jermaine Sanders had to be a playmaker. “The play was setup for me,” said Sanders. “I heard the whistle and got the ball. I threw it up there and just let it go and it went in. We won the game. I was very happy.” The crowd went wild as the team mobbed Sanders with hugs.

Best Improvement:
Villanova commit Markus Kennedy was thought to be slower. Despite his play in the first few games, Kennedy showed outbreaks of improvement in a late night game against Juice All Stars. He helped lead his New England Playaz to a big win that advanced them to Championship Sunday. Markus made an excellent play when he grabbed a rebound, dribbled the ball a little, passed it and received a pass back where he finished with a layup. Kennedy sprinted back on defense exemplifying just how good he can be and how serious he is about his conditioning.

Best Game: It was 10:30 at night in Fordham University. Team NJABC, a rising squad who came off a big win over the Franchize All Stars, took on an AAU legend in the New York Gauchos. The game went back and forth with fans, players and coaches alike showing great intensity. It went to overtime and could not be settled there. After two overtimes, the game came down to sudden death over time. The first team to score the ball would win the game. Gauchos guard Derrick Wilson took a jumper and watched it go in as players and fans alike stormed the court as the clock struck midnight on NJABC….literally.

Mike Taylor, Metro Hawks (6-2, 2011) SG

Taylor helped lead the Metro Hawks to a berth in the U17 silver finals at the Rumble. The shooting guard is both strong and quick when he has the ball in his hand. He is an excellent all around shooter from all ranges. Taylor has a list of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Providence, West Virginia, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Indiana and Oklahoma State. While he plans to take a few unofficial visits this summer, the rising senior will take an unofficial visit to Rutgers in “about two weeks” once school is over. Taylor will take his five official visits during the school year. After that he will make his decision.

Davontay Grace, Juice All Stars (6-0, 2011) PG

Grace, who was at one time committed to St. John’s, had a solid weekend with Juice All Stars. Grace is a big body guard who uses his physique to his advantage. The guard is flying under the radar in the state or New York and is still trying to establish a name for himself as a top prospect in the city. Davontay has a list of Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, St. John’s, Providence and Rutgers. Despite decommiting from the Red Storm, Grace is still interested in the school. On an interesting side note, the rising senior was wearing a bright orange Syracuse sweatshirt. Could this have an indication on who Grace is waiting to offer?

AJ West, Juice All Stars (6-8, 2011) SF

West started off slow with Juice as he injured his leg and had to sit out most of their game. He stepped it up in their game against the Dallas Mustangs and he kept his team in the game. West is a good shot blocker, as well as rebounder. He is still trying to improve the consistency of his offensive game, which is not as high as he would like. West, a senior, is still deciding whether he should commit or do a post grad year. He has a list of Houston, St. John’s, Siena, Wagner, Long Island and USC. He has certainly felt the effects of the coaching carousel as most of the coaches who have offered him were replaced. West really likes USC, not only because of their hoops program, but because of their film school. AJ says he is looking at possibly taking a visit to see the Trojans at the start of July.

Ethan Telfair, Long Island Lightning (5-9, 2013) PG

Telfair is an effective player despite his lack of size and strength. He is a great ball handler and passer like his brother, Sebastian, was. He still needs to become more aggressive as a point guard and go to the hole more. The rising sophomore is transferring from Lincoln to Roy C. Ketcham High School. That being the case, Telfair says he wants to go to prep school in New Jersey, preferably at St. Benedicts or NIA Prep. Oregon State, USC, Arkansas and St. John’s are already showing him some interest. As for early favorites, Ethan says his dream schools are Syracuse and Michigan State.

Blaise Mbargorba, NJ Roadrunners (6-11, 2011) C

Mbargorba has improved dramatically over the past few years. His offensive rebounding and defense are the best part of his game. While he is still working on his post moves while on offense, he has improved dramatically and raised his stock. This has led him to a list of Georgetown, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Providence, Rutgers, Siena and Columbia. The big man told Jeff Borzello of the NBE Report that Virginia Tech was his favorite due to their engineering program. Will the Hokies keep their spot and stay as the favorite?

Isaiah Whitehead, Juice All Stars (6-2, 2014) PG

Whitehead, who hasn’t played a game of high school hoops yet, will play for Tiny Morton at Lincoln next year. The young man is easily one of the best in his class and could dominate his position as he grows into a big guard. He is a slasher and gets to the hole with ease. He needs to improve his jumper to take his skill to the next level. Despite colleges not pursuing him yet, he says he has a dream school. Whitehead, like most guards, likes Kentucky because of John Calipari and the history of the school. Whitehead is very ambitious and wants to win 4 city titles, as well as make the honor roll at school.

