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November 17, 2007

Saturday at National Prep Invitational

LOWELL, Mass. - Several top prospects made their way through UMass-Lowell's gym on Saturday at the National Prep Invitational. The highest profile prospect Tyreke Evans drew a crowd and didn't dissapoint them.

Tyreke Evans- 32 points on 12-22 shooting, 3-7 from three, 5-7 from the line, 4 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists and 3 turnovers in 37 minutes of play

Not his most inspired effort, but Evans was quite good to the tune of 32 points. In typical fashion he got to the rim going right and his some nifty jumpers off hesitation dribbles going left. Late in the game when American Christian needed buckets, Evans delivered to secure the win.

Jeremiah Kelly- 16 points on 7-11 shooting, 2-6 from three, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 34 minutes of play

Kelly played off the ball while Evans controlled the point guard position, but Kelly worked his way into enough scoring opportunities to be the second leading scorer for American Christian.

Larry Anderson- 25 points on 9-16 shooting, 1-4 from three, 6-7 from the line, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals, 2 assists, 7 turnovers in 38 minutes of play

A little undersized at around 6-foot-5 for a combo forward, Anderson has the energetic athleticism to make plays both on the move and in a crowd. A nice looking mid-major prospect, Anderson led Winchendon in scoring in its four point loss to American Christian.

Orzan Dilik- 10 points on 3-4 shooting, 1-1 from three, 3-4 from the line, 1 rebound, 1 turnover in 13 minutes of play

Dilik didn't get a whole lot of run for Winchendon, but he is an intriguing 2009 shooting guard prospect. He is physically strong and was productive scoring the ball in his 13 minutes.

Mike Marra- 13 points on 5-16 shooting, 3-12 from the arc, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists, 1 turnover on 26 minutes of play

Dartmouth bound David Rufful led Northfield Mount Hermon in scoring in its win over Champlain St. Lambert, but Marra, a 2009 prospect, is the top prospect on the squad. At 6-foot-4, Marra gets nice elevation on his jumper and rebounds his position well.

Demarquis Bost- 28 points on 8-15 shooting, 4-9 from three, 8-10 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 2 turnovers in 27 minutes of play

Playing primarily off the ball while Pitts controlled the point guard position, Bost did his best work spotting up on the three-point line and operating off the kick out pass. He led Hargrave in scoring in its win over Notre Dame Prep.

Damier Pitts- 27 points on 9-17 shooting, 1-6 from three, 8-11 from the line, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 6 steals, 7 assists, 3 turnovers in 40 minutes of play

Pitts played a heady game while consistently getting into the midrange. Once inside the defense, he knocked down pull up jumpers while also finding shooters. His six steals attest to his disruptiveness on defense.

Chris Braswell- 24 points on 8-17 shooting, 8-13 from the line, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 24 minutes of play

Hargrave got a huge game out of Braswell, who was by far the most productive post player in the game. He scored in the low post going to his right hand and on put backs. His physicality got him to the line numerous times.

Roscoe Davis- 8 points on 4-9 shooting, 0-1 from three, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 turnover in 20 minutes of play

Davis certainly didn't put up the numbers that his teammate Braswell, but Davis had several offensive plays that bode well for his future. He is back on track proving that the hype surrounding him early in his career was warranted.

Eshaunte Jones- 9 points on 2-10 shooting, 1-4 from three, 4-4 from the line, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 assists in 38 minutes of play

Jones struggled to score the ball, but he passed the ball well in the open court and worked the boards.

Kim English- 30 points on 12-25 shooitng, 4-9 from three, 2-4 from the line, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists, 1 turnover in 40 minutes of play

English was quite impressive in Notre Dame's loss to Hargrave. A smooth athlete with strength, English consistently worked his way into the midrange area and hit tough shots. A decent playmaker with the ball, English made good decisions and was aggressive on the boards.

Melquan Bolding- 10 points on 5-6 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 3 turnovers in 26 minutes of play

A physical guard, Bolding worked for his points by hitting the boards and getting out on the break.

Terrence Jennings- 3 points on 1-4 shooting, 1-1 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist in 11 minutes of play

Not his best day, Jennings got in early foul trouble and struggled defending the high ball screen.

Devin Ebanks- 25 points on 9-15 shooting, 1-4 from three, 6-10 from the line, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 5 assists, 1 turnover in 30 minutes of play

Ebanks led St. Thomas More to a solid win over Lee Academy. Against Lee's zone, Ebanks found the cracks in the middle and knocked down an array of midrange shots.

Nate Tomlinson- 9 points on 3-11 shooting, 3-9 from three, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 5 assists, 1 turnover in 35 minutes of play

Tomlinson is the type of players whose court vision and positive communication makes his teammates enjoy playing with him. His game is skill based and intelligent but he also has enough athleticism for the high major level. Would liked to have seen him score the ball better in the midrange.

Trey Blue- 27 points on 9-18 shooting, 4-11 from three, 5-6 from the line, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 assists, 5 turnovers in 30 minutes of play

Blue quietly put up impressive numbers in leading Brewster Academy to a win over Fork Union Military Academy. What he lacks in athleticism and size probably place him as a solid mid-major prospect.

Emmanuel Negedu- 13 points on 4-10 shooting, 1-2 from three, 4-8 from the line, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal and 3 rebounds in 22 minutes of play

Negedu's impact on the game came and went but his numbers are solid for 22 minutes of play. The most athletic player on the court, Negedu also had a couple nice scoring plays.

Mark Lyons- 8 points on 3-13 shooting, 1-5 from three, 1-2 from the line, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 2 turnovers

An ultra athletic combo guard, Lyons several highlight plays gave the impression that he accomplished more than his numbers indicate. If he can solidify his game, he can be an impact player at Xavier.


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