Joe Davis
November 6, 2009

New York City, NY- The IS8 Championship Game featured several highly talented prospects. JayVaughn Pinkston, a top 50 player in our ScoutsFocus 2010 National Rankings, was impressive along with another possibly late entry into the Elite 50 ranking, 6’5 smooth shooting wing JJ Moore.

The New Heights frontline trio of Devon Collier, Ashton Pankney and JayVaughn Pinkston proved to be too much for JJ Moore and the NY Panthers in their impressive victory.

JayVaughn Pinkston, a 6’6 2010 PF of Bishop Loughlin (NY), was too much to contain. An undersized PF, lacking the elite athleticism of Charles Barkley, reminded you of his game with his great motor and vicious approach on the glass while also attacking the rim with authority. He is difficult to stop and can step out and knock down the uncontested three ball. Pinkston has a great frame along with an impressive set of paws. He uses his body to get good rebounding position and has a soft touch around the basket whether he attacking from the wing or returning an offensive rebound for a score. Look for him to make a move North in the rankings.

JJ Moore, a 6’6 2010 WF of South Kent (CT), had an excellent first half shooting the ball. His stroke was firing from all cylinders and when he keeps his release out, Moore doesn’t miss from inside 23 feet. JJ is able to handle the ball adeptly well although his bread and butter is draining the deep 3. He has great size for the perimeter and a good frame to boot. Look for him to make some noise this winter. Moore played the part of a definite high level lock and a Top 50 caliber player. 

Russell Smith, a 6’0 2010 Combo Guard from South Kent (CT), is a long, quick and athletic slasher that was relentless in attacking the basket. He showed Scouts Focus a glimpse of being a PG and will need to improve those skills in order to define his position at the next level, which is not too far out there. Offers should start rolling in at the mid level. 

Devon Collier, a 6’7 2010 Forward of St Anthony (NJ), is a versatile forward with an excellent frame. He ran the break, was able to knock down a jumper here and there and is a good rebounder. The Oregon State commit showed he had a great pair of paws and a nice touch around the basket. Great addition for Oregon State.

Sterling Gibbs, a 6’1 2011 PG of Seton Hall Prep (NJ), shot the ball very well and proved to be a strong slasher as well. Gibbs is a potential High Level guard and he finished with 14 points along with showing the ability to be a skillful passer.

Matt Milk, a 6’8 2010 C of Pinecrest (FL), although athletically not as advanced as the rest of the players on the floor, got good rebounding position and collected several boards in limited minutes.

David Coley, a 6’2 2010 combo guard of Thomas Jefferson (NY), showed the ability to knock down the jumper from all over the court. The Stony Brook commit should be able to make headway in college as an outside specialist. 

Ryan Rhoomes, a 6’9 2010 C of Cardoza HS (NY), finished with 8 points. He has a great wingspan, is very active on the boards and seems to look for his offense 5 feet in where he has a feathery touch. 

Ashton Pankey, a 6’8 2010 PF of St Anthony (NJ), finished with 2 points in limited minutes. Pankey is light on his feet, bouncy, an excellent shot blocker and has a solid build. He projects to be a High Level lock. Rumor has it a commitment is on the horizon, and Maryland may be the suitor for his services. 

Brandon Frazier, a 6’3 2010 SG of Bishop Loughlin (NY), shot the ball extremely well from a variety of ways; spot, off the screen and off the bounce. Frazier projects to be a mid level shooter.

Reynaldo Walters, a 5’10 2010 PG of Cardozo (NY), was a solid defender and relentless in attacking the basket en route to his 8 points. Norfolk State commit. 

Dashaun Wiggins, a 6’2 2011 combo guard of Bridgeton Academy (ME), is very fast with the ball and has the ability to create his own offense when needed. Wiggins is a physical and athletic guard that has committed to Seton Hall. 

IS8 Championship Player Recap