2015 Capital Classic Player Breakdown
As expected, the 42nd Annual Capital Classic was exciting and highly competitive. The Capital All Stars featured some of the best high school talent the area has to offer as they took on the U.S. All Stars who brought a strong crop of the nations best to DC to do battle. In a physical game, the U.S. All Stars escaped with a 105-102 win thanks to the efforts of MVP and future Tar Heel Luke Maye's 15 point and 12 rebound performance. The talent pool was deep to say the least which is a testament to the great work done by the event organizers. The players have had numerous articles, highlights and evaluations done on them throughout their respective high school careers, however, with a game as unique as this, we here at Finest Mag decided to evaluate them based on this particular game performance. New Finest Magazine Scout Dee Brooks, was on hand to watch the game and here is his complete analysis of each player who took the court in the Capital Classic. Enjoy. - Finest Magazine CEO Cardell Dudley
Capital All Stars
0 Randall Broddie (Potomac HS/Memphis) - Plays under control and can shoot jump shot off dribble, mid range and from deep. Needs to create more off the dribble for teammates.
1 Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga HS/Wake Forest)- Crawford is a good defender that competes hard on both ends EVERY play. Can shoot the 3and can create off the bounce. Decent passer but can force things a little at times.
5 Justin Robinson (St James/ Virginia Tech)- Robinson can break down anybody off the dribble. Can possibly be a lock down defender at the next level due to his strength and athletic ability. Was off during the game going 0-6 but you can tell that most nights those shots will fall. Needs to make better decisions when getting in the paint.
12 Kevin Dorsey (Clinton Christian/Minnesota)- Dorsey gets in the lane at will and can also shoot with range. Relentless rim attacker with good vison. Good on ball defender and a fierce competitor. Slowing down at times and controlling the pace will benefit his game.
14 Sylvester Ogbonda (National Christian Academy/ Georgia Tech) - Active on the offensive glass as his activity led to a lot of put backs for the Capital All Stars. Solid in the mid range and did a decent job defending in the paint. Just needs time to develop his overall game.
15 Charlie Thomas ( River Hill HS/ Wisconsin) - Good foot work and touch around the basket. Posted up well and has great hands with good size. Needs to work on conditioning.
20 Sam Miller (Gonzaga HS/ Dayton) - Versatile forward that ran the floor well showing good ball handling for a player playing power forward. Decent jump shooter with consistent college range on his jumper. Needs to continue working on ball handling to be effective as a three at the next level and potentially beyond.
21 Eric Bowles (W.T. Woodson/Central Connecticut) - A good defender who knows how to use angles already to keep offensive players in front of him. Possesses good court vision and is a confident passer. Forces passes a bit at times.
24 Edwards Polite (Duval/ Radford) - Moved well without the ball and displayed the ability to slash to the basket and finish consistently. Rebounds well for a guard but needs to work on shooting and ball handling.
34 Abdulai Bundu (Largo HS/ Quinnipiac) - I love Bundu, he plays hard and is very active on the offensive glass. Scores around rim, a physical player that loves to go to work in the post. Ultimate glue guy does a little bit of everything although he needs to improve his outside shot and ball handling.
U.S. All Stars
5 Malik Beasley (St Francis HS/ Florida State) - One of the more athletic and smooth guards in the country. Good jumper and can play point for a pinch. Decent court vision. No problem creating his own shot and looks to be a natural two with his 6'4,6'5 frame.
24 Haanif Cheatham ( Pembroke Pines CS/ Marquette) - Good size for a point guard who looks to make the right pass. Deadly mid range jumper but can shoot it with range. Plays under control and is a very smart an crafty player. Not the most explosive athlete but good enough to get the job done.
15 PJ Dozier Jr (Spring Valley HS/ South Carolina) - Great size, capable of playing all three wing positions at the next level. Can create his own shot and has good court awareness. Very athletic point guard who has all the tools to shine at the next level. Best potential pro prospect at the Capital Classic although he needs to get stronger and sharpen his ball handling.
35 Jessie Govan (Wings Academy/ Georgetown) - Good rebounder and finisher around the rim with both hands. Showed the ability to hit a solid 10 ft jumper. Team player who plays to his strength. A little mechanical and average athlete for a 6'8 power forward but knows how to overcome that.
6 Derrick Jones (Archbishop Carroll HS/ UNLV) Great slasher, arguably the most explosive athlete in the 2015 class. Plays above the rim has potential to be a great terrific defender with length. Must improve his jumper and ball handling
33 Luke Maye (Hough HS/ North Carolina) High I.Q. player with good hands and nice touch around the basket. Has mid range and 3pt shot. Good awareness who will battle for rebounds and will fit in well at UNC. Not a explosive athlete.
22 Ryan McMahon (Cardinal Mooney HS/ Louisville) Good jump shot with deep range/ .good vision/ handles ball well/ creates his own shot, gets to the rim/ Plays with a flair/ shot selection questionable at times/
1 Rex Pflueger (Mater Dei HS/ Notre Dame) Good jump shot/ good athlete, nice bounce / smart player / sees the floor, good vison/ creates of the dribble/ Competes on both ends/ sometimes forces passes
32 Matt Ryan (Iona College Prep/ Notre Dame)- Highly confident and efficient shooter with range. Runs the floor with purpose which gives him easy basket. An underrated passer who competes. Great awareness however needs improvement on ball handling.
21 Prince Ali ( Sagemont School/ UCLA) - Solid all around guard. Made good decisions with the ball and played under control. Will be able to play both guard postions effectively at the next level due to his versatility, skill and sneaky athleticism.
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