K&D Round’s Landscaping 70 – Tidewater Sealants 68
The early game saw the meeting of the losers from the previous night. It came
down to the wire, where Tidewater’s Chris Lowe had a drive to tie it,
but he got blocked by Marcus Cousin at the buzzer.
Garret Siler (15 points, 12 rebounds, 2
For the second day in a row, the D2 product has shown that he belongs. He is
a legit 7 footer and has a wide body, bringing some intrigue because of the
space that he creates inside. Although he is very heavy, he still moves surprisingly
well, showing that his motor is very good. His running posture is a bit awkward
as he takes short and choppy steps, but it works for him, so no reason to worry
about it. He possesses surprising athleticism and is able to finish with power
around the hoop. Maybe his best feature are his hands, showing that he can corral
tough passes thrown in traffic, gather himself and finish the play. Defensively,
he struggles guarding big men that step outside, but inside it is difficult
for anyone to challenge his strength.
Marcus Cousin (14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals)
Again he showed that his midrange jumper is on point, knocking down a number
of spot and faceup jumpers. Athletically he showed some nice tools and his activity
in the paint gives him a chance to get his hands on many balls. Unfortunately,
for the 2nd game in a row he showed that he is not very comfortable operating
with his back to the basket. He does not work hard on establishing low post
position, which leaves him in a difficult spot to make a move once he receives
Notes: Gary Wilkinson is proving to be a workhorse, finishing with 13 points
and 15 rebounds. He is a bit undersized, but his toughness, mixed with some
crafty moves on the block gives him a chance to be effective. Courtney Fells
finished with 13 points, but showed that he struggles creating his shot off
the dribble. He is much more effective and efficient using screens and getting
his shots within the offense.
Cherry Bekaert & Holland 89 – Norfolk Sports Club 74
Jon Brockman (24 points, 21 rebounds, 13
Brockman put together the most impressive stat line thus far earning him the
NBADraft.net player of the day. From the beginning he showed that his mentality
will be to attack the O glass and get his touches in that fashion. His strength
was too much for the opposing bigs, and he was able to use his anticipation
and relentless approach to grab pretty much every rebound in his vicinity. With
all that said, as an NBA prospect Brockman has many glaring holes. He is a 6’7
PF with decent athleticism, and his offensive game is limited to the paint.
Proving his ability to hit the 15-17 footer will be vital for him in the next
Chris Johnson (9 points, 7 rebounds, 4
The lanky Johnson was able to make positive contributions on both ends of the
floor. He uses his great wingspan to block and alter shots. Offensively, he
showed some savvy, pushing the ball in transition on one occasion, and using
a crafty pass fake to get an open jump shot on another. His stroke is very smooth
with a high release, and he proved that he can hit from the midrange. Obviously,
he is frighteningly skinny, but at this point it may be more his genes rather
than his willingness to bulk up.
Jermaine Taylor (30 points, 5 rebounds,
Taylor came out on a mission, and did not cease putting up shots until the
final buzzer. Many of his points came on leakouts and also when the game was
out of reach. He did show some nice moves out of the triple threat, getting
to the hoop and converting in a variety of ways. His outside shooting was very
questionable as he had some awful misses. Overall, he looks undersized for a
SG and his athleticism doesn’t get showcased unless it’s on a clear
path to the basket. He needs to look for teammates more, as well as allowing
the game to come to him, rather than forcing the issue.
Wes Matthews (11 points, 3 rebounds)
Not a very impressive statline, but Matthews showed some nice moves while getting
into the lane. He has a mature body and he uses it to create space on his drives.
His game off the dribble is smooth, but he does need to show more range from
Notes: Korvotney Barber was active all night contributing in a number ways
to a winning cause, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kenny Hasbrouck
was also effective, adding 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Lee Cummard was
a non factor; he struggled to find his shot which affected the rest of his game.
He looks too skinny for post play and his mediocre explosiveness does not allow
him to play on the perimeter full time.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard 89 – Portsmouth Sports Club 65
Thanks to a terrible start by Portsmouth Sports Club, Norfolk NS took the early
lead and, other than a late surge at the end, never looked back.
Marcus Landry (13 points, 7 rebounds)
He was pretty impressive, mixing some inside and outside moves. On the perimeter
he showed he was fairly comfortable handling the ball and he was also not afraid
to shoot from long range. He finished 2/6 from beyond the arc, but his stroke
looks very smooth and his high release makes him a reliable threat. Around the
basket he has a good feel for getting to open spots, allowing him to get easy
opportunities. For the NBA, he is a tweener as he doesn’t dominate in
either aspect, but continuing to show his versatile game will help him.
Alade Aminu (14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks,
His athleticism and length were on display, he was very active around the hoop
and he finished with some nice moves. His body is a bit awkward; his legs and
hips are a lot more developed than his upper body which makes his movements
seem unorthodox. As a shotblocker he can be a big threat because of his willingness
to help from the weakside.
Tyrese Rice (14 points, 7 assists, 4/7 3FG)
Although it was in a losing effort, Rice played a very controlled and steady
game, while also showing his ability to run a team. Once he got into a shooting
rhythm it opened up the floor for him and it allowed him to create opportunities
for teammates. In pick and roll situations he was very good as he is a threat
to hit the pull off the screen, or he can turn the corner and get into the lane
where he made good decisions. Continuing to play controlled and showing that
his playmaking demeanour is there consistently, will go a long way for Rice.
Leo Lyons (15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Lyons played some minutes on the perimeter where he showed his ability to put
the ball on the deck and get to the basket. His handles look fairly advanced
and his is not shy about utilizing that aspect of his game. He also ran the
floor well, finishing the break on a number of occasions and in a variety of
ways. Inside, he has good hands and good athleticism which made him a good target
for penetrating guards.
Notes: Taylor Griffin finished with 5
points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, but he did not show much offensively to dispel
the notion of being a tweener. His outside shot was not there, and he did not
display any moves with his back to the basket. He often tries to put the ball
on the deck, but his handles are limited and he rarely gets his shoulder by
the defender. A problem is that he seems robotic in the way he operates, as
if he is thinking through his move rather than just working instinctively. BJ
Raymond had a very good game, finishing with 19 points (4/5 from 3) and 7 rebounds.
He seems a bit heavy and is not overly quick, but he is patient and had his
stroke going all game long. Ryan Toolson also had the outside shot going 3 for
3 en route to 13 points.