Tuesday, July 15, 2008


July 15, 2008

Jeff Borzello of the NBE Basketball Report reports on some PC prospects that showed well recently at the Reebok Summer Classic East put on by the Hoop Group.

James Padgett was playing without his Juice All-Star partner-in-crime down low in Joel Wright, who was out with an injured ankle. Padgett picked up the slack, leading Juice to the U-17 tournament title.

The 6-foot-8 post player is a very solid scorer inside, and demonstrated a variety of post moves. He turns to the basket well and can finish with both hands around the rim. He is a very good offensive rebounder and is also active defensively. However, he does not dominate as much as he could, and is not as imposing defensively as his height and athleticism would seem to suggest.

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Padgett sees a lot of Big East interest with West Virginia, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Providence as well as Maryland (offered) and South Carolina from outside the conference recruiting him.

Chris Cantino, a 6-foot-7, multi-skilled forward, was arguably the most talented player on the court against the NY Panthers, which is saying something considering his opponent. He showed off his inside-outside scoring ability, as he can take defenders off the dribble but also get points on post-ups inside. He is not a great shooter, but he is very active on the glass and also runs the floor extremely well for his Sam Rines team.

Cantino gave CAA Insider a long and varied list of Rhode Island, Kansas State, Providence, Louisville, Baylor, Seton Hall, Temple, Nebraska, Kentucky, Siena and Rider.

New PC coach Keno Davis is also working on the class of 2010 as well, trying to get ahead in the recruiting game. Paterson Catholic and NJ Playaz teammates Fuquan Edwin and Trevor Clemmings are on their early radar.

Edwin looked like a completely different player than he did at the Reebok U All-American camp. The 6-foot-5 forward really is an outstanding all-around player who can do a little bit of everything on the court. Edwin loves to get out in transition and push the ball for fast-break points; he can find people or take it to the basket himself. Offensively, he has a decent mid-range game, but his shooting stroke from three-point range is fairly ugly. Defensively, Edwin has quick hands and routinely picks off errant passes.

Clemmings is an absolute beast on the inside. He has an extremely strong and wide body, and his broad shoulders make it difficult for defenders to keep him off the low block for the Playaz. He consistently gets great position and is very tough to stop once he gets the ball near the basket. Clemmings has a variety of moves and fakes inside, and draws fouls constantly. He can also finish with contact and is a strong rebounder.

Clemmings and Edwin both reported interest in Providence at the RBK Summer Classic and both have been offered by in-state schools Rutgers and Seton Hall. LaSalle and UMass are on both of their lists as well while Edwin is also hearing from Texas and South Carolina already.

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Dave Coley reminds some of a smaller version of Syracuse’s Paul Harris. He is extremely active at both ends of the floor and plays much bigger than his listed height of 6-foot-2.

Coley is very strong when going to the basket and can finish with contact. he runs the floor very well and is very impressive at changing direction while dribbling. He rebounds the ball at both ends and is also a solid passer with vision for the Juice All-Stars.

The class of 2010 prospect has interest from Providence and St. John's, along with an offer from Hofstra already.



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