Siva, Golden hit buzzer-beaters on Day 1 of Super 64
The first day of action in the adidas Super 64 event got off to a good start with a few close, hotly contested games in pool play. Two games came down to the buzzer, with two highly regarded point guards scoring on difficult layups to lead their respective teams to victories in dramatic fashion.
Earlier in the day, Louisville-bound point guard Peyton Siva (Seattle/Franklin) connected on a twisting layup on the baseline in the waning moments of the game, giving his Seattle Rotary club a win over Houston Select Black. In one of the last games of the day, 6-foot-2 point guard Trae Golden (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) used his upper-body strength to hit a tough runner, delivering a come-from-behind triumph in the process for his Atlanta Celtics over the Playaz Basketball Club Gold.
Derrick Favors, 6-9, PF
Senior, Fayetteville, Ga./South Atlanta
Favors did not play with great intensity during the game. When he received the ball in the post, he initially turned over his left shoulder to go right almost every time, but as the game went on he displayed the ability to go to his left. He got a little frustrated when defenders became more physical with him. Favors contested shots on the defensive end, but he frequently was out of position for defensive rebounds when he ran out on the perimeter to alter shots.
Peyton Siva, 6-0, PG
Siva has great quickness and ballhandling skills that allow him to get anywhere he wants on the court. He easily gets in the paint, and once at the rim, he uses his leaping ability and body control to adjust in the air for layins, effectively using either his right or left hand. Siva also can use his leaping ability to get his very reliable pull-up jumper off, easily elevating over the defender's outstretched arms.
Trae Golden, 6-2, PG
Junior, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern
Golden attacks the rim every time he gets the ball, using his quickness and strength to overpower defenders and get to the paint. Once in the paint, he uses his power to go through bigger defenders for layup attempts and gets to the free-throw line by drawing contact. As a point guard, his aggression sometimes hampers him. He can play out of control and does not look to involve his teammates, which he needs to do more since he plays with such a talented team -- including the No. 1 player in the 2009 class, Derrick Favors.
Dominique Ferguson, 6-9, SF
Junior, Indianapolis/Lawrence North
Ferguson has quick leaping ability and length, which make him a very good rebounder, especially on the offensive end. He has good ballhandling skills and dexterity for his height, which allows him to take slower interior players away from the basket and exploit them off the dribble. In the post, when guarded by smaller defenders, Ferguson has decent footwork, but he will have to increase his strength in order to finish while absorbing contact on the block.
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, PG
Senior, Philadelphia/Roman Catholic
Wayns effectively changes speeds to get in the paint regularly. Once in the paint, he uses his strength to handle contact and still finish. He has to get rid of his over-reliance on putting the ball in his left hand only to use the spin dribble to come back right, which he clearly favors. He will connect on pull-up jumpers from 3, but he settles for shots when he cannot get to the rim. He needs to become more consistent from long range and add a pull-up, midrange jumper and a floater to his repertoire.
Andre Malone, 6-4, SG
Senior, Riverdale, Ga./North Clayton
Malone did not shoot the ball well from the perimeter, but he remained aggressive on offensive by penetrating to the basket. Once in the midrange area, he made very effective use of a one-handed floater, consistently converting the shot. Malone should also employ a pull-up jumper.
Noel Johnson, 6-7, SG/SF
Senior, Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County
Johnson did not score a ton of points on his talent-laden team, but he did a number of positive things for his team while not forcing his own offense. Often playing as a point forward, Johnson did a very good job of bringing the ball up and passing to open teammates, though he could improve his ballhandling skills. Johnson excelled on the defensive end, using his length and quick feet to badger smaller, quick guards.
Brian Oliver, 6-6, SF
Senior, Bear, Del./William Penn
Oliver has a very smooth and accurate jump shot with range that extends out to the 3-point line. If left open, he will drill jumpers on a routine basis. He lacks great quickness and athleticism, which limits his game off the dribble, but Oliver competes with a great deal of energy and effort on both ends of the court.
Doug Anderson, 6-6, SF
Senior, Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central
Anderson has a very good build and strength, which he uses to impact the game. He has incredible leaping ability and finishes above the rim on a consistent basis. His hops and strength allow Anderson to play more as a power forward, but he can hit the jumper in the 15-foot range, though he has a tendency to jump too high on the shot and release it on the way down. He will have to add range and consistency to his jumper and improve his handle to play on the perimeter in college.
Rico Stewart, 5-9, PG
Senior, Lansing, Mich./Lansing Eastern
Though small, Stewart does not shy away from the trees on the interior and looks to draw contact. He has decent quickness but gets to the rim by effectively changing speeds to get opposing defenders off balance. Stewart has good body control and the strength to take contact and still finish in the paint. He needs to continue to improve his jumper and his decision-making.
Nurideen Lindsey, 6-3, SG
Lindsey has very good leaping ability and athleticism, which makes him a very effective player in transition. He slashes to the basket in the half court, and at the rim Lindsey has the ability to finish with either his left or his right hand after adjusting in the air to avoid shot blockers. He also has good vision and finds open teammates after he drives to the rim. Lindsey plays good defense and gets into passing lanes for steals.
Daniel Stewart, 6-6, PF
Junior, Darby, Pa./Neumann-Goretti
Stewart has astounding leaping ability and uses it to try to finish every shot attempt at the rim with either a dunk or a strong layin. He needs to improve his jumper since he probably will spend more time on the perimeter in college if he does not grow more, though he does not venture out on the perimeter much at this juncture. Stewart works hard on the boards and uses the offensive boards for scoring opportunities. He uses his leaping ability to swat shots in the paint.
Jake Cohen, 6-10, C
Senior, Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga
Cohen has decent footwork and post moves when he gets the ball on the block. He will have to improve his strength and add muscle to his frame in order to better hold his position on the block for scoring and rebounding. Added strength will help him develop into a better finisher in the paint. He really excels as a face-up, pick-and-pop player, and he has range on his jumper that extends out to 3-point land. While he isn't an explosive athlete, Cohen plays hard and will run the floor hard.
Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He previously worked as an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.