Luke Mergerson, PF, Duncanville – Rebounding is where Mergerson got it done against Ballard. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man was aggressive inside and tried to snag every rebound in his area. He reeled in 19 on the night. Offensively he showed a nice set of hands, was able to score over his left shoulder and was comfortable taking mid-range jump shots. He scored 13 points.
Sir'Dominic Pointer , SF, Quality Education – As Quality Education's match up with Christ School progressed, so did Pointer's game. The 6-foot-6 hardnosed wing prospect seemingly was all over the court. Defensively he's a pest as he played the passing lanes and was able to get his hands on a number of shots.
Offensively he attacked the basket, especially in transition and finished well through contact. He also looked as confident as we've ever seen him shooting the ball, as he was able to knock down a couple of three-pointers and even buried a fade away 12-footer with a defender draped on him. He finished with 21 points.
Charles McKinney, SF, Quality Education – When it wasn't Pointer making a play, it was probably McKinney for Quality Education. In the first half he was especially playing well as he mixed in strong drives to the rim with a pair of three-pointers. The 6-foot-4 wiry wing prospect is a pretty good athlete, can lock down on defense and also has a pull-up floater in his arsenal. He scored 23 points in the win.
DeVante Parker, SG/SF, Ballard – Parker may be committed to play football at Louisville, but he's no slouch in hoops. The 6-foot-3 wing prospect shot the ball extremely well here, knocking down five three-pointers on 11 attempts. Parker was also effective attacking the basket, as he's athletic and can finish around the rim. He finished with 32 points on 11-for-23 shooting.
Quentin Snider, PG, Ballard – The most impressive youngster of the day was easily Snider. A 6-foot, rail thin lead guard, Snider makes terrific decisions, has a very strong handle, has the quicks to blow by defenders and is a very good long range shooter.
Up against Duncanville, Snider buried four three-pointers, a sweet pull-up from 18-feet and had a number of buckets at the rim. The fearless freshman made a big play late in the game, attacking the basket and getting the basket plus one to tie it up. He finished with 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting in the overtime win.
Rob Gray, a 2012 prospect, is a crafty 6-foot guard for Christ School. He has good vision and a nice pull-up floater in the lane. His teammate DeMarcus Harrison was able to knock down a trio of threes, but didn't get much going to the basket. Duke commit Marshall Plumlee had his moments on Friday. His best move of the day was the right jump hook he made over a 6-foot-10 defender.
Kelan Martin, a freshman at Louisville (Ky.) Ballard, has some potential. At 6-foot-5 he was forced to play inside for the Bruins, but we think he'll develop into a wing down the road. Lekan Ajayi, of Quality Education, is an athlete 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man. He dunked drop off passes and rebounded well. Going forward developing some scoring moves inside would benefit him in the long run.
Charles McKinney said he's focused on DePaul, Iowa, Oregon State and Bradley. He's taking an official visit to Oregon State during the weekend of the 18th. He's planning to make his college choice on January 26th, which is his birthday.