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Cap Classic tidbits






Ron Bailey, Publisher

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May 1, 2013 - The 40th Capital Classic occurred yesterday at TC Williams High School (VA), the latest in the famed institution’s offering. This year approximately 1,000 fans saw two games of boy’s action, chock full of present high school seniors are scholarship caliber athletes.

Following are some tidbits learned during the event:

Freeman was close to determining: As first tweeted by @RonBailey19, 6’8”, 230 pound forward Lennard Freeman indicated North Carolina State is his recruiting leader. The Wolfpack will likely get an active front court presence capable of rebounding, running the floor and defending in the paint.

Lennard Freeman (air) and Beejay Anya, Team Takeover (AAU) teammates and Cap Classic foes, will join each other at NC State this upcoming season.

Also in the running, according to Freeman before Capital/US game are “Villanova, Pittsburgh and UAB”. The coaches involved are Rob Moxley (NC State), Billy Lange (Villanova), UAB’s Jerod Haase and Rob Eshan, plus Jamie Dixon of Pitt. He and Haase are head coaches, the other’s function as assistants.

What would the winner present?

“I’m looking for somewhere that feels right” simply responded Freeman, who also indicated at the time a visit to see UAB’s campus was in the works, though that plan could be imperiled, as his might make his choice sometime tomorrow. The Pack is leading under either scenario.

Though he of course wants to hit quickly at his future college home, Freeman said “Playing time is not…(very) important”; he’s willing to earn his clock, and Lennard is confident in his ability to do so.

Well, apparently NC State felt right, as Freeman tabbed the Pack winners, soon after the Cap Classic.

Eto was in in flux: Standing on TC Williams’ court after the finale game, 6’8”, 230 pound forward Junior Eto talked to a member of his travel team organization DC Assault. Though he’s a soft-spoken guy who is hard to read, Eto seemed to have a lot on his shoulders, more than some of the other guys mulling offers from big time hoops programs.

Shaking his head and subtly smiling, Eto, a native of Congo, applied in the affirmative when asked of he felt a little overwhelmed by his position. He also noted “There is a lot of pressure”, though Eto revealed he has people in his life lean on.

His choices were identified as “Xavier, Rutgers and Washington”. He also stated “I don’t know when” the decision will be reached.

That’s changed – he’s going to Rutgers, a decision reached yesterday. Drawing him to New Brunswick, according to reports, was new head coach Eddie Jordan, who coached Eto with DC Assault last summer.

Sometime before traveling up I-95 to matriculate to Ruggers, Eto noted he’s “Going back this summer” to his hometown of Brazzaville, the first time he’s down so in a while.

Rotating Roughriders: Previously Capital All-Star Marquise Wright chose Loyola, while District All-Star Stephan Jiggetts decided Siena was his college choice. Of note is their long term involvment together in the Roughriders travel team organization.

A coaching change has made, well changes; Siena fired Mitch Buonaguro after a three year tenure, and hired Loyola’s then-head coach, Jimmy Patsos. Wright, who had committed to Loyola and Patsos, reportedly has decided to follow him to Siena.

Jiggetts on the other hand, has re-opened his recruitment, based on possible utilizations – Patsos wanted Stephan to play the two guard, whereas he and his father, Bullett, wanted a point guard usage.

Prep school bound: Though a number of players expressed the desire to attend prep school this upcoming year – particularly Mike Warren and Brandon Boykin of the District All-Stars – they had not nailed down where. A possiblity of attending junior college seems to exist also.

Cap All-Star Will Ferguson apparently is not in that category, expressing afterward “I’m going to Massanhutten” in Virginia. This will occur, despite the departure of talented head coach Chad Myers recently.

Ferguson is a fast, offensively aggressive point guard that should work on being more of a true lead man next year. While at Massanhutten, Ferguson indicated college entrance exam preparation will be among is academic pursuits.

Brandon Boykins plans to retake his college entrance exam soon.

Outcomes: In the event’s first game, the District All-Stars blew out their Suburban All-Star counterparts 118-88. Temple-bound Mark Williams lead all scorers with 21 points, while Jamall Robinson (Niagara) had 19 points, while Marlon Beck (Binghamton) chipped in 15 points, and Robert Morris bound Emanuel Omogbo scored 13, along with Brandon Boykin, who is undecided.

Soon-to-be Navy Midshipman Zach Fong led the Suburban crew with 19 points. Michael Wolfe (Loyola) dropped 16 points, while future Khory Moore, headed to North Carolina A&T scored 12 points.

District’s Williams was tabbed MVP.

In the finale, the US All-Stars held on the win 126 – 120. Securing the win were four three pointers within the last two minutes, two by future Ohio State Buckeye Kameron Williams (25 points). Those shots stemmed a furious Capital All-Star rally.

Brandon Austin, headed to Providence dropped 23 points for the US team. Also achieving double figure scoring was Mike Young (Pitt), Rodney Bullock (Providence) and BJ Johnson (Syracuse), with 19, 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Aquille Carr, who has decided the professional ranks are immediately for him, led the game’s scores with 29 points for the Capital All-Stars. Baylor’s Ishmail Wainright dropped 20 points, while David Kadiri (UMBC) had 13 and BeeJay Anya (NC State) finished with 10 points.

Carr was clearly determined to make an imprint on the game, flying down the court and either shooting or getting into the lane. As his wont, Carr also went tit-for-tat with the likes of Austin.

US All-Star’s Williams also garnered MVP status, not only shooting but finishing with surprising athletic ability.

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