High School OT: Day One

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andrew White had the signature performance at the High School OT Holiday Invitational, but Florida State signee Montay Brandon was impressive as well.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Strake Jesuit – Playing in front of future fans in the North Carolina area, Suliamon totaled 26 points and eight rebounds in a win over Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Known for his ability to shoot it from long range, Sulaimon was just 2-for-7 from three, but he was effective from mid-range and in going 6-for-10 from two-point range. Sulaimon fits the mold of a Mike Krzyzewski type guard and is a guy that has really developed his overall skill set.

Nick Stauskas, SG, St. Mark's – John Beilein has a guy headed his way that fits his system perfectly. Stauskas has good size (6-foot-6), a great shot from long range and is an all around heady basketball player. He didn't take many shots in St. Mark's win on Thursday, but he had an impact on the game. Stauskas finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, St. Marks – Arizona's future center quietly put together a good one. The 7-footer scored 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting and added just four rebounds. While he'll need to show a little more effort on the glass at the next level, Tarczewski is the type of big man that can help Sean Miller right away. He didn't force shots on Thursday, but certainly took advantage of the opportunities he had.

Andrew White, SG/SF, Miller School – One of the best performances of the day came from this Kansas signee. White has great size for the position and is a terrific three-point threat. He's known for his ability to rip the nets from long range and he worked in three three-pointers on just four attempts, but he also had a major effect on the glass. He rebounds his position particularly well and his added strength has helped him inside. He finished with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 11 rebounds.

Montay Brandon, SF, Wesleyan – It was clear that Brandon, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, was amped up for his match up with five-star prospect Rodney Purvis. Brandon attacked the basket, hit the glass hard and even worked in a few jump shots. Brandon has added at least 10 pounds to his frame and is much more built to take hits and bumps when he attacks the basket. Brandon put together an encouraging performance and showed improvements to his all around game.

Anton Gill, SG, Ravenscroft – With his future coach – Rick Pitino – looking on, Gill went for 16 points. The 6-foot-3 guard has put on some weight and looks stronger than this past July. Out of the gate he got it going with a finish at the rim and then a monster dunk off a long rebound. He also worked in a three-pointer and a pair of mid-range jump shots. Gill has the look of a solid four-star prospect.

Elijah Staley, PF/SF, Wheeler – A young and versatile combo forward, Staley had a strong outing in Wheeler's narrow lost to Strake Jesuit. At 6-foot-5, maybe 6-6, Staley is equipped with long arms and a nice frame. He's a pretty good athlete that will rebound his area and can score it facing the basket. He knocked down a three and scored with both hands around the basket. Staley finished 8-for-10 from the field and scored 19 points.

*Keep an eye on 2015 wing prospect KeJuan Johnson. He's a strongly built forward prospect that uses his athleticism inside and is developing a jump shot. He's an early name to file away in the freshman class. Johnson finished with a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.

*Madison Jones scored 16 points for Ravenscroft helping them advance to the championship game of the High School OT Holiday Invitational. Jones hit a trio of three-pointers and shot 6-for-12 from the floor. Jones also tossed out four assists.

*At this stage he's a 6-foot-4 freshman wing with a long and lanky frame. But Brandon Ingram looks young in the face and is likely to grow as his high school career progresses. He showed good form on his jump shot and wasn't afraid to mix it up with the Garner squad.

In front of a packed out crowd, Julius Barnes, a 5-foot-7 freshman, stepped up for Garner and changed the game. Barnes has terrific speed and was fearless taking the ball to the basket. He also hit a crucial pull-up three late in the game.

*Theo Pinson, a five-star prospect at Wesleyan, made some plays in the second half of the Wesleyan/Ravenscroft game. He's a big, athletic wing that is at his best when he attacks the basket.

Louisville's Rick Pitino and North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried both stopped by Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton on Thursday. Duke, Georgetown and UNC-Wilmington each had assistant coaches in the gym as well.

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