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|Class of 2010 prospect Taran Buie skies in for a dunk during Thursday's 16-under AAU Super Showcase.|
Harris finished with 22 points and Buie with 14 to lead Albany. 2010 6-1 PG Aaron Craft and 2010 5-10 PG Juwan Staten (Dayton Commit) supported Sullinger with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Both teams showed heart and toughness as they had to win two games each earlier in the day in order to reach the championship.
Rivers is an excellent ball handler who plays with his head and eyes up to take advantage of his court vision. Likes the right side of the floor where he uses the right-to-left crossover. He can be in the middle of the lane in two dribbles, where he elevates into a pull-up jumper or delivers a drop-off pass. He can get into the lane to score or set up a teammate off the on-ball screen. Drives hard to his left and likes to get all the way to the rim.
He is a streaky shooter good enough to keep the defense honest. His guide hand gets involved in his release and seems to move his shot off line at times. He's an excellent rebounder on both ends and is a threat to score on a tip-in on offense or go coast to coast after a defensive rebound. He's a quick-hands defender who understands how to use distance to stay in front of the ball handler and is alert when he is away from the ball to help a teammate. Areas he can improve include shooting range and form, perfecting his left-to-right crossover and strength training. He has a great feel for the game on both ends and is very talented. He is the son of Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.Michael Gilchrist, SF (6-6, 180)
Gilchrist is a big-time rebounder on both ends of the floor with great hands and quick reaction time to the ball. He can start the break with a bust-out dribble to clear the traffic before he outlets. He will sprint in from the perimeter to offensive rebound and is great at tip-ins, dunks in traffic or just keeping the ball alive. He does not accept box outs and pursues the ball until it is secured and gets to the free throw line with regularity because of his aggressive style of play. He displays good touch at the free throw line.
He shows excellent foot speed and lateral quickness on defense, allowing him to keep the ball handler under control. He plays with his hands up and contests the shot whenever he is near a shooter. Very disruptive on defense, he is a live body who plays on the ball in the press. He must work on increasing his shooting range to the 3-point line and be a regular in the weight room. Gilchrist has played with great effort and been productive every time I have watched him in July.Dejuan Coleman, F/C (6-8, 230)
Coleman sprints the floor in transition effortlessly, using long strides and pumping his arms to cover ground. He finishes above the rim with authority in transition. His post moves are still developing but he attacks the rim with power. He uses the drop step on both low boxes, finishes through contact and dunks any clear angles to the rim. He catches lobs over the defense with ease. Coleman can face up off the post and drive both ways with one or two dribbles but prefers to go right in an attempt to get all the way to the rim. He can also attack off the dribble from the high post. He will shoot the short pull-up jumper in the lane if the defense recovers. His aggressive play allows him to get to the free throw line where he has a nice touch and good form. He does a good job of finishing his shot by holding his follow-through until he gets a result with range to about 15 feet.
Coleman is a big-time rebounder on both ends who goes after every ball. He gives great effort and understands how to make himself bigger by playing with his hands up. He avoids and fights through box outs and does a great job following his own shot and tip-dunking the miss. Coleman is a complete distraction on defense because of good lateral movement allowing him to defend a power forward on the perimeter and long arms to help deny the ball to a center in the low post. He releases contact and steals lazy post entry passes using his great anticipation. Coleman is an excellent shot blocker on the ball or coming from the weak side. He changes the path of the shot when he misses the block. He uses his length when defending the ball handler and is alert to help cut off baseline drives.
Coleman must work on expanding his shooting range and add to his post-up package. He is charge prone because at times he dips his shoulder as he attacks the rim. He has pro potential with continued work ethic and focus.Anthony Johnson, SG (6-3, 175)
When at 2-guard, he sprints the lane to get to the rim or shoot the open 3 without hesitation. He looks to score but didn't see him take bad shots or make costly turnovers. He has a quick first step to get by defenders to slash into the lane and can finish with an acrobatic layup. He has good body control and concentration while hanging in the air to get the shot off. Johnson likes to use the crossover move both ways to get into the lane for the pull-up jumper. He favors going left to shoot and right to pass. He has 3-point range off the catch or dribble and a good release and follow-through on his jumper and at the free throw line. He is a very comfortable shooter and makes it look easy to about 20 feet who will take and make big shots -- just a very smooth player.
