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RASUAL BUTLER ALL-CITY CLASSIC RECAP & RECRUITING NOTES
by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – The 17th annual Rasual Butler All-City Classic took place last night at Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia. The top players in the Philadelphia area took the court for three games, one for each of the high school classes besides the outgoing seniors.
The first contest was the Freshmen Game and the White team defeated the Black team by a score of 94-78 in a matchup of 2014 standouts. The MVP from the victors was 6-foot-5 power forward Jamal Custis of Neumann-Goretti (PA) with 18 points. Eric Anderson was named White’s MVP, as the 6-foot-4 small forward from Haverford (PA) dropped 15 points.
The Defensive Player of the Game award went to the White team’s Conrad Chambers, a 6-foot point guard out of Friends Central (PA). He was the game’s top scorer with 19 points. It was Black’s Malik Smith, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Del Val (PA), who won the Unselfish Player trophy.
Other double-digit scorers for the White team were 6-foot-2 combo guard Ja’Quan Newton and 5-foot-11 point guard Troy Harper. The Neumann-Goretti (PA) teammates had 10 points apiece. For the Black team, 6-foot-1 combo guard Shep Garner and 6-foot-2 combo guard Rashann London, teammates at Roman Catholic (PA), had 14 and 12 respectively. In addition, 6-foot-2 shooting guard Malik Starkes of Olney (PA) added 11.
The second game was easily the best one, with the Black team winning 93-86 in the Sophomore Game featuring 2013 players. The MVP from the winning side was 6-foot-6 small forward Rondae Jefferson of Chester (PA) who had 18 points. For the White team, the MVP was 6-foot-2 shooting guard Rysheed Jordan of Vaux (PA) who also had 18.
The Defensive Player of the Game honor was given to 5-foot-6 point guard Yahmir Greenlee of Boys’ Latin (PA), a member of the White team. Stephen Vasturia, a 6-foot-3 combo guard from St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) on the Black squad, won the Unselfish Player honor. In addition to Jefferson and Jordan, both Black’s 5-foot-10 point guard Britton Lee of Roman Catholic and White’s 6-foot-5 power forward BJ Johnson of Lower Merion (PA) had 18 points.
Three other players finished the game with double figures in the points column. Shafeek Taylor, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Roman Catholic, scored 15 points for Black, while 6-foot-3 combo guard Miles Overton of St. Joseph’s Prep had 14. Finally, 6-foot-8 center Zac Tillman of Shipley School (PA) finished with 11 points for the White squad.
The final game was a blowout from the very beginning, with Black winning by a final score of 91-65 in the Junior Game. The MVP from the winning squad in the 2012 affair went to Amile Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 combo forward from Friends Central, who led all scorers with 19 points. Arron Goodman, a 6-foot-5 combo forward out of Council Rock North (PA), had 18 points en route to being named the White team’s MVP.
Richard Hoskins, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from Comm Tech (PA), was selected as the Defensive Player of the Game for his play for the Black team. Winning the Unselfish Player award, also from the Black team, was 5-foot-10 point guard Maurice Watson of Boys’ Latin, who dropped 11 points. A pair of players finished with 12 points for the Black squad, in 6-foot-6 combo forward Quentin Davis of Math, Civics & Sciences (PA) and 6-foot-2 shooting guard Jordan Reed of Wissahickon (PA).
Khyree Wooten, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Imhotep Charter (PA), added 11 points for Black, while 6-foot-2 point guard Nafis Walker of Cheltenham (PA) had 10. James Madison-commit Ron Curry, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Paul VI (NJ), was second in scoring for White with nine points. Malvern Prep (PA) 6-foot-5 small forward Brendan Kilpatick added 8 points in the defeat.
Rondae Jefferson has had a great spring and lists scholarship offers from St. Joseph’s and Temple. He said that Villanova, Rutgers, Georgetown and Florida are all expressing interest in him at this point.
Jefferson, whose older brother Rahlir plays at Temple, said that he has no favorites. In addition, he noted that he has yet to take any unofficial visits and has none planned.
“Beginning of my senior year,” Jefferson said of when he plans to make his college commitment.
Rysheed Jordan said that he currently holds offers from Drexel, La Salle and Temple. Butler, Arizona, Kentucky, St. Joseph’s, Rutgers and Georgetown were the schools Jordan could recall off the top of his head that have expressed interest.
The athletic slasher said of when he plans to make end his recruitment, “Probably my 11th grade year.”
Britton Lee stated that he has yet to receive any scholarship offers, but did note that he has garnered interest from Niagara, Rutgers, Xavier, Pittsburgh and Robert Morris. He has not been in contact with Pitt for a while, though, as he had been corresponding with Pat Skerry, who is now the head coach at Towson.
Rutgers is the only school Lee said he has visited, but mentioned that he would like to trip to Xavier.
“I wanna do it next year, like [at] my first junior game,” Lee said of when he plans to decide on a school. “I would like to [do that], I think that would be nice.”
Donovon Jack, a 6-foot-9 class of 2012 power forward from Reading Central Catholic (PA), lists offers from Duquesne, James Madison, Vermont and Delaware. In addition, he had an offer from the previous staff at Boston University and said that ex-BU coach and new Penn State coach Pat Chambers said he has an offer if he adds 10 pounds.
Belmont, Seton Hall, DePaul, George Mason, Washington State, Stanford, Drexel, La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Harvard, Princeton, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Penn were schools Jack said are showing interest. Although he could not recall all of the other schools, he said many of them are from the Atlantic-10, Patriot League and America East.
“My favorites were Duquesne, Boston U and George Mason,” Jack said. “I’ve got to visit them and I like the campuses, [but I am] . . . obviously still trying to get out to see places . . . Harvard as well, I liked Harvard.”
Jack said that he has also visited Holy Cross, St. Joseph’s, Penn State and Lafayette. He said that he is hoping to visit Penn and Drexel as well Penn State once again “now that Chambers is there.”
With interest from the Ivy League to the Big East, will level play a part for Jack, who said he has a GPA between 3.7 and 3.8 and was atop his class freshman year?
“I’m trying to see as far as I can go, strive for as high as I can go and then find the perfect fit,” Jack said, also noting that he will not be ruling out any schools until July is over.
On when he plans to commit, Jack replied, “I might do it in the fall, take my officials and do it in the fall before the season just to get that out of the way.”