August 4, 2013 - A full slate of games were on tap at D.C.'s Nike Pro City summer league yesterday. Fans enjoyed four games at Georgetown's McDonough Arena . Recaps of three follow, along with player updates.
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Despite suffering a number of no-shows, Skills and Scrimmages reduced a 17 point halftime deficit to seven, with 47.7 seconds left, but couldn't close the deal. Given their roster of only five guys, expectantly fatigue began to become a S&S foe, generally around the seven minute mark of each half.
Bench depth was again important, with Takeover using an 11 player rotation - all but 10 being current Division I players or professionals - to wear down a plucky, game HL side. In fact, after being down just four at intermission, HL tied the ball game with 13:40 to go after a Bryon Allen bucket.
Takeover's Victor Oladipo's and-one around three minutes later created a seven point Takeover bulge. To highlight his team's roster advantage, Oladipo was the second pick in this year's NBA draft, while HL had only six guys available.
Allen paced everyone by scoring 26 points. His former George Mason teammate Isaiah Tate[d/b] followed with 21 points, and Allan Chaney delivered 12 for HL.
Sheridan Price, 6'6, 220 pound forward, Skills and Scrimmages - A Delaware State Hornet between '08-10, Price hits midrange jumpers, defends and passes. He makes winning plays. Is smart.
Has not played professional basketball. Seems as if he could help on some pro level.
Kevin Thompson, 6'3", 210 pound guard, Skills and Scrimmage - A veteran of pro ball in Holland, Belgium and Germany, this 36 year old veteran gives young guys all they can handle, passing the ball, driving and defending. He knows how to play.
A Canisus graduate, Thompson, a Good Counsel (HS) alum no longer plays professionally.
Tyc Snow, 5'7", 165 pound point guard, Premier - Having graduated from Mississippi Valley State in '08, Snow played in the NBA Development League last season, suiting up for the Maine Red Claws. He could return to the D-League this year or go overseas, as Snow said "I'm not shutting down any options".
Snow is a speedy play setter, one that can guard full court as well as hit open jumpers, past three point land.
Chris Braswell - 6'8", 220 pound forward, Team Takeover - Having just finished up at Charlotte, Braswell indicated "I'm going to go to Germany or Switzerland" next season.
A pivot man that can step out to midrange, pass, and run the floor, Braswell is an active, smart player that should have a long pro career.
Bryon Allen - 6'3", 202 pound guard senior, George Mason, Higher Level - The last two days of Pro City play have been memorable for Allen, a George Mason starter; in back to back days, he's competed against two NBA guys - Memphis' Donte Greene and Oladipo, acquitting himself well in both instances. Bryon refused to back down.
"Honestly, it's good for our area" said Allen generally of NBA pros participating in Pro City play. He went on to note, "Victor is a good friend of mine...I was up to play against Greene too - I played against him as a freshman (at DeMatha (MD) when Green was a Towson Catholic (MD) standout)".
Last night, he challenged Oladipo at every turn full court and half court. Greene, a forward, saw Allen attack him in the paint on Friday. A two day scoring average of 25.5 points per game is nothing to scoff at.
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