HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK -- Junior shooting guard Antoine Agudio dropped in a three-pointer with 50 seconds left in regulation to pave the way to a 90-87 overtime victory by the Long Island Public Schools over the Private schools in the fifth annual Metro Classic held at Walt Whitman High School. This game was for the juniors in the Long Island/New York area.
Agudio, considered one of the better shooting guards in the 2003 class, had recently competed this past weekend for the Long Island Panthers at the Hoop Group's event in Providence, Rhode Island. Agudio will need a solid summer to attract high division one players. He needs to strengthen his frame and gain more consistency in his shot. But when his game gets going, he can knock jumpers down in bunches.
Mamadou Diakhate, a 6-4 shooting guard from St. Mary's High School, did not play due to an injury. Oumar Sylla, 6-6 of Our Savior New American, contributed 11 points for the losers while teammate Konimba Diarra had eight points. Sylla had made an early verbal to Valpo but sources tell us he is still open in his recruiting process. Diarra has a chance to be a mid-to-high player depending upon how he progresses this summer.
Diakite is being recruited by Florida, Illinois, Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky, St. John's, etc.
Mitchell Buford had a solid game too. He was terrific in getting to the basket. He scored 16 points for the private schools.