"It's All About The Game"

Five from NHSHF '13






Ron Bailey, Publisher

This year's NHSHF didn't disappoint.



Decemer 19, 2013 - Last Saturday's National High School Hoops Festival lived up to its billing as a must see high school boy's high school event. All the teams should be applauded. Add NHSHF founder Keith Stevens and the crew from Team Takeover (AAU) to the dap list, as they did a whale of a job planning and running the Festival.

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Now, let's look several standout players:

Cheick Diallo - 6'8", 215 pound junior F, Our Savior New American (NY) - A native of Mali, Diallo has a motor that just will not quit; this guy runs the floor, rebounds, and block shots. He's a dynamo.

Going forward Diallo must continue to hone his ball handling and shooting, though a source close to OSNA indicated the latter is coming along well, resulting in a recent 35 point outburst. In 27 minutes of NHSHF action, Diallo supplied 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

That same source indicated "Everybody" is showing interest in Diallo. He's taken unofficial visits to Iowa State and Pitt.

Expect more soon.

Kevin Dorsey attacking the rim.

Kevin Dorsey - 6'0", 170 pound junior G, Paul VI (VA) - Think energizer bunny when Dorsey's name is broached, one that has a large competitive streak. He loves to get up and down the floor, pressure the ball and cause havoc.

According to him "Va Tech, SMU, Creighton, ODU, UMass, Florida Gulf Coast, VCU" have offered scholarships, while Nebraska, St. Joe's and others are monitoring him. He's looking for a school taht allows him to "get up and down", while also offering a challenging yet supportive coaching staff.

In terms of development, Dorsey must continue working on his point guard skills - including mentality and tightening his ball handling. Increased strength development is also necessary, all of which is understood by Dorsey.

Add a few pounds on him, and big time defensive back seems to be possible for Dorsey, given his extremely quick feet, willingness to throw himself around, straight line speed and overall motor. It's something he hears regularly but the gridiron was given up. Why?

"My Dad" told him no, shared Dorsey. "I was trying (to play in high school), but he didn't want to be out in the cold".
Hoops is clearly his focus now. Finished with 20 points, four assists and two steals, while committing just one turnover.

Went 60% from the field and 8-11 on free throws Won his game's MVP honor.

Allen Costley (ball) and Darren Harvey compete for a carom.

Allen Costley - 6'5", 210 pound senior F, Millford Mill (MD) - Costley is off the recruiting charts given his signing with Towson, but Colonial Athletic Association teams beware; this guy goes HARD. This includes rebounding, defending and finishing. Plays with force and some aggression.

Towson's coach, Pat Skerry, will likely desire more shooting and dribbling from Costley, skills that with drilling and effort, can improve. But his motor and go hard mentality will carry Costley early on.

Had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Darren 'DJ' Harvey - 6'5", 200 pound freshman F, DeMatha (MD) - The sky's the limit for Harvey, a freshman with length, great athletic ability and an apparent willingness to do the non-spotlight but very important things, like defend and rebound. In fact, Harvey guarded both frontcourt and backcourt guys. Competes.

As he gets older and stronger, Harvey will be better at finishing in traffic, though he's not bad at it now. His handle is still mostly straight line, and he can stand to incorporate more wiggle in it. Harvey is not a dead eye shooter, but it looks as if he can improve in that regard. Had seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

People around DeMatha's program refuse to say it, but Harvey has true pro potential.

Justin Jenifer - 5'9", 160 pound junior G, Millford Mill (MD) - One of the best pure scorers in DC or B'More, Jenifer compensates for his small stature with tricky moves, offensive fearlessness, good vision and a knack for putting the rock in the hole. This guys get's buckets, and did so to the tune of 22 points, while also logging four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Must continue his strength development work, while concentrating on driving to pass and simplifying his dimes.

According to his father Howard, "Xavier is coming the most aggressive with Cincinnati a strong second. Penn State offered", along with Cornell and Stanford - Jenifer has a 3.8 GPG and cumulative 4.125. Louisville has shown interest also.

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