Woodbridge 71, Prince George 64 I.C. Norcom 58, Steward School 53 Potomac 57, Highland Springs 52 Hermitage 70, Nansemond River 67 R.J Reynolds 68, George Wythe 67 (OT) St. Benedict's 80, Benedictine 58
J.R. Smith, SG, St. Benedict's: The man everyone wanted to see put on quite a show until he was ejected with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Smith was whistled early for hanging on the rim (a bad call) and then again for allegedly bumping a player after a dunk (another poor whistle). Before he was tossed, it was the usual show-stopping dunk mixed in with a few catch-and-shoot 3. Smith had 29 points and 7 rebounds on an 11-for-24 effort from the field.
Tyree Evans, SG, George Wythe: There might not be a guy with more confidence in his stroke than Evans. The Top 100 propsect was only 3-for-13 from downtown but you thought every one was going in. He went 9-for-10 from the line but missed a pair of decent looks to seal the win though he did hit three straight free throws to send it into overtime. Finished with 34.
UTEP has a future star on the way. Galindo was smooth in this one and very fluid. He had 24 against Benedictine and made it look easy. His jumper was on and his overall game is rounding out.
Marquie Cooke, PG, Nansemond River: With his future college coach on press row, Cooke handed out 8 assists in a losing cause. Though his stroke wasn't working, he was able to get in the mix and get teammates shots. 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Daniel Fountain, SG, Woodbridge: The future UNC-W guard had a nice afternoon as he scored 28 points (3-for-6 downtown). He ran a lot of point because he's the best handler on his team but he'll be more of a two guard in college. He also had 10 rebounds.
New Mexico signee a significant portion of the game. He loves to power through you and that's his game. He losses his effectiveness if he's taking mid-range jumpers.
Greg Redford, PF, Hermitage: In what was a "breakout" day for Redmond, he led his team with 20 points. He'll be a hot mid-major target by the summer and for good reason. He's an excellent traffic rebounder with a mid-range face up game.
Reid Augst, SG-SF, Benedictine: Once thought to be just a spot-up shooter, Augst has diversified his game. He's a better handler than he was a year ago and still has his touch. He scored 16 in the loss.
Vernon Macklin, PF, I.C. Norcom: This kid has all kinds of talent and athletic ability though its not been harnessed yet. Strength remains an issue but the sky could be the limit. It's probably unfair to call him a Top 5 player now as he's more of a Top 20 prospect at this juncture. Loves to block shots and runs the floor. The pieces are all there, just needs some polish. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Daniel Fountain has excellent rotation and balance when he shoots. He also made ALL of his free throws down the stretch. Good mid-major player. … Vernon Macklin works best when he can face up and go to work. He's not a back-to-the-basket PF and must get on balance when he's taking jumpers. Athletically, he's excellent. …
Eric Hayes just has a knack for finding shooters. He was also impressive as he sought the ball in a late-game situation and then stroked FTs ala J.J. Redick. … Highland Springs has a junior with a nice stroke in Ken Thomas. … Marquie Cooke played in a rivalry game Friday night and looked fatigued. That would certainly explain his 5-for-15 from the floor and just 1-for-6 from the line. Still he was able to contribute in other ways. …
Liberty signee Joe Fulp led Reynolds with 22 points. … J.R. Smith is starting to play with more focus as he's much more active at both ends than he was this summer. … St. Benedict's simply wore Benedictine down with more reinforcements off the bench. Benedictine players were clutching their shorts after the first quarter. … Bombale Osby is going to have to be careful in college. He's undersized and plays with energy but his game is predicated on power and he has a tendency to try and run through guys which leads to fouls. …
HOT NEWS & NOTES
When asked to handicap J.R. Smith's chances of qualifying to play at North Carolina, St. Benedict's head coach Dan Hurley said: "99.9 percent." …
Eric Hayes entered the game 57-for-61 from the line before making 8 straight on Saturday. He's been to see the campuses of West Virginia so far. … Western Kentucky, according to Greg Redmond, is the only team that has come to see him play thus far. … It's unlikely George Wythe senior Tyree Evans qualifies. Look for him to attend Hargrave. …
Officials ejected J.R. Smith after a pair of questionable techs and also gave coach Dan Hurley a technical. Prior to the final game, the officiating had been outstanding. But, when nearly 2,000 people pay to see Smith play and the calls are poor leading to the disqualification, the event changes. Smith's ejection caused many to leave early and poor officiating ruined a marquee game. …