"It's All About The Game"

Crab Ball Classic Report, Pt. 1






Ron Bailey, Publisher

B'More takes it from Washington.

March 23, 2015 - Last weekend's Crab Ball Classic was again an success, one in which seniors from the Baltimore area defeated like situated D.C. student athlete's 113-108 at DeMatha Catholic HS (MD). The game was hotly contested, generally well played and a treat to watch.

Team Baltimore prevailed 108-103, shooting 44.1% from the field and 32.4% on three pointers. Central Connecticut State-bound forward Evan Phoenix led the victors with 19 points, followed by Bruce Spruell's (Meade HS) 15 points. Phoenix, of Calvert Hall, garnered MVP hardware for his exploits.

Abdul Bundu, laying it up.

Clinton Christian and soon-to-be Minnesota guard Kevin Dorsey led all scorers with 27 points for Team Washington, while Kenny Wormley (Riverdale Baptist/Siena) dropped 21 points.

For more complete stat information, including individual shooting numbers and team field goal visit this link.

Following are player updates:

Abdul Bundu - 6'4", 215 pound senior forward, Largo High School - Afterward, Bundu shared he will depart for Quinnipiac in June and until then "I'm just working out straight wings moves - one dribble pull up, two dribble pull up, counter moves, shooting from the perimeter - that's all I've been even before this all-star game".

Doing so makes sense, as Bundu has likely the greatest motor in the area's 2015 class, enabling him to clean the glass and wreck havoc in the paint. Don't believe it, see the CBC high 11 caroms he snatched.

His work totals "five, six, seven hundred shots a day", and occur daily. This has been his grind since Largo's season ended.

"My form is a lot different, I'm using my wrist more - at first I used to all elbow and arm strength" in getting shots off, he shared.

Being a motor guy, Bundu relies heavily on his physical conditioning, which is still being developed, as just prior to the CBC Abdul finished a full body workout.

Quinnipiac's coaching staff "told me they want me to come in and make an impact" shared Bundu. The school's fans "can expect a nice set jump shot or off the dribble, going to the basket, finishing around the rim left hand/right hand and being explosive, playing like the player I am".

Ultimately he believes "By the time I leave they will be able to put together a little highlight reel", while witnessing a player who will start out more of a power forward and transition to the small forward.

Mike White, shooting over size.

"I know I have a lot of work to put in" he said. "But I'm willing to put it in to get better". Coming from where he started, no one doubts that.

Mike White - 5'4", 120 pound senior guard, Northwestern - Super quick, White speeds around the court where he scores and at times finds people. He's like a hummingbird out there at times, darting around and causing problems for defenses in the process.

Bring diminutive reduces his role the higher in basketball competition he goes; White must excel at finding people, scoring when necessary and strapping up. He knows that, saying "I have to run the team, make sure everybody is involved" while also playing "good on ball defense".

Add getting stronger to the equation, of which White noted "That's all I'm going to do this summer, get my body ready".

Presently Mike indicated a pair of NY schools are interested - ASA CC and Dominican College - while Delaware State is sniffing. Locally Hagerstown CC is in the mix. A decision will likely be made around the time he graduates from Northwestern.

Sitting courtside was his grandmother, Eloise White, who cheered constantly for Mike, providing the positive energy any athlete can feed off. She's been a big part of his life.

"My grandmother, that's my biggest fan" said White, gleaming while mentioning her. "She's been with me before that, but she's been cheering for me since I was seven. That's my heart".

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