City of Palms: Day One

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The City of Palms has been the home to a number of prime time performances over the past few years. On the third day of the event (our first with coverage) it was Shabazz Muhammad, Julius Randle, Jordan Mickey and Anthony Perez that stepped up.

Savon Goodman, SF, Constitution – One of the better slashing wing prospects in the country, Goodman played to his strengths in a loss to Blanche Ely. Goodman consistently attacked the basket and finished through contact once in the paint. Although not known for his shooting, Goodman, a 6-foot-5 strongly built wing, managed a pair of three-pointers. The four-star prospect finished 10-for-17 from the field with 26 points and eight rebounds.

Amile Jefferson, PF, Friends Central – The odds were stacked against the five-star prospect from the beginning. Up against the loaded Tilton squad, Jefferson put up 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. One of the better scorers from the power forward spot in the country, Jefferson scored off face up drives, jump hooks and floaters in the lane. It didn't matter that Nerlens Noel and Goodluck Okonoboh were patrolling the paint Jefferson got his points and made it look easy.

Anthony Perez, SF/PF, Montverde – Last year Perez stood 6-foot-7 and had the look of a prospect, but wasn't real aggressive when we laid eyes on him. On Monday in front of a near sold out crowd at the City of Palms, Perez, a now 6-foot-9 forward, played a terrific all around game. He shot the ball well coming off screens, showed a quick release to go with deep range. A fluid athlete, Perez, a Mississippi signee, also threw down a monster dunk in transition.. He buried four three-pointers and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Mater Dei – The Monarchs jumped out to a big lead early and much of that was because of Johnson's plays. The big, athletic combo forward hit a trio of three-pointers on just five attempts and mixed in drives to the rim. He went 7-for-15 from the field and scored 17 points in the overtime loss to Grace Prep.

Katin Reinhardt, SG, Mater Dei – The UNLV signee is one of the better scorers in the 2012 class. He pumped in 20 points on 8-for-20 shooting and tossed out four assists. With the threes not falling, Reinhardt, a 6-foot-5 wing prospect, utilized his mid-range game in the second half, as he hit a pair of floaters and a pair of 15-footers.

Daniel Dingle, PF/SF, St. Raymond – In a losing effort, Dingle, a 6-foot-7 versatile forward, showed out. Montverde kept throwing new players at him and the Temple signee kept scoring. He finished with 26 points and made it to the free throw line 14 times, hitting 13 of them. Dingle faced up defenders and attacked them every chance he got. For a guy his size he handles the ball well and doesn't mind contact when he goes towards the rim. Temple scored a nice pick up in Dingle, as he's a mismatch problem for the opposition.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – In the nightcap against Julius Randle and Prestonwood Christian, Muhammad was in a scoring mode. Just 4-for-12 for 14 points in the first half, Muhammad got off to a slow start and picked up three first half fouls. In the second session the nation's top prospect erupted for 28 points, scoring off post up jump hooks, strong drives to the rim and off put backs. A big difference in the two halves was Muhammad's aggressiveness on the glass. He made more of an effort in the second half and it lead to a handful of buckets. Muhammad finished with 42 points

Jabari Bird, SG, Salesian – One of the more efficient outings of the day came from one of the highest regarded juniors playing at the City of Palms. Bird shot 10-for-11 from the field on his way to 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. His middle game is impressive, but he's also a talented passer and a guy that can contribute to a win in a variety of ways. A five-star prospect, Bird is one of the better perimeter scorers in the 2013 class.

Mario Dunn, PG, Salesian – Bird's sidekick for Salesian is this 5-foot-10 scrappy lead guard. Dunn, who was supposed to sit out for three weeks due to an injury, refused to sit out and was one of Salesian's most effective players. He sees the floor well, plays with energy and showed a nice looking jump shot. He buried a pair of three-pointers and finished with 16 points and assists in a win over Trinity.

Darryl Hicks, SG, Trinity – It was a slow start for the talented junior, but as the game wore on Hicks got better. He had a handful of finishes at the rim, but majority of his points came by way of perimeter jump shots. He dialed in four three-pointers on his way to an 18-point, five assist effort in a loss. Hicks finished 7-for-14 from the field.

