Monday, September 5, 2011

J.E.M. ALL STAR CLASSIC RECAP: North All Stars Outlast South All Stars

Karl Towns Stood Tall At The J.E.M. All Star Classic

Nassir Barrino scored 20 points and Karl Towns added 17 markers to lead the North All Stars to a 96-90 victory over the South All Stars at the 2nd Annual J.E.M. All Star Classic. Sam Foreman finished with 19 points for the South squad in the loss.

MVP: Nassir Barrino Guard (Newark, NJ)- Barrino got things going early and often. Instead of launching deep shots he chose to attempt higher percentage buckets with drives in the half court set or in transition. He understands how to use body control and double clutch finishes while avoiding shot blockers. Hudson Catholic has a bona-fide scorer in Barrino.

North All Stars Top Performers

Karl Towns Forward (Piscataway, NJ)- Standing 6’9 Towns was worth the price of admissions. He gave the crowd a taste of all his weapons. He drilled a few NBA ranged treys, played unselfishly and dominated inside when crunch time arrived. In the final minutes Karl dominated the glass and used his length to convert at the basket. Defensively, he was a human eraser inside while tossing back or altering shots all game. He’s capable of dominating the game from so many different areas. He’s headed to St. Joseph’s in Metuchen.

Isaiah Briscoe Guard (Union, NJ)- Briscoe received his POY Award and then took it to the floor. He showed a lot of explosiveness when attacking the basket and athleticism when flushing the rock. His ability to drive with either hand makes him very difficult to contain. I also like the competitiveness he showed when it was time to win the game. Now Briscoe will take his talents to St. Benedicts Prep.

Chris Baldwin Forward (Springfield, MA)- Baldwin added more size to the North Size. He was a major factor inside and from the mid range area. At times he was a total matchup problem and should only blossom on the high school level. He was a joy to watch this year and walked away with the Basketball Spotlight Most Outstanding Player Award.

Donovan Mitchell Guard (Elmford, NY)- I’ve seen Mitchell have better scoring days but what makes him special was that he did other things to contribute. He was a monster on the glass while gliding over these giants to snatch the caroms. He kept the ball alive for his squad down the stretch of this tight contest.

Chris Atkinson Guard (Hempstead, NY)- Atkinson's quickness was definitely on displayed. He broke down defenders with a crisp handle and tight spin moves. His outside shot looked good especially when he was left open. He ran the show for this loaded North squad.

South All Stars Top Performers

Sam Foreman Guard (Philadelphia, PA)- The explosive guard has garnered Kemba Walker comparisons and I can see why. He was relentless in attacking the defense, knockdown down 3 treys and played above the rim. This kid has really taken his game and confidence to another level and this package should take him a long way.

Lamar Kimble Guard (Philadelphia, PA)- Kimble had things popping early by using his patented pull up jumper in the lane. He has the unique ability to get rid of defenders and hit the jumper while they are back pedaling. He also was very confident from behind the arc. He had a very good grammar school career and we will miss him.

Manny Taylor Forward (Philadelphia, PA)- Taylor was a strong force inside on the defensive end by clogging the lane and hitting the boards. Offensively he showed improved footwork and scored using a baby hook. He fought hard against big Karl Towns in the paint.

Trevaughn Wilkerson Forward (Philadelphia, PA)- Wilkerson played very loose and had an impact on the game. He ran the floor well and has a good nose for the ball. He was one most dominant inside players in Basketball Spotlight history. Wilkerson gave us some great moments.

Tyvez Monroe Forward (Alexandria, VA)- Monroe had his moments. He bullied his way to the bucket and showed some finesse with his outside shot. He should be a name on the radar on the Virginia HS basketball scene.