Friday, January 2, 2009

East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tournament

2010 G 6'5" Ronald McGhee of Istrouma 2011 P 6'6" Tre Drye of Glen Oaks
2010 W 6'5" Brian Williams of Glen Oaks
East Baton Rouge Tournament Champions 2008: Glen Oaks Panthers
Finals Glen Oaks 64 Central 50

In what turned out to be an anticlimactic championship game Glen Oaks thumped Central in a game which was not as close as the score indicated. Other than an early scoring spurt by Central, it was all Glen Oaks. Central simply had no answer for the highflying duo of 2011 P 6'6" Tre Drye and 2010 W 6'5" Brian Williams. The game became a dunkathon with these two cats pounding it down several times each over the less active Central players.

Assessment: Coach Harvey Adger's Glen Oaks squad is a good one as usual, running their record to 18-2 on the season. However, unlike years past he does not have the D-1 backcourt play of past guards & current LSU player Bo Spencer, Troy Cage who spent two years with UNLV, and the late great Ryan Francis of USC. What he does have though are two of the more athletic, explosive youngsters in Louisiana on his front line. Williams, who notched 24 points in the championship game to capture the tournament MVP has already been offered by LSU and Oklahoma State, while Baylor and Memphis tell me they have interest in him as well. Drye who scored 15 in the final is still a pup, a 15 year old sophomore who will not turn 16 until late in the summer. He is also tough and athletic, and will end up being a high major. By the way, Williams carries a 3.5 GPA, while Drye boasts a 4.2 GPA! These kids are truly student-athletes with a bright future.

Semi Finals

Glen Oaks 56 McKinley 54

This was a well fought, physical foul filled contest that showcased great defensive efforts and for the most part mediocre shooting for the majority of the game. McKinley was led by 2009 P 6'5" DeAundray Robinson with 22 points and double digit rebounds. Robinson is undersized as a college post but has a motor that doesn't stop, along with an explosive step and quickness to the rim. The younger Glen Oaks forward tandem of 2010 W 6'5" Brian Williams and 2011 6'6" Tre Drye had all they could handle all night long in dealing with the more mature Robinson.

McKinely led for almost the entire game. Momentum changed midway through the 4th quarter though on a monstrous alley oop dunk by Glen Oaks' Williams which he caught below the rim but brought back up for the flush to the delight of the capacity crowd of about 1100 people. Williams finished with 15 points and 11 boards, while the talented sophomore Tre Drye battled down low dropping 13 points and 11 boards. Several steals down the stretch were also key to Glen Oaks late victory.

Coach Harvey Adger's disciplined, well coached crew hung in there when things were not going well. (They only shot 6 of 24 from the field in the 2nd & 3rd quarters) Their persistence and composure paid off though and when McKinley dropped their guard late in the game with some questionable passes in the backcourt, Glen Oaks was there to pounce on them for the win.
Central 61 Istrouma 60

Central scored the last 6 points to overcome a 5 point deficit to Istrouma in the last minute of the game. Istrouma had several chances to get the win in a flurry of shots and tip attempts but it was not to be. 2010 G 6'5" Ronald McGhee of Istrouma was the best player on the court for either team going off for 20 points both from the perimeter and at the rim.
McGhee is long and lean with the sweetest stroke I saw in the tournament. He is not a great ball handler at the moment, but reminds me of a young Clyde Drexler in that he's a "ball pusher". He's got those long, loping strides and will just glide past you with his long steps. I had the pleasure of coaching a similar guy this summer in Garland Judkins who was not a prototype ball handler but is now getting substantial minutes for Arizona as a true freshman. I would classify McGhee as a surefire low D-1 prospect at the moment. His shot and explosiveness could easily have him be a mid major to high major as he matures and hits the weight room. He is also qualified academically and is currently being recruited by UL-Lafayette, Nicholls State (in attendance at the EBRP Tourny), Lamar and University of Houston amongst others.