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January 18, 2009

Sunday at the Hoophall

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-The Spalding Hoophall Classic hosted a full schedule of national games on Sunday, and no player stood out more than Tennessee's 2010 commitment Josh Selby.

DeMatha Catholic 88, Neumann-Goretti 71

Josh Selby (DeMatha) 28 points on 12-15 shooting, 0-1 from three, 4-4 from the line, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 22 minutes

It was an impressive outing for Selby on Sunday. The knock on DeMatha guard is that he is prone to playing out of control and taking ill advised shots. His 12-15 shooting and only one turnover attest to his controlled and efficient play against Neumann-Goretti. He completed a number of tough finishes around the basket while also leading his team from the point guard position. Selby is well on his way to establishing himself as an elite combo guard.

Naji Hibbert (DeMatha) 17 points on 5-10 shooting, 3-4 from three, 4-7 from the line, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers in 22 minutes

The Texas A&M was solid but not that noticeable during the bulk of the game before knocking down a flurry of threes late in the game.

Victor Oladipo (DeMatha) 11 points on 4-4 shooting, 2-2 from three, 1-1 from the line, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers in 16 minutes

The 2010 four-star prospect played well coming off the bench for DeMatha. An athletic wing, Oladipo and his teammate and 2010 four-star prospect Jerian Grant are getting heavy interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Maryland, Clemson and North Carolina State according to DeMatha head coach Mike Jones.

Mikael Hopkins (DeMatha) 8 points on 4-6 shooting, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 turnover in 16 minutes

Hopkins starts in the post for DeMatha, and as a 6-foot-7 sophomore, he is an intriguing high major prospect. Still growing, Hopkins has a feel for the game and led all players in rebounding.

Tony Chenault (Neumann-Goretti) 20 points on 8-15 shooting, 1-3 from three, 3-5 from the line, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists in 26 minutes

Chenault, a 2010 Wake Forest commitment did what he does best and that is attack the basket and finish. He also took care of the ball, managing to never turn the ball over despite making a high number of plays for his team.

Tilton School 98, Hotchkiss School 79

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (Tilton School) 33 points on 10-19 shooting, 2-7 from three, 11-11 from the line, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists, 1 turnover in 27 minutes

A do everything type small forward, Coombs-McDaniel was on top of his game Sunday. A dangerous player in transition as both a finisher and passer, Coombs-McDaniel is the glue that keeps his team together, and I expect him to play that same role for Connecticut. Coombs-McDaniel's most impressive stat, considering all the plays he was involved in, was his only one turnover.

Alex Oriakhi (Tilton School) 23 points on 9-16 shooting, 5-14 from the line, 17 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover in 27 minutes

As long as Oriakhi wasn't shooting free throws, he was dominating the game. Hotchkiss had no answer for his power around the basket. Expect Oriakhi to make some noise at UConn during his freshman campaign.

Gerard Coleman (Tilton School) 12 points on 4-11 shooting, 1-4 from three, 3-5 from the line, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 turnovers in 21 minutes

A four-star 2010 prospect, Coleman made his plays primarily on the defensive end. Coleman noted that Clemson, Louisville, Boston College, Providence and Virginia are the schools that have watched him play this year.

Derrick Wilson (Hotchkiss School) 30 points on 11-22 shooting, 1-3 from three, 7-9 from the line 2 blocks, 2 steals, 4 assists, 4 turnovers in 30 minutes

A point guard in a running back's body, Wilson is the epitome of a power guard. When he wants to get to a spot on the court, there is little that can be done to stop him from getting there. Wilson had his way with Tilton's smaller point guard before Coombs-McDaniel switched onto him.

Jason Morris (Hotchkiss School) 20 points on 8-22 shooting, 2-8 from three, 2-2 from the line, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, 1 turnover in 29 minutes

With Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt sitting behind the Hotchkiss watching both Morris and Wilson, Morris, who is playing with two sore knees, never got untracked offensively. Along with Georgia Tech, Georgia, Clemson, Stanford, Virginia and Wake Forest are the schools pursuing Morris the hardest. All of these schools have offered, and Morris said he is also hearing some from Duke.

