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December 25, 2007

Top performers from the Stoudemire Classic

Rivals.com was in the gym for the quarterfinal and semifinal days of the inaugural Amare Stoudemire Invitational Classic. Here is a rundown of six prospects who impressed.

Stoudemire Classic top performers
Renardo Sidney
Sidney, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2009, stuffed the stat sheets for his Los Angeles Fairfax team. In his highly anticipated match up against the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 class Jeremy Tyler, Sidney dominated the game to the tune of 32 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, two assists and two turnovers. Just as impressive as his offensive production was his work on the defensive end where he held Tyler scoreless.

In the semifinals against Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti, Sidney played like a man amongst boys tallying 29 points, 15 rebounds, one block, one steal, four assists and one turnover in the win. Despite his team finishing runner up in the event, Sidney took home MVP honors.

Jordan Hamilton
Hamilton led his Los Angeles Dominguez squad to the championship and was especially impressive in his team's semifinal win over Kathleen (Fla.) High School. Beyond the fact that Hamilton hit a 25-footer off the dribble going left to win the game with less than three seconds left, he also played with competitive zeal and physicality throughout the fiercely intense game. Along with his 25 points in the game, he also grabbed eight rebounds, blocked two shots and had a steal while never turning the ball over.

In his quarterfinal game, Hamilton didn't have the same impact on the game, but when his outside jumper wasn't falling, he got his team tough points on impressive slashes to the basket.

Ray Willis
Willis does absolutely everything for Atlanta Westlake High School. If he isn't initiating the offensive as the point guard, then he is rebounding the ball, making plays defensively or scoring the ball both off the dribble and with his outside jumper. A truly versatile performer, Willis made a strong case for four-star consideration. And at the next level with Oklahoma, his production will get better and better as he develops physically.

In Westlake's battle against cross city Norcross (Ga.) High School, Willis almost did enough for Westlake to pull off the upset but just came up short. In a valiant effort, he ended up with his 25 points, eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and five turnovers in the game.

Jamychal Green
Alabama is getting an old school post player next year when Green gets to Tuscaloosa. A physical competitor with a strong motor, Green controls the action within fifteen feet of the basket.

After a reportedly strong effort the first day of the event, Green followed up with 26 points, seven rebounds, seven blocks, three steals, two assists and two turnovers the second day. The following day against an impressive 2009 post prospect Keith Clanton and a sagging zone defense, Green registered 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Kevin Foster
There is a reason George Mason is a tough out for any team in the country. It is because they land players like Foster. Considered slightly to small and not skilled enough as a power forward at the high major level coming out of the summer, Foster looked like a man ready to finish and rebound on anyone at this event.

An electric athlete and tough competitor, Foster flushed home dunks in transition, but also hit jumpers and scored on moves in the midrange and low post. In the quarterfinals he put up 17 points and five rebounds. Then in a classic game against eventual champion Dominguez, Foster went for 24 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers in a tough two point loss.

Keith Clanton
A skilled power forward, Clanton was the eye catching prospect of this event. With a strong physique and long arms, Clanton scored and rebounded inside while also demonstrating an impressive skill level facing the basket. A rare player who uses pass fakes as well as shot fakes to create opportunities, Clanton also used a nifty hesitation move to create off the dribble and passed the ball effectively on the move. He is not an overwhelming athlete, but he has a strong feel for the game and can finish with either hand in the paint.

In the two games Rivals.com watched him in action, Clanton was just under the 20/10 mark as a scorer and rebond and also registered a handful of assists and blocked shots. Look for the 2009 prospect's recruitment to take off into the spring.



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