Bingo All Stars Receive High Praise

Malcolm Grant

Reporter Russ Blake has a notes column detailing some items on some of the better players in the 2007 class. He has updates also on where some players stand regarding their prep school selection for this Fall ...

While June's Rumble in the Bronx has become one of the elite pre-summer events in the New York metropolitan area, the Five-Star/New Heights Basketball City Classic offered a quality tournament and tune up leading for last week's hectic Memorial Day weekend.

Tournament winner Bingo's All-Stars may not have featured the most high level prospects in the field, but John Rodriguez's squad went 10 deep and was chock full of a number of solid low to mid Division I prospects.

The battle tested Wings Academy backcourt of tournament MVP Jamie Harris, Kidani Brutus and Joshua Spivey was the backbone of the Bingo contingent. Recent addition Nick Murphy (a senior from Our Savior Lutheran) provided athleticism from the wing, and forwards Mike Glover and Kavon Lytch cleaned up inside when needed.

Malcolm Grant, the high scoring senior guard from Robeson H.S. in Brooklyn, once again displayed that he can be a lethal shooter on the perimeter. It will be interesting to see how he and future teammate Corey Fisher coexist at Villanova in two years, since both have a great penchant for scoring.

According to Juice Head Coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, Grant will attend the Winchendon School next year along with 6-4 Lincoln forward Kevin Menner. Sharp-shooting guard Nick Leon, another Lincoln product, is set to attend Maine Central Institute next Fall.

Rim attacking Lincoln senior combo guard Wayne Turner is considering both the Patterson School and Winchendon as prep options, Morton said.

Neither Nick Murphy nor Justin Burrell have finalized prep school plans for 2006-2007. The duo, which has played for Bingo's All-Stars at the I.S. 8 Tournament in Queens, split up at the Five-Star/New Heights event.

Burrell, the athletic 6-7 power forward bound for St. John's, suited up for the New York Gauchos. After getting in foul trouble in a loss to Bingo's, Burrell rebounded with a pair of strong performances. He scored 21 points in a win over the Chicago Jaguars, then added 17 points in a loss to Harlem's Pride.

The Chicago Jaguars' Angel Garcia, a promising 6-9 rising junior power forward from the Chicagoland area via Puerto Rico, collided with the New York Gauchos' T.J. Robinson during pool play. The result left Garcia grabbing a bloody mouth and counting to see if all his teeth were still present.

The Carolina Celtics used to be known exclusively as the South Carolina Celtics, but Steve McNeely's program pulled a number of players from the Palmetto State and beyond. Several of the team's players hail from North Carolina, hence the dropping of South in the program's name.

In addition, the Celtics featured a pair of players from Georgia. According to one of the Carolina coaches, both 6-5 Lance Storrs (Georgia Tech) and 6-7 Jeremy Prince (Georgia) play with the Celtics when the Georgia Stars aren't in action.

Joey Accaoui may stand just 5-9, but he proved to be one of the best shooters. The spunky rising senior guard from St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I., scored 17 points in the New England Playaz's 76-62 playoff victory over the Student Athlete Broncos, then added 21 points (including five treys) in a 68-53 quarterfinal round loss to the Juice All-Stars. Recommended Stories

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