SLAMonline tells you who put in work at the Morgantown PrimeTime Shootout.
Long standing as one of the elite high school showcases in the country, the 2011 Morgantown PrimeTime Shootout was done as a tribute to coal miners who perished in last April’s disaster. A portion of proceeds from the event were given to the victims’ families, and I’m guessing that was a pretty decent chunk of change based on the sell-out crowd that packed University High School.
The talent was definitely on point with premier private schools such as Oak Hill Academy, Montrose Christian, Huntington Prep, and Quality Education. Schools from Georgia, New York and West Virginia also joined the field. Games were mad competitive with one ending in a buzzer beater from around half court and another ending with an unnamed coach pulling a CWebb, costing his team the game.
With all that chaos going on, it was easy for the guys below to stand out above the rest.
DaJuan Coleman, 6-9, C/PF, Jamesville-Dewitt (NY), 2012
Don’t get it twisted: Even though he walked away with an L, DaJuan Coleman was the most dominant player in West Virginia. As if his 29 points and 22 rebounds didn’t say enough about how he showed out while facing a double team every time he touched the rock, the improved skills that he showed were equally as impressive. The massive, 280-pound big man has stepped his game out to the three-point line and is remarkably nimble putting the ball on the deck. Coleman’s bread and butter is still his power game and ability to snag any rebound within 10 feet of him, though. He’s quick to remind everyone that he bares NO RELATION to Derrick Coleman despite his geographic location and similar physical aspects, and tells SLAMonline that he’s in no rush to make his college decision anytime soon.
Quinn Cook, 6-0, PG, Oak Hill Academy (VA), 2011
Not a guy who is usually going to blow you away with any ankle breaking crossovers or dunks, the natural leader of Oak Hill kept his team composed against a hostile hometown crowd in Morgantown. The Duke commit constantly made the right pass, kept his team composed, and scored when need be. Cook, who always shows mad love to his Pops before every game, is one of the more exuberant players in the senior class… as seen by this dope video diary with Hoopmixtape.
Jordan Goodman, 6-9, PF, Arlington Country Day (FL), 2012
The DC native played as good as we’ve ever seen him now that he’s moved down the coast to ACD. Like many of today’s young big men, he prefers to do his thing from the perimeter and has the range on his shot to back it up. Goodman hit 4 threes, had one of the better dunks of the tourney, and showed an overall skill set that will probably land him in the next Fresh 50.
Christian Obekpa, 6-9, PF, Our Savior New American (NY), 2012
One of the hottest names on the recruiting block is Christian Obekpa, who showed out at both Flyin’ To The Hoop and the Primetime Shootout. New to the US from Nigeria, he is a great defender with super long arms, plays like a mad-man, and can even step out to the three point arc. After the triple double that he posted against Quality Education, expect him to be a household name in recruiting circles.
Stefan Jankovic, 6-10, PF/SF, Huntington Prep (WV), 2012
Stef had a rough weekend in Dayton at Flyin’ To The Hoop, but certainly redeemed himself at Primetime. He seemed much more in his element playing on the perimeter full time and it showed in his level of play. The Canadian showed off his sweet stroke, ability to smoke most bigs off of the bounce, and deceptive springs. The versatility that he offers has Wake Forest, Kansas, Syracuse and Georgetown fighting for his commitment.
Michael Carrera, 6-6, PF, Montrose Christian (MD), 2012
Carrera was a monster both on the hardwood and on the bench (ask the guys from Hoopmixtape or CityLeagueHoops). Though he wasn’t Montrose’s leading scorer, he played the type of old-school Eduardo Najera role that keys teams to victory. Whether it was drawing a charge, corralling a board or converting a drop-off pass, the junior was Mr. Reliable. Remember that not every team needs a guy who is going to try to put up 20 a game and Carrera will be the one who does the little things to get you wins.
Tyrone Johnson, 6-1, PG, Montrose Christian (MD), 2011
The shifty point guard used his body and ability to change speeds to mix the ACD defense all game long. The Jersey transplant used his wide frame to finish amongst the trees that ACD has with contact and either hand. The Villanova commit still has to get his J a little more consistent, but will likely follow Malik Wayns, Kyle Lowry, Scottie Reynolds and Randy Foye as big-time lead guards that Jay Wright has produced.
Ben McLemore, 6-5, SG/SF, Oak Hill Academy (VA), 2011
McLemore put on a show for fans with his acrobatic aerial attack, throwing down four including a LBJ-esque dunk. He didn’t even attempt a single J because of his ability to get to the tin whenever he pleased. One of the nation’s hottest unsigned recruits is down to Kansas and Mizzou, while also still in consideration for the McDonald’s All-America game in Chicago.
Bubby Goodwin, 6-1, SG, Wheeling Park (WV), 2011
Goodwin is one of those guys who you won’t catch in the top 100, but just a REALLY nice high school player. He led his team to a shocking upset over Jamesville-Dewitt. The senior had a couple of nice crosses, drilled a few deep threes, and had perhaps the best scoring instinct of anyone in Morgantown. Look for Bubby to put in work at the DII level for sure.