Tournament of Champions: Day Three

WASHINGTON, Ill. – Day three at the State Farm Tournament of Champions had a few standout performances. No one has brought a better scoring day to the table at the tournament than Kedren Johnson, and also there were some impressive athletic plays in the game that would follow.

Kedren Johnson, PG/SF, Marshall County – For the second time in as many days the scoring record at the tournament was broken, and this time it was Johnson who did the honors. For his high school team Johnson plays the point, though he could clearly slide to the wing in college. In a win over Peoria Limestone, Johnson had his offensive game working. He hit a three, got to the foul line and converted at will, showed excellent floor vision, and then as usual used his superior strength and ball handling to get to the rim and convert. He finished with 42 points and nine assists for an impressive stat line. The issue was that Johnson really struggled on the defensive end, consistently watching his man get buy him for buckets. Because he is a limited athlete, Johnson needs to be more solid with his position defense, but still he is a uniquely skilled big guard who could simply fit in multiple places on the floor

Kris Brewer, SG, Brehm Prep – A day after bursting onto the scene with a solid game, Brewer had it working yet again. The scoring dynamo hit threes, got to the foul line, and has a pretty mid-range jumper off the bounce. He can struggle on the defense end, and got beat baseline too often, but with his athleticism and length there is no physical reason why he can't defend going forward. Brewer can definitely play at the mid-major level, and is proving that in time he could rise even above that.

Donivine Stewart, SG, Peoria Limestone – While Limestone ended up losing and giving up a tournament record amount of points to Johnson, Stewart was a bright spot. Not an overwhelming athlete, Stewart just is scrappy and savvy in getting his points. He shoots it well off the bounce, and also is just quick enough to get into the lane where he finishes well. Stewart will need to improve quite a bit on defense where he is limited because of his athleticism, but as a mid-major scorer, he will have a role at Bradley.

Roosevelt Jones, PF, O'Fallon – After a tough start to the tournament, Jones has really found his stride. In a one-on-one matchup with his AAU teammate Shaquille Boga, things were clearly in Jones' favor. He absolutely abused Boga off the dribble getting into the lane, and from there he either finished or made a crisp pass. Jones is an excellent passer for his size, and is extremely unselfish. Also on defense he locked up the quick Boga, and showed the toughness that got him so much praise during the AAU season.

Bruce Barron, SG/PG, Brehm Prep – After struggling yesterday, Barron had it rolling against Academy of New Church. Barron went for 33 points and showed the explosive athleticism and scoring ability that got him so much attention over the summer. Now Barron can still be wild at times, but he is really capable of making tough shots, though he has to make sure to limit those. When the good Barron shows up, he is one of the most difficult one-on-one matchups going.

Nick Johnson, SG, Findlay Prep – Johnson came into the game feeling a little under the weather and it showed with his performance. He could just never get into the flow and finished with only seven points on 2-10 shooting. An explosive and strong athlete, Johnson was excellent on the defensive end, but his perimeter shot wasn't falling at all, and he didn't convert against the long and athletic La Lumiere frontline. He has been off to a great start individually this season, but in two games Johnson simply hasn't had it going yet for Findlay.

Rakeem Christmas, C, Academy of New Church – He was better in game two, though still far from as good as he could be. Christmas doesn't get the ball much for his team, which is confusing, but when he does get it he isn't being assertive trying to finish. He has been fading away, and that is leading to some misses that he should be converting. Still Christmas used his size and athleticism to dominate a small front line, while at the same time showing a solid post move or two. A more consistent effort is important, but Christmas did make a stride today.

Myck Kabongo, PG, Findlay Prep – When Kabongo is able to knock in three pointers off of ball screens quite simply you can forget about trying to guard him. With his quickness and handle, Kabongo is tough enough off of a screen, but he hit a pair of threes in a close win in that exact situation making him impossible to guard. With so many teams running heavy ball screen offenses in college, Kabongo should fit right in, as that is how he gets things done right now. Also he was tremendous on the defensive end locking up the perimeter players for La Lumiere.

Zac VanDeWater, SF, Whitko – Quite simply the staff at Indiana Wesleyan needs to be thrown in jail for larceny for his catch. VanDeWater is an excellent wing who could easily be a solid mid-major contributor. He isn't a great athlete, but he can shoot it off the catch or off the dribble, and also showed an excellent basketball IQ. Beyond that he gives maximum effort on the defensive end at all times, and is simply a productive player. He should be an All-American at the NAIA level.

Hanner Perea, PF, La Lumiere – The play of the day, and easily the tournament was delivered by Perea against Findlay. Perea caught an errant lob, with his right hand that was behind him, and in one motion threw it down for a dunk sending the crowd crazy, and making the Findlay players shake their heads in amazement. While that was only worth two points, what he did the rest of the game was worth a lot more. Perea controlled the glass with 17 rebounds, and then also contributed a total of 15 points to keep La Lumiere in the game against the nation's No. 1 team. He still needs to be more consistent on offense in terms of trying to score, but his rebounding and activity were impressive all game long.

Stan Weir, SG/SF, La Lumiere – Toughness is simply the name of the game with Weir. A scrappy wing, Weir defends his backside off, and brings an energy to the table at all times. Also Weir hit big three after big three to keep La Lumiere in the game. Overall Weir nailed five triples in the game, and was the only real offensive threat on the perimeter. Not an unreal athlete, Weir could be a specialist going forward, but it is his defense that should draw the most praise.

Savon Goodman, PF/SF, Academy of New Church – When Goodman is in attack mode he can be very difficult to deal with, and at times that was the case. Goodman scored at will when he went to the rim with his strength, but too often he tried to prove he can shoot the three, and simply that isn't his game. On defense he has the potential to be excellent, and he locked people up while also blocking shots, but he simply wasn't attacking often enough on offense given that Brehm Prep was playing all guards who he could take to the rim at will.

Obij Aget is getting significant interest from Florida, Alabama, Missouri, West Virginia, Tennessee, Connecticut, and South Carolina.

Kris Brewer lists offers from Kent State, Tennessee-Martin, Duquesne, and La Salle.


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