Commentary

Hoops with a Heart Classic recap

Originally Published: December 14, 2010
By Marty Richter | ESPN Recruiting

OVIEDO, Fla. -- The fifth-annual Hoops with a Heart Classic -- which was established to benefit former Bishop Moore coach Rob Graham, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during a 2005 competition -- was a success. It allowed spectators to watch top talent from the state of Florida compete against one another on the hardwood. The classic was hosted by Oviedo High School and organized by Ed Kershner.

Standout players

Austin Rivers (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park)
2011, SG, 6-foot-4,190 pounds
Rivers did not disappoint the fans on Saturday night. He was able to score 36 points on only 16 field goal attempts. Rivers scored the basketball from all three areas. He had a few high-flying dunks in the open court and acrobatic layups off the bounce with unbelievable body control to avoid the defense on drives. His tight ballhandling skills and explosive first step allowed him to get separation from his opponent for jump shots or finishes at the rim. The Duke signee had his jump shot working out to 28 feet and made a big-time jumper from 25 feet as time expired in the third quarter to take a two-point lead heading into the fourth. Rivers did a terrific job of scoring the basketball when his team needed points, but did not force shots unnecessarily. Defensively, Rivers did a good job of moving his feet and keeping his man in front of him, while harassing him with active hands.

Will Cummings (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School)
2011, PG, 6-0,160 pounds
Cummings' ability to change speeds and directions with the basketball and stay low allows him to easily maneuver to the rim. He exploded off the ball screen when driving right. He got his shoulders underneath his defender to finish in the lane with his right hand, shooting high off the glass. In the open court, Cummings liked to attack the defense with a low, crossover dribble in either direction and finished at the basket with excellent body control. The future Temple Owl also had a good floor game, leading his team and making good decisions when choosing to attack and to facilitate. Defensively, he has quick hands and a good sense of timing on steals.

Wayne Martin (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School)
2011, PF, 6-7, 200 pounds
Martin is an athletic forward who is extremely long and lanky. His explosiveness and jumping ability was on display. He finished a number of drop-off passes from his teammates with thunderous two-handed dunks. In the post, Martin is comfortable backing his defender down with the bounce and scoring over his left shoulder. The UCF signee has a soft touch on his shot around the basket and can step out to the high post and make jump shots. He has been well-schooled in the post: using his lower half to post up his defender, sealing his defender for the high-low pass with good footwork, meeting the entry pass and using his best jump to finish in paint. Martin can step out to the perimeter and beat his defender with proper footwork.

Surprise player

Patricio Garino (Montverde, Fla./Montverde Academy)
2012, SG, 6-6, 185 pounds
Garino is a long, versatile guard with a great basketball IQ. He does the little things that do not show up on a stat sheet, but help his team win. His length allows him to finish well above the rim when driving to the basket and he has the Manu Ginobli Euro step. Garino also has great court vision when driving the basketball and can make any type of pass off the dribble. Defensively, he has great anticipation off the ball and knows when to shoot the gaps for steals and when to play solid. Garino rebounds down from the guard position and, if unable to grab the rebound for himself, he will tip the ball to a teammate. When the game was tied on Saturday versus Orlando Christian Prep, with 4.8 seconds left and the ball out of bounds on the sideline, coach Kevin Sutton drew up "America's Play." Garino set a cross screen and came off a double screen where he caught the ball at top of the key, behind 3-point line and knocked down the 3 shot for the win. It was impressive. Garino played for the Argentina junior national team last summer.

Player to watch

Steve Moundou-Missi (Montverde, Fla./ Montverde Academy)
2011, PF, 6-6, 210 pounds
Moundou-Missi is a strong bodied, post player with good athleticism who plays with a tremendous amount of energy on both ends of the floor. Moundou-Missi was able to score 18 points down low with drop-step moves to his left shoulder, step through in the post over his left shoulder, spins to finish, rebound put-backs and filling the lane in transition with dunks. Moundou-Missi has good hands and can catch tough passes in traffic. The Harvard commit also rebounds the ball at the highest point, even outside of his area.

Notes

Billydee Williams (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) is a 6-6, 200-pound athletic combo forward. His presence on the floor allowed Winter Park to go on a necessary run to capture a victory. He grabbed tough rebounds and finished around the basket. On occasion, he displayed good fundamental skills, driving and knocking down 3-pointers.

• Randy Doyle (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot) is a 6-8, 210-pound post player. He has good footwork in the post for a player his age. He was capable of scoring the ball over both shoulders in the post and could knock down 3s from the the top of the key.

• At the Classic, there was some impressive point guard play. These point guards did a terrific job of running their team, pushing ball in transition, finding open teammates on drives and scoring when it presented itself -- Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Jordan Montgomery (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep).

• A few shooters who were able to knock down some deep threes at the classic -- Dillon Graham (Orlando, Fla./Orlando First Academy), Isaac Torres (Orlando, Fla./Lake Howell), Austin Keel (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and Adonis Burbage (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep).

• A couple of young freshman guards showed that they have a bright future ahead of them -- Jay Henderson (Orlando, Fla./Faith Christian Academy) and Jonathan Joseph (Orlando, Fla./Oak Ridge). If they continue to develop their skill set, they will have a number of Division I schools looking at them over the next four years.