Big Apple Invitational All-Tournament Teams

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bigappleFirst Team All-Tournament

Russ Smith  SR.  Archbishop Molloy, NY

Brandon Triche  SR.  Jamesville-Dewitt, NY (Syracuse)

Sean Kilpatrick  PG.  Notre Dame Prep, MA (Cincinnati)

Jayvaughn Pinkston  JR.  Bishop Loughlin, NY

Achraf Yocoubou SO.  Long Island Lutheran, NY

Second Team All-Tournament

Brandon Knight  JR.  Pine Crest, FL

Lance Stephenson  SR.  Lincoln, NY

Durand Scott  SR.  Rice, NY (Miami)

Alshawn Hymes  SR.  Jamesville-Dewitt, NY

Keith Spellman  SR.  Thomas Jefferson, NY

Honorable Mention

Johnny Lacy  SR.  Notre Dame Prep, MA (Providence)

Reynaldo Walters  JR.  Cardozo, NY


DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL); Recruitment Update

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DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL) gave an update on his recruitment at the 2009 Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA.

Memphis and Coach John Calipari now are the leader for his services, after he re-opened his recruitment since UAB would not give a written agreement letting him out of his letter of intent if Coach Mike Davis was no longer at the university.

Other schools that have been named by Cousins to receive an official visit in the spring include Kansas State and N.C. State. He also listed Wake Forest and Virginia Tech as schools of interest.

UAB is completely eliminated from his list of schools regardless if Coach Mike Davis is there next year. Cousins said “UAB is out of the picture, but I’m still down with Mike Davis,” he said. “It’s a bad situation down there, and nothing is going to change. Even if Coach Davis is there, I’m not going there.”

He helped lead his team to a 67-54 victory over Lincoln, NY at the Spalding Hoophall Classic on Monday afternoon. He finished the game with 17 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 2 assist and 3 turnovers.

2009 Spalding Hoophall Classic All-Tournament Teams

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First-Team All-Tournament

Derrick Favors   SR   South Atlanta, GA

Keith “Tiny” Gallon  SR   Oak Hill Academy, VA

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel  SR  Tilton, NH

Josh Selby  JR  DeMatha Catholic, MD

Travis Wear  SR  Mater Dei, CA

Second-Team All-Tournament

Xavier Henry  SR  Putnam City, OK

DeMarcus Cousins  SR  LeFlore, AL

Lance Stephenson  SR  Lincoln, NY

Alex Oriakhi  SR  Tilton, NH

Kenny Boynton  SR  American Heritage, FL

Third-Team All-Tournament

Carson Desrosiers  JR  Central Catholic, MA

Preye Preboye  SR  Winchendon, MA

Devon Collier  JR  St. Anthony, NJ

Erik Murphy  SR  St. Mark’s, MA

Justin Jackson  JR  Montverde Academy, FL

Class of 2011 Recruit Trevor Cooney (Sanford, DE) Takes In Syracuse Game


Trevor Cooney 2011

Trevor Cooney 2011

Today one of the top shooters in the class of 2011 was at the Carrier Dome taking in the Big East match up between top 15 schools, Syracuse Vs Notre Dame. Syracuse took advantage of this big game and atmosphere to get hoops recruit Trevor Cooney to check out the school on a un-official visit.

Trevor Cooney a 6’3 shooting guard has a very impressive skill set for a player his age. He is an excellent shooter from anywhere on the court and also has the ability to finish inside when he attacks the rim. The best part of his game is his high basketball I.Q. and fundamental skills. He does a great job trying to get all of his teammates involved with his great floor vision.

He currently holds offers from Wake Forest, Syracuse, Delaware, Rutgers, St. Joseph, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia. Others showing interest include Georgia Tech and Notre Dame amongst others.

Last season as a freshman for Sanford, Cooney averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range.

2009 Spalding Hoophall Classic (Oak Hill Academy vs. South Atlanta)

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hoophall-09This game matched up two of the premiere big men in the class of 2009, Derrick Favors (South Atlanta) vs. Keith “Tiny” Gallon (Oak Hill Academy). The match-up lived up to the billing with each of the post players having solid performances.

In the end Oak Hill Academy (VA) came out with a 65 to 58 victory over South Atlanta (GA).

Leading Scorers: Keith “Tiny” Gallon (Oak Hill Academy, VA) 22 points on 8-13 from the field including 6-9 from behind the arc. He also had 13 rebounds and 1 block. Doron Lamb (Oak Hill Academy, VA) 17 points on 5-14 from the field and 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) 25 points on 11-21 from the field and 17 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 turnovers, 1 block and 1 steal. Andre Malone (South Atlanta, GA) 13 points on 5-9 from the field and 1 rebound, 2 assists and 3 turnovers.

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) Picks Georgia Tech

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Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors

On Wednesday, Derrick Favors a 6’9/225 power forward from (South Atlanta, GA) announced he will be attending Georgia Tech. He picked the Yellow Jackets over N.C. State and Georgia.

Derrick Favors who is a consensus top five prospect will be a impact player for Georgia Tech next season in the ACC. Coach Paul Hewitt now has very impressive incoming class for next year.

Derrick Favors joins Mfon Udofia (Miller Grove, GA), Brian Oliver (William Penn, DE), Glen Rice JR. (Walton, GA) and Kammeon Holsey (Hancock Central, GA) for the recruiting class of 2009.

Derrick Favors is a prospect with a high upside to his game. He has the ability to finish on the inside with either hand along with being a great rebounder on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor very well for a player his size and is capable of stepping outside and knocking down the jumper if you double team him. He is very active on the inside on both ends of the floor being able to alter or block any shot put up by his opponents on the inside. He has a motor that never stops and has started to add even more range on his jumper stepping out and knocking down the 3 more consistently.

2009 SNY Invitational On January 23 & 24

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2009 SNY Invitational Presented by
Time Warner Cable to Tip Off January 23

SNY Invitational

SNY Invitational

Four of New York’s Top High School Teams to Compete
[New York] January 8, 2009 – SNY, the television home of the New York Mets, Jets and BIG EAST Conference, today announced that the 2009 SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable will tip off January 23-24 at 6pm and showcase four of the top ranked high school teams in New York.  The teams include Jefferson, Mount Vernon, St. Raymond and Boys and Girls High School. All games will be broadcast live on SNY and feature SNY commentator Kevin Burkhardt calling all the action alongside SNY’s BIG EAST basketball analyst Tim Welsh.  Brian Custer, host of the WheelHouse on SNY, will handle the sideline duties.

The SNY Invitational presented by Time Warner Cable was established in January 2008 with the goal of creating an annual high school basketball tournament that will be both a pillar of SNY’s involvement in the community, as well as New York’s elite high school basketball event. Throughout the two-day tournament, SNY will provide exposure to the schools and students by televising the games, as well as producing multiple vignettes and human interest pieces about the individual schools and their teams.  In addition, SNY and Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region will make a donation totaling $20,000 to the participating schools.
“While the inaugural SNY Invitational exceeded our expectations, this year’s event is shaping up to be even more exciting as we aim to set a new benchmark for high school athletic events in New York,” said Steve Raab, President of SNY.  “We’re honored to give back to these communities and showcase the participating high schools and their athletes.” More

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