Winchendon 81, Patterson 70

Sampson Carter (Winchendon) 19 points on 7-16 shooting, 2-5 from the line, 3-4 from the line, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 turnovers
Carter aggression offensively was one of the keys to his team's win. His offensive versatility will give the UMass program a boost when he arrives.

Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon) 12 points on 5-6 shooting, 2-4 from the line, 11 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 turnover

The left handed 7-footer headed to Kansas State is demonstrating improvement. He played with more aggression and confidence than when we last saw him in November. Still very much a project, Henriquez has a chance to help Kansas State down the line.

Hassan Whiteside (Patterson) 9 points on 3-8 shooting, 3-5 from the line, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks, 1 steal, 3 turnovers

Marshall pulled off quite a coup in landing this athletic and nearly 7-foot center. Whiteside is a work in progress offensively, but his shot blocking and rebounding can emphatically impact the game. He will get a fourth star when the rankings are reshuffled.

Vincent Council (Patterson) 17 points on 7-17 shooting, 2-8 from three, 1-2 from the line, 1 rebound, 9 assists, 5 turnovers

The most aggressive offensively out of the Patterson perimeter players, Council hit a three early and became a bit too enamored with the long range shot. The Providence commitment is at his best when penetrating with the basketball.

DeAndre Kane (Patterson) 10 points on 4-15 shooting, 1-8 from three, 1-2 from the line, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists, 1 turnover

Kane simply just didn't play well on Sunday. After a brief commitment to Seton Hall over the Holidays, Kane is considering his hometown school Pittsburgh along with Seton Hall. He doesn't plan on making a final decision until April. Look out for Marshall between now and then. Kane is close to Whiteside and is going to give Marshall close consideration.

Rashanti Harris (Patterson) 14 points on 6-8 shooting, 2-5 from the line, 11 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 5 turnovers

Gonzaga 60, St. Mark's School 53

Cedrick Lindsay (Gonzaga) 24 points on 7-16 shooting, 3-4 from three, 7-10 from the line, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists, 4 turnovers

A junior shooting guard, Lindsay was the go-to man for Gonzaga. He shot the ball well from deep, and did a good bit of the ball handling. Low to mid majors will be interested in this scorer.

Tyler Thornton (Gonzaga) 11 points on 2-7 shooting, 7-10 from the line, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 2 turnovers in 24 minutes

The 2010 Duke commitment didn't have a particularly good game, and more of the offense actually went through Lindsay. Thornton showed the ability to get into the lane but had trouble finishing. He did get to the free throw line by posting up a lot in Gonzaga's offense.

Ian Hummer (Gonzaga) 17 points on 7-17 shooting, 3-6 from the line, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist, 3 turnovers in 30 minutes

Undersized but athletic and strong, Hummer is destined for a productive career at Princeton.

Erik Murphy (St. Mark's) 21 points on 7-18 shooting, 2-5 from three, 5-6 from the line, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist, 1 turnover in 30 minutes

Murphy, a skilled big man headed to Florida, used a finesse approach against the physical Hummer to get his points. Defensively he was active and productive.

Nate Lubick (St. Mark's) 13 points on 6-7 shooting, 0-1 from three, 1-3 from the line, 8 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 5 turnovers in 21 minutes

The 2010 Georgetown commitment had an efficient game scoring the ball with his only miss coming from behind the arc.

Hargrave Military 91, Champlain St. Lambert 57

Chris Braswell (Hargrave Military) 18 points on 8-13 shooting, 2-4 from the line, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal in 27 minutes

Braswell isn't overly powerful or athletic, but he is crafty scorer within 15-feet of the basket. He is playing with improved focus and effort this year and should be an impact player for Charlotte early in his career.

Maurice Creek (Hargrave Military) 14 points on 4-10 shooting, 3-8 from three, 3-5 from the line, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists, 1 turnover in 24 minutes

Creek isn't an overpower player, but he is a constant threat as a wing scorer. His shooting ability and all around game will get him heavy minutes at Indiana next year.


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