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Hoops: Donofrio Classic Recap

Lions247 hit the road again this weekend, this time to catch Team Philly come from behind and beat the N.J. Roadrunners, 91-78 during its semifinal game at the Donofrio Classic – an annual single elimination tournament held each spring.

Penn State signee Brandon Taylor had 21 points in the win.

The Team Philly roster for this tournament included 2012 Penn State signee Brandon Taylor, 2013 PSU verbal Brandon Austin, 2013 five-star combo guard Rysheed Jordan, and 2013 wing Xavier Lundy, among others.

Austin was inactive yesterday after a busy weekend at the DC Assault Big Shots tournament took a toll on him, and it looked to have an effect on the team early. Down four at the half, the team seemed to be a bit disjointed and just didn’t have much flow in the opening period, despite double-digit point efforts from Jordan, Taylor and Lundy.

The halftime speech must have done the trick because the team as a whole came out flying in the second half, pushing the ball on the break, led by Jordan.

The 6-foot-2 combo guard – he looked 6-foot-3 to be honest – was very impressive yesterday, easily showing why 247Sports has him ranked 20th overall in the 2013 class. Jordan knows when to switch between facilitating and taking it himself, providing a number of drives bringing the crowd to their feet, in addition to a few dimes that were tough to even see, let alone compete. His teammates always have to be aware because Jordan dishes the ball in spots most other guards won’t.

Finishing with 27 points (official) and seven assists (our count), Jordan talked afterwards about recruiting, rattling off about 15 different schools before one stood out.

“Kentucky actually called me last night, they said they were going to be following me throughout the AAU season,” said Jordan, who will suit up with Philly Pride this summer.

When asked to elaborate more about Penn State, Jordan dropped some surprising information, as well as chuckling and admitting Austin has been in his ear a bit about Penn State as well.

“I'm supposed to be taking an official visit sometime with my brother, but I'm not sure when that’s going to be yet,” said the 175-pound Philly native. “They have just been saying how well I would fit in their offense.”

Official visits aren’t allowed to begin until a student-athlete begins class during their senior year, so Jordan’s visit will more likely be an unofficial one during the next month or two.

Running with Jordan all game was Taylor, the multi-dimensional big man who is headed to State College in the fall. Dropping 21 points (official) and grabbing 10 boards (our count), Taylor showed an impressive all-around game. The 6-foot-8 Pennsylvania native had it all going on, patrolling the paint on both ends, as well as knocking down a couple of threes during the run of play.

Lundy is somewhat of an unknown after breaking his wrist last summer and not hitting the AAU circuit, but the 6-foot-5 wing proved his worth during the high school season. Playing for Paulsboro (N.J.) high school, Lundy won the 2011-12 Gloucester boys Player of the Year, by way of averaging 22 points and 13 boards a game on an astounding 68 percent shooting from the field.

Playing with Team Philly this summer, Lundy is looking to breakout on a bigger scale, and he showed glimpses of it last night. Going for 17 points (official) and five boards (our count), the junior showed off a nice post game, and benefited from a few of Jordan’s pretty assists. Lundy will be one to watch this summer.

There’s a quick turnaround in the Donofrio Classic, as Team Philly will play in the finals tonight at 7:30 PM. Their opponent is the I-3 All Stars, boasting 2012 All-American Amile Jefferson, 2012 Division I signees Maurice Watson and Quenton DeCosey, and undecided Savon Goodman, in addition to two talented freshman in Horace Spencer and Karl Towns.

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