New Heights vs Brooklyn Ballers

The D1 laden and highly talented New Heights Team proved to be too much to handle for the scrappy Brooklyn Ballers, as they rolled to the next round 82-69.

Jayvaughn Pinkston, the 6’6 Villanova bound combo forward, displayed a complete game in this outing. Pinkston drilled threes at an impressive pace, finished slashing to the basket using his powerful frame and good quickness. We would like to see Pinkston become a little more bouncy. However, with a NBA ready frame he carries around, Pinkston will be able to overpower opponents who may be more athletic at the college level. Pinkston should be ready to contribute day 1 at ‘Nova. He finished the outing with 28 points, while having several stretches of him on the bench.

Temple-bound Aaron Brown finished with 14 points and did his usual damage finishing slashing drives to the basket while having the ability to knock down the three ball.  His teammate Gil Biruta, finished with 6 points, however that is not a testament to his abilities. Once settled in at Rutgers, Biruta will be able to make an impact with his high skill level and surprising athleticism. 

Maryland bound Ashton Pankey participated in his first game since a devastating leg injury. Pankey played a bit timid at first but he started to show some of the things he showed during IS8’s fall session. Pankey only had 4 points. He had a nifty layup in traffic and later on he drew a foul where he went to the line. At the line, Pankey showed very good form while not allowing the ball to grace the rims with his perfect swishes. Maryland fans should not expect Pankey to be an impact player right away, but don’t be too concerned, Jordan Williams is good enough to keep the post burden on his back giving Pankey time to learn from one of the ACC’s best. 

Brooklyn Ballers was led by Lamont Samuels, a 6’3 highly competitive shooting guard heading to Fordham in the fall. Samuels finished with 24 points and coolly drained three after three while also attacking the rim with his very good quickness and solid ball handling abilities. 

Variety Boys and Girls vs New Heights White

Variety was led by 6’6 2011 wing sensation Maurice Harkless. The UCONN bound Harkless has excellent quickness, athleticism and length. He finished with 19 points while also displaying a good defensive skill set. Harkless wreaked havoc on his opponents due to his great length and athleticism. The talented wing is without a doubt a top 50 player nationally and will have a chance to move higher once his showings transpire against other highly regarded players. 

Chris OrtizTJ Curry and Terrell Hunt rounded out the Variety teams top performers. Curry, a 6’0 Christ the King 2011 PG/SG, displayed a solid stroke with a quick release. At times, Curry can get a bit out of control but this was one of his better performances where he used his quickness and passing abilities to create for others as well for himself off the bounce. Curry finished with three three-pointers. Cris Ortiz, a 6’7 2011 Lincoln HS PF, exhibited excellent athleticism. Ortiz is a high energy player that tries to block everything as well as pushes up on defense all over the court. Ortiz has good potential and we will be monitoring him closely.  Hunt is known as a football player at CTK but he had the highlight of the day when he put a New Heights defender on a poster.

New Heights was led by Boston University bound Malik Thomas. Thomas is a super long and thin wing that possesses good quickness, and a herky jerky type game that makes him hard to guard and elusive. Thomas finished with 20. 

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