Jaylen Brantley, PG, Wilbraham & Monson – Normally a set up man in the summer for BABC, Brantley is relied on to score for Chris Sparks' bunch. The 6-foot guard hit some key triples in the first half. In the second frame he had a handful of finishes in the paint, including a runner in the lane with 2.7 seconds left on the clock to give Wilbraham & Monson the lead and the eventual victory. He finished with 21 points and seven assists.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Grace Prep – You'd be hard pressed to find a more improved player in the country. We've documented his improvements over the past few weeks at various events and his domination was on full display against Mater Dei. Down nearly 20 in the first half, Mickey led a charge in the second frame and pumped in bucket after bucket around the basket. Mickey finished 11-for-15 from the field and scored 29 points, including 23 in the second session.

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – When Ray Forsette's squad was taking a beating in the first half, Austin was the only player getting things done. In the second frame he received help and was a factor in Grace Prep scoring a victory. Austin was active on the glass, scored off face up floaters and made it tough for Mater Dei to get easy looks in the paint. Austin finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the overtime win.

Julius Randle, PF, Prestonwood – In a major setting against the top prospect in the 2012 class, Randle,'s No. 2 player in the 2013 class, rose to the occasion. An aggressive and active low post threat, Randle played to his strengths, attacking the rim and using his size advantage around the basket. He finished well inside and maneuvered around and through defenders for buckets. His 26-point, 10-rebound effort was the primary reason Prestonwood was able to score a victory over Bishop Gorman.

Mickey Mitchell, PF, Prestonwood – When Prestonwood went on their run in the first half, Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 active forward, was a big part. He matched Muhammad's and Randle's point totals in the first session with 14 points. Mitchell is active on the glass and showed good touch around the basket. He was aggressive and didn't play like a freshman. Mitchell has a lot of raw ability, as he's a very good athlete that runs the court fluidly. It was an impressive showing by the freshman in a competitive environment.

*Benji Bell, a 6-foot-2 guard at Blanche Ely went 10-for-13 from the field and scored a team high 24 points in a win over Constitution. Clide Geffrard went for 16 and Krishaun Myers dropped 23 as well.

*Salesian guard Markel Leonard passed out nine assists to just three turnovers in a win. He also chipped in 10 points. Jeffrey Parker also had a strong game. The 6-foot-6 power forward scored 22 points and grabbed five boards.

*Nathan Dieudonne put together a strong effort going 7-for-9 from the filed and scoring 18 points. A Boston recruit, Dieudonne is an active and athletic face up four-man.

*Emmanuel Mudiay struggled from the field shooting just 5-for-15 against Mater Dei. He did, however, toss out eight assists and put up 13 points.

*The Tilton bunch destroyed Friends Central. Nerlens Noel grabbed 17 rebounds and chipped in nine points and six assists. Georges Niang pumped in 20 points, while Wayne Selden dropped 17 points and six assists.

*D'Angelo Russell, a recent transfer to Montverde, was 4-for-7 from the field for 10 points and five rebounds. The 2014 guard is a high level prospect with a terrific feel for the game.

*Shane Rector was an efficient 8-for-12 from the field. The guard out of Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond's finished with 16 points.

*Montverde guard Miguel Cartagena shot the ball quite well, hitting four three-pointers in the win over St. Rays. The combo guard finished with 14 points.

*After recording a double-double during a TV game this past week, Peters had a solid outing against Bishop Gorman. Peters appears to be going to the glass more than in the past.

*Savon Goodman listed Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova, St. John's, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Memphis as the schools currently showing him interest.

*Daiquon Walker said he's hearing from Big East and ACC schools. He also singled out Connecticut, who was in town to see him, as one of the schools recruiting him hard.

*D'Angelo Russell listed Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, Connecticut and Indiana. He said Louisville and Ohio State were showing the most interest at this point.

John Calipari showed up with a pair of assistant coaches to watch a number of prospects including Shabazz Muhammad, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jordan Mickey.

Florida Gulf Coach head coach Andy Enfield and Jacksonville head man Cliff Warren were the only other head coached to make their way to the City of Palms on Monday.

While assistants were rolling in and out throughout the day we spotted coaches from Georgetown, Florida Gulf Coast, St. John's, Santa Clara, Utah, Connecticut, Louisville, Old Dominion, Washington, UCLA, Navy, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida Atlantic, Villanova, Mississippi and San Francisco.

*Blanche Ely 79, Constitution 62
*Lake Wales 75, Taft 61
*Salesian 87, Trinity 74
*Wilbraham & Monson 60, Urspringschule 59
*Grace Prep 86, Mater Dei 80
*Tilton 80, Friends Central 50
*Montverde 80, St. Raymond 61
*Bishop Gorman 76, Prestonwood 70

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