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Thursday, July 12, 2007

MU hoops (Sterns) tops Rider (Alley Oop) in Summer league shootout

Please read Josh Newman's game report in today's Press if you can for quotes, etc.

With the Sterns team comprised mainly of current (Jet and Whitney Colemen) and former M U players and same for Rider (6-10 Jason Thompson, rising junior guard Harris Mansell) I went over to last night's game at St. Rose High School and was treated to an entertaining shoot out.

True, while defense is a rumor in the JSBL, this was a dandy. In what MU only hopes will be a preview of a Dec. 15 Sat. night meeting at Boylan Gym ""Jet"" strafed the Broncs (er, Alley Oop) for what may be a career high at any level 43 points with 28 in the first half when he hit six 3's in Monmouth's (er, Sterns) 131-124 come-from behind win.

Somehow, don't think that will be the score Dec. 15.

Whitney Coleman added 20, 10 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Thomspon, who could be the MAAC Player of the Year in my opinion, was awesome with 41 points and`13 rebounds.

Blake Hamiltion had 29 for Sterns while for AO Mansell had 18 and Seton Hall incoming freshman Chris Smith (originally from Lakewood) had 13 in his JSBL debut.

For MU Press JSBL beat writer Josh Newman likes to say, was "electric," (first hitting from deep ) and then slashing to the hoop in the second half.

Game highlights included: some vicious dunks by Thompson who MU will no doubt be double, triple, teaming, etc. in the match up zone Dec. 15. But Thompson has medium to 3-point touch which makes him even more prolific.

Youngblood beating Smith off the dribble for a 3-point play, Coleman and Hamilton dunking over Thompson - Coleman may have unleashed his most aggressive showing of the summer in the fourth quarter including a dazzling, floating jumper down the stretch ...

I'm expecting Youngblood to build off his NEC Rookie of the Year` campaign and Coleman has to be much more consistent (he has the ability) than last year for this team to make a run at - at least returning to the NEC Tournament...

Talked to Blake after the game....he most recently played in Austria..hopes to hook up over seas again this year..also may probably run with MU in practice again if he's not playing over seas..Blake also hit 3-4 3's in the game...did he ever even shoot that many 3's in a month at MU???

Mustapha Barksdale hit several big 3's for Sterns.. In the fourth quarter in one stretch missed 3 of 4 from the line..good thing that didn't happen in '96!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Hoop Scoop, CCSU has the #1 recruiting class in the NEC, followed by Bobby Mo.

Where does Monmouth stand?

10:12 AM, July 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the article.

10:13 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re Hoop Scoop: I do not have a subscription. If you or somemone else does, please pass along to us their NEC recruiting class rankings.

I would guess - my opinon only - MU class ranks around the middle.

Don't know how much they know about Barbour..R.J. Rutledge and Hett have good high school reputations...DelTufo rated only so so.

11:16 AM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I read the article....The JC guard is supposed to be very good. and RMU has addressed its size issue as well. The new comers, red shirts, and returning players makes RMU quite formidable.

11:25 AM, July 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:51 PM, July 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

MU women.

Well, I saw Rachel play the other night so it's not her and I just talked with MU women's hoops SID - EO - who said he knew of no one hurt other than Lakia Barber who is questionable for this year (ACL).

I would love to see the new All-America JUCO PG in action but she's not playing locally this summer far as I know.

MU Women - in my opinion - are going to be good - as in legit NEC contenders.

Of course, if I'm optimistic, that's probably a bad thing.

12:25 AM, July 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tony that girl with the sling was not ferdinand it was jimenez at the belmar games she had some kind of shoulder surgury again

12:09 PM, July 13, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Jimenez. Ok, I will check it out..thanks...

2:57 PM, July 13, 2007  

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