Defensively he plays in a stance most of the time. He knows how to bump cutters off their path, stay in front of the ball and work to contest shots. Johnson plays with urgency, but must get stronger as he prepares for college and rebound on a consistent basis when playing the wing in order to continue to add to his game.
|Adreian Payne's athleticism lets him recover from defensive mistakes.|
In the post he is very quick. On the left low box he likes to use the baseline spin when he feels the defender is too close when he catches the ball. He will turn and face up off the lane on both sides of the floor and will raise up for the 15-foot jumper if the defender's hands are down. Bell does a great job at reading guard penetration by getting into the vision of the passer and getting his hands ready for the pass. He dunks all clear paths to the rim with authority.
Bell is a decent passer out of the post with the ability to find the open man on the immediate kickout or across the court on the weakside. He is a good rebounder on both ends but attacks the offensive glass for tip-ins or dunks as he goes through and around box outs. On defense he is strong and athletic enough to defend both forward positions -- upper-body strength allows him to use his chest and not his hands to stay in front of the ball. He can also push the offensive player out of the lane with his lower-body strength and is quick enough to deny the ball from entering the low post. He needs to continue to develop ball skills, a mid-range game and shooting range. He is a very aggressive and active player, especially around the rim.Doron Lamb, SG (6-4, 180)
Lamb is an excellent ball handler, passer and driver who makes good decisions on the break and in the halfcourt. He handles the ball with his head and eyes up and is always surveying the court and has a good mid-range game as well. He reads the defense and flashes across the lane for the 12-15 foot turn shot. He has good elevation and extension and a good, high release and follow-through. He likes to use the step-back jumper driving to his left to create space to get the shot off. He can also go to the left-to-right crossover to get to the rim and will use the inside-out move when he is attacking at high speeds in transition. Lamb is a good, not great shooter from behind the arc but can keep the defense honest. He can draw fouls and get to the free throw line where he has a nice touch. The strength of his game lies inside the arc with creative drives, pull ups and turn shots.
On defense he needs to get in a stance and play with urgency. He gets beat on drives and loses sight of the ball. He needs to get stronger so he can finish better through contact and become a consistent rebounder. At times he seems to shut down and not be into the game, and then he'll turn up his intensity and become the best player on the floor. Lamb must learn to play hard every possession -- his overall talent is undeniable.Jordan Sibert, SG (6-3, 175)
Sibert sprints the wing in transition. He can get to the rim and finish through contact. With a quick first step, he drives hard to his right to score. Sibert has a good pull-up jumper with high release and elevation and is a good, not great 3-point shooter off the catch or dribble. He seems to be a bit streaky. He lacks shot preparation but has good form which causes his shot to be flat on the release because he is upright when he receives the ball.
Sibert is a good rebounder both ends and must be blocked out to prevent tip dunks. He is a good ball handler but needs to work on going left as he prepares for the college level. A good defender, he benefits from being such a great athlete. He has the potential to defend positions 1-3 with his active hands and good lateral foot speed. He needs to get stronger to handle physical college play. His best playing days are ahead of his as his game continues to develop. Sibert is one to keep a close eye on.
|Keith Appling needs to play with a more aggressive nature to reach his true potential.|
When running the point he does a good job of passing up the floor to put pressure on the defense. He made good decisions with the ball and has the ability to penetrate and kick to open teammates. Appling can shoot the 3 off the catch or dribble with good range and confidence. He has decent form on his jumper and finishes his shot by holding his follow-through until he gets a result. He gets to the foul line from splitting the defense with his left-to-right crossover to get into the lane. He shows a nice stroke at the free throw line.
Appling understands how to play defense and has good foot speed and quickness to guard the dribble. He also is alert away from the ball and comes over to cut off drives to the rim when a teammate is beat. He could be a better rebounder from the scoring guard position and must make the weight room a second home as he prepares for the college level. At times he seemed to lose interest in the game and not play hard or be aggressive; he played well when he turned it on but could have dominated the game. He is very talented but I expected more after hearing about him.