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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Young, Poole lead Providence School

By Reggie Rankin
Scouts Inc.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Tournament games continued on Monday at the Hawk Kreul Classic in the Sweet Sixteen Championship, Coral Springs Challenge, Florida Challenge Final and consolation brackets after an off day from competing on Sunday. The players and coaches had the opportunity to participate in an instructional clinic on their day off that was conducted by Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay. He was assisted by 1981 NBA coach of the year Jack McKinney and former NBA greats Tim Hardaway and Kenny Anderson. On the court, University of Florida signee Patric Young scored 11 points, patrolled and controlled the lane as the Providence School from Jacksonville beat a tough and scrappy Miami Norland team 60-52 for the championship of the Florida Challenge. Also, West Boca Raton junior SG Anthony Anderson opened some eyes with his size, skill and versatility.

Standout player

Patric Young
Patric Young, left, is a skilled defender in the post.

Patric Young, PF (6-9, 220)
2010, Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School, signed with Florida

Young was an enforcer in the lane. He blocked shots on and away from the ball, rebounded at rim level with powerful two-hand snatches and finished drop-off passes with excellent touch and body control for a player of his size. Young plays with great energy and urgency on both ends of the floor. He has a nonstop motor that allows him to run on every change of possession. His back-to-the-basket moves have slightly improved, but that aspect of his game is very much under construction. Young is the best all-around post defender I have seen in the 2010 class. He uses his strength and physical style of play to make the offensive player work for every inch in the low post. He denies the ball and works to contest and challenge shots in or out of his area. Young also hustles after loose balls and is not afraid to get on the floor to gain an additional possession for his team. Young's defense is ahead of his offense at this point, but he will rapidly improve as the season progresses.

Surprise player

Anthony Anderson SG (6-5, 180)
2011, Boca Raton, Fla./West Boca

Anderson is a versatile wing who can play and defend all three perimeter positions. He handles and passes the ball extremely well. Anderson has excellent court vision, feel and touch on his passes. His basketball IQ is very high as well. Anderson can score from behind the arc and by attacking the rim, but he is very unselfish -- at times, to a fault. He makes his teammates better when he draws multiple defenders by delivering the ball to them when they are in scoring position. Anderson has good size, strength and is a very good athlete. He is a good defensive rebounder who pushes the ball and is a threat to take it coast to coast. Defensively, he can pressure the ball with his length and defend the post with his size. Anderson was very impressive with his all-around floor game, and he is a player who will turn plenty of coach's heads in the coming weeks and months as the high school season ends and the travel season begins.

Notes

• Kentucky bound SF Stacey Poole (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) displayed his high-level athletic ability by attacking the basket with powerful drives that led to short pull-ups in the lane. Poole also tip dunked an offensive rebound in traffic that was a big-time play and momentum changer.

• Class of 2013 prospect Malik Price-Martin (Miami/Monsignor Edward Pace) is a 6-9 post with great upside and potential. Martin is extremely mobile and his skill level is ahead of schedule for a player his age. He must add strength, but this youngster could make some serious noise down in South Florida if he continues to develop.

• Junior Robert Lockhart (Boca Raton, Fla./West Boca) is a 6-1 shooting guard who is an excellent scorer. He also is a good enough ballhandler to help at the point. This smooth combination guard is one to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

• Quality Education (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is loaded with talent and was very impressive in an 83-61 blow out win against Brandon Knight and Pine Crest. Point guard Stargell Love, shooting guard Aaron Bowen and power forwards Quincy Miller and Dom Pointer all scored double figures, combining for 63 of the team's 83 points. Knight led Pine Crest with 32 points, scoring 25 in the first half.

Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986-1990 and was an all-MAC first teamer his senior season.