BRONX, NY - Night one of the Rumble in the Bronx went off without a hitch on the campus of Fordham University. While the majority of the teams come from the Northeast, one team from Texas did some major damage led by super 2011 guard D'Angelo Harrison.
The Franchize All-Stars from the Lone Star State made the trip north from Houston with their talented roster, and showed immediately what they have to offer. Led by Harrison, the Franchize All-Stars were able to dismantle Upstate Elite which is coached by former Syracuse standout John Wallace.
Harrison is a 6-foot-3 guard who is really capable of lighting up the scoreboard. He didn't have his best shooting day, but still he was very effective. Harrison was able to beat his man off the dribble and get to the rim, or finish in the mid-range. While Harrison didn't get hot from deep, he did hit a few jumpers, and those opened up the driving lanes.
On top of that, Harrison is a major competitor who got after it on the defensive end. He is a good athlete with a solid amount of lateral quickness. Those physical gifts combined with his mental desire to win make him a tough player to deal with on the floor, and that was obvious on Friday night.
Complementing Harrison was Michael Carey. Carey is a 2012 prospect that has to be considered one of the top backcourt players in the country. He is a combo guard who can score and also is capable of setting up teammates. For the majority of the game Carey played the point, but he was clearly more of a guy who looks for his shot than a player who tries to get assists. Carey is a very good athlete with long arms and the ability to finish through contact once in the lane. His play made it impossible for Upstate Elite to stay in the game.
While those two dominated in the backcourt, Anthony Norris was huge in the frontcourt. The Memphis pledge is an excellent player facing the basket at 6-foot-6. He has the strength to play around the rim, but the athleticism and skill to shoot from three. Norris proved to be a tough matchup and was more than capable of taking over when asked. He attacked the glass some on the defensive end, but more than anything it was his mid-post game that stood out.
Other notable performances
Andre Drummond arrived at halftime for his Connecticut Basketball Club's game, and once there he played solid. He showed excellent ball skills and took a rebound and went coast to coast a couple of times, scored in transition, blocked shots, and rebounded the basketball. He still didn't bring it every possession, but overall it was a solid performance for Drummond.
Early during the spring Maurice Harkless struggled, but on Friday night he was solid. Harkless is still not a high-motor kid, but in a big for the New York Panthers, Harkless really got into the score book. He scored in the paint and from deep, and is versatile in that regard. He still needs to bring more passion to the court, but it was a positive step for the UConn recruit on Friday.
Joining Harkless for the Panthers was Sterling Gibbs. Gibbs is just that steady force as a floor general who can get things done. He is a good shooter, and while that might be what he does best overall, Gibbs plays with a great pace to his game and knows how to control the flow of the action.
Myles Davis played down with the 16-and under crew, and after the game indicated that he is considering a move to the 2012 class. Against the younger competition, Davis was simply too much. He is so strong going to the rim, and a capable scorer in many different ways. When facing the younger kids there was nothing that they could do to stop Davis, and it was obvious as he took over the second half.
At the 17-and under level the Playaz had to survive an overtime thriller against Connecticut Elite. As usual Desmond Hubert was a force on the defensive end blocking shots and getting rebounds, but offensively it wasn't his day. The player who did show up offensively was Myles Mack. Connecticut Elite did everything they could to get the ball out of Mack's hands, but at the end of the day the diminutive floor general simply was too much. Not only did Mack get it done scoring, but also he showed that he can run a team.
Michael Carey said he is hearing from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kansas, Baylor, and others are showing him attention.
D'Angelo Harrison noted that the entire Big XII is after him along with schools such as Marquette, Houston, and Alabama also showing him attention.
Myles Davis is hearing from UConn, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, George Mason, St. Joe's, Villanova, and Virginia.