Brandon Jennings Invitational Recap

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Austin Rivers, J.P. Tokoto and Mycheal Henry were the big time performers at Under Armour's inaugural Brandon Jennings Invitational held at Marquette University High School on Saturday.

Aaron Brown, SF, Penn Wood – First thing we noticed about Brown, a 6-foot-5 wing headed to West Virginia, was his added size and strength. He's clearly spent some time working on his frame in the weight room. Brown also put his mid-range game on display, as he's quite comfortable pulling up off a dribble for mid-level jump shots. Going forward he needs to tighten up his handle and use his athleticism more. He has some serious bounce and should use it to grab more rebounds. Brown scored 21 points in the win.

Darian Barnes, PF, Penn Wood – Saturday's match up with Crenshaw was easily the best effort we've seen from Barnes. A 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward, Barnes lacks size and strength, but he moved up and down the floor well, showed a good set of hands and was able to get his hands on a couple of shots. Most importantly, he played hard and was active throughout the contest. Barnes finished with 19 points.

Mycheal Henry, SF, Orr – Early on Henry, an Illinois commit, had trouble finding his touch from long range. So as the game moved into the second half he began aggressively attacking the rim. Using his strong frame he finished through bumps and had a mini-run in the third quarter that included a pair of impressive finishes and two mid-range pull-up jumpers. Henry scored 24 points in the loss.

Shaquille Stokes, PG, Lincoln – In a double-digit win over Menomonee Falls, Stokes took home the MVP award and played a nice floor game for the Railsplitters. He mixed in a three-pointer, a mid-range jumper and a couple of finishes at the rim. Stokes, an uncommitted senior, finished with a team-high 17 points.

Malik Nichols, SF, Boys and Girls – A strongly built wing, Nichols made all of his plays on Saturday attacking the basket. Nichols, who stands 6-foot-6, used his strength to finish through contact and scored a handful of points in transition. Nichols is a terrific get for Mo Cassara and Hofstra. He finished with 12 points in the thrilling win.

Austin Rivers, SG, Winter Park – Down the stretch Rivers rose to the occasion hitting big shot after shot. First he hit a step back three in the fourth quarter that got Winter Park back on track and then a floater to tie it up with under 10 seconds left in overtime. Boys and Girls threw everything at him defensively, but he kept his composure and buried some key shots. Off the dribble, Rivers is extremely tough to guard and he has the confidence to take any shot. He went for 35 points in the loss.

Shakir Brown, SF, St. Frances – In the end Brown, a 6-foot-5 strongly built wing, was the difference in St. Frances match up with Orr. In the first half he buried a trio of three-pointers. Then in the second half he imposed his will inside. He attacked the rim, finished through contact and corralled offensive boards that turned into points. Brown was the game MVP and finished with 27 points.

J.P. Tokoto, SF, Menomonee Falls – It's clear that Tokoto, a 6-foot-6 small forward, has spent a considerable amount of time in the gym working on his mid-range jump shot. He played with more confidence than we've ever seen and he buried five mid-range jumpers and a spot-up three. It was also impressive to see him post up defenders and attack the basket. Mix all that in with his freaky athleticism and you have a heck of a prospect. Tokoto finished with 23 points, despite sitting out the entire first quarter because of a team issue.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Crenshaw – Despite scoring a team-high 20 points, Hamilton, a 6-foot-3 guard struggled to get things going in a loss to Penn Wood. The long-range shot wasn't falling and his team fell behind early. With that said, Hamilton, who is the brother of Texas standout Jordan Hamilton, is loaded with talent and is a creative driver that is capable of putting up points in a hurry.

Daniel Hamilton, the youngest of the Hamilton brothers, is already taller than Isaac. He's a freshman at Crenshaw and gets some spotty minutes. He scored seven points, including a three-pointer.

Rutgers signee Greg Lewis scored 14 points for St. Frances in their win over Orr. The 6-foot-9 big man has a nice set of hands and is willing to run the floor. The next step is getting a go-to move inside.

Unfortunately freshman standout Isaiah Whitehead was strapped with foul trouble for nearly the entire game. Whitehead, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, is a talented looking wing prospect.

Jordan Dickerson, a 7-footer out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln scored eight points in the win. He's a huge post prospect with long arms. He's still a bit raw, but did toss in a right jump hook.

Brett Comer is a heady basketball player. The 6-foot-2 guard out Winter Park (Fla.) High makes smart players and doesn't back down from the opposition. Will be a solid player in the Sun Belt conference.

Boys and Girls has a pair of junior wings that impressed us. Leroy Fludd and Jeffland Neverson both stand 6-foot-5 and made a living on Saturday attacking the basket.

Mike Taylor, a Rutgers signee, put together a solid effort against Winter Park. He scored 17 points and took home team MVP in Boys and Girls overtime win.

Darian Barnes said Robert Morris, Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (Pa.) are the three schools showing interest in him. The only trip he's been on to date is to Mount St. Mary's.

Isaac Hamilton claims early offers from Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU and USC. He also has interest from UCLA, UNLV, Houston, Arizona, Washington and St. John's.

St. Frances Academy's big standout Shakir Brown said he's received college interest from Maryland, Loyola and South Florida.

Shaquille Stokes claims scholarship offers from TCU, Iowa, Penn State, Colorado State and Kent State.

J.P. Tokoto said he doesn't really have a list at this point. He and his family are planning to visit North Carolina and Duke sometime in February, but an exact date hasn't been set.

Former Scout.com No. 1 player and current Milwaukee Buck standout Brandon Jennings was in the building for the event named after him. He spent all day at Marquette University High School taking in the action.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was the only coach we spotted all day. He was in Milwaukee to check out J.P. Tokoto.


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