Hoop Hall: Day One Rundown

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Arguably the top high school event of the year tipped off Saturday. Opening day consisted of five games at Springfield College.

Grant Jerrett, PF, LaVerne Lutheran – To be honest, Jerrett's first half wasn't one to remember, but that quickly changed in the second frame. Jerrett, an Arizona signee, stepped up, was more assertive offensively and began knocking down jump shots. He was active in the paint, finished off plays and was an efficient 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In all Jerrett finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds and was the primary reason LaVerne Lutheran left the Hoop Hall Classic with a win over St. Patrick.

A.J. Hammons, C, Oak Hill – He didn't have a monster line, but Hammons, at times, controlled the paint from a defensive standpoint. He set the tone early and made it known that he wasn't going to give up any easy buckets. Hammons used his length to bother the opposition and grabbed the boards in his area. Hammons finished with six points on just three shot attempts and secured eight rebounds.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Oak Hill – Up against Prestonwood, who won the City of Palms earlier in the year, Lewis dismantled the competition. He was efficient from the field completing five of nine shots, including three of four threes, and he tossed out nine assists to just a pair of turnovers.

Lewis is the ultimate leader and a guy that has really turned up his level of play on the big stage this year. His vision and passing ability have been well documented, but he's also developed an ability to score. His jump shot is consistent and he has a bag of tricks that include floaters and one-foot runners.

Jordan Adams, SG, Oak Hill – The UCLA signee was the beneficiary of a number of Lewis' passes. Adams took the well-placed passes and turned them into points. Adams was 5-for-7 from three and 9-for-14 overall. His calling card is his ability to shoot the rock and he's been doing that well throughout the season. Adams was given the games MVP and finished with 23 points.

Jared Nickens, SF, St. Patrick – A long, wiry wing prospect, Nickens is a guy that has look of a serious long-range shooter. He shot 3-for-8 from deep today but he was confident in his shot, had a high release and good form. In all Nickens finished 5-for-12 from the field and scored 15. He needs to add some weight to his frame and spruce up his ability to go off the bounce, but Nickens is a nice looking long-term prospect.

Elijah Davis PF/SF, St. Patrick – Davis was as active as anyone on the floor. He was undersized at 6-foot-4 but he played with effort and was a force on the glass, as he grabbed 11 boards. Offensively he was shot an economical 12-for-16 from the field and finished with 25 points. Davis is a tweener forward that finishes well in the paint, but is also capable of stepping out and knocking down mid-range jump shots.

Kris Jenkins, PF/SF, Gonzaga – What a difference a month makes. In early December at the Gonzaga Classic, Jenkins didn't play with confidence and seemed unsure of his game. Fast-forward to Saturday and the 6-foot-5, maybe 6-6, combo forward dominated the game against Riverside Academy. He opened the game with a mid-range jumper, then began attacking the basket and finishing through contact. When the dust settled, Jenkins finished 12-for-16 from the field and scored 30 points and tacked on 11 boards.

BeeJay Anya, C, DeMatha – From a development standpoint, Anya, a 6-foot-8 low post monster, has made the necessary improvements. His weight loss and overall shape continues to impress. Anya's demanding the ball in the low post and has the post moves to score once he gets in. From the get go against Northwest Catholic, Anya made his presence felt scoring six of the games first eight points. Anya has turned himself into an elite level post prospect. He scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win over Northwest Catholic.

Charvon Julien, PG, Riverside – As just a freshman Julien has developed a major role for Riverside Academy. The wiry guard is fearless and stepped into the game against a North Carolina signee and went right at him. Julien handled ball pressure well, was directing his teammates and knocked down a couple of three-pointers. He didn't put up a major stat line, but he's a guy to watch as he has all the tools to be an impressive lead guard one day.

Jared Wilson-Frame, SG, Windsor – It was just a brief look, but Wilson-Frame, a 6-foot-4 strongly built guard, certainly looked the part. Despite being a freshman, Wilson-Frame showed confidence attacking the basket, knocked down a three-pointer late in the game and scored off a floater plus got the foul with just a few minutes to go. He scored 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting.

*After a rough first half, Nate Britt, a UNC commit, started to get it rolling. He knocked down a 18-footer, tossed in a floater and had a handful of finishes at the rim. Britt finished with 16 points.

*2013 guard Tavon Blackmon is making improvements for Gonzaga. He made some plays against Riverside, especially by way of attacking the basket. He scored six points and dropped five assists.

*Khalea Turner is a name to file away for the future. He's just an eighth grader, but the already 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man is active and aggressive around the basket. He was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and scored seven points.

*One of the top unsigned seniors – Ricardo Gathers – finished 8-for-21 from the field and scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in loss to Gonzaga. He hit a handful of mid-range jump shots, but majority of his points were scored in the paint.

*Despite getting blown out, Prestonwood superstar Julius Randle still managed an impressive line. He finished 10-for-22 from the field for 23 points and nine rebounds.

*To go with Anya's dominance in the paint for DeMatha, Syracuse signee Jerami Grant used his athleticism in the paint and grabbed every rebound in his area. He finished with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

*2015 guard Jared Wilson-Frame said he's heard from Providence and Quinnipiac. He's already taking unofficial visits to both.

*DeAndre Bembry claims scholarship offers from Auburn, Villanova, Seton Hall and Central Florida. He said South Carolina is also involved in his recruitment.

*Jared Nickens said VCU, Seton Hall, Fordham, SMU and St. Joseph have all offered him. Villanova, Virginia and Rutgers are also recruiting him.

Steve Lavin was the only head coach to show up at the Hoop Hall Classic on Saturday. Assistants from Utah, Georgetown, St. John's, UMass, Penn State and Connecticut were also in the building.

*Windsor 61, Springfield 55
*LaVerne Lutheran 68, St. Patrick 66
*Gonzaga 77, Riverside 65
*Oak Hill 85, Prestonwood 55
*DeMatha 78, Northwest Catholic 57

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