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June 17, 2008

Rumble in the Bronx top performers

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There were a few players that separated themselves from the rest of the pack at the Rumble in the Bronx tournament last week in New York.

Rivals.com's Justin Young looks back at the action and breaks down the four top performers from the event.

Rumble in the Bronx Top Performers
Durand Scott, SG, New York Gauchos
To fully appreciate the kind of work the Rivals150 prospect did over the course of the weekend, just look at his stat line from the title game. Scott scored 14 points (4-10 FG), grabbed eight rebounds and had eight assists. He had an assist on five straight baskets in a 10-0 run that proved to be the difference maker in a tight game.

Scott's energy and hustle is his foundation. He'll bring major effort each time out. That aspect of his game was not a big surprise. What was surprising was his dagger-in-the-heart jumper that was working like a well-oiled weapon and his athleticism. If he can continue to use his athleticism more to his advantage, then the July period could produce fantastic results for the New Yorker.

With nearly half of the top shooting guards in the nation already committed, schools are looking hard at a select few at the position. Scott continues to prove his worth as one of the most eligible shooting guards left on the board in the class of 2009 and did so at the Rumble in the Bronx.

Kevin Parrom, SF/PF, New York Panthers
Had the Panthers won the event, Parrom was a no-brainer selection for the top overall performer for the weekend. The 6-foot-6 forward did just about everything over the course of three days and made it look all too easy every time he stepped onto the floor.

Enjoying the luxury of sleeping in his own bed and being 15 minutes away from home, Parrom looked refreshed at tip time of each of his games. So it didn't come as a big surprise that most of his production came in the first half of his games. In the title game, Parrom ripped down 12 rebounds and scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half.

Perhaps his two best traits that he showed at the event was his ability to grab the rebound and start the break with a snap of a finger and his efficiency as a perimeter scorer. There wasn't a player in the field that could match up with him in the tournament bracket and Parrom took full advantage of the mismatches. Overall, his body of work was outstanding.

Thomas Robinson, PF, Squash All Beefs
From an effort and know-what-you-are standpoint, there wasn't a more fun player to watch in the tournament field than the 6-foot-7 power forward from Washington D.C. Robinson absolutely brought the effort in each of his games he played in.

As a rebounder, Robinson was relentless on the glass and made sure no one got the ball once it came off the rim. He was aggressive on both ends of the floor and scored tough buckets inside the paint. On occasion, Robinson scored facing the basket and even extended his game to the perimeter.

Because of his maximum hustle and effort, Robinson oftentimes found himself in foul trouble. That's an easy problem to fix. With schools constantly on the prowl for new names to recruit at the power forward position, Robinson has clearly played himself into the "must-get" category for the high-majors.

Dion Waiters, SG/PG, Team Final
The class of 2010 prospect was the top underclassmen playing the 17 and under division over the weekend. Waiters, a 6-foot-2 power guard, was a difficult match-up at both guard positions because of his top-notch natural strength and overall aggressive approach to the game.

With a number of top younger prospects out of town due to the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Waiters fit right in at the older division. The future Syracuse guard scored with confidence both inside and out. When he put his head down and attacked the basket, the result was either a score or a trip to the foul line and a future bruise on the body of any defender that stepped into his way.

Waiters was great in some instances as a passer and slipped the ball into some tight areas. He saw the floor well and did a nice job of spreading the wealth for his talented team.

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