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ESBC tidbits, Pt. 1






Ron Bailey, Publisher

ESBC has emerged as a top flight, post high school season all-star game.


April 1, 2013 - Last month’s Elite Showcase Basketball Classic was success, as Thomas Gadson and crew again provided an opportunity for fans to see top high school basket players perform before going off to college. Trinity College hosted a treat on March 24th.

Both girls and boys competed, with the North team prevailing in both female and male action. For the guys, Malcolm Johnson was tabbed MVP, while Tasia Butler won it for the ladies.

Following are player discussions:

Malcolm Johnson – 6’4”, 200 lb swingman, Sickles High School, Tampa, FL – Headed to the Naval Academy, Johnson is a very good perimeter shooter that uses a couple of dribbles to create space for shots. Is offensively aggressive, with a solid build.

Though at times he can get to the rack, Johnson could improve his ball patting. The ESBC MVP dropped 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists – the last stat indicating a willingness and ability to find teammates. Is also unafraid of taking the last shot, a trait that led to him winning the game on a wild, at the buzzer attempt.

Should do quite well at the Academy in Patriot League action.

Malcolm Johnson pulls up from deep.

Harold Givens – 6’7”, 185 lb forward, Quality Education Academy, Winston Salem, NC – Athletic and long, Givens is a rim pounder, one that loves to fill lanes in fast break action. Finished with 18 points and three rebounds.

Must get stronger for college, as well as further develop his ball handling skills; Givens is more blow by followed by one or two dribbles than open court ball patter. He can hit open shoots, but needs to get better shooting on the move and more consistently, overall.

While indicating “LSU is my dream school” after his game, the Tigers have not offered a scholarship. According to him “Almost the whole SEC” as well as “some of the ACC” have done so. Marquette had shown some interest previously.

Mario Matasovic – 6’7”, 210” forward, St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield, WI – Think rough and rugged with skills when Matasovic is discussed. This Croatian native can shoot, post, rebound and work with the ball from around 15 feet in. Add passing to his skill set, meaning Matasovic is pretty much an all around player.

“I have to work on my jump shot (consistency) and ball handling” was his response to needed points of improvement. Add increased lateral quickness to work needed.

Western Kentucky has offered Matasovic, who is also being recruited by Nevada, North Texas, Hofstra, Portland and Charlotte. He indicated “I will choose sometimes next month”, which means April.

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