Primetime Shootout: Day One

ROSELLE, NJ - The Primetime Shootout featured a loaded lineup of teams and players from the state of New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Leading the way was an impressive performance from Austin Colbert.

Chris Obekpa, C, Our Savior – As usual Obekpa had a game where he blocked some shots and did a good job of protecting the rim. Now he didn't completely change the game as a shot blocker like he has been known to do, but he was effective none the less. Obekpa also showed good touch from the foul line and a mid-range jumper. With his offensive game showing signs of life, Obekpa is definitely someone who has a chance to make an impact on the college game early in his career.

Felix Balamou, SG, Our Savior - Balamou was actually the leading scorer for Our Savior and someone who is a very good athlete and is strong. He hit a jumper or two, but mostly did his damage by getting to the rim. Once in the lane his athleticism is impressive and also he is very quick. Now his game does need refinement, but he was a pleasant surprise on the perimeter.

Quentin DeCosey, SG, St. Joseph's – The future Temple Owl was solid on the day. He used his perimeter shot early on to free up some driving lanes, and converted from all three levels on the floor. Now he can be more consistent with his jumper, but his all-around solid game profiles very well for Fran Dunphy and company next season.

Melvin Johnson, SG, St. Benedict's – Johnson just keeps on getting better and better. His outside shot was dialed in, and Johnson had it working scoring wise. Not an elite athlete or especially big for the position, Johnson does it with a high skill level and savvy, but the bottom line is the newly minted top 100 prospect proved worthy of his bump in the rankings, and put his team on his back for much of the game.

Kyle Anderson, SF, St. Anthony's – In an intense game against Huntington Prep, Anderson was very impressive. As always he controlled the ball on offense and there was no way to speed him up. Anderson made some nice passes, but it was his rebounding and scoring that made the difference. St. Anthony's snuck out with a win as Anderson kept making key plays down the stretch on both ends of the floor.

Negus Webster-Chan, SF, Huntington Prep, - He did miss a three that could have won it at the buzzer, but that shouldn't take away from his overall performance. Webster-Chan was making threes, showing ability off the bounce, and made some steals on the defensive end. He showed the talent, now he needs to consistently repeat this type of performance.

Brandon Taylor, PF, Trenton Catholic – The undersized forward showed how he will be successful at the college level on Saturday night. He was making shots in pick and pop situations, and also played hard giving effort attacking the glass. Now he does have some limitations, but when his shot is on he is going to be a difficult match up for many big men who aren't comfortable guarding on the perimeter.

Rondae Jefferson, SF, Chester – Jefferson is a player who makes a huge impact on the game even when he isn't scoring. He was making great passes, rebounded well, and also was a monster defensively in the first half. As his team needed in the second half he picked up the scoring to help them pull away with the win. Not a jump shooter, Jefferson is at his best driving left, and he did that well converting around the rim.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG, Huntington Prep – He is just a kid who knows how to get buckets. Rathan-Mayes made a few baskets off of drives, but more than anything against a great defensive team, he found ways to get open on the perimeter to get his shot off. Once he gets his feet pointed at the rim and a clean look, Rathan-Mayes is almost automatic, and he showed that in a major way.

Austin Colbert, PF, Hotchkiss – Sometimes criticized for floating on the perimeter too much, that wasn't a problem at all for Colbert in this game. He had at least a handful of dunks and completely controlled the game. He also rebounded fairly well, hit a three, and showed the elite skill set that makes him so intriguing. It was an impressive display for Colbert who clearly led his team to a decisive win.

Kyle Washington, PF/C, Hotchkiss – He battled foul trouble in the second half, but Washington was very impressive when on the floor. Washington is a good athlete, continues to get stronger, and has a nice touch out to the three point line. He scores both facing the rim and with his back to the basket. Now he does need to become a better rebounder, but the tools are there for him to be very effective in college.

Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep – An elite athlete, Wiggins was doing it all early for Huntington Prep. He got to the rim off the bounce and finished, hit threes, and then played passing lanes and got out on the break. His game did struggle some in the second half, but still Wiggins proved why he is clearly the premier player in the class, and was the best player on the floor in this game.

Quadri Moore, C, Linden – This was the mix of inside and outside that Moore needs to have. With his big body he can be a force down in the paint when he chooses to go there, and he did that a solid amount on Saturday. Moore as usual hit some threes and floated on the perimeter, but this time he also got some buckets using his right hand going over his left shoulder on the block. Consistency going down low and accepting that he is a center will determine how good Moore becomes.

Karl Towns, C, St. Joseph's – One of the elite players in the class, Towns showed why all game long. Despite not having the athleticism of a guy like Obekpa who he was going against, Towns hit threes, scored down low using patience and savvy, and then also showed to be a solid passer. His rebounding was hit or miss at times, but overall he is just a very impressive looking prospect.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG, St. Benedict's – After a slow first half, Briscoe showed why he is such a highly thought of young prospect during the second half. Briscoe scored going to the rim, used his athleticism, and hit a few shots from the outside as well. He had to run the point for a good part of the game so that was a good growth process for him, and once he adjusted he performed quite well.

Austin Colbert mentioned interest coming in from Harvard, Florida, Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Memphis, Xavier, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Virginia, and others.

Kyle Washington has Penn State, Minnesota, Marquette, Wisconsin, Villanova, Xavier, Florida, St. John's, and others interested.

Rondae Jefferson noted Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Temple, and Pittsburgh. He said there are a lot of schools on his list and he hasn't narrowed it down at all.

Seton Hall and Rutgers dispatched head coaches while Iowa and Villanova had assistants present for the matchup between Karl Towns and Chris Obekpa.

Rondae Jefferson was eyes by Mike Rice of Rutgers and Jay Wright of Villanova. Also assistants from Northwestern and Seton Hall were there.

Pittsburgh and Villanova made sure to stay late to watch Austin Colbert and Kyle Washington of Hotchkiss.


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