Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rating the city’s top basketball prospects

Conwell-Egan´s Ike Robinson, center, bumps West Catholic´s Yuri Burton, right. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)<br />
Conwell-Egan's Ike Robinson, center, bumps West Catholic's Yuri Burton, right. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

FOR THE 33rd consecutive season, the Daily News is attempting to give college basketball coaches a helping hand with their recruitment of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac League players.

Our five categories for seniors are point guards, wing guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers. Players are categorized by the position we expect them to play in college. But remember, a player's role can depend upon the level of school he attends.

The players in "The Best" category are those we believe would be most capable of playing in Division I or the higher levels of Division II, or in a competitive junior-college program if there's a need for academic strengthening. "Others" are Division IIs or IIIs.

Our rating system: 1. big time; 2. midmajor; 3. low Division I; 4. high Division II. We have compiled a separate list of players who have already made commitments.

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    Point Guards

    The Best

    Shaquille Shannon, 6-foot, tough with ball, classic jumpshot, extra set of eyes, star student, Coppin/Howard/Stony Brook stalking, rating: 3;

    Jay Harris, Robeson, 5-10, human buzz-saw, competes to no end, height no problem, word spreading, rating: 3-4.

    TWENTY-FIVE OTHERS

    Brandyn Wims, Dougherty

    Devon Perrin, Fels

    Woody Redding, North Catholic

    Jamal Melvin, Bonner

    Quasim Jones, Bartram

    Austin Curry, Gtn. Academy

    Dehaven Brown, Frankford

    Kenny Bey-Brown, Franklin

    Haywood Henderson, Southern

    Brandon Baynes, University City

    Devon Thomas, Conwell-Egan

    Wanyae Hartsfield, Mastery South

    Cedrick Powell, Strawberry Mansion

    Zachary Spence, Eng. and Science

    Kenneith Stewart, Fels

    Bryton Hawthorne, New Media

    Kamell Alston, Central

    Malik Abdulhadi, Washington

    Anthony Bertolino, O'Hara

    Anthony Magallanes, Ryan

    Dan Patriarca, Northeast

    Calvin Hill, Furness

    Michael Gray, Penn

    Amir Stringfield, Randolph

    Jean-Pierre Forte, World Communications

     

    Wing Guards

    THE BEST

    Donte Williams, Washington, 6-3, relentless driver, spirited, best in up tempo, La Salle/Delaware monitoring, rating: 2-3;

    Ike Robinson, Conwell-Egan, 6-3, crafty, slashes to treys, still blossoming, Rider/Central Conn sniffing; rating: 3-4;

    Rysheen Dorn, Delaware Valley, 6-4, high motor, grows on ya, halfcourt sets no problem, strong MEAC interest, rating: 3-4;

    TWENTY-FIVE OTHERS

    Jabreil McLeod, Olney

    Jaleel Mack, North Catholic

    Tyree Smith, Gratz

    Mike Wilson, King

    Troy Hockaday, La Salle

    Joe Nardi, St. Joseph's Prep

    Todd Cramer, Chestnut Hill

    Kadeem Patterson, Olney

    Zaahir Allen, Bartram

    Isiah Clark, New Media

    Mike Barr, Lansdale Catholic

    Terrell Clark, Frankford

    Naquil Jones, West Phila.

    Raheem Roher, Comm. Tech

    Rodney Walters, Frankford

    Donte Goodman, Sayre

    Khalil Meadows, Strawberry Mansion

    Joshua Welles, Central

    Dan Kearney, O'Hara

    Kyle Richardson, Kensington

    John Creighton, Hope

    Saadiq Berry, Strawberry Mansion

    Vincent Ho, West Catholic

    Teron Brown, Future

    Carl Guignard, GAMP

     

    Small Forwards

    THE BEST

    Carl Wallace, Frankford, 6-4, best athlete on board, explodes to hoop, polishing overall skills, warrior, likely JC material, rating: 3-4;

    Ben Mingledough, Carroll, 6-4, bouncy, makes strides daily, great teammate, crafty rebounder, can add weight, rating: 3-4;

    TWENTY OTHERS

    Brandon Brown, Dougherty

    Sherman Blanford, Comm. Tech

    Jerrod Johnson, Franklin LC

    Shawn Penn, Franklin

    Anthony Patterson, Roxborough

    Matt Hankerson, Prep Charter

    Jamal Jones, Strawberry Mansion

    Anthony Wallace, Palumbo

    Josh Stevens, New Media

    Kyle McNair, Parkway

    Bob Makor, North Catholic

    Doug Macrone, Wood

    Cashad McFadden, Overbrook

    Harold Gordon, New Media

    Keefer Francis, Bonner

    Kiwan Murray, West Catholic

    Kyle Baldwin, Phila. Electrical

    Master Corbin, Washington

    Joseph McClain, Esperanza

    Michael Clemmons, Univ. City

     

