Welcome to the first installment of The Hoya’s 2012 Nike Pro-City League (more commonly known as the Kenner League) coverage. We’ll be here as often as possible, especially when Hoya-stacked Clyde’s and The Tombs are playing.
Redshirt sophomore guard Aaron Bowen was the only Georgetown representative in action tonight, but we stopped in for the opener anyway. Without further ado, here’s the quick version of Friday night’s action, Higher Level vs. Can’t Be Stop and Emery Heights Elite vs. On Point.
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THE GOOD: George Mason/Maryland
Several Patriots made appearances for green-clad Higher Level, and both guard Bryon Allen and forward Anali Okoloji showed off some particularly flashy moves. Obviously it’s partially due to the freewheeling nature of summer league ball, but it looks like our CAA neighbors might be fun to watch this year.
UMD had an impressive showing tonight as well. Emery Heights Elite’s Nick Faust was particularly nasty, scoring six straight at one point, showing off a silky jumper and throwing down a rim-rattling dunk (and the foul) that brought the house down.
THE BAD: Hate to say it, but…Georgetown.
Incoming freshman forward-center Bradley Hayes was spotted in the stands sporting a clunky protective boot on his right ankle. Twitter sources are reporting that he just rolled it playing pickup with Mikael Hopkins — doesn’t sound serious, but still not ideal. Bowen, the only Hoya in action tonight, was all but invisible in a starting role for Emery Heights Elite.
THE UGLY: So. Many. Threes.
Some of these guys pulled the trigger more readily than Liam Neeson’s character in Taken.
Seriously, the shot selection was rough, especially in the first game. Some of the players were visibly trying to show off for scouts, but I’m not sure what scouts are impressed by a three-jab-step, fadeaway, contested 25-foot brick.
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That’s all for tonight, folks. Check back later this weekend for more updates, including the much-anticipated debut of the Georgetown freshmen for The Tombs.