2013 BABC Holiday Classic: Player Analysis
by Matt Borrello - Mass Prep Stars
The 2013 BABC Classic finished up Sunday afternoon after three days of competitive action. Putnam Vocational in Springfield, MA continued to impress as the defending State Champions defeated Cambridge Rindge & Latin and New Mission, in convincing fashion.
Coach Sheppard has a team that is very deep, especially at the guard position. The season is just starting up, and we have not seen everyone play, but my initial impression is that I would be surprised to not see them back at the DCU Center.
Here is a breakdown of some of their players:
Tyonne Malone '15 6-foot-4, Guard - The head liner on the team. The lefty guard has long arms and can get to the basket and finish. He still needs some time to develop his overall skill set, but has the potential to be the top player in the state by his senior year (maybe junior year, depending on development).
David Murrell '14 6-foot-5, Forward - Murrell is a versatile forward who plays primarily down in the post, but can step out and defend the perimeter. David does not get as many touches offensively as the guards for Putnam, but he plays a big role in their overall success. He really had a strong showing in the 2nd half against Cambridge Ringe & Latin.
Jonathan Garcia '15 6-foot-2, Guard - A very slight frame, but really knows how to play the game, and complements his team-mates nicely in the back court. Very efficient ball handler that does not waste any time with the ball in his hands.
Ty Nichols '15 6-foot-3, Guard - Another really good prospect, who still needs to spend some time in the weight room and get stronger. Has great size for his position, and as he continues to work on his overall game, he could be a nice prospect down the road.
Here's a breakdown of some of the additional players I got to see this weekend:
Asante Sandiford '14 New Mission, 6-foot-5, Forward - After a huge Friday night, where he scored 23 points in a in over Bishop Guertin, Sandiford struggled against Putnam, as a lot of that had to do with New Mission's guards having a tough time against Putnam's half-court pressure. The Franklin Pierce commit has great size and is poised to have a strong season.
Ernie Chatman '16 Everett, 5-foot-9, Guard - Ernie has a chance to become one of the best guards in the state over the next couple of years. He has a quick first step and a very nice touch around the basket.
Lubern Figaro '14 Everett, 6-foot-0, Guard - While Figaro's future is on the gridiron, as he will be playing defensive back at the Univ. of Wisconsin next year, the athletic guard had a great second half against Brighton, and with Ernie Chatman, they will be a fun backcourt to watch come tournament time.
Markus Neale '14 6-foot-2, Dorchester, Guard - Struggled to get into a rhythm offensively until the 2nd half against Bishop Guertin (NH), where he made some key shots towards the end of the 4th quarter. The former West Roxbury star will be nice addition to Dorchester's roster this season, as he is closing in on becoming a 1,000 point scorer.
Isaiah Mcleod '15 6-foot-2, Cambridge Ringe & Latin, Guard - McLeod (pictured above) has nice size at the guard position and was able to score in a variety of ways against Putnam Vocational.
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