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January 17, 2011

Hoophall Classic: Coleman in control

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- There were some impressive performances Sunday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic, but the top one was delivered by 2012 five-star post player DaJuan Coleman.

Jamesville-Dewitt 76, Webster Groves 64

DaJuan Coleman 2012, center, Jamesville-Dewitt

Looking much better conditioned than during the summer, Coleman played 30 minutes of dominant, high level basketball Sunday night. Numerous times he scored against contact, he pursued rebounds outside of his area and he looked great handling the ball in the open court. Coleman will never be a high rising athlete, but when in condition he has the ability to control space and make skilled plays in the mold of a Kevin Love or Jared Sullinger. Coleman finished with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 7-of-13 from the line, 20 rebounds, one block, five assists and two turnovers.

Life Center Academy 73, St. Mark's 69

Life Center took a nine point lead into the locker room at half time behind a 21-point scoring effort by LaQuinton Ross. St. Mark's tightened the game up but couldn't overtake Life Center down the stretch.

LaQuinton Ross 2011, small forward, Life Center, OSU signee

It was a tale of two halves for Ross. After going 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, Ross only attempted four shots in the second half. Defensively, Ross did a nice job defending Kaleb Tarczewski in the post and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Ross is one of the top marksmen coming into the college game next year. If he develops his strength and improves his motor, he will be an impact player for the Buckeyes.

Nick Stauskas 2012, wing, St. Mark's

Stauskas led St. Mark's with 24 points with a combination of three-pointers and slashing drives to the rim. He connected on 9-of-16 shots from the field with 4-of-10 from behind the arc. He also grabbed five rebounds and played an overall solid floor game.

Kaleb Tarczewski 2012, center, St. Mark's

Tarczewski struggled finishing in the paint during frenetic action. When the flow stabilized, and he had one-on-one opportunities in the post, he looked much more comfortable. For the game Tarczewski was 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points total. It was on the boards and as a defensive rim protector that he was impressive. Tarczewski was had game highs with 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

Alex Murphy 2012, wing, St. Mark's

Murphy just didn't have that big of an impact on the game. On 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 1-of-3 shooting from behind the arc, Murphy scored nine points. One telling stat is that he did not attempt a free throw in the game. He did grab five rebounds and had three assists to five turnovers.

Hargrave Military Academy 78, St. Thomas More 58

Hargrave had just too many weapons for Andre Drummond and his St. Thomas More squad to deal with.

Dezmine Wells 2011, wing, Hargrave Military, Xavier commitment

When the game became more of an open court game, Wells began to take control of the game. Streaking to the basket going both right and left, Wells ignited the crowd with some man sized finishes. He was the game high scorer with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. Wells also had four rebounds, three steals, two blocks, four assists and three turnovers.

P.J. Hairston 2011, wing, Hargrave Military, North Carolina signee

Out of a 40 minute game, Hairston was limited to just 16 minutes because of foul trouble. He still had an efficiently productive game, scoring 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with 4-of-6 of those shots from behind the arc.

C.J. Barksdale 2011, power forward, Hargrave Military, Virginia Tech signee

Barksdale played quite well against the No. 1-ranked prospect in the class of 2012 Andre Drummond. When Drummond was hesitant to leave the lane, Barksdale knocked down midrange jumpers and he also got to the rim off the dribble several times. He ended up with 16 points on 8-14 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

Andre Drummond 2012, center, St. Thomas More

Drummond certainly has the talent of a No. 1 prospect - great physique, athleticism and skill level. As has been well documented, there is room for him to improve in terms of becoming a more aggressive and passionate player. Against Hargrave all these elements were in play as Drummond dominated with his size, had a couple highlight-reel plays but you still left wanting a little more from him because you know there is so much more available in him. He finished with a stat line of 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 1-of-6 from the line, 10 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and two turnovers.

Findlay Prep 76, St. Andrew's School 57

St. Andrew's hung tough with Findlay Prep through three quarters behind a strong effort of their star player Michael Carter-Williams. In the end, though, Findlay Prep had just too much talent.

Nick Johnson 2011, shooting guard, Findlay Prep, Arizona signee

There were impressive stretches of the game where Johnson and Carter-Williams took turns draining deep, contested three-pointers. Johnson also had a couple plays where he showed off his extreme leaping ability. On the night, Johnson finished with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting, 4-of-9 from three, two rebounds, one block, two assists and one turnover.

Myck Kabongo 2011, point guard, Findlay Prep, Texas signee

Kabongo did an excellent job at the point of Findlay's offensive attack as a distributor and also shot maker when up against the shot clock. Playing with an impressive pace and feel to his game, Kabongo scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, 3-of-5 from behind the arc and dished out eight assists to only two turnovers.

Nigel Williams-Goss 2013, combo guard, Findlay Prep, UNLV commitment

As a young player, Williams-Goss has a strong physique and impressive savvy and court vision. Against St. Andrew's, he quietly blended in as more of a scorer and rebounder than passer. He ended up as his team's high scorer with 19 points and second leading rebounder with nine boards.

Michael Carter-Williams 2011, combo guard, St. Andrew's, Syracuse signee

As both the primary ball handler and primary scorer for St. Andrew's, Carter-Williams carries a heavy load on his shoulders. Against Findlay Prep, he handled it well going against a variety of tough defenders. At close to 6 feet 6 now, Carter-Williams is an impressive long term prospect with his slippery ball handling and knack for scoring tough buckets. He finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-22 shooting, 5-of-9 from behind the arc and 3-of-4 from the line. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.


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