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November 23, 2008

National Prep Showcase: day three

SMITHFIELD, R.I.- Brewster Academy got back on the winning track at the National Prep Showcase behind a big effort from big man Andrew Fitzgerald.

Brewster Academy 71, Stoneridge Prep 66

Brewster Academy struggled again on Sunday but managed to pull off a win against Stoneridge. Oklahoma signee Andrew Fitzgerald was the main man for Brewster. Although he struggled at times against the shot blocking prowess of 7-foot-2 center Youssoupha Mbao. On multiple possessions Fitzgerald had to rebound his blocked shot before he scored. He finished with 27 points on 13 of 29 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Brewster's sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe had an impressive eight assists to only one turnover to go along with 11 points.

Kansas signee Thomas Robinson scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Wyoming signee Amath Mbaye led Stoneridge with 16 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Center Youssoupha Mbao nearly posted a triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

Tilton School 75, Maine Central Institute 62

The big three for Tilton were on their game Sunday night. UConn signee Jamal Coombs-McDaniel took home scoring honors with 22 points. Coombs hit 3 of 6 from behind the arc and also grabbed nine rebounds, but it was the strong inside play of fellow UConn signee Alex Oriakhi that dominated the game. On 7 of 11 shooting Oriakhi scored 20 points and snagged 16 rebounds.

2010 four-star prospect Gerard Coleman was impressive as well with 21 points on 10 of 18 shooting.

Mitchell Rolls led MCI with 17 points which included three three-pointers.

Northfield Mount Herman 78, Champlain St. Lambert 50

2010 forward Laurent Rivard paced Northfield Mount Herman with 19 points, and Louisville signee Mike Marra added 11 points with 3 of 5 shooting from behind the arc.

Champlain St. Lambert's Yann Charles scored 18 points and grabbed siven rebounds.

Lee Academy 72, New Hampton Prep 71

Fordham signee Chris Gaston's monster game of 20 points and 20 rebounds wasn't quite enough to bring home the victory for New Hampton Prep.

UMass 2010 commitment Maxie Esho led Lee Academy with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Patterson School 53, South Kent Prep 36

Point guard Vincent Council was Patterson's lone double digit scorer with 12 points. Rice signee Arsalan Kazemi and Georgia State signee Rashanti Harris both grabbed a team high eight rebounds.

Xavier signee Kevin Parrom was the South Kent standout with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Blair Academy 78, St. Andrew's 74

Rutgers signee Austin Johnson put up an impressive double-double for Blair Academy with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson shot 12 of 21 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line.

Junior point guard Hakeem Harris also had a strong game scoring 14 points and dishing out three assists without a turnover.

St. Andrew's two promising sophomores Michael Carter-Williams and Michael Laplante made a strong imprint on the game. Carter-Williams hit five three-pointers on nine attempts for his 15 points. Most of those makes came down the stretch while St. Andrew's was coming back from a double digit deficit. Laplante scored 12 points and hit a couple three-pointers himself.

Scouting observations and recruiting news

Although he is on the thin side, Gerald Coleman has put on around ten pounds since the spring and continues to improve his jump shot. On Sunday he impressed with his slashing and his passing off the dribble. Right now Connecticut, Louisville, Providence and Boston College are his top four schools. Marquette, Kansas and Florida State have also offered.

Amath Mbaye of Stoneridge Prep seemed to get better by the minute during the event. At 6-foot-7 he is comfortable shooting the wing three and is active on the boards.

According to Stoneridge coach Babacar Sy, UCLA is making a strong push to land combo guard Mohamed Koita. Sy said that Koita is an academic qualifier but still has work to do academically to reach UCLA standards.

Stoneridge's center Youssoupha Mbao has only been in the United States for around two months but numerous schools are beginning to actively recruit him. According to Coach Sy, Connecticut, Kentucky and USC is the short list, but the list will get longer before it gets shorter.

2011 power forward Lionel Gomis is a prospect to keep an eye on. He didn't log a lot of minutes playing behind Rutgers signee Austin Johnson and a couple other upperclassmen, but Gomis is long and full of potential.

Not sure if Miami signee Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno has the size and athleticism to standout in the ACC, but there is no denying his high level passing ability.


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