Rondae Jefferson, SF, Chester – Coming off a loss, Jefferson and his squad were ready to play on Friday. The 6-foot-7 forward headed to Arizona not only scored the ball efficiently, but he also rebounded his area, defended his position and had a handful of impressive passes. Jefferson is a high-level talent, but also a guy that plays with a lot of energy. Athletically he's very gifted and he showed that in transition by throwing down a few nasty dunks.
Douglas Brooks, SG, Lake Wales – The 6-foot-2 guard helped himself quite a bit this week. A pure scorer, Brooks had a handful of big games at the City of Palms, including a 32-point outing(eight three-pointers) against Chester (Pa.) High on Friday. He has deep range on his jump shot and is equally comfortable shooting off the catch as he is off the dribble. Through four days, Brooks is the tournament leader in scoring.
Treshawn Bolden, PF, Callaway – This was by far Bolden's best game of the event. He went for 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting and also reeled in a dozen rebounds. Bolden played with more energy in this one and it showed. His six offensive rebounds were big and many of them lead to points. He also worked in a pair of mid-range jump shots.
Akoy Agau, PF, Omaha Central – With Jahlil Okafor checking him Agau was forced to play a litte more outside the paint. He hit three three-pointers, including one from well behind the three-point stripe. He also worked in a strong And-1 finish in traffic plus a few free throws on his way to 14 points and eight rebounds.
Johnathan Williams, PF, Southwind – It was clear that Williams was fired up to go up against Eric Mika. He came out aggressive on both ends. Defensively, Williams swatted away Mika's first two shot attempts. Offensively heCSScored it on the block, dropped in a mid-range pull-up and hit a pair of three-pointers. Williams scored 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting. He also added nine rebounds in the loss to Lone Peak.
Dakari Johnson, C, Montverde – In the semi-finals against Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Johnson had another monster game. For the second day in a row he reeled in 17 rebounds and he matched the boards with 17 points. Johnson is in great shape and seems to get such great position from a rebounding standpoint. Johnson also impacted the game with his length and swatted away seven shots. Poly didn't have an answer for Johnson and he was a big reason Montverde cruised to a big win.
Roschon Prince, PF, Long Beach Poly – The lone bright spot in Poly's loss to Montverde was Prince, a 6-foot-6 forward. Prince played with energy and toughness. He hits the glass and plays physical. Prince also hit three three-pointers for Poly. He's productive and will be a guy that carves out a niche for Southern Cal.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – For the second day in a row, Okafor, a five-star prospect, dominated the paint. Offensively he can score in so many ways. He once again stepped out and dropped in an 18-footer, but also had his usual finishes on the block. For his size, his hands and touch are top notch and his ability to maneuver in the lane for points is as good as it gets. He was an efficient 11-for-14 from the field and scored 23 points. He also added 11 rebounds in Whitney Young's win over Omaha Central.
Tadric Jackson, SG, Tift County – Known for his ability to score, Jackson did just that, but also played with the ball in his hands. Although Tift County took a nearly 20-point loss, Jackson played well. He's a physical guard that has no issues with defenders trying to body him up. He found his way into the 15 to 18 foot range and consistently made shots from there. He scored 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
Tre'Shawn Thurman, PF, Omaha Central – Thurman may be undersized at 6-foot-5, maybe even 6-foot-6, but he's a hard playing forward. A pretty good athlete with a strongly built frame, Thurman doesn't mind getting physical and will throw his body around in the paint. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well, but still impressed with his effort level. He scored 13 points in the loss to Whitney Young.
T.J. Haws, PG, Lone Peak – Haws saved his best performance of the week for Lone Peak's semi-finals match up with Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind. The crafty lead guard got hot from long range and hit on four of his nine attempts from behind the arc. He worked in a few finishes at the rim, hit all six of his free throw attempts and tossed out four assists.
Malik Newman, SG, Callaway – Arguably his best game of the event, Newman went for 21 points (9-for-18). A 6-foot-4 guard, Newman has some combo to him. He handles it well and is sound with the ball in his hands. He's expected to do a lot for his team, so he often times has to force up shots. He has a very good jump shot, both off the catch and off the bounce. His range is deep and he's comfortable shooting on the move. Newman was also effective as a driver and scored through contact a handful of times. He also recorded 10 rebounds in Callaway's win.
*Callaway made it tough for Brannen Greene to get clean looks at the rim, especially from long distance. He still managed 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting, but also recorded six turnovers.
*Akoy Agau hit three three-pointers, including one from well behind the three-point stripe, against Whitney Young. He also worked in an And-1 finish in traffic plus a few free throws on his way to 14 points and eight rebounds.
*2014 shooting guard Miles Reynold had another efficient outing for Whitney Young. He finished 5-for-6 from the field and hit all three of his three-pointers on his way to 15 points.