Presidential Hoopfest Recap

Hyattsville, Md. - The Presidential Hoopfest was a solid day of basketball in the Washington D.C. area. Stealing the show was a North Carolina native, Isaac Copeland.

Ishmail Wainright, SF, Montrose Christian – Wainright is headed to Baylor, and there is no doubt he will have a huge physical presence from the moment he arrives on campus. Wainright is one of the most physically impressive wings in the class, and he is also skilled. He plays a lot of point guard, and did so with some success for his team, but overall he was just solid. Wainright has to continue to work on the consistency of his perimeter jumper, but he has the tools when he gets into ideal shape to be very difficult to guard, especially when he goes down low against other wings who will struggle with his physicality.

Mark Williams, C, Montrose Christian – The Ohio native is finishing up his career at Montrose and has been very solid. He is a big body with pretty good hands, and Williams has some ability to score down low. A solid rebounder, Williams carves out space and knows how to use his strength. He isn't super athletic and needs to get into better shape, but he could be a solid late addition at the mid-major level.

Tony Washington, C, Miller School – An unsigned post with a lot of potential, Washington if he can qualify is likely to head to Auburn. He is a legit 6-foot-9, runs the floor well, and will finish above the rim. He is a solid rebounder, and someone who has some definite upside to work with. A bit of a project, Washington definitely opened eyes with his play.

Nigel Johnson, SG, Riverdale Baptist – Johnson absolutely went off in the game and scored 30 points. He committed to George Washington, but never signed, and now is said to be at least listening to other options. Johnson can really score and does it both shooting and off the bounce. He was the x-factor for his team in lifting them to a huge win over the Miller School.

Aquille Carr, PG, Princeton Day Academy – As usual Carr made some spectacular plays with his athleticism and scoring ability, and as usual he made some mind boggling plays with his decision making. Carr is very capable of being someone who takes over a game, but in this one he was just solid. Despite his size he plays taller because of his athleticism, but decision making and turnovers continue to plague him.

Tony Blackwell, SG, Friendship Collegiate – Blackwell led the effort as Friendship came within an eyelash of upsetting Montrose. He is a capable shooter and someone with pretty good athleticism, though he is a bit undersized. Look for Blackwell to pull in low and mid level interest before it is all said and done.

Therence Mayimba, SF, Montrose Christian – Known mostly as an athlete and slasher who can get to the rim, rebound, and defend. Mayimba however in this one looked content to sit back and chuck jumpers in this one. He did have a few nice moments where he showed off all of his physical gifts, but still he looked complacent and didn't attack nearly enough given what his physical tools suggest.

Isaac Copeland, SF/PF, Miller School – There was no better performer at the entire event than Copeland. At 6-foot-8 he is very skilled, he is athletic, and his upside is through the roof. He can handle the ball and get to the mid-range where he did a ton of damage, despite his team's losing effort. Also he was hitting shots from deep, and finished around the rim. Beyond that he did a good job of rebounding and also blocked shots. Overall it was a big time showing from Copeland.

Chinanu Onuaku, C, Riverdale Baptist – Onuaku may never develop into an elite offensive player, but once again he showed that he can block shots and also does a solid job of rebounding the ball. He has very long arms and good athleticism which allows him to change games at times on the defensive end. His touch is okay out to about eight feet, but he has no real go to move down low. Still Onuaku plays hard and does a very good job of running the floor.

Malik Kuwornu, C, Princeton Day Academy – Raw is definitely the word with Kuwornu and he doesn't have great hands, but physically he is very impressive. Kuwornu is a legit 7-feet tall, runs the floor as well as a guard, and is grabbing rebounds. He is still a long way away from being a consistent performer, but there is a lot of potential here down the road if things come together.

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