Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldiers – For me this me was the signature performance of the summer thus far. Johnson, who has made serious improvements to his game over the past year, started the game by hitting a catch and shoot three, then a 24-footer, which was followed up by a pull-up three off the bounce.
Once the defense began to extend, Johnson aggressively made drives to the rim and finished at and above the rim. His pure strength and physical frame allows him to play through contact extremely well. Johnson is not only a consistent long-range shooter now, but he's improved his ball skills and is rounding out his game. Johnson finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Abdul Malik-Abu, PF, Expressions Elite – One of the more improved players of the spring and summer, Malik-Abu continued his strong play on the second day of Peach Jam. Malik-Abu scored 16 points and reeled in eight boards. He played with his normal energy and fire in the paint. Malik-Abu fought for rebounds, finished well in the paint and hit a pair of jump shots, one from mid-range and one from three.
Reid Travis, PF, Howard Pulley – Travis was a force for Howard Pulley in their win over the Travelers Friday morning. He scored 29 points on 11-for-13 shooting and reeled in 10 boards as well. He hit five mid-range jump shots, dropped in a hook shot and ran the floor looking to score. Over the past three months, Travis has shown steady improvement and continues to look more and more confident on the offensive end of the floor.
Zach McCormick, SG, Travelers – With a host of coaches looking on in a game against Howard Pulley, McCormick, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, erupted for 20 points on 10-for-19 shooting. McCormick is a crafty handler with a knack for scoring. Although he didn't connect on his four three-point tries, he wore Howard Pulley out from mid-range and was able to slice his way to the basket for adjusting finishes.
Paul White, PF, Meanstreets – This was easily the best effort I've seen from White. White, a 6-foot-8 stretch forward, faced the rim and attacked from the high post. He finished plays around the rim, hit four mid-range jump shots and connected on a pair of floaters. White played more aggressive than he has all spring and was effective as a scorer. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Theo Pinson, SF, CP3 All-Stars – Pinson didn't shoot the ball well from the field (3-for-12), but he was aggressive with his drives and made plays at the rim. Pinson went to the free throw line 18 times and connected on 17 of them. He also reeled in nine rebounds. A tremendous athlete, Pinson should be a very good college defender,
T.J. Maston, PF, Team Texas Elite – Maston continued his strong summer with a 19-point outing against All-Ohio Red. Maston, a 6-foot-7 power forward, plays hard, is active in the paint and has good scoring touch around the basket. He'll battle in the paint for boards, contest shots and is starting to get more and more aggressive with his offense. He finished 9-for-10 from the field.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, California Supreme – In a match up with North Carolina commit Joel Berry, Jackson-Cartwright did a great job of controlling his team. He kept his dribble alive when a play wasn't there and consistently created scoring opportunities for his teammates. A crafty and heady lead guard, Jackson-Cartwright made good decisions and finished with 12 assists to just one turnover. He also scored 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
Grayson Allen, SG, E1T1 – The Duke commit put on a strong performance in front of his future head coach. He took just seven shots, but connected on four of them. At 6-foot-4, pushing 6-5, Allen is a very good athlete that can make shots off the catch, off the bounce and is a strong finisher at the rim. Allen also appears to have improved his ball skills over the last year and is a good passer. He finished with 11 points and four assists for E1T1.
De'Andre Davis, PG, Houston Hoops -- On a team full of highly touted prospects, it was Davis that made key plays for the Houston Hoops in the first half against the Mac Irvin Fire. He finished 5-for-5 from the field and aggressively attacked the rim looking to score. Davis has good speed and athleticism and was able to get into the paint. He tossed out four assists to go with his 10 points. He certainly helped his recruitment with such a strong performance in front of coaches.
Elijah Thomas, C, Team Texas Elite – Scoring 11 points, grabbing nine boards and blocking five shots seemed like just another day at the office for Thomas, a 6-foot-9 big man out of Texas. His touch around the rim is great, but what stood out to me was his toughness and physical play in the paint. He threw his body around, scored well through contact and locked in on the boards.
Bennie Boatwright, PF, California Supreme – Boatwright is building a reputation as a shooter and he certainly confirmed that for any college coach watching Friday night. Boatwright was especially effective in pick and pop situations, where he rolled to the three-point stripe and buried jumpers. He connected on 6 of 9 threes and finished with 20 points. He'll need to be more aggressive in the paint at times, but his ability to shoot the ball is his calling card.
*The wing trio of Justin Jackson, Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre put on a show against Mac Irvin Fire. Each of the three wings are different, but each make significant impacts on the game. Jackson scored 23 points and 9-for-17 shooting. He made plays from mid-range and showed great touch in the paint. Justise Winslow, a terrific athlete, went for 19 points, 10 boards and six assists. A versatile wing, Winslow is a strong, physical wing that is capable of making plays with the ball in his hands. Oubre scored 14 in the win and also added four boards and two assists. A lengthy and strong wing, Oubre used his athleticism around the at the basket to finish off plays.
*Tyus Jones, the nation's top point guard, went for 21 points on 4-for-9 shooting in a morning win over the Travelers. He also tossed out nine assists and turned it over just three times.
*Travelers guard Cameron Justice scored 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field against Howard Pulley. A 6-foot-2 tough guard, Justice made shots from mid-range and worked in one three-pointer.
*Junior guard Charles Matthews scored 14 points and eight rebounds in a loss to the CP3 All-Stars. Matthews is a very good athlete with a tremendously quick second jump. He didn't shoot the ball well from the field, but he managed to impress with the plays he made at the rim.
*Austin Grandstaff and Matt McQuaid each made big shots for Team Texas Elite against All-Ohio Red. They combined for just three threes, but Grandstaff finished with 14, while McQuaid managed 16.
*Team Texas Elite guard Keenan Evans had a breakout performance Friday night. Evans scored 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
*JoeL Berry scored 17 points (6-for-19) and tossed out seven in assists in a win over California Supreme. Berry seemed to play better as the game wore and hit a few mid-range shots/floaters.
*D'Angelo Russell continued his strong July on Friday. He scored 14 points and tossed out seven assists. His size and skill to go with his ability to make shots is impressive. His passing is very underrated as well.
*Alex Owens, a 2015 big man, was efficient in the paint. He scored 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting and was a man on the glass, where he reeled in double-digit rebounds.