Beach Ball Classic: Day Two

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Jahlil Okafor had the signature performance on day two of the Beach Ball Classic, but Nick Emery, Paul White and Zach Peters also had big efforts.

Zach Peters, C, Prestonwood – It's been a strong couple weeks for Peters. The Kansas signee helped PCA score a City of Palms championship and on day two of the Beach Ball he scored 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Peters is getting more aggressive on the glass and is turning into a more efficient scorer. He still needs to develop his footwork on the block, as he tends to charge on occasion, but his improvement has been impressive.

Nick Emery, SG, Lone Peak – From the outset of Lone Peak's game with Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High, Emery, a 6-foot-2 guard, went to work offensively. A southpaw with a quick trigger, Emery buried two quick threes from well behind the stripe, then he began mixing in mid-range pull-ups and a couple finishes at the rim. By halftime, Emery, a BYU commit, had mustered 27 points and by games end he had 37 points on 13-for-23 shooting, including six triples.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – This was as dominant as a performance I've seen during the high school season. Sure, Lexington (S.C.) High didn't have anyone close to Okafor's size, but the 6-foot-9, 250-pound sophomore put on a show in the paint scoring at will and rebounding every ball in his area. In all Okafor finished 14-for-16 from the field, scoring 36 points and reeling in 14 rebounds.

Okafor has a great set of hands and terrific footwork. He has great feel and awareness around the basket. His touch standouts out and he's capable of scoring it with either hand around the rim. An elite post prospect, Okafor can take bumps and can score it off turnaround jumpers as well. He's the top center in the 2014 class.

Paul White, SF, Whitney Young – If it wasn't for Okafor's breakout performance, White, a 6-foot-7 wing, would have been the story of Whitney Young. A smooth and versatile wing, White quietly goes about his business on the court, but is quite effective. He's developed a mid-range jumper and can pull-up off a few bounces, but is also an impressive athlete that can finish at the rim. White scored 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting and also grabbed seven rebounds.

T.J. Haws, SG, Lone Peak – As good as his junior teammate Emery was, Haws, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, was pretty good too. Also a commit to BYU, Haws showed an efficient game, scoring 23 points on just nine shot attempts, including four three-pointers. A crafty and skilled guard, Haws showed off a few tricks including a 15-foot runner and an overall nice mid-range game. BYU locked up a good one early.

*A day after scoring 40 points during an opening round game, L.J. Peak, a 2014 wing prospect, scored 13 points (5-for-14) and grabbed seven rebounds in a 10-point loss to Miami Senior.

*Scout.com's No. 2 junior – Julius Randle – went for 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Prestonwood's opening round win over Scott County. Freshman Mickey Mitchell scored nine points on five shots.

*Paul White currently has scholarships from Arizona, Marquette, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin. He's taken unofficial visits to Marquette, Illinois and Wisconsin.

*Jahlil Okafor listed Illinois, Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Arizona and Ohio State. He's taken unofficial visits to all six schools.

Roy Williams was the only head coach to come to the Beach Ball Classic on Thursday. There were also assistant coaches from North Carolina State, UNC-Wilmington and Alabama in they gym.

SCOREBOARD
*Miami Senior 61, Gaffney 51
*Socastee 62, Rye 42
*Whitney Young 78, Lexington 62
*Prestonwood 64, Scott County 53
*St. Augustine 52, St. Edward 46
*Lone Peak 86, Myrtle Beach 48


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