Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Day Two

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- For the second day in a row LeBryan Nash dominated at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. Keaton Miles, Jamal Branch and Julius Randle all had big efforts as well.

LeBryan Nash, SF, Lincoln – It's been a heck of a weekend for Nash. The Oklahoma State signee had 24 and 13 on Friday and on Saturday against rival Kimball he went off for 28 points and six rebounds. Nash is playing focused and with a chip on his shoulder. At times this weekend he was down right dominate.

Nash has turned himself into a pretty good shooter off the catch out to 22-feet, but he's at his best when he goes off the bounce to attack the basket. We also were impressed with his toughness and grit around the basket. He posted up defenders, snagged boards and got tough buckets in the paint. He also mixed in a coupe of youtube worthy highlight dunks. Nash is an elite wing prospect in the 2011 class.

Keaton Miles, SF/PF, Lincoln – This is as active of a prospect as you'll find across the country. Miles, a 6-foot-6 combo forward, seemingly had his hand in nearly every play. He's aggressive on the backboard, defends very well and is starting to develop his ability to score. He finished through contact against Kimball and also dropped in a pair of floaters. He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Jordan Williams, SF, Kimball – After coming out sluggish, Williams showed up in the second half looking like a different person. With his long-range shots not falling, he attacked the basket, finished through contact and corralled offensive rebounds. Williams finished with 18 points and six boards in the loss to Lincoln.

Jonathan Holmes, PF, Antonian – Better late than never, right? Holmes became a household name late in July and committed to Texas in the fall. Now at the start of his senior season the 6-foot-8 is starting to really turn it up. Although his size certainly out matched the competition, Holmes played an aggressive brand of ball.

On the offensive end he showed solid overall skill set. He stepped out and knocked down a pair of three-pointers, but also scored attacking the basket. He has terrific body control going towards the basket and finished very well in the paint. Defensively he'll get a couple of blocks a game and locks down his area rebounding wise. Holmes finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Jamal Branch, PG, Grace Prep – For the second night in a row Branch, a Texas A&M commit, had his passing game out in full force. In a competitive affair against Hall, the four-star prospect tossed out assist after assist to his Grace Prep teammates. He likes to push the tempo, but he's quite effective in the half court where he's patient, sees the floor and can whip passes to teammates with either hand. He also broke out a sweet pull-up floater that went straight through the net.

Dorrian Williams, SF, Douglass – It looks like Missouri State found an impact scorer. The 6-foot-3 stocky wing prospect played much better on Saturday, showing off his scoring arsenal. He has good-range on his jump shot, knows how to use his strong body when he attacks the basket and he defended the ball very well. Williams should have a solid career in the Missouri Valley.

Jarvis Summers, PG, Provine -- For the second day in a row the 6-foot-3 guard put together a pretty good game. He finished with 10 points, seven assists and just one turnover. Summer is a steady lead guard that makes good decisions and sets up his teammates. The Mississippi commit certainly helped his stock this weekend.

Zach Peters, PF, Prestonwood – Much like Randle, Peters struggled to get into the flow of the game on Friday. Saturday he was much better. He looked to score when he touched it on the block and made his moves more confidently. Peters scored 12 points and snagged four rebounds in the two-point loss.

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – Early on Austin was a force, especially on the defensive end where he swatted seven first half shots. He also mixed in a deep three, a mid-range jumper and a finish at the tin. In the second half, he wasn't as aggressive on the defensive end due to a couple of fouls, but he did dunk a couple of drop off passes and buried a handful of free throws.

Julius Randle, PF, Prestonwood – After a so-so game on Friday, Randle returned on Saturday on a mission to play more aggressive. He opened the game with a baseline slam and he continued to look to score in the paint the rest of the game. He finished with 19 points and five boards.

He has all the tools to be a big-time low post scorer. He has a great set of hands, a strong body and the ability to finish with both hands around the basket. Toss in that he's an impressive leaper that can finish through contact and we are talking about one of the better post prospects in the country, regardless of class.

Roger Woods, PF, Provine – An undersized power forward, Woods plays with a chip on his shoulder each and every play. Rebounding is an area that he excels at and he's always looking for put back opportunities. He likes to face up from mid-range and attack the basket, and often times he can get a little out of control, but it's hard to complain when he's playing hard and attacking the basket.

Holmes' low post teammate Darrius Hamilton put together a solid outing. At 6-foot-9 he's a pretty good rebounder, as he goes after the ball and uses his wingspan and solid frame to snag boards from defenders. He also scored pretty well with his left hand in the paint. Jelon Hornbeak had his moments this weekend. Hornbeak looked to attack and he had success at times, but he failed to find his jump shot this weekend. Luke Mergerson, a 6-foot-8 big man out of Duncanville (Tex.) High, knocked in a pair of mid-range jump shots and had a few buckets in the paint. Low-majors should take a peak. Flower Mound Marcus guard Phil Forte played his normal tough brand of ball. He got hot for a stretch and buried a couple of deep three-pointers. Jarion Henry and Jordan Williams get majority of the attention for Kimball, but Shannon Lilly was the one that did the most damage on Saturday. He knocked in at least five three-pointers in the loss to Lincoln.

Randle currently has scholarship offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio State, Kansas and Baylor. Among the other schools he mentioned were Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Assistants from Baylor, Kansas State, SMU and UTEP were spotted on the second day of the event.


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