City of Palms: Day Three

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Syraucuse and North Carolina signee were among the top performers, until Duke signee Austin Rivers took over the third day of the City of Palms Classic.

Adonis Thomas, SF, Melrose – At times Thomas was downright dominant against Fort Myers High. They didn't have anyone that could slow him down, much less stop him. The 6-foot-6 chiseled wing used his athleticism to rise above defenders in the paint, scoring over both shoulders. He knocked down a pair of catch and shoot three-pointers as well as a mid-range pull-up. In transition, Thomas is extremely tough to stop as he can score through contact or rise above a defender for a slam. He finished with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Rakeem Christmas, C, Academy of the New Church – This was easily Christmas' best outing in recent memory. He came out playing an aggressive brand of ball and was active and aggressive on both ends of the floor. He started the game attacking the glass and as the game wore on he started to make an impact on the offensive end, cleaning up misses, dropping in hook shots and dunking drop off passes. The Syracuse signee finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds in the double-digit win.

Malcolm Gilbert, C, Academy of the New Church – Defensively Gilbert, a 7-foot, 230-pound post prospect, was very good. He had a major affect on the game blocking shots. The opposition struggled to get shots over him, as he used his length and timing to send at least a half dozen shots the other direction. He has to grab more than two rebounds for a guy his size, but we like that he's finding an area to be dominant in.

James McAdoo, PF, Norfolk – The North Carolina signee didn't have much help, but he still managed to keep Norfolk right in the game. A do-it-all power forward, McAdoo scored buckets facing the basket, pushed the tempo off rebounds and was a hindrance to the opposition in shot blocking situations. McAdoo is an elite level talent and a guy that projects as a future NBA player. He finished 10-for-19 for 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Ike Nwamu, SG, Westchester Country Day – The Cleveland State signee went for 23 points in a loss to Urpringschule. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard is a very good three-point shooter with range well past the stripe. The strong athletic prospect also hunted mid-level jump shots.

Austin Rivers, SG, Winter Park – There's not much doubt about who the best guard in the country is and Rivers, a 6-foot-4, 180-pounder proved that on Monday night. He went on an impressive run in the second quarter that consisted of five three-pointers, all of which were off the dribble.

In the second half he attacked the basket and finished through contact on his was to 42 points on 16-for-25 shooting. He has such an advanced skill set and he uses a multitude of jabs and fakes to create separation to get his deadly jump shot off. Last year he went for 46 points in a game at the same event, he appeared to be gunning for that number this time around.

Ricardo Gathers, PF, Riverside Academy – A strong 6-foot-7 power forward, Gathers is an imposing prospect that has a college ready body. For a guy his size he moves extremely well and has an impressive overall skill set. Where he can affect the game because of his strength and athleticism is on the glass. He reeled in a game high 11 rebounds to go with his 15 points.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – In a game that Bishop Gorman played from behind nearly the entire game, Muhammad did all he could to get the Gaels back in it. He got to the free throw line 13 times, knocking in 12 of them. Offensively he showed an array of post moves, dropped in mid-level jump shots and worked in a three-pointer. He finished with a game high 29 points on 8-for-19 shooting.

Savon Goodman, SF, Academy of the New Church – If you're looking for the best motor in all of high school basketball, look no further than Goodman, a Villanova commit. The 6-foot-5 guard is an athlete that relentlessly attacks the basket and scores through contact. He went 7-for-14 from the field scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, St. Mark's – His team went down by a lot and Tarczewski's percentage from the field (5-for-14) wasn't great, but we still came away impressed with his overall ability. He made a terrific turn over the left shoulder for a jump hook and fought for a couple of left hand finishes on the baseline. Toss in a solid effort on the glass and the 7-footer was pretty good in defeat.

Evan Nolte, SF, Milton – The 6-foot-8 wing prospect does one thing extremely well, and that's shoot the basketball. He has legit range on his shot and a quick trigger. He knocked in two three-pointers in the win over Norfolk Christian, but he also found a way to be an asset on the glass, picking up seven rebounds.

Joell James, C, Dwyer – Strapped with foul trouble, James only played 10 minutes against Winter Parker. He did, however, make an impression during those minutes though, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds. He has terrific hands, is aggressively looking to score when he touches it on the block and he's absolutely huge. He's a definite high major prospect.

Isaiah Lewis, SG, Christ The King – He's grown at least two inches since we laid eyes on him over the summer. Lewis' game has developed as well. A talented scorer, Lewis, who stands 6-foot-3, has a quick release and a nice range on his long ball. He also knocked down some pull-up jump shots from mid-range. We were also impressed with his passing, as he has strong vision of the court. He finished with 20 points and six assists in a loss to OCP.

Riverside Academy junior Donald Thomas is an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-6 he has good size for the wing. He shot it well on Monday knocking down three of five three-pointers. Sophomore Jordan Fuchs, of Christ The King, is a good-looking prospect. The 6-foot-6 power forward knocked down a mid-range jump shot and finished around the rim. Isaac Cohen had a big day for Orlando Christian Prep. He finished with 27 points on 7-for-12 shooting in a win over Christ The King. Jacoby Brissett paced Dwyer with 21 points and 15 rebounds. The talented football player did a lot of work on the offensive glass and aggressively attacked the basket. Katin Reinhardt had another big game for Mater Dei, as did the freshman duo of Shaqquan Aaron and Stanley Johnson. Both underclassman wing prospects are ones to keep an eye on.

Ricardo Gathers rattled off a list that included LSU, Texas, Baylor, USC, Kansas, Syracuse and Georgetown. He said LSU and Georgetown were coming after him the hardest.

Bob Huggins was the only head coach that we spotted on the third day of the City of Palms Classic.

Assistants from Kentucky, North Carolina, California, Alabama, Kansas, West Virginia, Boston College, Central Florida, Columbia, Louisville, Boston College, Georgia State, LSU and Maryland were also present for the games.

This concludes our coverage from the City of Palms.

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