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.)
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.