Friday, July 24, 2009

Rice is Right, Sanders' Game Is Tight

Jermaine Sanders is coming into his own. Bible truth.

Rice HS Coach Mo Hicks’ latest stallion has finely tuned essential chords of his game this summer.

The 6-foot-5 junior guard has suddenly shed the tag of shooter. He's evolved into a creative brand of scoring cyborg during this embryonic stage of his career.

Sanders has worked towards his goals of increasing stamina and uprgrading his physique. Before November, the kid wants to look like he got into a brawl with the New York Sports club. And won.

Sanders’ summer success has naturally run parallel with his emergence on the recruiting agora.

He's become a highly sought after player. An also-ran as a sophomore last year, Sanders' performance on Gotham's AAU circuit has drawn rave summer reviews from coaches.

Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Maryland are all showing more love than Jenna Jameson.

The chances of their interest decaying is about as likely as Ron Jeremy being warped in a dry spell in the mid-eighties.

At one of New York's longtime perennial powerhouses last season, Sanders was the robin to dazzling guard Durand Scott’s batman in the backcourt.

He was the Manolo to the Miami-bound Scott’s Scarface.

Sanders is elevating a feasible path to stardom by eating up the AAU scene in Jaws-sized bites.

Playing before a buffet-line of coaches has helped his Division-I stock skyrocket.

During stay at the First Eight and the National Invitational Tournament in Springfield, Mass., Sanders dropped jaws.

The New Heights product bucketed his team’s first 11 points, quieted down for a bit, then proceeded to ratchet up the one-man destruction rate in the second half.

He ripped off a personal 6-0 surge with a strong take, mid-range jumper, and stickback.

The flurry of rangy shooters simply had no answer for him.

Sanders took scoring matters into his own hands. He inhaled rebounds and operated offense.

He ran the floor. He cradled the rock , triggering the transition game and finishing with authority.

He got free for easy layins. He contested every shot with his long, suddenly dieseled-up arms of the law.

The Vermont kids probably won't harp on the loss.

The squad front-loaded with sharpshooters can dial in from Lake Champlain. Their eyes are pasted on surprising people. At a highly-regarded event where they're not expected to make much noise, they've got kids who can snipe for days.

Sometimes the puppies can't counterpunch the pitbulls.

And sometimes, when a player snaps into a zone and is hellbent on getting buckets, you're left with no choice but to sit back and let God's work unfold.

Bible truth.

ZSMART’s Top Ringers:

These are the young guns I recently evaluated while staying at the Crackden Motel in Springfield while scouring the land for top-tier young gunz...Don't sleep on them... Info on their recruiting (if you really give a shit, I know it's early and I'm not trying to jump-start the hype machine or become an online hype artist who relentlessly drools over young ballers) can also be found here.

Jayvaughn Pinkston: It’s not even close…Jumbo forward who boards up and has the potential to emerge into a DeJuan Blair-Jamal Mashburn hybrid. Needs to shed perceived attitude issues but at 6-foot-6, 220 he’s a pretty accurate depiction of the real deal. The hunted one, St. John’s, Villanova, Marquette, Louisville, UConn, West Virginia, LSU and Tennessee are all in store for the big kid who scores at will.

Carson Desrosiers: This 6-10, 200-pound big’s stock has risen, significantly, in the past year. After a road swing that featured stops at California and Las Vegas, CD is proving why Marquette, Providence, Syracuse, Purdue, UMass, Kansas, Arizona State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest all want a piece of him.

He’s fundamentally sound in all aspects of his game and does things most forward-centers at his level can’t. He’s got range on a moist jumper he extends to the 3-point line. He’s been working on getting into the paint more, running the floor and blocking shots. Big fella needs to pack muscle onto his spindly frame and become more of an interior presence.

Devon Collier: Versatile scorer and a legit passing big man. This 6-7, 210+ forward has a good face-up game although his postwork needs work. Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, UConn, St. John’s, Villanova, Rutgers and Memphis are all potential suitors. Look for Collier to take the world by storm his senior year at perennial power St. Anthony’s in Jersey City.

Nadir Tharpe: He’s been turning heads since he was 14…Sky's the limit for Tharpe, one of the top guards along the eastern seaboard. Navigating offense on John Carrol’s talent-laced New England Playaz squad, Tharpe is getting solid looks from UConn, Providence and Marquette. These schools will try to intrigue this young man to go East…Big East, that is…

Andre Drummond: Athletic 6-9 forward-center will play under Jere Quinn at St. Thomas More next season. It should be interesting to see his performance level at the Division-I launchpad. Originally favoring UConn, the Hartford native is now weighing his options. Rutgers, West Virginia and Providence are all schools he’s also considering.

John Johnson: Highly-regarded 6-foot off guard from Philly averaged 19.9 points his sophomore season at Girard College HS, his campaign underscored by a 37-point outburst against Plumstead Christian. Johnson has two Class A championship rings in as many years. He dropped 17 points in the junior All-American game as a frosh…Spurred the Warriors uptempo offense before Rick Pitino and a host of other coaches at Springfield College.