Wheeling Central Catholic (WV) over Archbishop Wood (PA) 75-74
Pittsburgh Allderdice (PA) over Wheeling Park (WV) 62-48
Gonzaga (DC) over Neumann Goretti (PA) 71-70
Advanced Prep International (TX) over Westtown School (PA) 105-71
Montverde Academy (FL) over Dematha Catholic (MD) 74-71
Chaminade Prep (MO) over Huntington Prep (WV) 84-83 OT
La Lumiere (IN) over Wheeler (GA) 59-57
Jayson Tatum showed out against elite SF Miles Bridges as he carried Chaminade Prep (MO) to a 84-83 overtime win in which he scored 18 points in the 4th quarter and overtime. Tatum is a tough player to defend because of his mid-range jumper and his ability to rise up and fadeaway from defenders to avoid blocks. Tatum is an elite wing with good size and the ability to take over a game at any point. He will need to work on his range for the next level however as he went 0-5 from 3 and is still developing his long-range abilities. Another thing that he will need to work on with Coach K is his defensive intensity, Tatum truly put on a show at the Cancer Research Classic and will be a problem next year at Duke.
Miles Bridges played very well against top 2016 prospect Jayson Tatum finishing with 27 points displaying his ability to draw contact in the lane with his spin move and his ability to finish through contact around the rim. Bridges also knocked down a pair of threes and has showed an improved shooting touch. He is best when he is attacking the rim and has a body ready for the next level. Bridges needs to work on his consistency throughout the game as he tends to take plays off at times. He finished with just 7 first half points before collecting 20 points in the 2nd half and overtime period. I see Bridges being the go to guy next year at Michigan State and you may see them making a deep run into the tournament, this kid is very talented.
Markelle Fultz will make an instant impact next year at Washington as he continues to develop into one of the premier guards in the country. He was the only consistent threat for Dematha Cartholic (MD) throughout their tough 74-71 loss to Montverde Academy (FL). Fultz did it mostly around the rim as he continually penetrated the defense for buckets around the rim. His ability to finish around the bigs as well as finish through contact and draw fouls in the lane makes Fultz a special player that is tough to stop. His efficient 12-15 shooting came against a very tenacious Montverde Academy defense. One thing Fultz needs to work on is being under control and limiting his turnovers as well as developing his outside jumper. Look for Fultz to make a big impact in the Pac 12 next season.
2017 6′ 4″ PG Trevon Duval: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 11-14 FG, 3-5 FT
Trevon Duval is a special athlete at the point guard position and possesses terrific vision and passing abilities for his age. Duval’s downfall is his tendency to force passes into tight spaces resulting in turnovers. Duval had a great game for Advanced Prep International (TX) and was the catalyst in their big 105-71 win over Westtown (PA). Duval finished an efficient 11-14 from the field and got to the rim easily by penetrating the defense and getting to the rim. His ability to finish around the rim along with his athletic ability, vision, and ability to fill up the stat sheet make Duval an elite player in the 2017 class.
Curtis Jones finished with a very solid game for Huntington Prep (WV) finishing with 25 points and a handful of big buckets in crunch time. Jones finished around the rim on his defenders using the glass well to finish strong. He also filled the stat sheet finishing with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, shooting 10-15 from the field. Jones needs to work on his ball handling and conversion into a scoring point guard at the next level. He will also need to work on his game management skills and his ability to control a game from the point guard position. I look for him to play well at the next level for Indiana as he fits in well with their system.
2017 6′ 9″ PF Billy Preston: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 7-10 FG
Billy Preston has really developed his ball handling ability and is a matchup nightmare at the power forward position. Preston was extremely impressive in Advanced Prep’s matchup as he finished 7-10 from the field finishing around elite big man Mohammed Bamba using strong post moves and pump fakes as well as flashing his athleticism with a few big time dunks. Preston is also an above average shooter and can knock down the three making him a tough player to guard on the offensive end. Preston also made a number on nice passes finishing with 4 assists and crashed the backboards as he grabbed 8 rebounds as well. If Preston limits his turnovers and continues to develop his post game he will be a very tough player to matchup with on an level.
