Second night of the 2013 Battle of Brotherly Love took place Wednesday night at Ben Franklin HS. Here’s some recruiting notes and quotes from the event; for a recap of the championship events, click here.
–Greg Dotson (2013/Germantown Academy) was excited to walk away with the championship trophy.
“I’ve played in this the past three years, and this is the first time I’ve got to a championship,” Dotson said. “Probably the best feeling I’ve had in one of the all-star games.”
The 6-5 guard scored 15 points in the championship game, many of which were the result of driving the lane. Dotson is a strong player who wasn’t afraid to get hit.
Though he was hoping to attend Penn, Dotson didn’t quite get the ACT score needed to attend the Ivy institution. Instead, Dotson said he’ll be visiting visiting James Madison, Northwestern State and Sacred Heart later this month, and will make a college decision by the end of May.
“I’m not sure yet,” Dotson said. “I’m still undecided.” –EC
–While he isn’t as well known as some of his teammates on the County team. Kyle Kuzma (2014/Rise Academy) looks poised to make a splash in Philadelphia high school basketball.
Kuzma, who hails from Flint, Mich, scored 10 points in the championship win against North Philly, bringing his total points in the tournament to 27. The 6-foot-7 forward hit five three-pointers on Tuesday night, showing his versatility. He scored most of his points on Wednesday in the low post.
“It’s challenging because we don’t really play with each other that much,” Kuzma said. “We played good enough as a team, even though we don’t know each other like that.”
Kuzma said he has offers from Texas A&M, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia Commonwealth. He has also had interest from Villanova, St. John’s, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Providence, Arizona State and USC.
“Hopefully by December [I’ll decide],” Kuzma said. –EC
–On a court filled with some of the top seniors in the area, DeAndre Hunter (2016/Friends’ Central) didn’t shy away from the competition. The lanky wing hit three triples as part of his 15 points playing against McDonald’s All-American Rondae Jefferson and the County team in the final.
“I think it was a good experience, being the only freshman playing against the top seniors in Philadelphia,” he said. And what did he take away from his first time playing with Jefferson, Rysheed Jordan and Brandon Austin? “They’re pretty good.”
In his first season at Friends’ Central, Hunter averaged 11.8 ppg as a key cog in Ryan Tozer’s 20-8 squad that took home the Friends’ Schools League regular-season title. In order to keep improving, he said he talks a lot with FCS grad Amile Jefferson, who just finished his first year at Duke.
“He said ‘you’re only going to get better, you’re never going to get worse, so you’ve just got to work hard and put the work in,’” Hunter said. –JV
-The South/SW Philly team came in last, losing both games in the tournament. Lou Myers (2014/Math, Civics & Sciences) led the team in the consolation game, scoring 31 points, which made up more than half of the team’s 60 total points.
The 6-2 Myers carried the team, which did not have any bench players (as opposed to their West Philly opponents, who had 10 players total). Despite not getting a break, Myers pushed the ball up the floor and fearlessly drove to the basket.
After playing at South Philly High for two seasons, Myers transferred to MCS, where he came off the bench of the deepest team in the state. He should start this year, playing alongside Sam Foreman, a junior transferring in from closing Roberts Vaux, as well as juniors Tyheem Harmon and Tyrese Hester.
If he scores like he did tonight, Myers has a chance at a Division I scholarship–but he really has to step up and earn it. –EC