    Power Forwards

    THE BEST

    Antoine "Ness" Bland, Gratz, 6-4, bull in china shop, relentless, heavy football interest also, rating: 3-4;

    FIFTEEN OTHERS

    Allan Dempster, Phila. Academy

    Brandon Smith, Central

    Mark "Stretch" Houston, Eng. and Science

    Eddie Callender, Germantown

    Connor McIntyre, St. Joseph's Prep

    Micah Peeler, Univ. City

    Mark "Stretch" Blount, Penn

    Andre Thomas, Math/Civics/Sciences

    Mike Payne, Conwell-Egan

    Dan Vanderslice, Bonner

    Allen Heggs, Episcopal

    Devin Moore, Bartram

    Shakim Thomas, Furness

    Brendan Ostaszewski, Ryan

    Robert Jones, Fels

     

    Centers

    THE BEST

    None

    SIX OTHERS

    Fred Ruff, Delaware Valley

    Tim "Bird" Kowalko, Washington

    Kevin Fenstermaker, Wood

    Dan Plummer, Lansdale Catholic

    Francisco Medina, Edison

    Erik Raleigh, Constitution

    TOP TWENTY JUNIORS

    Juan'ya Green, Carroll, 6-3, WG

    Ameen Tanksley, Imhotep, 6-5, WG-SF

    Jerrell Wright, Dobbins, 6-6, PF

    DeQuann "Bootsie" Walker, Malvern, 6-3, WG

    Joe Getz, Wood, 6-foot, PG

    Aquil Younger, West Catholic, 6-1, PG

    Xavier Harris, Constitution, 6-5, PF

    Lamon Church, Malvern, 6-3, WG-SF

    Fortunat "Junior" Kangudi, Roman, 6-8, PF

    Markeith Mont, World Comm., 6-5, WG-SF

    Isaiah Baker, Episcopal, 6-7, PF-C

    David Appolon, Imhotep, 6-2, WG

    Mark Wilmer, Prep Charter, 6-6, PF

    Ray Jaggon, Olney, 6-3, WG

    Eddie Mitchell, La Salle, 6-foot, PG

    Andrew Moye, Gratz, 6-2, WG

    Turhan Griffin, Franklin LC, 6-foot, WG

    Reggie Charles, Judge, 6-1, PG-WG

    Tracy Peal, Malvern, 6-5, PF

    Thomas Moore, 5-11, PG

    TOP DOZEN YOUNGSTERS

    (Sophomores Unless Noted)

    Derrick Stewart, Neumann-Goretti, 6-6, PF

    Steve Vasturia, St. Joseph's Prep, 6-2, PG-WG (frosh)

    Khyree Wooten, Straw. Mansion, 6-2, WG

    John Davis, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, WG-SF (frosh)

    Maurice Watson, Boys' Latin, 5-9, PG

    Malik Garner, Chestnut Hill, 6-4, SF

    Gene Williams, St. Joseph's Prep, 6-2, WG

    Brendan Kilpatrick, Malvern, 6-3, WG

    Britton Lee, Roman, 5-11, PG-WG (frosh)

    Jerimyjah Batts, Comm. Tech, 6-7, PF-C

    Semaj Reed, Haverford School, 6-6, PF-C (frosh)

    Rysheed Jordan, Vaux, 6-1, PG (frosh)

     

    Already Committed

    The following players are off the prospects board:

    Point Guards: Tyreek Duren, Neumann-Goretti, La Salle; DJ Irving, Carroll, Boston U.

    Shooting Guards: Cameron Ayers, Gtn. Academy, Bucknell; Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins, Roman, Tulane; Tony Chennault, Neumann-Goretti, Wake Forest; Pat Connaghan, Chestnut Hill, Univ. of Sciences in Phila.; Tyrone Garland, Bartram Virginia Tech; Mustafaa Jones, Neumann-Goretti, Hartford; Devonte' "DJ" Newbill, Strawberry Mansion, Marquette; Mike Terry, North Catholic, Boston U.

    Small Forward: Fran Dougherty, Wood, Penn; Tom Noonan, Penn Charter, Princeton.

    Power Forwards: Erik Copes, Imhotep, George Washington (junior), Anthony Mayo, Roman, Boston U; Danny Stewart, Neumann-Goretti, Rider.

    Center: Shaquille Duncan, Frankford, Niagara.

     

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