2016 6′ 9″ PF Bruno Fernando: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 6-9 FG, 9-13 FT
Bruno Fernando was Montverde Academy’s (FL) most consistent big man finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds while showing off his touch going 9-13 from the line. Fernando continued to bang in the paint as he showed off his ability to finish through contact and operate in the post despite good defense from Dematha Catholic (MD) defenders. Fernando showcased his potential with a few monster dunks down low and really iced the game for Montverde with a late put-back dunk. Fernando is still developing his post moves and with some work on his body and a midrange game Bruno Fernando will be very successful on the next level. Look for him to commit to a high major school this spring.
2017 7′ 0″ C Mohammed Bamba: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 10-13 FG, 4-6 FT
Mohammed Bamba had a very strong showing at the Cancer Research Classic finishing 10-13 from the field thanks to some strong dunks in the paint. Bamba typically dunks around 50% of his points and will need to develop a post game before he will be ready to thrive at the next level but he has the length and natural ability to be a very special talent as he continues to develop. Bamba is an elite shot blocker and finished with 4 blocks on the night but only 5 rebounds shows his lethargic effort on the glass. If Mohammed Bamba can develop a motor he could collect a lot of points, rebounds, and assists through his length and athleticism. Bamba is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on as he continues to develop his game.
2017 5′ 11″ PG Quade Green: 7 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals, 3-9 FG, 4 TO
Quade Green really showed off his ability to penetrate the defense and set up open teammates as he finished with a Cancer Research Classic record 13 assists against a tough Gonzaga (DC). Although Green had an off game shooting the basketball it seemed every time he drove to the basket and dished the ball it resulted in an assist. Green is a quick guard with the desire to win and filled the stat sheet as he added 9 rebounds and 7 points to his 13 assists. Although undersized Quade Green can be a difference maker at the next level if he develops his ability to demand the ball and impact the game on every possession. He also needs to play with more control as he was stripped multiple times resulting in 4 turnovers. Green is a tough Philadelphia guard who continues to show off his vision and passing abilities.
2016 6′ 3″ SG Chase Harler (West Virginia) 38 points, 12-20 FG, 11-13 FT
Chase Harler carried Wheeling Central Catholic (WV) to a hard fought win over Archbishop Wood (PA) as he led the way with 25 second half points. Harler did it in a variety of ways scoring the ball efficiently going 12-20 from the field and going 11-13 from the free throw line. Harler did a terrific job conducting the offense for Wheeling Central Catholic making a number of good passes to open teammates and taking the game over in the second half. He scored in every way as he knocked down a handful of three’s and got to the basket at will when he needed. He will be a great four year player at West Virginia who understands his role, plays hard on every possession, and he knows how to fill it up in a variety of ways. Harler now has 1,940 career points as he looks to break 2,000 career points in his next few games.
2018 6′ 8″ PF Simi Shittu: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 8-8 FG, 5-9 FT, 5 TO
Simi Shittu played a major role in a tough Montverde Academy (FL) win over Dematha Catholic (MD) as he finished with 21 points going 8-8 for the field. Shittu showed off his athletic ability with a few big dunks in traffic. Shittu has the ability to finish on and around defenders in the lane as he didn’t miss a shot from the field against a very good defensive team in Dematha Catholic (MD). Shittu had a near flawless game but turned the ball over 5 times. Shittu needs to be stronger with the ball and more under control on offense but he is an elite 2018 prospect that will develop soundly under Kevin Boyle. Shittu is certainly a high-major prospect to watch over the next few years.
2017 6′ 9″ PF Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 12-13 FG, 6 TO
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree has really developed well over his three years at Neumann Goretti. His freshman year he was still growing into his body and really struggled offensively but he has now grown into his body and provides a very strong inside presence for the Saints. Cosby-Roundtree finished with 24 points on 12-13 shooting, much of which coming off easy dunks. He is a real difference maker on the defensive end as he is a great shot deterrent on the inside. One thing Cosby-Roundtree has to work on is his offensive awareness, knowing when to put the ball on the deck. He made a number of costly turnovers on bad passes and bad decisions to dribble the ball up the court. Overall, Cosby-Roundtree continues to work on his game and is developing into a highly coveted prospect.