What I Learned
BEYOND THE ARC – Well, yesterday (Monday) there was no Alley-Oops because Mr. Chisholm was chilling at the Hoop Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts at Springfield College: “The Birthplace of Basketball.” It was a great showcase of talent and atmosphere and I spotted Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky Coach John Calipari checking out the top high school basketball players in the country. I also rubbed elbows with George Raveling and Vince Baldwin of Nike, Chad Babel of the Hoop Group and my homeboy Norman Waterman from Five Star Basketball. Before I put back on my #ctbb hat, I’m going to let you know what I thought from the baseline.
KYLE ANDERSON, ST. ANTHONY HIGH SCHOOL – The senior guard is headed to UCLA and looked great. I got to the St. Anthony (NJ) game against Miller Grove High School, (GA) in the second half but, was immediately impressed with his style of play. Waterman compares him to Jalen Rose, I see him as more of a Steve Smith. The guard ran the show, with and without the ball. On one play when a teammate was coming off a screen too wide he actually grabbed the kid’s jersey to pull him in so he would come off the screen tighter and get a shot. Anderson has a smooth touch and drained a few fadeaways over defenders.
SHABAZZ MUHAMMED, BISHOP GORMAN HIGH SCHOOL – Those poor rims, what did they do to you Shabazz? Most of his points had came off dunks. A good amount of those dunks came in the half court; he’s not a basket hanger. Muhammed capped off his night with a nasty windmill jam. The one thing that stood out to me was his energy. The senior, who is undecided, played like he knew the lights were on, big game, bigger performance. You can’t coach that. He even drained a 3-pointer and was money from the free throw line all game.
KATIN REINHARDT, MATER DEI HIGH SCHOOL – This kid, to me at least, was the most impressive. I love shooters, just a personal
preference, so when I see someone drain 9-of-14 from downtown and finish with 35 points with at least a good five minutes left in the game against Christ the King (NY), yes, I’m impressed. Reinhardt isn’t just a spot up shooter; he can go off the dribble, crossover, step back, penetrate and dish it off. He showed that he can do a little bit of everything. Next year he is headed to UNLV and he gave Omar Calhoun, who is headed to UConn, all he could handle. Like 35 points worth of all he could handle, right in front of UConn assistant coach Kevin Ollie. NASTY!!!
BEEJAY ANYA, DeMATHA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – His athleticism is Serge Ibaka, Chris “Birdman” Anderson-like. For a while he had a nice back and forth with Muhammed before Shabazz went nuts. Anya was tough on the boards in addition to throwing down some strong jams. He didn’t show much versatility outside of his inside game however.
All Tourney Players:
National: Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman
Local: Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Girls: Breanna Stewart, Cicero North
2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament First Team
Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman
Nerlens Noel, Tilton
Tyler Lewis, Oak Hill
Aaron Thomas, Brewster
Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony
2012 Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Second Team
Dominic Artis, Findlay
Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga
Katin Reinhardt, Mater Dei
Grant Jerrett, LaVerne Lutheran
Jabari Parker, Chicago Simeon
Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled programming. Expect some gameday capsules later today, and hopefully I’ll get time to edit the hours of video I have from last week and yesterday at the Hoop Hall Classic.