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April 19, 2004

Notes From Sunday at the Capitol Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It was a quick weekend at Charlie Weber's Capitol Invitational and we were able to see a lot of basketball around the nation's capitol. On Sunday morning, a handful of teams fought their way through the championship rounds and a number of prospects proved their merit in the process.

Jermonte Bush (left) - It was another great stretch of games for the 5-foot-11 guard from Tallahassee. He was the topic of discussion this weekend as coaches mulled over his potential at a high-level. Regardless of opinion, Bush made it clear that he can play each and every time he stepped onto the court. The Florida guard was one of the top players at the event and his performance against the New York Panthers was remarkable, scoring over 20 points for the third time in four games. We will have a full feature coming on this lighting quick prospect in the coming days.

Alex Ruoff - After he admittedly did not play well in the first day of action, Ruoff rebounded on Sunday and played more like the player that high major schools are tracking. The 6-foot-7 small forward has a beautiful high-arching shot from deep and is pretty athletic to boot. He's making an official visit to Virginia Tech this coming weekend.

Antonio Pena - The New Jersey Panthers forward had a great game in a losing overtime effort to the Tallahassee Wildcats, scoring 31 points. He battles inside for position, rebounds and isn't afraid to do the dirty work. The No. 71 player in the class of 2005 had a number of Big East schools following him around the tournament as well as a couple of SEC schools like Florida and Georgia.

Scotty Reynolds (right) - The 6-foot sophomore was unconscious with his shooting touch, dropping 27 points (22 coming in the second half) in Boo Williams Summer League (BWSL) win over Team Richmond. In fact, he missed only one shot in the second half. Ironically, it was a layup. The sophomore is listing Michigan, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Florida State as his early favorites.

Stefan Welsh - Before Reynolds exploded on Sunday afternoon, Welsh scored 20 points to help propel BSWL deeper into the tournament. Virginia Tech, Florida State, Stanford, Virginia and Clemson dot his school list at this point.

Vernon Macklin - He played more like the Rivals.com No. 4 player in the class of 2006 in the D.C. event. Last week, at his AAU team's own tournament, he struggled with consistency but here at the Capitol Invitational is was pretty fluid and did what he does best - attack the basket. Macklin listed off a slew of ACC schools as his favorites including Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Duke.

David Potter - D.C. Assault didn't finish the tournament like they wanted in a should-have-won game on Sunday morning but players like Potter had good individual showings. The sophomore preps at the prestigious IMG academy in Florida and his time at the hoops heaven has paid off. He's everywhere on the court and has a nice developing outside stroke.

Donte Cunningham - The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Cunningham said he has interest from UConn, Virginia Tech, Florida State and "a little bit from Georgetown." He'll be on the circuit with D.C. Assault and will play at the adidas camp.

Arinze Onuaku - The 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior center is a great shot blocker and nearly impossible to move around the bucket. But he isn't extremely quick or athletic. At any rate, his size and defensive skills will make him a good recruit down the line. St. Joseph's, Michigan, Boston College, Clemson and Syracuse are dot his early list. Onuaku plays for D.C. Assault on the AAU tour and preps at Episcopal in Alexandria, Virginia.


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