“2009 Impact Basketball Classic Review”
by Lew Roberts/ PremierBAll.com
The 2009 Impact Basketball Academy Classic was held this past weekend at the old All American Sports Park, located at 121 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119 . This years event featured some of the nations best talents. There were many writers there including Marty Richter, (ESPN) Dino Trigonis, (Full-Court Press) and Lew Roberts, (PremierBAll.com) that were given all access. PremierBAll.com would like to thank Impact Director Rich Marcucci for the opportunity to cover all the talented teams and be apart of this 1st annual event. Here is our 2009 Impact Basketball Classic Review.
Jamaal Franklin 2010, 6′5 190 SG (Westwind Prep), committed to San Diego State. Franklin is a high flyer with freakish athletic ability with an excellent slashing game. Franklin can score and a variety of ways. He was the best leaper in the tournament and had a few 30 point game performances that included some NBA caliber dunks. Great sign for San Diego St.
Kadeem Minor 2010, 6′1 PG, Minor was the sleeper of the tournament, showing he can penetrate and dish the ball to the open big men, against top competition. Minor consistently played hard on the defensive end, and showed good leadership. Minor handles the ball well and is a good passer. Minor could be a good role player for a D1 team.
Chris Cantino 2010, 6′7 SF (Rise Academy), Cantino is a hard nosed player with multidementional talents. Cantino works extremely well in and around the basket for a player his size. Chris is a multi positional talent that can play four positions on the floor. Good shooter with great height. Chris is all 6’7 and gives you all effort. Great pick up for any division-1 program.
Enes Kanter 2010, 6′10, PF (Stoneridge Prep) Kanter was a beast around the basket, showcasing a multitude of moves that created problems for the opposition. Kanter rebounds well and blocks shots, making it difficult for teams to penetrate. Kanter was unstoppable from every spot on the floor. Showed he can score from the block extending to the three point line. Here is a clip of Enes in action click on this link. Scored 48 points in one contest.
Steven Thornton 2010, 6′4 SG (Stoneridge Prep) Thornton is an agile slasher and possess an solid jump shot. Thornton is a good on the ball defender and knows how to get to the free throw line. Played well with an inside out side punch with Kanter. Steven plays the game with good energy and is good when slashing to the basket. Good ball handler and can play the shooting guard with good length.
Tristan Thompson 2010, 6′10 PF (Findlay Prep) Thompson is an athletic power forward that reminds us of a Shawn Kemp kind of mode. Thompson got to the rim with ease and usually finished with authority. Thompson is an excellent rebounder and ran the floor better than any other big man in this tournament. Tristan loves to dip the shoulder and go over the top from 12 feet out. One of the premier BIGs in the nation and has committed to Texas.
Corey Joseph 2010, 6’3 PG (Findlay Prep) is an excellent scoring point guard and one of the premier point guards in the nation. Joseph has the total package and will excel in college. Great scoring guard that plays at a pace of his own. Commands the floor with his leadership and loves to fill up the basket from the three point line. Excellent vision and great passer. The best point guard in the tournament hands down click here to see him live. First game he recorded 37 points. Unsigned-
Jabari Brown 2011, 6′4 SG (Findlay Prep) plays excellent defense on and off the ball, shoots the ball exceptionally well and appears to be the most consistent player on the Findlay roster. Jabari is a quite leader that leads by example. High Major-
Nick Johnson 2011, 6′3 ( Findlay Prep) Combo guard who can jump out of the gym. Johnson is a high energy athletic kid who can explode to the basket with ease. Johnson is also a consistent three point shooter that can knock down the mid range shot. Nick is very explosive off the dribble and showed he can finish over the defenders on his drives to the basket. Nephew of the late Dennis Johnson. High Major-
Eric McKnight 2010, 6′9 PF ( Princeton Day Academy) very athletic power forward who rebounds well and finishes with authority around the basket. McKnight has a nice mid range jumper and showed that he can finish over bigger athletic big men like Thompson and Kanter. Eric is wire strong and has a great nose for the ball as he scored in double doubles in every game. High Major-
Stephan Magna 2011, 6′7 SF ( Princeton Day Academy) a strong competitor who competes hard night in and night out. Magna is an excellent rebounder and and a great leaper. Hit the 15 footer and finished above the rim all tournament. Magna should attract attention from several D1 programs.
Chris Thomas *2013*, 6′5 SG (Princeton Day Academy) Thomas was the surprise of the tournament. Thomas is a freshmen who possesses great ball handling skills and deceptive moves to the basket. Thomas often penetrated at will and was able to get the ball to McKnight and Magna. Thomas showed the ability to hit the pull up 17 footer and knock down the three. Chris is very athletic and looks to be a multi-positional player that can excel at the point. Probably the most talented freshman we have seen this year. Scored 15 points against Findlay Prep in the his first match up.
Isaac Fulwood 2010, 6′1 PG (Princeton Day Academy) True point guard who can score from three point range. Fulwood possesses good ball handling skills and knows how to get to the rim. Steady all around player who can create for himself and can shoot off the dribble.
Special thanks to Coach Abe Woldeslassi and the entire Impact Academy staff.