Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hoop Group Holiday Classic: Top Performers Part 1

Richard Chapman (St. Michaels)

The Hoop Group Holiday Classic got a couple of games in before being called due to the snow storm. Basketball Spotlight was in the building and we caught some of the action.

Top Performers Part 1

Richard Chapman Forward (St. Michaels)- I heard a lot about Chapman and finally got a chance to check him. I like his length and some tools he displays in the paint. His footwork is decent and he’s quick off his feet. His frame looks like a few more inches will be added therefore he seems to have a good upside.

Javone Smith Forward (St. Michaels)- Speaking of upside look no further than Smith. This athletic wing runs the floor like a deer and finishes well in transition. His length helps him defend and in a few years he could explode into something special if is skill set develops.

Sammy Friday Forward (St. Michaels)- Friday is another long forward for this squad that doesn’t have full control of his limbs yet. He’s a live body and will become even better once he gets stronger and develops. He’s nowhere near a finished product which should be looked at as a plus.

James Wright Guard (St. Michaels)- Wright looks very comfortable with this group. He has settled in playing to off guard and slashing to the hole. He shows more patience in terms of letting plays develop and getting the rock to his teammates.

Gilberto Cue Guard (KSK)- I must say I liked the way Cue runs the point and an aggressive penetrator and has a strong frame to absorb contact. I like the range on is shot but did feel that he fell in love with the deep bomb little too much. Penetrating a little more and dishing to their bigs would have served a little better.

Ceasar DeJesus Guard (KSK)- This was my first look this kid and he shined against Team Scan. He had things going from the perimeter knocking down the jumper from deep and the midrange area. He really looks good in transition with a legit handle and explosive finishes. You will be earing more from this kid.