Kentucky Sweet 16 Recap

The KHSAA held their annual Sweet 16 and Kentucky high school state championship this past week. The four-day event showcased a number of Division-1 prospect and in the end, the team with the most -- Trinity -- won their first state championship.

Nathan Dieudonne, PF/SF, Trinity – It was a big week for the Boston University signee. Dieduonne led the Shamrocks to the state title and was named MVP in the process. The 6-foot-6 combo forward scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the finale.

Throughout the event, Dieudonne imposed his will on the competition. He actively pursued rebounds in and out of his area, as well as looked for scoring opportunities both with his back to the basket and facing it. Dieudonne established himself as one of the top players in the state and has a great shot at Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award.

Charles Foster, SG, Trinity – The Morehead State signee certainly did his part during Trinity's run to their first basketball state championship. Foster went for 18 points in the championship game, but he was steady throughout the four-day event. Foster shot the ball particularly well off the catch from long range and was a pain for the opposition on the defensive end.

Tamron Manning, SG, Scott County – Although Scott County wasn't able to knock off Trinity for the state title, Manning, a 6-foot-3 do-it-all guard, put up a game high 28 points. Manning can play both guard positions and is especially known for his ability to lock up on the defensive end. His jump shot has improved and he finds ways to score when he attacks the basket. Marshall will play his college basketball at Marshall.

Isaiah Ivey, SG, Scott County – In the quarterfinals, Ivey, a Gardner-Webb signee, led a major comeback for the Cardinals, as he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ivey has improved his middle game and has clearly spent time working on strengthening his body. He's more confident in his scoring ability and should be a guy that can help Christ Holtmann's bunch at G.W. early on.

Derek Willis, PF, Bullitt East – Willis' only game in Rupp Arena for the Sweet 16 was on he will want to forget. While he was able to secure 13 rebounds, Willis was just 2-for-15 from the field and accounted for eight turnovers in Bullitt East's double-digit loss to eventual champion Trinity. Willis did show his ball skills and made a handful of nice passes in traffic. However, ball pressure and physical play seemed to bother him in the first round game. Regardless of his rough outing, the Kentucky recruit is still an impressive looking prospect.

James Quick, PG, Trinity – He's known for his football and track ability, but Quick was big difference for Trinity, especially in their opening round game against Bullitt East. He may not put up huge offensive numbers, but his defense is spectacular, as he moves well laterally and is able to get his hands in the passing lanes. He did a tremendous job of getting physical with Willis in the first round. He scored 10 points in the championship game.

Shane Hall, PF, Johnson Central – Despite his 11-point, 10-rebound and five-block performance, Halls' squad lost in the quarterfinals to John Hardin. Hall showed his tremendous leaping ability in the paint, by snagging boards and patrolling the paint looking for blocks. Offensively he still has to learn how to post up, but he has a lot of raw ability and tools. The 6-foot-8 post prospect will likely have a number of high major schools evaluating him this spring and summer.

David Kapinga, PG, Southwestern – A quick and elusive lead guard, Kapinga raced up and down the court looking to get into the paint and to the basket at every opportunity. Kapinga, a 5-foor-9, 165-pounder, was a big reason Southwestern made it to the semi-finals. He made tough shots at the basket and was tough for defenders to keep in front.

*During AAU season Rusty Troutman will likely be a guy that low and mid-major schools evaluate. At 6-foot-5, Troutman has good size for the wing spot and he shoots it quite well off the catch. He scored 12 points for Bullitt East in their loss.

*In a quarterfinal match up with Scott County, Marshall County guards Chase Clark and Cole Nelson played well. Clark scored 13 points, while Nelson chipped in 11. The two were scrappy and attacked the rim well.

*2015 forward prospect Jaqualis Matlock has received some buzz across the state early in his career. On the big stage, Matlock wasn't able to get going. Still he's a 6-foot-4 lengthy wing with impressive physical tools.

*It wasn't until the championship game that Hicks cracked double-figures in a game. He scored 13 in the title game. Hicks struggled to get his jump shot going during the event.

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