Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Day One

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- In a packed out Sandra Meadows Arena on Duncanville (Tex.) High's campus, Marcus Smart and Emmanuel Mudiay put together statement performances at the 3rd annual Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

Kelvin Downs, PF, Seguin – John Brady stole one out of Texas. In the opening game of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest Downs, a 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8, power forward went to work scoring off put backs, in transition and face up drives. A solid athlete, Downs was also effective in a shot-blocking role on the defensive end. He's a solid mid-major recruit that should have some impact in the Sun Belt early on.

Michael Qualls, SF, Huntington – A perfect fit for Mike Anderson's brand of ball, Qualls is a lengthy, athletic wing with a lot of raw ability. Up against Crowley the 6-foot-5 wing prospect used his lateral speed to wreck havoc on the defensive end. On the offensive end Qualls knocked in a three, hit a few mid-level jump shots and put back a handful of shots.

Rodney Purvis, SG, Upper Room – This one got out of hand early, but Purvis, a North Carolina State signee, did all he could. Sure he could have been more careful with the ball (eight turnovers), however he was relied on to do the majority of his teams scoring. Purvis mixed in a three-pointer, but scored most of his other points off drives to the rim or in transition. His best move of the day was a jump stop at the free throw line into a floater. He finished with 23 points and five assists.

Marcus Smart, SG, Flower Mound Marcus – His first half was quiet, but when F.M.M. needed him to make plays the Oklahoma State signee brought it. In fact, his second half was a terrific performance. Smart brings a level of toughness and a winning attitude that is rarely seen at the high school level. He's won at every level and does it in convincing fashion. He finished with 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in front of a sold out crowd against Yates.

Nick Banyard, PF, Flower Mound Marcus – In an up and down game, Banyard was able to sit back and score off push ahead passes around the rim. The 6-foot-7 power forward made plays in transition and seemed a little more athletic than our last evaluation. Banyard was aggressive on the glass and fought inside. He had a solid outing in an intense atmosphere.

Phil Forte, PG, Flower Mound Marcus – In the first half, Forte made some crafty plays and knocked down a couple of mid-range pull-ups, but wasn't able to get his threes to fall. Known for his ability to rip the nets from long range, Forte finally hit one during a stretch late in the third quarter and followed it up with another trey on the next possession. Those two threes ended up being the catalyst for a run that ended with F.M.M. up double digits on the talented Yates bunch.

Damyean Dotson, SG, Yates – In the big match up versus Flower Mound Marcus, Dotson was the main scoring threat for Yates. While his shot has a slight hitch at the top, the 6-foot-5 wing knocked down a trio of three-pointers, and was also effective driving the ball, especially in transition. Dotson has a strong frame and impressive leaping ability

Greg Wesley, PF, Seguin – Joins Downs in the paint was this bouncy four-man. Wesley, a 6-foot-7 forward, has a high activity level and showed a lot of energy. A jumping jack, Wesley used his athleticism around the basket grabbing boards and blocking shots. He showed an ability to finish around the basket and is capable of adjusting shots at the rim. Wesley doesn't have a scholarship offer yet, but he soon will.

Julius Randle, PF, Prestonwood – One of the nation's top prospects put up 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting and added seven boards in a win over Upper Room Christian. A versatile 6-foot-8 forward, Randle likes to face up defenders and attack and he did just that against a smaller Upper Room squad. Randle scores it well through contact and has a great set of mitts that catch everything thrown in his vicinity.

Jordan Mickey, SF/PF, Grace Prep – In a fast paced game Mickey, a 6-foot-7 combo forward was able to get out in transition and make some plays. In the past we evaluated him as a power forward, but he has the ability to play on the perimeter too. He's upgraded his ball skills and seems comfortable attacking from the wing. With that said, he also did a significant amount of damage in the paint and used his impressive athleticism around the basket.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Grace Prep – Last week at the National Prep Showcase it was sophomore Noah Vonleh that raised his level of play. This week another 2014 prospect showed out. Mudiay, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, dominated the game against Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, but did it in every way other than scoring.

While Mudiay has the ability to play both guard spots, his long-term position will be on the ball because of his exceptional vision and overall feel for the game. In this one he ran the break, created for his teammates and sliced his way into the lane and dropped off passes to teammates. He's an elite prospect in the 2014 class.

*Senior guard Dameon Shevly is undersized, but he can put up the points. The 6-foot-1 guard pumped in a handful of threes and showed a mid-range floater.

*Kansas signee Zach Peters scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in a win over Upper Room. The 6-foot-9 big man did majority of his work in the second half, scoring nine of his points after intermission.

*Baylor signee Isaiah Austin was solid in Grace Prep's win. He did his damage in the paint and on the break. He was the beneficiary of a number of Mudiay's sweet dishes inside. It was a solid outing for the 7-footer.

*The quick and speedy Stevie Clark has a lot of talent. He has an extra gear speed wise, but can get a little wild at times. Still he's an intriguing prospect and is a guy that shoots it with quite well from deep.

*Juwan Parker, a 6-foot-4 wing, opened the game with a monster alley-oop dunk and also worked in a couple of mid-range jumpers and a floater in the first half. He appears to be gaining confidence in his offensive ability.

*Yates has a number of underclassman to keep an eye on. Melvin Swift appears to be the best of the bunch. The 6-foot-7 forward is an elite level athlete that runs the floor well. Damion Lewis, Darrion Martin, JC Washington and Joseph Anderson are also players to keep an eye on in the next few years.

*Junior power forward Greg Wesley said he's heard from TCU, Minnesota, Oklahoma, DePaul and North Dakota.

*Jordan Mickey said Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas, Providence and Houston have offered him a scholarship. Baylor is also involved in his recruitment.

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