City of Palms: Day Two Rundown

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The St. Patrick/Whitney Young match up went from arguably the best match up of the day to a personal showcase for Derrick Gordon. Austin Rivers, Marshall Plumlee and Joell James also had good days.

Angel Rodriguez, PG, Dr. Krop – In a close contest this 5-foot-10 lead guard headed to Kansas State proved to be the difference, scoring a team high 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting. He can get a bit wild at times, but he certainly knows how to use his body when he attacks the basket and he has a good shot out to the three-point stripe.

Julian Royal, PF, Milton – In a blow out win over the host school – Fort Myers High – Royal did a little of everything. A skill guy in every sense of the word, Royal showed range out to 21-feet, finished around the basket and caught everything thrown inside to him. Royal finished 6-for-9 from the field for 13 points and also recorded five blocks.

Dai-Jon Parker, SG, Milton – This is the type of guy who can head into Vanderbilt and be an instant contributor. Defensively he's ready, as he's an absolute ball hawk and a guy that will use his athleticism to get a couple of blocked shots per game. He finished with just seven points, but corralled six boards, tossed out six assists and had at least five blocks.

Marshall Plumlee, C, Christ School – He may not be as far along offensively as his brothers, but the third Plumlee is finding ways to be productive. Today it was the glass where he really made his mark, pulling in 13 boards. The 7-footer ran the floor looking for scoring opportunities and dunked everything around the basket. His best move was a ball fake drive from 15-feet out that led to a monster dunk. He finished with 11 points.

Derrick Gordon, SG, St. Patrick – It'll be hard for Gordon to top the night he had against Whitney Young on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 guard started the game with a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter and he never slowed down. He worked in a couple of nice drives to the rim, as well as some plus one plays on his way to 37 points. For the game the Western Kentucky signee was 12-for-20 from the field, including 6-for-9 from three. The Hilltoppers stole one here.

Michael Glchrist, SF, St. Patrick – The Kentucky signee deferred to the hot hand – Gordon – but still put together an impressive all around game with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Gilchrist won't wow you with his scoring ability, but he will with his motor, ability to attack in transition and his defense. Gilchrist would fit in, in any system, but his game is especially built for the dribble-drive at Kentucky.

Sam Thompson, SF, Whitney Young – Despite taking the big loss, Thompson played pretty well and was the Dolphins only fighting chance. At 6-foot-6, 180-pounds, Thompson is a versatile guy that can play a handful of positions, including some at the point guard spot because of his impressive ball skills. Against St. Pat's he was relied on to score. He pumped in 17 in the loss to the Celtics.

Austin Rivers, SG, Winter Park – Rivers had a quiet first half, but broke out in the second period finishing with nearly scored 30 points. An impressive scorer, Rivers, who will play at Duke next year worked in some threes, scored it at the rim and created for his teammates.

Jacoby Brissett, SF, Dwyer – Off the floor, Brissett, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing prospect, is known for his ability to toss the football. But on Saturday, Brissett played like basketball was his main sport, leading Dwyer to a big win over Bishop Gorman. Brissett relentlessly attacked the basket and was a man on the glass, securing rebound after rebound. He finished with 26 points in the win.

Tyrone Haughton, PF, Dr. Krop – An intriguing 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9 post prospect, Haughton is an active, live body on both the offensive and defensive end. He has a long set of arms, is a pretty good athlete and showed a nice set of hands. He took a handful of drop off passes and turned them into dunks. Going forward he'll need to continue to develop his post moves, but he's a got a bright future and his best basketball days are ahead of him.

Omar Calhoun, SG, Christ The King – His team took the loss, but Calhoun, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard, didn't go down with out a fight. A scorer with deep range on his jump shot, he pumped in a trio of three-pointers, but he also mixed in strong drives to the rim and mid-range pull-ups. He won't wow you with his speed or athleticism, but he knows how to get off his shots and he was making them on Saturday. He finished 8-for-15 for 26 points.

Katin Reinhardt, SG, Mater Dei – It certainly didn't take this 6-foot-5 shooting guard long to get in the flow of the game. In the first quarter he buried four three-pointers and a pull-up 18-footer to help the Monarchs build an early lead. He's a solid athlete and isn't bad working off the bounce for mid-range jumpers. A shooter with deep range, Reinhardt finished 8-for-13 from the field for 23 points.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Mater Dei – One of the most active guys of the day was this 6-foot-6 wing prospect. Johnson paid close attention to the glass and especially looked to snag offensive rebounds. The southpaw worked in a spot-up three pointer and scored a bunch of points off drives to the rim. Johnson scored 19 points on an efficient 7-for-9 shooting in the win over Orlando Christian Prep.

Joell James, C, Dwyer – This 6-foot-10, 280-pound center is getting better and better. A giant post prospect with a terrific set of hands, James had to make plays himself since his team basically refused to pass him on the ball on the block. When he did catch it in the post, he liked to face up and attack or face up for a mid-range jump shot. We already thought he was a high-major prospect, now he's getting in better shape and starting to put it together.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – Down the stretch Muhammad did his best to get the Gaels back in the game, but it just wasn't enough. Muhammad had his jumper rolling in the second half, as he knocked down a three, a couple of mid-range pull-ups and scored off post moves. Muhammad scored 26 points in the loss.

Dakari Johnson, C, St. Patrick – You won't find many freshman that stand 6-foot-9, 240-pounds, but it turns out Johnson was matched up with another 2014 prospect – Jahlil Okafor -- that was close to his size. Johnson let the game come to him, showed a good set of hands and finished a couple of buckets at the rim. Johnson appears to be the next big name out of St. Pat's.

Kasey Wilson and Larry Taylor combined for 44 of North Port's 57 points. Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward, was active and aggressive and also spent time on the glass, snagging eight boards. Taylor was 8-for-17 from the field on his way to 27 points. He's a crafty scorer that shoots it well from long range. Evan Nolte, a marksman from long distance, hit two three-pointers on his way to 14 points. Sophomore Isaiah Lewis, of Christ The King, knows how to score. He didn't shoot a great percentage on Saturday, but we like his upside and potential. He finished with eight points and seven assists. Senior big man Chris Ortiz was impressive for Christ the King. A 6-foot-8 big man, he ran the floor, showed a good set of hands and finished around the rim. Whitney Young freshman Paul White went for 14 points. He hit a three-pointer and a handful of mid-range jumpers.

Tyrone Haughton said he's received early interest from Florida, Kansas State, Louisville, West Virginia and Alabama.

Evan Nolte said Virginia and Georgia are standing out for him early on. He said he's developed strong relationships with both coaching staffs. His brother – Connor Nolte – plays at Georgia.

Sophomore Isaiah Lewis said he's heard from North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Florida, Florida State, USC, UCLA, Syracuse, Connecticut, Seton Hall, St. John's and Rutgers.

Omar Calhoun, who recently took a trip to North Carolina, said Villanova, Pittsburgh and West Virginia have made him a priority. Others recruiting him are Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, St. John's, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Virginia.

Austin Colbert said Georgetown, Seton Hall, Xavier and Pittsburgh are schools that have shown early interest in him. He said it's still very early in the recruiting process.

SCOREBOARD
*Dr. Krop – 65, North Port – 57
*Milton – 68, Fort Myers – 43
*Christ School – 77, Christ The King 62
*Mater Die 62, Orlando Christian Prep 58
*St. Patrick 92, Whitney Young 68
*Winter Park 65, Riverside Academy 63
*Dwyer 72, Bishop Gorman 63


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