Mike Coburn 60 PG Committed to Rutgers
Coburn was also very effective driving to the basket. He has a muscular frame that allows him to take contact and still finish when he gets into the lane. He also exhibited very impressive body control as he often split multiple defenders while in the air and still was able to convert his shots. Coburns speed and threat to score when he penetrated allowed him to set up his teammates for plenty of open looks.
What impressed most about the future Scarlet Knight was his ability to stay calm when pressured. Coburn saw plenty of double teams over the course of the weekend, especially during Sundays championship game, yet he never panicked or made any rushed decisions. His ball handling abilities are strong enough that he was often able to dribble his way out of the double team, but in the cases where he was stuck, he was patient and would find an open teammate.
Defensively Coburn is quick but did tend to get beat off the dribble from time to time, this is something that he can improve on in college. As a whole Coburn certainly is a playmaker and can step in and contribute right away at Rutgers in the fall.
Justin Burrell 68 PF Committed to St. Johns
Burrell played almost exclusively in the post on offense all weekend, and while he showed some nice touch on his jump shot during warm ups, he still has a way to go before he starts stepping out during games. When he had the ball on the block, though, Burrell was a man amongst boys. He dominated in one-on-one situations, mixing in drop steps and spin moves, overpowering opponents with his strength. In cases where defenders didnt body up strong against Burrell, he was able to elevate over them for thunderous dunks. He didnt exhibit any real passing skills out of the post, mainly due to that fact that when the ball was entered into him he almost always went to the basket with the mismatches he had against him. Burrell did show off his solid open court speed, beating the defense down the court several times for uncontested dunks.
Defensively, Burrell did exactly what you expect a player of his stature and ability to do; block shots and rebound. Anytime an opponent did not go strong to the basket Burrell would at the very least alter the shot, but also came away with plenty of very impressive blocks in his two games. He was a tremendous force on the boards, often pulling rebounds right off the rim or backboard and outletting the ball quickly to his guards.
Burrell already has a nice post-up game, and if he can extend his range, he will become a force for St. Johns.
Erving Walker 58 PG Christ the King HS
As a whole it was a solid showing from Walker, although he is going to have to improve his ability to finish inside, something we didnt see much of from him during his playoff game.
Kevin Jones 67 PF Mt. Vernon HS
Jones is a long, athletic forward. He runs the floor very well, often beating his defender down the floor for easy points. He has nice touch with both hands down low in the post, and was able to drop several baby hook shots over opponents when left in a one-on-one situation on the block. His game down low still could use some work however, as he does get taken out of his game when facing stronger defenders.
The interesting thing about Jones is he has the ability to play in the post, but he also showed flashes of being able to play out on the perimeter as well. His ball-handling needs improvement, as does his shot, but at times he showed very nice touch from the outside. Jones hit two huge 3-pointers in the final minute of the semi-finals that helped Mt. Vernon advance.
Defensively, Jones was impressive. His length and quickness allow him to cover players out on the perimeter, although he was primarily down in the post. He spent much of the second half of Sundays championship game covering Justin Burrell, and was able to hound the big man into several turnovers.
Jones still has another year to develop, and if he continues to improve his perimeter game, will make for a very nice inside-outside threat at the college level.
Lance Stephenson 65 SG/SF Abraham Lincoln HS
Early in Saturdays game, Stephenson showed off his phenomenal leaping ability, by slamming home a put back in traffic, and moments later thundering home an alley-oop pass from near half court.
Most impressive from Stephenson however was his shooting ability. Obviously there is still work to be done, but he showed fantastic touch and range on his shot. Stephenson hit several nice turnaround jumpers from the post, and drained several long shots from beyond the arc, including a buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter.
Stephenson has a tremendous amount of upside, and showed flashes of the ability that has him ranked near the top of the 2009 class. There is still plenty of work to be done, as right now Stephenson is more raw athlete than basketball player.
Lamont Jones 511 PG/SG Rice HS
Jones has great range on his shot and knocked down several long perimeter shots over the course of the weekend. He showed a great ability to catch and shoot the basketball from anywhere on the court, but was not as able to create shots for himself from the outside, partially due to his ball handling skills which need improvement. In transition Jones was very effective, using his good open court speed, and solid jumping ability to elevate to a clear look at the rim. Jones also showed solid ability on the offensive glass, several times flying down the lane when he wasnt covered and getting easy put backs. Defensively is where Jones stood out. He hounded his opponents all weekend, forcing plenty of turnovers that result in easy points at the other end of the floor.
There is still plenty of time for Jones to develop his game, and though he took a backseat to some of his teammates this weekend, its clear he is a skilled player with real potential.