Flyin to the Hoop: Day Two

KETTERING, Ohio - Day two at Flyin to the Hoop saw some youngsters step up and have excellent performances. None was better than that of Justin Jackson.

Danrad Knowles, PF/SF, HCYA – It was an excellent game for the player better known as "Chicken". Knowles got out on the break, showed off improved ball handling, and also was very good rebounding the basketball. The future Houston Cougar does so many things on the floor that his potential is simply very high. When his team was struggling some in the first half if was Knowles that did a lot to keep them in the game with energy and blocked shots.

Adolphus Washington, PF, Taft – Thad Matta needs to get in Urban Meyer's good graces and quickly. Washington is headed to Ohio State on a football scholarship, but the 6-foot-5 power forward could very easily help the Buckeyes on the basketball floor as well. Washington had 25 points, dominated on the glass, and used his strength and athleticism to score at a high level over taller players. While there are some limitations on the basketball floor, Washington could easily give the Buckeyes minutes.

Lorenzo Cugini, SF, St. Vincent-St. Mary - High Point has a player who can help them right away in Cugini. The combo forward was really hitting his shots from deep, and also showed a little game off the bounce. Not a great athlete, Cugini is adequate and has the size to play either forward spot going into college.

Elijah Macon, PF, Huntington Prep – He was doing a solid job of scoring over an undersized Middletown frontline. Macon used some good footwork around the rim, and then also had a nice finish or two in traffic. He rebounded fairly well, and overall had a solid outing as his team cruised to another easy win.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG, Huntington Prep – Though it looks like Rathan-Mayes has put on some weight since the summer, that has no effect on his jumper. The native Canadian was absolutely torching the nets. Whenever he got a clean look from three it was money, and Rathan-Mayes was getting bucket after bucket. He is working more on the ball, but still his future at the next level is destined to be a wing.

Maverick Morgan, C, Springboro – A big space eater on the inside, Morgan did finish with either hand around the rim. He works hard for deep post position, and uses his strength well. Now he does play below the rim and is an average rebounder, but he is making strides and is becoming one of the most watched 2013 prospects in the Midwest.

Justin Jackson, SF, HCYA – He had a slow start to the game, but in the second half Jackson took matters into his own hands and flat out dominated. His mid-range game is as good as any player in the nation's, and Jackson had it really working. Add in the fact that he is a good rebounder, a good athlete, and a solid ball handler, and wasn't hard to figure out why offers are pouring in for him.

Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep – This is simply a bad dude on a basketball court. A day after really making shots at a high level, Wiggins was using his elite athleticism to put on a dunking display. Wiggins got to the rim at well off the bounce both in the half court and in transition. Overall he was simply unstoppable.

Vince Edwards, SF/PF, Middletown – What is unique about Edwards is he can positively impact a game without scoring. Edwards is a highly intelligent player who is a good passer, a solid defender, and a good rebounder for his 6-foot-6 size. Now he could stand to be a better shooter, but that is coming. Edwards isn't quite there yet, but a skilled and savvy player, he will have a ton of interest.

Maverick Morgan has offers from Dayton, Xavier, Iowa State, and West Virginia. Also Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, and Illinois have been in close contact.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes mentioned Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida State, Arizona, and Kansas.

Maverick Morgan drew a big crowd. Bob Huggins of West Virginia was the lone head coach, but assistants from Iowa State, Purdue, Xavier, Illinois, and Virginia were also present.


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