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September 24, 20056-foot-9 junior forward Donte Green from Towson Catholic HS was the top dog on Friday night as the 2005 Charlie Weber Fall Hoops Classic kicked off at Bowie State University. Rivals.com's #35 ranked prospect in the Class of 2007 was dominant in a blowout win. Bradley Wanamaker and Hilary Hailey led their teams in a pitched pool play tilt, and Baltimore faced DC in a battle of youth.
Green dunked his way to 22 points in limited action as Mt. Royal/Team Melo bounced the Virginia Panthers 64-34 in pool play Friday evening. Green excelled in the open floor, trailing the break for several athletic dunks to break open the game in the second half. Green was unstoppable around the basket as well, slamming home offensive rebounds and scoring on short jumpers. When Green nailed a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, you just knew it was his night.
6-foot-5 sophomore Sean Mosley from St. Frances in Baltimore was the glue guy for Team Melo, adding 9 points and dishing several pretty assists. Mosley struggled with his shot from beyond the arc, but didn't force things and generally played beyond his years. He's already on the high major radar, and deservedly so.
Baltimore Select Blue won a defensive struggle against the DC Blue Devils in a 16 and under pool play battle. 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Stuart Clarke from New Town HS in Maryland came up with several huge plays in the midst of a key stretch in the second half where Select pulled away from the Blue Devils.
6-foot-5 freshman forward Tristan Spurlock showed flashes of elite level talent for the Blue Devils in the loss. Spurlock is long, athletic, and a dangerous perimeter shooter. File his name away for future reference.
In the nightcap, Positive Image from Philadelphia, PA upset the DC Blue Devils in pool play. 6-foot-4 junior guard Bradley Wanamaker was the catalyst for Positive Image, knocking down several threes, and using his strength and quickness to blow by defenders and make plays around the basket. 6-foot-5 junior forward Malik Easterling from Chestnut Hill HS did the dirty work inside for the undersized crew from Philly.
6-foot-6 senior forward Hilary Hailey was the main man for the Blue Devils, showing his explosiveness off the dribble, as well as his touch from downtown. Hailey has been playing well since the spring, and has developed into a borderline high major guy. However, at the mid-major level he's an immediate imapct player.
6-foot-5 senior forward John Flowers is an intriguing prospect, with his smooth floor game and eye-popping leapeing ability. He's transfered to St. Mary's Ryken in Maryland, and if he's elligible, could emerge as a major spring sleeper.
Rivals.com will have more from the Charlie Weber Fall Hoop Classic throughout the weekend.