Andre Drummond, CBC (6-11, 2012) C

Drummond, who is arguably the best player in his class, had a good weekend at the Rumble. The big sophomore played up with CBC’s U17 team and took them to the championship game where they ultimately lost to East Coast Elite. Although he declined to comment on his recruitment, CBC coach Joe Gaetano told me, “everyone is recruiting Andre right now” and that, “he is not focusing on his recruitment right now.” Drummond, who plays and lives in Connecticut, is being targeted by Uconn, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and many more powerhouses. The center is unique compared to most big men. He can dribble and shoot as if he is a guard. He can play all over the court. Andre Drummond is the next big thing!

Derrick Wilson, NY Gauchos (6-0, 2011) PG

Wilson, a powerful guard, had a solid weekend at the Rumble. The pride of Alaska showed off his skills with the Gauchos and led them to a 4-1 record. Wilson is a leader and hit big shots when it was needed. He is a solid passer but still needs to work on his shot. Wilson, who recently attended Kansas’ elite camp, has six schools he is considering in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Notre Dame Georgia Tech, Washington and Kansas. Washington and Kansas have yet to offer, while Georgia Tech may have an advantage with his Hotchkiss teammate Jason Morris attending the school. The big guard plans to cut his list down at the end of the summer and hopefully commit before the high school hoops season starts.

Angel Nunez, NY Gauchos (6-7, 2011) SF

Nunez is a tall, lanky wing who is extremely athletic. Despite needing to put on some weight and strength, he can shoot and attacks the hole. To be a small forward in college, Nunez must improve his ball handling ability. With tons of schools offering him, Angel plans on cutting down his list of school by the Peach Jam in July. Despite no official list, he has offers from West Virginia, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Louisville, Arizona, Miami, Wake Forest and Uconn. Nunez has already visited Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Arizona, Providence and Rutgers but has plans to take unofficial visits to Miami and West Virginia next month. Look for this top 100 player to improve his game this summer and take it to the next level.

Shaq Stokes, NY Gauchos (5-10, 2011) PG

Despite standing at less than six feet tall, Stokes is a big guard who uses his quickness to move by everyone. Once he gets in the lane he can score easily. He still needs to improve his ball handling if he wants to become a solid point guard at the next level. Stokes is down to five schools in St. John’s, South Carolina, Seton Hall, Siena and Rutgers. Shaq plans to visit some schools this summer and will take an unofficial visit with Lincoln teammate Kamari Murphy to Rutgers next week.

Jason Boswell, Long Island Lightning (6-6, 2013) G

Boswell, despite being under the radar, has his fair share of basketball connections. The tall guard is the cousin of soon to be Duke standout Kyrie Irving. A rising sophomore at St. Patrick’s, Boswell is very versatile and makes smart decisions on the court. He is still not there with his rebounding to play as a small forward, but look for him to have a role similar to that of Kyle Anderson. The lanky guard is already hearing from Arkansas, Siena, Villanova, Ohio State, and is drawing minor looks from Kentucky. His dream schools consist of Duke and Syracuse. Next year will be a big one for Boswell as he looks to emerge as a household name in New Jersey.

Myles Mack, NJ Playaz (5-10, 2011) PG

Mack is one of the best players in transition because of his size and quickness. He breezes by people, drives to the lane and finishes at the other end. Some questions still need to be answered about his defense though. Despite being a small point guard, Mack is getting great looks from Seton Hall, Rutgers, Providence, UCLA, Virginia, Penn State, DePaul, Boston College, Marquette and Fordham. Boston College is yet to offer and Mack says that UCLA “will offer any day.” The rising senior, who recently visited Rutgers, said he liked the school, as well as Coach Mike Rice and the rest of the staff. With Paterson Catholic closing down, Mack decided to join his teammate, Kyle Anderson, and attend St. Anthony’s. He has high hopes for the Friars as he believes they can contend for an undefeated season, as well as a national championship. The guard has plans to possibly visit UCLA in August and will attend Marquette’s elite camp the same month. After that he will cut his list and commit in the fall. Mack says playing time is, “very important” to him.

DeAngelo Harrison, Franchize All Stars (6-3, 2011) SG

Harrison, who already has NBA range, can shoot and is money coming off of ball screens, had a good weekend. The guard needs to improve his quickness before he gets to college. Harrison has a list of Colorado, Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Marquette, Georgetown and Oklahoma State. Harrison, who attended Kansas elite camp recently, was wearing a Kansas shirt after his Franchize All Stars blew out the Middlesex Magic on Saturday. With no visits planned yet, Harrison wants to take his officials in either August or September and decide after that.

Desmond Hubert, NJ Playaz (6-9, 2011) C

Hubert is a defensive machine and is picking up his offensive game along with that. As a triple double machine in high school, the big man excels on the defensive end due to his athleticism and shot blocking ability. He needs to get stronger and pick up his offensive game, which has improved since his freshmen year. Hubert has a list of Pittsburgh, Villanova, Ohio State, Uconn, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest. Duke and Carolina are yet to offer Hubert, but his improvement could gain him an offer. Hubert told Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog that he really likes Villanova, as well as Pittsburgh and that they would make his top five. He plans on making his top five in August when he cuts down his list. Along with that, Hubert hopes to commit before the season starts.

