City of Palms: Day Two

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The championship game is set, as Prestonwood and Grace Prep both advance to the City of Palms title game. Julius Randle dominated Riverside, while Isaiah Austin continued his strong season knocking off Montverde.

Daiqon Walker, PG, Constitution – After struggling on day one, Walker, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, turned it around in a big way. The crafty guard got hot from deep and drilled seven of 11 three-point attempts. On top of that Walker handled the ball with care (just one turnover) and tossed out a team high six assists in a close loss to Bishop Verot. Walker scored 29 points on 10-for-20 overall shooting.

Alex Mitola, PG, Gill St. Bernard – Shooter alert! Mitola, a 5-foot-10 guard headed to Dartmouth, didn't waste any time against Lake Wales. Mitola had connected on four three-pointers just five minutes into the game. A knock down long-range threat, Mitola has the range that allows him to take shots a couple feet past the stripe. For the game Mitola went 6-for-11 and tossed out four assists. He finished with 25 points.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – He had fewer points on Tuesday, but his performance was much more complete than the 42-point effort against Prestonwood on Monday. Rather than settle for jump shots, Muhammad was relentlessly attacking the basket and looking to grab every rebound in and out of his area. The standing room only crowd saw a treat, as Scout.com's No. 1 prospect lived up to his reputation. Muhammad finished 11-for-18 for 28 points and 15 rebounds against Miller Grove.

Tony Parker, C, Miller Grove – The big man from the outskirts of Atlanta struggled a little from the field (6-for-16) against Bishop Gorman's frontline. But that didn't keep the 6-foot-8, 255-pound center from muscling up and banging in the post. He fought his way to 13 rebounds and was aggressive in trying to secure position in the paint. His post moves are more advanced and he's becoming much assertive once he catches an entry pass. Parker finished with 15 points in the loss.

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – The Isaiah Austin train keeps rolling. He's had a terrific senior season to this point and now he has Grace Prep in position to win the City of Palms. His 11-point, 12-rebound, five block effort against Montverde helped propel them to the championship game on Wednesday. He's effective in the post and has grasped how to play inside-out. Austin has played as well as anyone early on this season.

Donald Thomas, SF, Riverside – With the lack of available scoring wings in the 2012 class expect Thomas, a 6-foot-5 wiry scorer, to get some strong looks this year. He has a good-looking jump shot and is an all around impressive athlete. Sure he could fine tune his ball handling, but he's a talent with a lot of raw ability.

Jaren Sina, PG, Gill St. Bernrad – Up against one of the better teams in Florida – Lake Wales – Sina strung together the type of game you would want from a top 100 lead guard. He was efficient from the field (6-for-12) and created shot opportunities for the weapons around him, as he totaled nine assists. His turnover number was a tad high (six TO's), but the 6-foot-1 guard was a major part of GSB's win over the Florida based squad. He recorded 23 points in the win.

Jabari Bird, SG, Salesian – The five-star prospect went to the bench early in the first half and didn't come back until the second frame. Bird came alive once he got some clock, scoring 17 points in just under 18 minutes of game action. He has one of the best mid-range games in all of high school basketball and understands how to score points and how to score them in a hurry. He was 7-for-13 from the field in a close loss to Blanche Ely.

Rashad Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – The second highest scorer in the Bishop Gorman/Miller Grove game was this 6-foot-3 2013 prospect. He finished with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. He scored a handful of buckets in transition, but also completed drives and showed a floater in the 12-point win over Miller Grove.

Julius Randle, PF, Prestonwood – Picking up where he left off against Bishop Gorman, Randle was vicious in the post, as he scored at will around the basket. Since the summer, Randle is more consistent scoring around the basket and he's using his strength and physical attributes to muscle through defenders. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound specimen also worked in a three-pointer and boarded in and out of his area. He scored 31 points in the win.

Ricky Doyle, PF/C, Bishop Verot – Basketball is in this 6-foot-7, 230-pound big mans family. His father had a stint in the NBA and spent time over seas. It's clear his dad taught him the nuances of the game. The young big man has soft hands and a nice scoring touch on the block. He's also a willing rebounder. Doyle went for 22 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

Mickey Mitchell, PF, Prestonwood – Early on it was Randle that dominated Riverside inside, then Mitchell took his shot at the Louisiana based squad. The 6-foot-7 forward scored mostly off face up drives and in transition. He doesn't play like your average freshman and is very strong with the ball around the basket. Mitchell contributed double figures and was key in Prestonwood marching on to the championship game.

*Darryl Hicks, of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity, went 9-for-17 from the field and scored 21 points in 30 minutes of action. Trinity won beat Taft in over time by four.

*Shane Rector had a solid outing for Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond. The 6-foot guard was 7-for-12 from the field and scored 18 points.

*Clemson signee Landry Nnoko went for six points, eight rebounds and six blocks against Grace Prep. He protected the rim and finished when he received drop off passes.

*Emmanuel Mudiay scored 10 points and tossed out seven assists. His vision is incredible, as he and Austin connected for points on a number of occasions. He does need to cut down on the turnovers though (six).

*The City of Palms championship game is a rematch of a nationally televised game from last week in Dallas. Prestonwood Christian and Grace Prep will battle for the championship late Wednesday night.

FGCU head coach Andy Enfield stopped by the City of Palms for the second day in a row.

Other assistants in attendance: St. Johns, Washington, South Florida, Santa Clara, California, Florida International, Duke, UCLA, UNLV, Stetson, FGCU and Iowa.

SCOREBOARD
*Trinity 76, Taft 72
*Bishop Verot 78, Constitution 75
*Gill St. Bernard 72, Lake Wales 59
*Blanche Ely 64, Salesian 61
*Mater Dei 63, St. Raymond 58
*Bishop Gorman 62, Miller Grove 50
*Grace Prep 53, Montverde 45
*Prestonwood 71, Riverside 66


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