Demetrius Jackson, PG, Mishawaka – The powerfully built guard headed to Notre Dame attacked the basket with some aggression from the second quarter on. Jackson is strong, has great body control and scores well through contact. He didn't have much help against Proviso East, as he scored nearly half of Mishawka's points. All seven of his field goals came at the rim, plus he tacked on 11 free throws on 13 attempts. In all he finished with 23 points and missed just two shots from the field.
Sterling Brown, SF, Proviso East – A SMU signee, Brown showed why many in the Chicago area think highly of him. He scored 16 points, but impacted the game with his defense and rebounding. At 6-foot-5, Brown is long, has a strong frame and finishes well in the paint. He didn't look to shoot jump shots, so that's an area he can improve on, but SMU has a quality wing headed their way.
Devin Davis, SF/PF, Warren Central – A scrappy combo forward, Davis gets majority of his work done from 15 feet and in. His calling card is his activity level and ability to get on the glass. He reeled in nearly double-digit rebounds and scored through contact in the paint. He missed both of his mid-range jump shot attempts.
Basil Smotherman, SF, Lawrence North – Morgan Park was a little too much for Lawrence North, but Smotherman still managed a pretty solid outing. He went for 18 points and was efficient from the field. Most of his points came off two dribble pull-ups where he would drop in floaters. He has nice touch around the rim and a fairly quick trigger on his jump shot. He also added six rebounds in the loss.
Trey Lyles, PF, Arsenol Tech – Lyles is recognized as one of the top power forward prospects in the 2014 class and up against Cliff Alexander he certainly proved why. Lyles scored 17 points in the first half and didn't miss a field goal. With the game out of reach, Lyles didn't play as many minutes in the second frame, but managed to add eight more points. He finished with 24 points (10-for-12 shooting) and 12 rebounds.
Lyles is extremely skilled. His offensive arsenal continues to improve, as he's quite comfortable knocking down jump shots from the perimeter or taking defenders to the post. He has an array of post moves and has even developed a fadeaway jump shot.
Cliff Alexander, C, Curie – It was tough to evaluate Alexander in this setting because his teammates struggled to get him the ball in positions that he can be successful. Alexander still managed to put up decent numbers scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds, but the match up with Lyles never fully got going because Tech's team was so superior.
P.J. Thompson, PG, Brebeuf Jesuit – It was a big day for Thompson. An accomplished scorer, Thompson made shots from all over the court. He hit a few three-pointers, scored at the rim and worked in mid-range pull-ups. He has point guard size, but a scorer's attitude. He knows how to get open, as he uses his dribbles wisely and knows how to maneuver his body to get shots off. He's also quite comfortable shooting the ball on the move. Brebeuf needed all 40 of his points to take down Providence St. Mel in overtime.
Louis Adams, SG, Orr – When Orr needed points, they usually turned to this 6-foot-3 guard. He had three three-pointers in the first half, including one from 25-feet as the halftime buzzer sounded. Adams has nice range on his shot, but is also capable of attacking the basket and scoring at the rim. The talented junior also had the biggest player of the day. Adams dropped in a runner with 1.1 seconds left to help Orr knock off Warren Central in overtime. Adams finished with 30 points in the game.
Lamont Walker, PF, Morgan Park – It was a big day for Walker. The 6-foot-6 power forward brought effort and energy to the table and was Morgan Park's most productive player in a win over Lawrence North. Walker scored 19 points and also added double-digit rebounds. Majority of his points came off put back opportunities or finishes in transition.
*Providence St. Mel guard Tevin King helped tighten the gap against Brebeuf before he went down with a knee injury. An attacking guard, King got to the rim, dropped in floaters and finished well through contact.
*Sophomore guard Anthony Mosley made some key plays for Providence St. Mel once King went down. A wiry guard, Mosley sliced his way to the rim and finished well once there. He also showed confidence in his floater.
*Jevon Carter, a junior, took home the MVP trophy in the Mishawaka/Proviso East game. He scored a team high 21 points.
*It was a day Tyquone Greer will want to forget. The 6-foot-6 forward struggled from the field and finished with seven points in Or's loss to Warren Central. He fouled out with just less than three minutes to go.
*Dayton signee Kyle Davis pumped in 17 points for Morgan Park in their Saturday night win. Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard, is a slashing guard that can get to the rim and finishes well once there. He's also a very good on the ball defender.