City Is Mine Tournament Top Performers
By David Cordova
This Saturday, September RecruitTheBronx.com dropped in at the Gauchos Gym for the fifth annual City is Mine Tournament, in which four teams played against each other in a single-elimination tournament. As you can see below the court was loaded with high major D1 prospects:
Sterling Jones, 5-9, Point Guard, Christ the King High School, The Program, Class of 2021 - Jones has the ability to run a team and likes to run in transition. Knows when and where to pass the ball to his teammates and can attack when it comes to getting to the basket. He is a player that can score despite being called on to fulfill his duties as a point guard.
Zion Cruz, 6-3, Point Guard, Hudson Catholic High School (NJ), The Program, Class of 2022 - Cruz has a scorer’s mentality and loves to have the ball in his hands at all times. Is a solid shooter from long range and makes swift moves to or around the basket. Is also a good passer with plenty of skills.
Malachi Smith, 5-10, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, The Program, Class of 2021 - Smith is good at finding teammates for passes and finds plenty of ways to get to the basket. Is fearless when it comes to getting to the hole for a layup, but can also be a defensive threat, as he is good for staying with his man at all times.
Nate Tabor, 6-6, Shooting Guard, Sacred Heart High School (CT), The Program, Class of 2020 - This big Connecticut guard has a long wingspan and is good at getting to the basket. Is not afraid of physical contact and has a good jump shot. Has the ability to make things happen on the court as far as defense and other things, such as steals.
Majesty Johnson, 5-8, Point Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, The Program, Class of 2020 - Johnson is diminutive, but has repeatedly shown RTB scouts his quickness and the ability to find ways to get distribute the ball to his teammates. He uses his quickness on the defensive end as well as he is also good for getting steals. Is fearless when going to the hole to score.
Kadary Richmond, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Brewster Academy (NH), United Brooklyn, Class of 2020 - Richmond continues to build his resume as one of the City’s top players. He has a long wingspan and can dominate smaller defenders with his excellent court vision and length. Has the ability to pass the ball, but his main strength is scoring the ball, as he always finds a way to get past his defender and is always successful in driving to the cup.
Femi Odukale, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Commonwealth Academy (MA) United Brooklyn, Class of 2020 - Oukdale put in another strong performance before heading off to prep school. He is skilled and has a lot of toughness on the court. Is the type of player that is known for attacking the glass when it comes to getting rebounds. Can score in multiple ways, including shooting, but mainly driving to the basket, which he is very capable of doing. Showcases plenty of athleticism when there is an open lane.
Josh Gray, 7-0, Center, Putnam Science Academy (CT), United Brooklyn, Class of 2020 - Another big talent who is heading North to hone his talents vs. very high level Prep School competition and in front of very large numbers of college scouts. Gray is strong and uses it to his advantage when it comes to getting rebounds and blocks. Has the ability to score in the low post and has a lot of explosion when it comes to his athleticism and is able to dominate when playing above the rim.
Max Ragusa, 6-0, Point Guard, Poly Prep School, United Brooklyn, Class of 2022 - This young sophomore is good at getting to the basket and getting good shots from the outside.
Marcus Burnett, 6-3, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, United Brooklyn, Class of 2020 - Burnett continues to display a good shooting touch and the ability to score at will. Good at creating for himself on the offensive end. Has plenty of hustle instincts and is able to get rebounds at all times and either hit a teammate for an outlet pass or dribbles downcourt and can drive through the lane for a basket.
Hassan Diarra, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT), Vsonary/Team Shine, Class of 2020 - Diarra can attack the basket efficiently, but sometimes struggles to finish. He will get a chance to improve on that daily at PSA. He is a solid defender and has good hands when it comes to getting rebounds or steals and is a good defender. Has the ability to shoot from midrange or outside.
Shemani Fuller, 6-7, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Vsonary/Team Shine, Class of 2020 - Fuller is versatile, as he plays like a guard despite his big man’s frame. Is good at getting to the basket with his dribble. Shows the ability to be a force when playing above the rim and has good hands when it comes to getting blocks in the paint.
Shawn Fulcher, 5-10, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Vsonary/Team Shine, Class of 2021 - Fulcher makes good moves around the court and likes to distribute the ball to his teammates. Is good at controlling his team’s tempo when it comes to handling the ball. Also has an affinity for scoring, whether it is with a three-point shot or when going to the hole.
TJ Morris, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Vsonary/Team Shine, Class of 2021 - Morris can do many things on the court, due to his terrific wingspan. That and his hands allow him to get rebounds, but his athleticism allows him to play above the rim. Has the ability to get to the basket with a good first step. Is able to create for himself on the perimeter.
DaMarco Watson, 6-3, Point Guard, Eagle Academy, Milbank, Class of 2020 - Watson is an offensive threat whenever he steps on the floor. Great at moving on defense and forcing the opposition into giving up the ball. Looks to score the ball often and is able to do score as he is able to get steals or by running on the fast break.
RJ Davis, 6-0, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Milbank, Class of 2020 - Davis is the little man who puts on the big show, piling up high major scholarship offers in the process. He has great court vision and has plenty of awareness when it comes to finding his teammates on the court with passes. Showcases the ability to drive into the lane and get past his man. Has the ability to shoot from deep and also has the ability to rebound the ball and run on the fast break.
Zed Key, 6-8, Forward, Long Island Lutheran High School, Milbank, Class of 2020 - Key’s RecruitTheBronx.com profile resume is getting very long. He has plenty of strength, which aids in him being successful in attacking the boards. Has solid post moves and is known for overpowering defenders in the paint area. Also, has the ability to block shots. Has the ability to make hook shots and shoot jumpers within fifteen feet.
Jaylen Murray, 6-0, Point Guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT), Milbank, Class of 2020 - Murray has quickness and is able to get to the basket easily for layups. Struggles with hitting a consistent jumper, but when he hits them, he can be dangerous to the opposition. The extended pre-season training period at Putnam Science will allow him the gym tiume to address that. He shows a lot of hustle when it comes to getting steals, which then aid in fast breaks that either lead to assists or baskets.
Micawber Etienne, 6-10, Forward, Suffield Academy (CT), Milbank, Class of 2021 - Etienne has rocketed to the top of recruiting boards ever since his debut in front of hundreds of NCAA coaches at the NEPSAC Showcases back in June. He is a big man that is solid when in the paint and has a long wingspan, which allows him to get rebounds. Is very athletic at the rim and can overpower his defender with his aggressiveness. Is able to block shots whenever he has the opportunity and establishes his place in the paint with his effortless play.