Primetime Recruiting Recap: Monroe, Jennings, Jones, Stephenson
Top prospects from Primetime Shootout in Trenton, NJ
Class of 2008
Greg Monroe 6’10/220 (Georgetown) (Helen Cox, LA)
24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
Greg Monroe is a 6’10 combo forward who has a tremendous amount of skills to go along with his long frame. He showed a lot of different aspects of his game on Saturday night including putting a full effort into the game. He scored from all over the floor hitting the 3 and midrange jumper along with a solid job on the boards. At 6’10 he has the ability to bring the ball up the court effortlessly showing his court vision to find open teammates on the break. He will fit in perfectly at Georgetown next season; he is an unselfish player who doesn’t need the ball to impact the game. The main thing people want to see from Greg is for him to play hard every time out on the court. Sometimes he just doesn’t seem like he feels like playing just going through the motions but he showed great effort in this game.
Kevin Jones 6’7/215 (West Virginia) (Mt. Vernon, NY)
27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks
Kevin Jones is going to be a big time player at (WVU) next season playing for Coach Huggins. He is a solid athlete who doesn’t try and do anything on the court out of his limitations. At 6’7 he is an undersized power forward but he does most of his damage on the inside finishing strong. He also has the ability to step outside and hit the mid-range jumper with the occasional 3 pointer. Coach Huggins is known for getting the most out of players considered tweeners which Jones falls into that group.
Samardo Samuels 6’9/240 (Louisville) (St. Benedict’s, NJ)
25 points and 7 rebounds & 30 points and 6 rebounds
Samardo Samuels is headed to Louisville next season to play for Coach Pitino in the Big East. He is a Big East type player who is big, strong and tough. He will make an impact as a freshman at Louisville. He is more agile then people would think looking at his frame being able to step outside and hit the mid-range jumper. He does most of his damage down low being able to seal defenders on his back and finish strong. He does a great job on the boards grabbing everything up off the glass. Samardo has had a tremendous season so far receiving MVP awards at almost every stop on St. Benedict’s (NJ) national tour this season.
Kemba Walker 6’1/175 (Connecticut) (Rice, NY)
Kemba Walker is a floor general who has the ability to take over games with his scoring ability when needed. He also has excellent floor vision being able to find players when they look covered. Kemba will have the chance to step right in at Uconn and make an impact by playing many minutes early on. He has the ability to get in the lane and finish on an array of different moves.
Brandon Jennings 6’1/175 (Arizona) (Oak Hill Academy, VA)
27 points & 35 points 6 assists and 5 rebounds
Brandon Jennings the # 1 (PG) in the class of 2008 had a so-so weekend playing great on Friday night at Rutgers (RAC) in a blowout. He then came back and played an uninspired game against another national powerhouse in a loss on Saturday night. I mean there is no denying his ability but sometimes you wish he put up more of an effort. I know that this team isn’t like the usual Oak Hill teams but if they are going to be able to win they need a big offensive night from him every time out. He is a big-time scoring (PG) with the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He also has the best court vision in the country making extremely difficult passes look completely effortless. Brandon will make a huge impact next season at (PG) University where he will be running the show from Day 1 when he arrives on campus.
David Bruce 6’9/225 (Linden, NJ)
35 points and 15 rebounds
David Bruce didn’t come into this event with one of the biggest names out there in his class but he sure made a name for himself. He has continued to improve his game this season showing college coaches that he can be more consistent. He was dominating on both ends of the floor in this contest earning MVP award for his team. He has seen his recruitment pick up lately with his big senior season. He picked up an offer from St. John’s on Sunday after his big performance. Other schools who have offered him are mostly Big East and A-10 schools.
Class of 2009
Lance Stephenson 6’5/215 (Lincoln, NY)
33 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks
Lance Stephenson showed why so many people have called him a pro already on Saturday night. He was the best prospect at the Primetime Shootout event on Saturday & Sunday. He came out of the locker room on fire in this huge game against (Rice, NY). Lance showed off his entire game on this night scoring with his smooth jumper along with strong drives to the hoop and dominating inside play. He also was a monster on the boards dominating on both ends of the floor. He is one of the top 5 players in his class and has the ability to have a great future at whichever campus he lands on for as long as he is there. Lance has been in the spotlight for so long now being involved with the famous Rucker Park league when he was only 14 years old. If he continues to progress his game at the pace he is now the sky is the limit for him.