Davon Reed, Move Ur Feet (6-4, 2013) G

Reed is a talented freshman who has improved dramatically since the start of his high school career. The tall guard is a scorer and a playmaker who has improved his ball handling ability. He still needs to work on his jump shot and all around game but is on his way to being a top prospect. Despite no college interest yet, Reed has been invited to Penn’s elite camp, as well as the Super 60 sophomore camp at the Hoop Group. His dream school is Syracuse. Reed has already improved so much and will get better along the way. The path is looking bright for this rising sophomore.

Derrick Randall, NJ Playaz (6-9, 2011) PF

Randall is a big man who is another big defensive presence. He is great at rebounding and excels on the low block. While his footwork and shooting are still in the works, Randall looks to make a big impact at his new school, South Kent. The rising senior does not have a specific list yet but says he is being looked at primarily by ACC and Big East schools. At this point, he remains wide open and looks to commit to a school in September. Randall recently visited Rutgers with his NJ Playaz teammate, Myles Mack. Clearly, Derrick will ultimately end up at a Big East or ACC school.

Keaton Miles, Dallas Mustangs (6-7, 2011) SF

Miles was one of the most exciting players to during the event. The small forward is a high flyer and is very vocal on the court with his Dallas Mustang teammates. He also has a good mid range game along with his defense and rebounding. Miles needs to improve on his shooting range though. The rising senior is being targeted by all of the Big 12 schools, primarily Texas A&M and Baylor, as well as Houston, Arkansas, Marquette, Georgetown, California, Florida and Arizona. He looks to narrow his list in the fall and commit before the season starts. Despite the fact that both of his parents attended Texas Tech, the Australian born Miles says his parents’ alma mater has no impact on him.

Isaiah Morton, Juice All Stars (5-8, 2011) PG

Morton, the son of Lincoln coach Tiny Morton, lacks height but makes up for it in so many different ways. Nate Robinson is a name you can think of to describe the game of Isaiah. He is a good shooter, passer and plays great defense. His speed puts him ahead of the pack, too. While his decision making needs to become better, Morton is being looked at by South Carolina, Clemson, East Carolina, Stanford, Villanova, La Salle, St. Joe’s, Western Kentucky and Holy Cross. He already has a few visits planned as he looks to go to East Carolina next weekend, College of Charleston the weekend after that, and lastly South Carolina the next weekend. Isaiah is looking to narrow his list in late July and may even commit early.

Jermaine Sanders, New Heights (6-4, 2011) SF

Sanders hit a game winning three in overtime to lead New Heights past an impressive Team Final. His shooting, passing and rebounding are the best parts of his game. His shot proved to be the reason New Heights came out with the win. However, his athleticism is still on the fence. He has a body similar, but smaller than that of former New Heights member and now Villanova player JayVaughn Pinkston. Sanders has a list of Villanova, Marquette, West Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Seton Hall, Boston College, Rutgers, Providence and St. John’s. Villanova, Providence and St. John’s are the only to offer so far, but look for the rising senior to pick up plenty of more offers this summer. He has plans to take unofficial visits to Seton Hall and Rutgers next week. Jermaine will cut his list by the start of July and hopes to commit before his high school season starts.

Myles Davis, NJ Playaz (6-2, 2011) SG

Davis decided to play down a level this weekend with the NJ Playaz U16 team rather than the 17’s. Despite losing, Davis proved that he was a dominant force. He was just too strong for the younger players despite being the same age. He is an excellent shooter and passer. Although he is not the most athletic and defensively sound, the rising senior still makes a huge impact on the court. Davis, who is only 16, is considering the option of reclassifying to the class of 2012. That being that case, he is, neither 100% positive on 2012” nor his school if he were to reclassify. Davis is down to seven schools in Georgetown, Villanova, Uconn, Pittsburgh, George Mason, St. Joe’s and Virginia. He will take an unofficial visit to Virginia next week and plans to visit Villanova on June 17. Whether he reclassifies or not, Myles Davis is one of the best pure shooters in the country.

Lastly, I want to give props to Jimmy Hart and the rest of the Albany City Rocks organization who put on the event. It was fun and friendly event that showed off New York and how basketball in the city is still alive and well.

ALEX KLINE- The Recruit Scoop

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2 Responses to “The Recruit Scoop Live @ Rumble in the Bronx”

  1. Grassroots Basketball Weekend Linkage « Prep Hoops Assist - High School and Grassroots Basketball 17. Jun, 2010

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  2. eye 15. Jun, 2010

    Best dunk I saw was Derek Millinghaus 5 “10 point guard of Albany City rocks against NY Panthers.

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