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December 28, 2008

Saturday in San Diego

SAN DIEGO- It was quarterfinals night of the Maxpreps Holiday Classic, and 2010 elite prospect Jeremy Tyler put together another dominating performance in front of his hometown crowd.

San Diego 71, West Valley (Calif.) 59

With a one point lead at the half, San Diego steadily took control of the game in the second half. Leading the way throughout was Tyler, who put up some impressive numbers.

Jeremy Tyler- Coming off a 40-point-plus performance Friday night, Tyler came up one point short of 40 points on Saturday night. Neither a box and one defense or a vicious head butt from Joe Burton could slow him down. In short, Tyler is playing like a No. 1 ranked prospect that everyone tagged him to be when he first hit the national scene as an eighth grader. Think Amare Stoudemire when contemplating Tyler's potential.

Ready to play from the get-go, Tyler scored his team's first 11 points, and then maintained steady production throughout finishing with 39 points on 17-23 shooting, 1-5 from three, 4-4 from the line, ten rebounds, three blocks and three turnovers.

Playing well above the rim, Tyler also scored on a number of impressive turn around jumpers at a variety of distances from the basket. And perhaps his most impressive feat of the game was keeping his cool despite the physical play of Joe Burton. If Tyler brings this type of approach to Louisville, he will be a truly special player for the Cardinals.

Eric Lawton- Although very slim of build, Lawton is a thoroughbred as a scoring lead guard. He can get a little sloppy with his game, but he is always a threat to a play. San Diego State got a talented guard who should elevate the program.

He finished with 23 points on 10-18 shooting, 2-6 from three, 0-2 from the line, two assists, four turnovers.

Joe Burton- Playing with a nasty edge against Tyler, Burton displayed at times his high skill level. He has a variety of moves, a soft touch and an exceptional feel for passing the ball. His physical conditioning, however, is a major concern. He looks heavier than he did during the summer and just couldn't keep up with an athlete like Tyler. If he can get his body where it needs to be at Oregon State, he could be a productive player in the Pac-10.

He finished with 14 points on 6-16 shooting, 0-3 from three, 2-2 from the line, three rebounds, two assists, one turnover.

Bellevue (Wash.) 57, Windward (Calif.) 48

2010 Bellevue prospect Aaron Bright scored 18 points as did Michigan signee Darius Morris of Windward. The key to the win for Bellevue was the support Bright got from forward Colton Christian, who scored a game high 20 points. Strong and athletic, Christian played like a low to mid-major prospect in this game.

Aaron Bright- A stocky lead guard who is strong with the ball, Bright is a lethal shooter as well with his quick release jumper. Bright projects as a high major prospect who makes good decisions, gets his team into the offense and then can come off screens away from the ball as a scorer. He has a game similar to that of former Washington State standout Derrick Low.

Washington State, Oregon State and San Diego are recruiting Bright, but his top three schools are Arizona, Gonzaga and Stanford. He also has an offer from Eastern Washington.

Darius Morris- Still developing physically, Morris projects as a combo guard with size who might very well spend more time at the shooting guard than the point guard when he gets to Michigan. Morris doesn't have high major "blow by" point guard speed and is a little too right hand dominant, but he shoots the ball well, has a knack for scoring and has potential post up game.

Anthony Stover- The UCLA signee is extremely limited offensively (scored four points), but is a prolific shot blocker. On occasion he executed solid footwork in the post, but couldn't finish with any touch. UCLA will be getting a high level defender, though.

Eisenhower (Calif.) 77, Rocklin (Calif.) 66

A one point game turned into a 20 point game during the third quarter as Creighton signee Andrew Bock spearheaded a three-point barrage by Eisenhower. Bock also got plenty of help from senior shooter Nicholas Carter, who scored 22 points on six three-pointers.

Andrew Bock- Plain and simple, the thin point guard dominated the game with his poised ball handling, precision passing and timely three-point shooting. Creighton is getting a good one. Bock has all the markings of a winner with a great feel for the game. He will need to bulk up physically (came up short on some shots in traffic), but everything else is there.

Bock finished with 25 points on 10-19 shooting, 4-8 from three, 1-2 from the line, five rebounds, five assists, three turnovers.

Brendan Lane- The UCLA signee put up good numbers against the undersized Eisenhower squad, but he spent the pivotal third quarter at the top of the key outside of the action on offense. When he went inside, he was unstoppable. Lane has a soft touch inside and is a three-point shooting threat. Defensively, he rebounded well but didn't block a shot. UCLA is getting a skilled four-man who can give them a lot of quality minutes if he continues to develop strength and toughness.

Lane finished with 22 points on 10-13 shooting, 1-2 from three, 1-2 from the line, 12 rebounds and four turnovers.

Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) 62, Newark (Calif.) 55, OT

After blowing out nationally ranked St. Anthony's (N.J.) in its first round game, Bishop O'Dowd had to scrap from behind to tie the game up in the last minute of regulation and send it into overtime. The man of the hour for Bishop O'Dowd was 6-foot-6 freshman Brandon Ashley who made several crucial plays down the stretch on his way to being the games top scorer and rebounder with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Brandon Ashley- The freshman is long and athletic and has a great feel for position on the court. He chased down rebounds outside his area, playing with an impressive motor. His skill level with the ball is impressive as well. A slick left handed finish along with a spin move off a high post drive were a couple of his highlights during his teams run to tie the game in regulation. A definite high major prospect, Ashley could conceivably turn into an elite prospect down the road.

Richard Longruss- Ashley isn't the only freshman standout for Bishop O'Dowd. In fact Ashley isn't the only 6-foot-6 freshman standout. Longruss, who is also a 6-foot-6 freshman, is a small forward with an impressive handle and feel for passing the ball. He scored around the basket tonight, and although he didn't shoot it from outside, the word from the coaching staff is that he has an impressive stroke. Also a high major prospect, Longruss is a name to remember.

Miscellaneous

Abdul Gaddy had a big game for Bellarmine Prep in a loser's bracket game against Pasadena High School. With Bellarmine trailing by as much as 13 points late in the third quarter, Gaddy led the comeback with some key buckets late in the game to give his team a 65-60 overtime win. Gaddy's bucket with one minute left in regulation gave Bellarmine its first lead since the very beginning of the game. Then in the final minute of overtime he hit the game winning shot with an off balance three-pointer off the dribble just as the shot clock expired.

Gaddy finished with 28 points on 11-21 shooting, 3-7 from three, 1-4 from the line, six rebounds, three steals, three assists and five turnovers.

A streaky shooter, Gaddy had moments when his high arcing jumper looked automatic, and then he also had stretches where he couldn't find the rim. Bottom line, though, is that he controlled the game and is developing physical strength. Pasadena had some athletic guards who got into him defensively, but Gaddy was still able to get wherever he wanted to get on the floor. Gaddy continues to strengthen his position as the No. 2 ranked point guard in the country.

Steven Adams, the 2010 post player for Pasadena, was not as inspiring with his play as Gaddy was. Adams floated out around the three-point line most of the game, and then when he did get post touches, he looked to pass first. Granted Adams is a quality passer, but his team needed him to establish himself in the post especially after San Jose State signee Joe Henson fouled out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Very skilled with the ball, Adams motor, athleticism and physique are big question marks right now.

He finished with nine points on 4-11 shooting, 1-6 from three, 2-4 from the line.

Terrence Boyd hopes to gain his eligibility next week next week after transferring to San Diego High School. His top five is comprised of UConn, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Oregon State. Now that he has taken the SAT, he will take some official visits in the spring.


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