D.C. Classic Recap

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nate Britt had the best performance at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic, but JaQuan Newton and youngster Charles Mathews also put together strong outings on Friday.

Lincoln Davis SG, Central Catholic – A virtual unknown, Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard, put up 21 points against Gonzaga and had the look of a solid mid-level shooting guard. The form on his shot looked good and he dialed in a couple of three-pointers. His athleticism was quite impressive as he's an extremely bouncy prospect. He'll need to spruce up his ball handling, but he put together a strong outing against a very good Gonzaga team.

Nate Britt, PG, Gonzaga – Britt's jump shot was the talk of the day at the D.C. Classic. Throughout the spring and summer it was documented that his ability to knock down jumpers had improved and he did nothing but help that theory Friday night.

Britt hit four three-pointers plus a handful of mid-range pull-ups on his way to 30 points and five assists in an opening round win over Central Catholic. Britt continues to improve his ability to score, while also maintaining and impressive ability to find teammates.

Egor Koulechov, SF, Sagemont – A tough, hardnosed wing prospect, Koulechov did a little bit of everything for the Lions. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder grabbed boards, attacked the basket and knocked in a pair of threes. When Sagemont needed a bucket, Koulechov's number was called. He finished with a game high 27 points and a pair of three-pointers.

JaQuan Newton, SG/PG, Neumann-Goretti – In a class full of talented guards, Newton is towards the top of the list. At this point, Newtown is more of a combo than a true point, but still he extremely talented. Newton, a 6-foot-3 wiry guard, is always in attack mode and doesn't seem to have an issue getting to the basket. Around the rim he's a crafty finisher that adjusts his shot well. He also has pretty good touch on his runners in the lane. Newton is tracking as a high major prospect.

Charles Mathews, SG/PG, St. Rita – One of the best prospects of the days was this 6-foot-4 freshman guard. Matthews has a long, lean frame and is equipped with some serious ability. He played on and off the ball against Sidwell Friends, but appeared more comfortable hunting for buckets. Matthews scores it at a high level as he has range to three, but also is capable of going off the bounce for buckets from mid-range. He has the look of one of the next high-level prospects out of Chicago. Matthews finished with 12.

Justin Jenifer, PG, John Carroll – The young point guard has already built a reputation in the area. He's small (5-foot-10), but quick and has impressive court vision. His jump shot is a weapon and his range extends well past the three-point stripe. Jenifer hit a trio of threes in the first half on his way to 16 points for the game. Jenifer can get a little flashy at times, but he has a nice mix of scoring and creating ability.

*John Carroll has a handful of guards that score it at a high level. To go with Jenifer, Rodney Elliott and Kamau Stokes can get buckets. Elliott attacked the rim and dropped in floaters, while Stokes had it rolling from long range.

*2014 swingman Vic Law has great size for the wing spot. At 6-foot-7 Law is a quality athlete with a good-looking stroke. He hit a pair of mid-range jump shots and moves up and down the floor with ease. He has the look of a high major prospect.

*Sidwell Friends big guns – Josh Hart and Jamal Lewis – combined for 35 points. Lewis pushed the break and scored it in transition, while Hart managed a three and a handful of finishes through contact at the rim.

*Penn has a nice shooting guard prospect in Tony Hicks. The 6-foot-2 guard shoots it well from long range and is able to take a couple dribbles and pull-up for jumpers.

*Gonzaga freshman Franklin Howard stepped into a tight game and buried a pair of three-pointers, including one that was well past the three-point stripe. He's a 6-foot-3 lengthy guard prospect.

*2012 unsigned guard Lincoln Davis does not hold a scholarship offer. He said Boston College, Boston University and Robert Morris have shown some interest.

*Josh Hart claims offers from Georgetown, North Carolina State, VCU, UMass, Penn State, Xavier and Penn. He also has interest from Georgia Tech, Maryland, DePaul, Villanova and St. Joseph.

Robert Morris' Andy Toole and Towson's Pat Skerry were the only two head coaches spotted at the D.C. Classic.

Assistants from Penn, Boston, Delaware, Rutgers, Hofstra, Georgetown, UMBC, N.C. State, Maryland, Columbia, Boston College, LaSalle, George Mason, Rice, Drexel and North Florida were in attendance on Friday.

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