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2012 RUMBLE IN THE BRONX RECAP (PART I)
By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst
The 2012 Rumble in the Bronx kicked off on Friday night spread out at a variety of venues around the greater NYC area. I had the pleasure of taking in the action at the Hooperstown complex in Mount Vernon, NY which featured some of the top 17U teams in the tournament including Sports U, City Rocks, The Rens, and The Gauchos. One player separated himself from the pack and made it clear that he was the top performer in attendance Friday.
Top Performance of the Night:
Shadell Millinghaus (Albany City Rocks 2013) – Millinghaus somehow remains under the radar despite a very productive spring on the Nike EYBL circuit. The 6’3” combo guard was at his best Friday night attacking the rim both in transition and off ball screens in the half court. A powerful force against high school competition Millinghaus plays the game like a strong safety in football. He’s low to the ground, powerful, and loves contact in the lane. While strength plays a major role in Millinghaus’ success it’s his explosive first step in either direction that separates him from other power guards. He has the quickness to match with the smaller guys and the strength to compete in the lane against bigs making him a nightmare matchup for any opponent. He did not flash a jump shot on Friday night but frankly didn’t need to as he didn’t find a defender who could stay in front of him. If Millinghaus continues his effective drive game and mixes in some perimeter shots, high major coaches and national scouts will be forced to take notice.
Sleeper Performance of the Night:
Jaleen Montague (Sports U 2013) – An unknown name to me coming in Montague made quite an impression in my first viewing. The 6’7” forward is a bouncy athlete in the lane who made plays above the rim at both ends of the floor. He was best on defense blocking or altering nearly every shot that came into the lane and rebounding at a high level. Montague is still not 100% coming back from an ACL injury last summer and this has no doubt led to him staying relatively unknown. More performances like Friday night and that will start to change quickly.
Other Top Performances:
Deandre Bembry (Sports U 2013) – A 6’6” forward who can facilitate offense for himself and others, Bembry was fantastic offensively on Friday night. He was most dangerous grabbing a defensive rebound and taking off in transition where both his plus athleticism and vision make him difficult to handle leading the break. Bembry can score from the either the high or low post and has a tendency to make loud plays above the rim. He had the best highlight of the night hammering down an alleyoop from teammate Josh Brown that brought the crowd to its feet.
Kenton Facy (The Rens 2013) – All arms and legs, Facy is a 6’8” jumping jack who can be a terror on the offensive glass when his motor is working like it was Friday night. A supreme athlete, Facy rose above opponents who had him boxed out time and again to secure rebounds and extra possessions for his team. He’s also a threat to dunk anything within 5 feet and provides rim protection with his long arms and explosion off the floor.
Glen Feidarga (Westchester Hawks 2013) – Feidarga is a 6’7” physical post presence who out muscled defenders in the lane and dunked on top of them. He flashed an ability to use one dribble from the high post or seal his defender on the low post always looking to get all the way to rim. He also rebounded at a high level and ran the floor very well for a kid his size. To further his development Feidarga will need to show more refined offensive skills and keep his powerful frame in top shape.
Taquan Givens (NY Gauchos 2014) – The floor general of the Gauchos 17U team, Givens uses a combination of power and speed t baffle opponents on the perimeter. A born leader, he is constantly talking and coaching his team on the floor while also having quite a bit of skill to setup the offense. Givens will need to continue to prove that he can overcome his lack of ideal height for his position by utilizing his toughness and basketball IQ.
Josh Brown (Sports U 2013) – committed to Temple – Every time I watch Brown play I’m more amazed that Temple was able to steal him away from the traditional Big East powers. He has been transitioning to the point over the past year after spending his youth on the wing and the process appears almost complete. A great decision maker and leader with elite athleticism to back it up, Brown is a top 50 player nationally that no one is talking about.
Wayne Martin (The Rens 2013) – A bruising forward who normally does most of his damage in the lane Martin flashed range on his jump shot that I had not previously seen knocking down a pair of corner 3s in his team’s win. If this can become a consistent weapon for Martin, his ceiling will expand significantly as an inside/outside forward who can punish teams in pick and pop situations. I will need to see it repeated before becoming a full believer but Martin took a step in the right direction Friday night.
Denzell Gregg (Albany City Rocks 2013) – Gregg was at his best in the high post where he used 1-2 dribbles to attack the rim or knocked down the free throw line jumper. He also excels in transition where his 6’7” frame with excellent length and plus athleticism make him a dangerous finisher. Range on his jumper and continued improvement of his handle to become a true SF instead of the combo he is now will take Gregg’s game to the next level.
Shadell Millinghaus (Albany City Rocks 2013) – Still flying under the radar nationally, Millinghaus told me he holds offers from Oregon and Cincinnati along with strong interest from Ole Miss and Tennessee. He is taking his time and hoping to accumulate more offers after playing in front of coaches again during the July live period. High major schools in need of aggressive, playmaking guards would be wise to make a play for him sooner rather than later as the offers should pile up as his exposure increases.
Deandre Bembry (Sports U 2013) – Bembry silenced rumors that he was considering leaving St Patrick’s for his senior season saying that he would 100% be back with the Celtics next year. For a school list he rattled off offers from Auburn, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Richmond, and a few others he couldn’t remember.