Or should I say The Crimestopper vs. St. Benedict's? Today in Jersey City Aquille Carr and his Patterson High squad took on Tyler Ennis and St. Benedict's and it was quite the entertaining game. While I know Maryland is out of the Aquille Carr sweepstakes due to his commitment to Seton Hall, I can now say comfortably that I'm alright with him not coming to Maryland but I will take every chance I get to watch him at Seton Hall. There were however other players on the court today, some of which have some connections with Maryland basketball.
Aquille Carr- Here's the stat-line: 38 pts, 5 rebs, 3/4 assists, 5/6 to's, 3 stls, and about 5/6 pairs of broken ankles. He hit nothing but net on his first 5 three's (yes you read that right) and 4 (maybe 3) offensive fouls. No doubt he was the most entertaining player on the floor and quite possibly the most entertaining high school player I've ever seen in my day. The stat sheet may say that he only had 3 maybe 4 assists, but he could easily have had 9/10 if 1. he knew how to pass the ball when he draws four players to him in the lane, or 2. his teammates could finish a layup (for the record, they couldn't finish a sandwich). Now, the reason I say I'm alright with him not coming to Maryland, granted all the positives he would bring with him, are because I watched him play in person. About 30 minutes of the game was the Aquille Carr show, meaning he would often try to do too much and make the spectacular play rather than make the right play. He often had teammates wide open for shots and would not pass it, or would try to make a spectacular no look pass in traffic and have it deflected or stolen. As I said before, he also had 3 if not 4 charge calls because he would just bull into the lane and leap for the rim instead of stopping short for a floater. I could get into this more but I feel like i'm starting to ramble so i'll continue on with the other players.
Shakir Brown- 2012 6-6 wing forward, I wasn't too blown away with his game. He's received a lot of attention from certain schools and he'll be a solid player at a low/mid-major program, but I believe having Carr on his team really takes away from his game. He's a good passer in the post and makes most of the shots he gets, but he just couldn't stick with the big men from Benedict's by himself.
Tyler Ennis- 2013 6-2 point guard. We've been linked to him a couple of times and the more I see him, the more I see what Turgeon sees. A strong, pass-first point guard, he can do it all. He can handle, get to the lane at will, finish at the rim through contact or kick it out to a wide open shooter. He can also hit foul shots, shoot the 3, and defend his position. Ennis's stat line for the night was 14 pts (7-8 shooting), 10 assts, 7 rebs. While he's deceptively quick, the one thing that concerns me is that I don't know if he has ACC level speed. He did take over the game in the fourth quarter with 4 straight possessions of him driving past his man and finishing with a layup. Although I have not seen our other options at PG play yet, if Ennis can get that next gear he is no doubt to me Plan B to the Harrisons.
Melvin Johnson- 2012 6-3 SG committed to Miami, we'll be seeing this kid in ACC play for the next 4 years. He finished with 19 pts and was not playing as well as he did against St. Anthony's, but he just knows how to score. Can shoot it from deep and that shooting will give us problems come a couple years. He can also get into the lane and finish through contact. Bottom line; will be a solid 4 yr player in the ACC for Miami.
There were some other players of interest to discuss such as consensus top 10 nationally ranked frosh Isaiah Briscoe or 2013 power forward Isaiah Watkins (both of St. Benedict's) but we have not been linked with them in any way to this point so I don't find it necessary to talk about them now. St. Benedict's won 89-63 in a game that was much closer than that until Ennis took over in the fourth quarter. Hope you enjoy the read!