Torrey Pines: Day Three

ENCINITAS, Calif. - Day three of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic saw 2013 guard Jairus Lyles come up with some big shots to help DeMatha advance to the finals, where his squad will meet scorching hot LMU signee Nick Stover and Windward.

Grant Jerrett, C, La Verne Lutheran: Even though he blocked several shots and came away with multiple rebounds, it just wasn't Jerrett's game against Lincoln. He used his advanced footwork to get numerous shots off, but nothing would seem to fall. Jerrett's size and athleticism helped him convert some easy dunks and lay-ups, but usually when Jerrett gets so many offensive opportunities, he's going to score a lot more than the 19 points he had on Thursday.

Christian Sanders, PG, St. Thomas: The Stanford commit doesn't get to show a ton of his point guard skills on his high school team, as he's needed to score in order for his squad to have much of a chance against quality competition. On Thursday, Sanders' shot was on point and he scored 21 points, including a handful of shots from three. He did a good job of competing and creating for teammates, but his shooting is what kept St. Thomas in the game.

Nick Stover, SF, Windward: Stopping Stover at this level is proving to be very difficult, as the LMU bound small forward is just so athletic and crafty when it comes to putting the ball in the basket. He smoothly dropped in 30 points with a variety of athletic jumpers and moves to the basket. Stover has done a terrific job leading Windward and is the reason his squad is in the title game against DeMatha.

Brandon Perry, PF, Taft: In a semifinal loss to Windward, Perry did everything in his power to keep his team in the win. An undersized post, Perry is a big body with deceptive athleticism and competes hard every play. He bruised his way to 25 important points for Taft. Cal State Northridge signed Perry, and he should be a good player at that level.

Jerami Grant, PF, DeMatha: Grant has a versatile game that is going to bode well for him at the next level. One play he'll impress you with his ability to knock down the three, the next play he shows he can handle the ball on the break and then the next he's either blocking a shot or throwing down a vicious one-handed dunk on an opponent. Jim Boeheim will have a lot of upside to work with.

Tyree Robinson, SG, Lincoln: It wasn't Robinson's game overall, but he did have a nice third quarter, helping his team stay in it against La Verne. When it looked like La Verne was pulling away, Robinson knocked down a big midrange jumper and three ball, keeping his team in it. After a slow first half, Robinson did answer back in the second half and finished with 16 points, but it wasn't enough in a loss to La Verne Lutheran.

Tyrell Robinson, PG, Lincoln: Robinson's outside shot has improved but he's best right now at getting to the basket and he did a nice job of slashing to the hoop and drawing contact on Thursday. Robinson is still developing as a point guard and will have to keep learning how to use his athleticism to make his teammates better. He scored 17 points in the loss.

Dakarai Allen, SF, Sheldon: It wasn't a good shooting day for Allen, but he played hard defensively, using his athleticism and innate length to block shots and rebound. Lost in Allen's game is one of his best qualities is his competitive spirit, as it is clear watching him how important winning is. Allen will have to improve his shooting but he impacts the game in too many other ways to hold that too much against him.

Brandon Randolph, PG, St. Bernard: The strong point guard got off to a quick start with his three-point shot and floater, but cooled off in the second half, as he couldn't get shots to fall that normally do. Still, he had 16 points and was tough on the glass, as usual.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Archbishop Mitty: Gordon didn't need to get a ton of playing time in an easy victory, but he made the most of the minutes he had, almost effortlessly scoring 18 points to go with 10 rebounds. What may have been most impressive about Gordon on Thursday was his passing, as he had some flawless passes for assists, including crosscourt. Gordon has registered double-doubles in each of his three games at Torrey Pines.

BeeJay Anya, C, DeMatha: Anya finally came back to earth and seemed a little frustrated against Newark Memorial, as he didn't get a ton of touches and wasn't able to convert too many of the opportunities he did have. Anya still had some big rebounds and defensive plays, but the center did take a step back from the high level he was playing at in the first two games.

Jairus Lyles, SG, DeMatha: Lyles is a scorer and came up with some big shots down the stretch for DeMatha in what had been a dogfight before the junior stepped up to the plate. He hit a big three and an impressive midrange jumper that helped his team finally begin to pull away from a stubborn Newark Memorial squad. Lyles is slight but a talented scorer who should build his offer list as the season moves forward. Lyles led his squad with 15 points, including a few three-pointers.

* DeMatha's James Robinson played more smart basketball for his squad in a win. He finished with 11 points but did a good job running the team and taking care of the ball.

* Anthony January could never get going for Taft against Windward and seemed frustrated throughout the contest. He's made a lot of progress at Taft but will have to learn that when the shots aren't falling the game can still be impacted in other areas.

* Taft's backcourt of Kris Yanku and Steven Jones combined for 20 points against Windward. On top of that, Yanku did a nice job distributing and Jones played tough defense, as usual.

* Torrey Pines guard Garrett Galvin scored 13 points against Archbishop Mitty, many of which came in the second half. Galvin is deceptively quick and very skilled. He's had a big tournament.

* St. Bernard senior post Emmani Grant had a very good second half for his team, scoring many of his game-total 16 points later in the contest. He had some nice takes to the basket and was efficient in the paint.

* Mayfair wings and brothers Dion and Brian Wright both played well against St. Bernard in a win, totaling 43 points. Dion, a senior, and Brian, a junior, are both D-I prospects.

* La Verne's 2014 point guard Brian Beard made several big plays for his squad in a win over Lincoln, using his good quickness to drive to the basket or create for his teammates. He's undersized but fun to watch.

* La Verne Lutheran wing McKay Anderson has made some timely buckets for his team. He's a good outside shooter and a respectable athlete as well.

Colorado and San Diego State were in the gym for the majority of the day. SDSU sent three coaches – including head coach Steve Fisher – to watch 2013 targets Brandon Randolph, Dakarai Allen and Aaron Gordon.

BeeJay Anya said the schools recruiting him the hardest are Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, Indiana, Maryland, Georgetown, Arizona, Florida and Florida State.

Jairus Lyles has an offer from Oklahoma State and interest from Wake Forest, Villanova, Virginia, N.C. State and Townson.


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