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BROOKLYN DUO KHADEEM CARRINGTON & JONATHAN SEVERE
Brooklynite got in good bump last week
By Ron Bailey
New York City has been central to the BIG EAST since its inception, producing the likes of Pearl Washington, Chris Mullins, Malik Sealy and Kemba Walker. That’s just a very brief snapshot of Big Apple guys that have played in the B-EAST. Currently there is a Brooklyn resident that could find his way into the league. He had a solid Nike Skills U camp.
Class of 2014 point guard Khadeem Carrington, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guy originally from Brooklyn’s Flatbush section but now living in Canarsie, routinely demonstrated an ability to push the ball in traffic with good body lean, generally resulting a good pass delivery or solid finished. The lefty possesses craftiness and strength, which he uses well of the bounce.
His recruitment is in full swing. “I got SMU, Providence, St. Johns, Iowa State, DePaul, West Virginia, Iowa” and a couple of other options, stated Carrington with his ‘Noo Yawk’ accent after a Skills U quarterfinal on Saturday . Iowa State, St. John’s, DePaul and Rutgers have offered, amongst others.
Of the B-EAST, Carrington was frank, saying “I like the BIG EAST, that’s where I think I want to play”, because “It’s my style. It’s a dog fight every night”.
The school that lures him will allow him to “play as a freshman. Get a lot of run. And running up and down. I like to run up and down- transition. That’s what I’m looking for.” Close proximity to NYC is also a plus, as his “mom basically wants me to stay home.”
In college, Carrington understands what his future role will be, saying with a smile “I don’t want to play point guard, but it’s looking that way”.
In terms of development, Carrington must work on his jump shot – not atypical for New York City kids. Khadeem recognizes it, revealing “Yeah, that’s what I’m working on.” He went on to indicate work on “both” pull up and spot up shots is in full swing, and believes he’s a better “off-the-dribble” shooter.
Carrington, who desires to “knock it down” out to three-point land, should also work on making the mundane play, as Khadeem at times leans towards the spectacular.
But fancy play is also a New York tradition, and Carrington has learned the game like most guys in the Big Apple have. “The park” was his response when asked to talk about growing up playing hoops in ‘The Bush’ (Flatbush) and New York’s hoops tradition. “I like going outside. That’s where it all started. Playing outside.”
In the B-EAST he won’t have to do that, but would bring the lessons learned on the blacktop to league gyms.
He’s a Brooklynite. What do you expect?
Fellow Brooklynite Jonathan Severe is another guard from that borough who may end up in the B-EAST. Standing almost 6-foot-2 and weighing 184 pounds, Severe, who noted Bushwick as his home is a combo guard who strokes it well from distance, will deliver slick passes from time to time, and as he said can “guard the one, two, or three.”
This Class of 2013 athlete must work on more consistently being a point guard; at his size, he will be expected to handle that function in high major ball, at least frequently. That means getting to the rack, where he finishes or dishes to teammates, and further developing his coach-on-the-floor instincts.
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