Lamont “MoMo” Jones 6’0/180 (Louisville) (American Christian, PA)
25 points & 24 points
Lamont Jones is a tremendous outside shooter who caught fire this weekend from the outside connecting on 15 three pointers. He has adjusted well to arriving at his new school this year since transferring in from Rice (NY). He is headed to play for Coach Pitino in two years where he should fit in nicely with his shooting ability and athletic game.
Dexter Strickland 6’3/185 (North Carolina) (St. Patrick, NJ)
29 points and 4 rebounds & 17 points
Dexter Strickland is a very gifted athlete who is trying to transition to playing the (PG) instead of the (SG) for the next level. He finishes strong at the rim when attacking the basket and also has a nice mid-range game. He has range to beyond the arc and is also starting to improve his floor vision by playing the (PG). Dexter can score in bunches putting baskets in a flurry. He sat out of the 1st quarter of Friday night’s game against cross-town rival St. Benedict’s (NJ) b/c of disciplinary action. He made up for it quickly scoring a quick 6 points when he stepped onto the floor. He should fit in fine at North Carolina when he arrives there with the talent they have coming in with him. Right now they have the # 1 recruiting class in the country for 2009.
Durand Scott 6’5/190 (Rice, NY)
Durand Scott is one of the most talented players in (NYC) this season. He is a skilled (SG) who can fill it up from anywhere on the floor. He is playing out of position right now running at (SF) for Rice since they have two great guards. He plays hard every time he is out on the floor impacting the game in many different ways. Durand has a nice shooting touch out beyond the arc. He is also a very athletic prospect who has a number of Division 1 schools watching him closely. They include Memphis, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Duke, Arizona and others.
Maalik Wayns 6’1/190 (Villanova) (Roman Catholic, PA)
26 points & 4 assists
Maalik Wayns is one of the best point guards in the class of 2009 and that’s why Villanova came in early to scoop him up. He has a very good feel for the game being able to get through the lane and finish everything. Maalik is able to get separation from defenders with his ultra quick cross-over and knock down the open jumper. He has good floor vision that is improving each time out on the floor. As he continues to improve his game he should definitely see heavy minutes as a freshman for Coach Jay Wright.
Greg Echenique 6’9/240 (St. Benedict’s, NJ)
12 points and 10 rebounds & 14 points
Greg Echenique is a prospect that has improved each time I have seen him this season. He continues to get more agile and athletic each time out. He has extended his range out to the foul line on his jumper and also does a great job on the boards. He has also seen his recruitment start to pick up even more lately with Coach Billy Donovan coming to his school last week to watch him workout. He has a school list of Miami, Pittsburgh, Duke, Notre Dame, Penn, Memphis, Rutgers, Maryland and Florida.
Kevin Parrom 6’6/200 (St. Raymond’s, NY)
16 points and 10 rebounds
Kevin Parrom has really opened some eyes in the last couple of weeks with his outstanding play in some major events. He had a great performance up at Spalding HoopHall Classic a few weeks ago and turned in another monster game on Sunday at Primetime Shootout. He has the ability to step outside and hit the jumper or bang down low to score his baskets. He also does a great job on the defensive end along with the boards. He has seen an increase in his recruitment with schools such as Rutgers, Clemson, Marquette, St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Xavier and with other schools from the ACC, A-10 and Big East.
Class of 2010
Doron Lamb 6’4/170 (Bishop Loughlin, NY)
Doron Lamb is a legit top 20 player in the class of 2010 and he put on a show Sunday afternoon. He is able to put it in from anywhere on the floor and does a good job finding open teammates in transition. He is one of the best scorers in the class of 2010 who will continue to improve his game in the coming years. Doron has a great feel for the game and plays hard the whole time he is on the court.
Class of 2011
Michael Gilchrist 6’6/180 (St. Patrick’s, NJ)
10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks
Michael Gilchrist is only a freshmen but he has had to grow up fast this season playing for national power St. Patrick’s (NJ). He has earned a lot of minutes this season for his team. He came in with a lot of hype behind his play and rankings from last year. He showed a tremendous upside this weekend on Friday & Saturday night in two big games that his team ended up splitting. He is a very athletic player who is still learning the game but shows flashes of a elite prospect. He is definitely a player to watch for in the coming years.