Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Day One

DUNCANVILLE, Tex - The Thanksgiving Hoopfest featured a five-star battle between Julius Randle and Jarell Martin. While that was big, a few other players really found a way to emerge as well.

Julius Randle, PF, Prestonwood Christian – Looking in the best shape he has been during his entire career, Randle at times was dominant. Too often he simply stood beyond the three point arc, but when he went inside and attacked off the dribble he was unstoppable. Randle has an elite combination of size, strength, and athleticism, and when he is using that to his advantage he is as good as any player in the nation. For the game Randle finished with 29, and the scary thing is it didn't even look like he was really always locked in.

Jarell Martin, PF, Madison Prep – He matched up with Randle, and while he didn't match the overall production that Randle showed, Martin was still very good in his own right. He rebounded fairly well, scored on the interior, and overall was good. What he did best was make deep jumpers, and showed his versatility and intensity during a highly touted matchup.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Prime Prep – It was a complete blowout, but Mickey proved what he is capable of in his short time on the floor. Mickey blocked a few shots, really rebounded well, and even scored some out to the mid-range. He still needs to be more assertive, but Mickey has all the tools to be a problem from the power forward position at the college level.

Keith Frazier, SG, Dallas Kimball – It was an up and down day for Frazier. His team lost and that was definitely a downer for him, but he did show off his incredible ability to put the ball in the basket. Frazier scored at all three levels, and really had the shooting stroke working when given time and space. Still Frazier would disappear for stretches, and when his team needed him the most late, he didn't seem to have a big impact on the game.

Leyton Hammonds, SF, Richland – Hammonds can flat out score the basketball, and he was doing it at a high level on Friday. He was scoring off the dribble in the mid-range, grabbed offensive rebounds, and then had the deep jumper working as well. Hammonds put his team on his back and looks like he has the chance to really thrive at Oklahoma State.

Trey Washington, PG, Woodrow Wilson – Headed to Wyoming, Washington is nearly as fast as any player in the country. He can get baseline to baseline in an absolute hurry, and then is capable of finding guys. Scoring isn't his thing, and he can refine his decision making, but with his athleticism and toughness he could make a major impact from day one in college.

Damian Jones, PF, Scotlandville – The physical tools are all there for Jones. He has the long arms, the good frame, the size, and the athleticism. Also he has a decent touch, but right now he is a work in progress. Jones needs to continue to work on his back to the basket game, and also must get more aggressive as a rebounder and shot blocker. Still there isn't much here that he can't do on the basketball court. How good Jones will be will simply be determined by how hard he works to be great.

Devonte Robinson, PF, Dallas Carroll – A power forward with athleticism, good size, and a solid shooting touch, Robinson should for sure attract college attention as we head into the spring signing period. He isn't very well known on a national level, but for a mid-major forward he is as good as any out there, and has a lot of upside as well.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – Mudiay played off the ball quite a bit, and that takes away some of his game, but the bottom line is he is an elite talent. Mudiay can really score and he does it from deep and off the dribble. Also his size is impressive for a floor general, and showed off even more improved athleticism. Overall there is very little he isn't capable of doing when on the floor.

Hayden Hunter, PG/SG, Richland – While Hammonds was leading the team in points, Hunter was doing a little bit of everything. He is a good passer in transition, will defend, rebounds from the guard position, and then also was a key scorer knocking in shots. He battled injuries this spring and summer, but this could be a breakout year for Hunter.

Austin Grandstaff, SG, Rockwall - Grandstaff put up the best scoring display of the day. The sophomore had the jumper working in a big way, and did it mostly using the dribble. Also Grandstaff got the game winning bucket, and just overall was the best player on the floor all throughout the game.

Brandon Sampson, SG, Madison Prep – Sampson is a heck of a prospect. He is every bit of 6-foot-3 and has big time athleticism with very long arms. What is best about Sampson though is that he can flat out shoot the ball. A high and quick release, Sampson can always get his shot off and when he has a clean look it usually goes in.

One of the top freshmen in Texas emerged in a huge way for Prime Prep. Terrance Ferguson knocked in three triples during the first half and really didn't slow down. With good size at about 6-foot-4, Ferguson can rise and fire, showed a little bit off the dribble, and looks like a good athlete. He must get physically stronger, but Ferguson is a natural scorer and someone who is capable of absolutely huge games on a loaded squad.

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