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June 12, 2006

Rumble recap

BRONX, N.Y. --The Rumble in the Bronx is a great chance to see some of the best players in the New York metro area compete in their own backyards, but this year's event also featured many top prospects from around the country.

The Gauchos, a New York-based squad, took home the crown in the 15-under and 16-under age brackets but the H Squad, a West Coast team comprised of players mainly from California, won the 17-under crown.

H Squad's best player in the final was Seketoure Henry, who prepped at Patterson (N.C.) School this past season. The 6-foot-2 lefty originally from Lynwood (Calif.) showed off an impressive shooting touch as he finished with 23 points including seven 3-pointers and hit the game-winner from 24 feet to beat the Playaz, 86-83, in the final.

Henry was fantastic, but he had a solid supporting cast all weekend. Class of 2008 point guard Darian Norris from Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave distributed the ball well and hit from deep. He did not seem to make many mistakes.

Power forward Troy Gillenwater, a 2008 prospect who will transfer from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont to Simi Valley (Calif.) Stoneridge Prep next season, utilized his body underneath to score and grab offensive boards. Darrington Hobson also had his moments for the H Squad.

Baltimore (Md.) Towson Catholic's Malcolm Delaney was impressive for Team Melo, who lost to H Squad in the semifinals. Delaney, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, shot well from the 3-point line and also did his part distributing the ball to open teammates.

One of the more impressive performances of the weekend came from 6-foot-8 Kevin Foster, a 2008 prospect from Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen who played with In the Zone. Foster was a workhorse around the basket, played great post defense and had a knack for finding ways to score.

He finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds Friday against the GC Ballers and he added 18 points and 13 boards Saturday morning against the Long Island Lightning, which featured 6-foot-8 St. John's commit Justin Burrell, who will prep at Bridgeton (Maine) Academy next season.

Louisiana Select guard Maurice Foster, who will prep at Durham (N.C.) Mount Zion Christian Academy, had a great weekend as did GC Ballers guard Johnny Flynn and Miami Tropics Gold guard Edwin Rios, Syracuse and Miami (Fla.) commits, respectively.

The younger divisions were also well-represented with out-of-state talent as the Texas Select team, which got knocked off by the eventual 15-under champion Gauchos had three players who performed well.

Shawn Williams, Roger Franklin and Tommy Griffen, all 2009 prospects, each had their moments. Williams is an athletic and long forward who finished with 21 points against the Gauchos in the semifinal round.

Franklin is a guard/forward who can hit the short jumper or step out and be a threat on the perimeter. Griffen already has a well-developed frame and leads the team at point guard. This weekend, Griffen understood his playmaking role very well since he had so many other capable scorers on the floor.

Miami Tropics Elite big man Freddy Asprilla has a nice frame and is not afraid to mix it up in the paint. Guard Javi Gonzalez can get to the rim any time he wants or pull up and stroke the 3-point shot. Texas Showtime guard Anthony Hill, a 2008 prospect, can fire from anywhere and is a constant threat from behind the arc.

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