Cancer Research Classic Recap

WHEELING, WV - The Cancer Research Classic featured some of the top teams in the country during an impressive one day event. Still the guy who stole the show was Washington (DC) Gonzaga forward Kris Jenkins.

Tony Parker, C, Miller Grove – As usual Parker was an absolute beast during the game. Facing off with Chicago Simeon, which lacks a true interior presence, Parker was active scoring underneath the rim and also was very good on the glass. Parker showed his competitiveness in helping his team rally from a deficit, and overall was impressive, especially in the second half. His play has been solid all season long, and Miller Grove leans on him heavily whenever it comes down to crunch time.

Brandon Morris, PF, Miller Grove – The athletic and versatile Morris had a tough matchup with Simeon, but still he held his own. Morris showed an ability to handle the ball better than he has in the past, and then also was hitting a jumper or two. He still needs to get stronger and more consistent, but Morris did an excellent against a very tough opponent.

Daniel Dingle, SF/PF, St. Raymond's – It was a standout day for Dingle. In helping his team to a win, Dingle had 25 points and 13 rebounds and did it in a variety of ways. Dingle scored mostly off the dribble going to the rim, but he did knock in a three and also posted up when smaller defenders were guarding him. Not an elite athlete or super skilled, Dingle plays very hard on both ends of the floor and just knows how to get things done.

Xavier Johnson, SF/PF, Mater Dei – The Monarchs lost in overtime, but Johnson had to be very happy with his performance. The lefty who will play his college ball at Colorado had it working in a variety of ways. A good athlete, Johnson finished above the rim and grabbed rebounds in traffic, but then he showed the skill knocking in some deep threes. Add in that Johnson was playing hard, and it was a very strong effort for a player who is off to a very good start this season.

Katin Reinhardt, SG, Mater Dei – Shot selection is never going to be his calling card, but Reinhardt has the confidence to take and make big jumpers. His three at the end of regulation was a tough shot that sent the game to overtime, and he mixed that in with a few impressive drives and finishes as Mater Dei was rallying in the fourth quarter. Now Reinhardt does need to reign himself in at times and make the simple pass instead of having so much confidence in his jumper and ability, but he had an overall solid showing.

Dominic Hoffman, PF/C, Gil St. Bernard's – A bit undersized and not super athletic, the future Bucknell interior player just knows how to get things done. Hoffman scored the ball with good efficiency down low and then also battled the athletic Mater Dei frontline on the glass. Nothing flashy with Hoffman, but every time you look up he is doing some positive for his team.

Kris Jenkins, SF/PF, Gonzaga – It was a breakout game for Jenkins who was the performer of the day. He scored 21 points and did it as impressively as you can. A matchup problem for defenses with his strength and skill, Jenkins scored inside, then went outside, and also off the dribble in the mid-range. Add in that he really battled on the defensive end, and it was just an extremely impressive performance.

Jabari Parker, SF, Simeon – There isn't too much to say about Parker that hasn't already been said. He is just a beast. After scoring 10 quick points he only finished with 16, but his playmaking, defense, and hustle impacted the game in so many ways. Parker is one of the rare superstars who in high school understands that you can impact a game in ways other than scoring, and that is exactly what he did for Simeon in helping them to an impressive win.

Kendrick Nunn, SG, Simeon – While Parker got the MVP and it was tough to argue with that, Nunn was also excellent. The 6-foot-1 lefty hit a few shots, made plays with his athleticism, and showed a great ability to finish off the drive. Nunn brings energy and effort every time out on the floor, and his 22 points was huge in the win. Nunn just has that ability to find a way to score or make a play when his team needs it, and that is exactly what he did all game long.

Miles Overton, SG, St. Joseph's Prep – It was a very impressive win for St. Joseph's who ran away with the game on the strength of their shooting, and no one was better than Overton. The athletic guard was knocking in threes, playing defense, and overall was just everywhere on the floor. He scored over 20 despite being a little bit sick, and showed great improvements from the summer.

Steve Vasturia, SF, St. Joseph's Prep – The ultimate piece to the puzzle, Vasturia knows how to play and does the right thing each time down the floor. If he needs to take a shot he does, if he needs to make a pass, he does. Vasturia was very efficient in his game, and though his natural ability won't blow you away, he is finding a way to make a positive contribution every possession. Notre Dame fans will like what they are getting with this multi-talented wing.

BeeJay Anya, C, DeMatha – Quite simply he is a beast. Anya is in much better shape than he was over the summer and it is showing with his play. He scored at will on the low block and then also cleaned the glass on both ends. Whenever things got a little tight for DeMatha they simply threw the ball to Anya who would either score with a little hook or simply dunk it home. Add in some blocked shots, and Anya had a very impressive performance.

Jairus Lyles, SG, DeMatha – If there is one thing this cat can do, it is score the basketball. Lyles was hitting from deep, and then also showed some ability to create for himself off the bounce. With his quickness and athleticism, Lyles can be very difficult to contain and he showed this with his play. Now Lyles does need to develop more as a point guard given his size, but he flat out can score.

Jaren Sina, PG, Gil St. Bernard's – Not the quickest or most athletic, Sina just knows how to play. On this team he has to score more than distribute so he does that, but he is a very willing passer at the point. Sina for the game hit some huge shots, especially in overtime to help his team to a big win. Also he was tough to contain off the bounce, and proved to be someone that Mater Dei simply had no answer for.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – This is a bad boy right here. Before wearing down in the fourth quarter, Gonzaga was having all kinds of trouble stopping Okafor. The 6-foot-9 post player has huge hands, nice touch, and excellent strength. Add in that he knows he is a post player and works hard for deep post position, and it is no surprise why he is nearly impossible to guard. Now he did slowdown in the fourth quarter when he seemed to run out of gas, but there is a ton to like about Okafor, who is maybe the most dominant low block player in all of high school basketball.

Paul White, SF, Whitney Young – The Dolphins were playing well and seemed to have some control, but then White went out with foul trouble and they fell apart. At 6-foot-8 White is a solid ball handler and can pass the ball with his high IQ. Also he scores it well off the dribble, and has the size to be versatile and play multiple positions. For a sophomore there is a ton that White can do, and he is one of the toughest players in the country to match up with given his size and skill set.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Mater Dei – For a sophomore he is one strong wing, and he uses that to his advantage. A lot of the time Johnson plays down low or in the mid-range, and his strength is a great advantage. Also Johnson plays hard and brings it on every trip down the floor. His upside could be limited because of how physically mature he already is, but still this is a darn good prospect who will play high-major basketball.

Ja'Quan Newton, SG, Neumann-Goretti – Newton has a ton of natural ability, but he is still figuring out how to play and how to be a star. At times his athleticism and skill shined through, and at other times he either didn't know which play to make or just made the wrong play. Still there is a lot to like here about Newton who is a good athlete, has an excellent ability to get to the rim, and can handle the ball well. Once he gets more refined with his game he will be one to watch.

Miles Overton says he has offers from the entire Big Five except for Villanova. Also San Francisco, Drexel, and Virginia are in hot pursuit.

Tony Parker indicates that no offer has come from Kentucky, though dialogue has started. Ohio State, Duke, and UCLA remain firmly in the mix here.

Jabari Parker remains open in the process indicating that he has still yet to narrow his list.

Pittsburgh Head Coach Jamie Dixon as well as West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins were spotted. Also West Virginia, Northwestern, Penn State, and Villanova dispatched assistant coaches to the festivities.

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