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DR. MLK ‘STOP THE VIOLENCE’ BASKETBALL CLASSIC RECAP

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

MIAMI – The 18th annual Dr. MLK “Stop the Violence” Basketball Classic took place at Miami Central (FL) High School over the past couple days. NBE Sports was in the gym for five of the games on Saturday to see some of the top teams and players from South Florida.

TOP PERFORMER

Wadley Mompremier of Miami Senior was the leading scorer in the five games NBE Sports saw, but that is not the only reason he garnered Top Performer honors. A 6-foot-9 power forward who has signed with Ohio University, Mompremier has made some impressive strides in his game since the summer. The class of 2013 prospect is still a bit raw, but the strides in his game are quite evident. He scored off some nice alley-oop plays and consistently used his height to his advantage. Mompremier has superb length to go along with a body that can still add some muscle. The future Bobcat rebounds the ball pretty well and can even grab some boards at the offensive end. Mompremier also displayed the ability to step out and knock down a shot from 3-point range with a pretty nice looking stroke. It was clear on Saturday that Mompremier has a chance to be a superb player down the road in the MAC and Ohio fans should be excited about this pickup.

 

TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER

Quincy Rideau is not even one of the two most well-known 2015 backcourt prospects on Palm Beach Lakes, but he was arguably the best of the bunch this time out. Standing 5-foot-10, Rideau has a bit of a combo guard feel to his game, but will likely have to develop into more of a pure one over the next couple years. Regardless of position, Rideau is certainly a player. He is a crafty player who possesses some definite toughness, two traits that help him do a nice job of attacking the basket. Despite his height, Rideau has a good, strong build, which is something that also aids his penetration ability. He is also a standout shooter from beyond the 3-point line, connecting on a quartet of shots from long range. While he may not be well-known right now, Rideau is a guy to keep an eye on going forward, as he was one of the top guards on display Saturday.

 

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Johnnie Coleman is a class of 2015 prospect who checks in at just 5-foot-9, but the point guard is a flat out player and he put up 21 points for Palm Beach Lakes. Coleman is quick, aggressive, sees the floor well, has a nice midrange pull-up, and is tough to stop off the bounce.

Jordan Cooper was outstanding for Sagemont School, despite the loss, finishing with 20 points and displaying a superb all-around game. Cooper, a 6-foot-5 class of 2014 small forward, has a quality frame and a nice looking stroke, handles the ball pretty well and can get to the cup.

Kobe Eubanks of American Heritage is a class of 2014 prospect who was probably the most highly regarded player in the gym all day. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard scored 18 points, displaying a nice stroke from 3-point range to go along with nice defensive rebounding ability.

Adrian Gonzalez of Hialeah Gardens is absolutely wired to score the basketball and that is what the class of 2013 prospect did on Saturday, finishing with 22 points.

John Hunter, a 6-foot-9 center, was very impressive for St. Thomas Aquinas, showing off the ability to run the floor, score in the paint and play solid defense. The class of 2013 recruit, who had 14 points, has good hands, passes well out of the post and rebounds the rock.

Kevin O’Brien of Columbus scored all 14 of his points in the first half, but that was enough for the 6-foot-8 center to make an impression. O’Brien, a class of 2013 prospect, works hard down low and finishes around the rim, but he also stepped out and knocked down a 3-pointer.

Alvaro Simoza of Hialeah Gardens is a big-bodied 6-foot-6 center who can really finish around the rim as well as pass out of the post. The class of 2013 prospect also displayed nice midrange shooting ability, connected on a 3-pointer and got to the free throw line, finishing with 19 points.

Nura Zanna, an LIU-signee, scored 19 points for Coral Springs Christian and showed the ability to potentially be in the mix for NEC POY down the road. The 6-foot-6 power class of 2013 power forward is very tough to stop down low, finishes adeptly and can dominate a game.

 

NOTES

We did not see any Division I coaches in attendance at Miami Central for the games . . . Former NBA player Mark Strickland was there and gave out some of the MVP awards . . . St. Thomas Aquinas beat Columbus, 71-54 . . . Hialeah Gardens knocked off Dillard, 62-50 . . . Palm Beach Lakes defeated Miami Senior, 77-68 . . . American Heritage triumphed over Sagemont School, 61-56, in the marquee game . . . Coral Springs Christian got the win over Norland, 47-45, in the nightcap . . . UCF-signee Steve Haney, Jr., a 6-foot-6 small forward from St. Thomas Aquinas, is known as a terrific 3-point shooter, but the next step is finding more ways to help his team when his shot is not falling . . . Arizona State-signee Egor Koulechov, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Sagemont School, has a solid all-around game and knows how to play, but needs to work on asserting himself more to have a greater impact

 

RECRUITING UPDATES

Kobe Eubanks said he has scholarship offers from Florida, Miami, South Florida, UCF, Georgetown, and George Mason. He also mentioned Kansas, Missouri, Murray State, Ohio State, Syracuse, and Florida State as schools involved with him, amongst others, while Kentucky has been sending him letters too. Eubanks listed Florida, Kansas and Kentucky as his favorites right now. He has yet to go on any visits, but plans to trip to Florida State, Miami, Florida, and possibly UCF. Eubanks does not have a timetable for a commitment.

Andre Horne, a class of 2013 recruit out of the Sagemont School, said Rider and Old Dominion are the schools to offer him thus far. In addition, the 6-foot-8 power forward said he is hearing from Clemson. Horne has no favorites and is not sure of his timetable for a commitment. He has yet to take any visits, but said, “I plan on going to Rider soon.”

John Hunter surprisingly said he is not receiving any interest from Division I schools. The senior big man stated that he is mostly garnering interest from Division II and Division III schools, specifically naming Muhlenberg (DIII). Hunter noted that he has a number of offers from DIII schools.

Zach Johnson, a class of 2014 prospect who attends Norland, listed offers from UCF, Murray State, Georgia Southern, and Wyoming. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard also said that Miami and South Carolina are involved in his recruitment. Johnson claims no favorites and has only been to Miami thus far. He does not have any additional trips planned, but said he is looking to make his choice “probably this time next year.”

Drake LaMont of American Heritage, who is a class of 2014 recruit, listed a lone scholarship offer from Jacksonville. The 6-foot-9 power forward mentioned Stetson, Miami and Virginia Tech as the other three primary schools showing interest in him. Additionally, Murray State is “a little bit” involved, as are North Florida and Marist. LaMont has no favorites and has yet to go on any trips, nor does he have any planned. As for his commitment timetbale, LaMont remarked, “Probably looking to make my decision around the middle of my senior year.”

Alvaro Simoza, much like Hunter, is surprisingly bereft of any Division I offers. Also a senior big man, Simoza mentioned scholarship offers from Division II programs Lynn and Barry to go along with interest from Division I FIU. Simoza noted that there are other programs involved as well. He has visited both Lynn and Barry and lists those two schools as his favorites. Simoza said he has no other visits planned and is looking to make his commitment in the “middle of the playoffs.”

Kamil Williams, class of 2015 prospect from Palm Beach Lakes, is still waiting on his first offer. However, the 6-foot combo guard mentioned that he is receiving interest from UCF, South Florida, Detroit, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. Asked who his favorite is, Williams replied, “I kind of want to go to Miami.” Of the six schools showing interest, he listed Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt as his favorites. Williams, who has not visited any school and has no trips planned, is hoping to make an early commitment.

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