NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- There were a number of high-level performances at the National Prep Showcase on Saturday. Senior guard Jarvis Garrett helped Notre Dame to a comeback win, Mustapha Heron erupted for 35 points and a pair of Elev-8 guards had big outings.
Garrett has big game for Notre Dame Prep
One guard that used the National Prep Showcase to raise his stock is 5-foot-11 point guard Jarvis Garrett
A native of Milwaukee (Wisc.), Garrett now stars at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep. Friday afternoon Garrett scored 25 points. On Saturday, he matched that effort scoring 25 points on 11-for18 shooting. He also grabbed seven boards and tossed out four assists.
"Lately I've been working on my pull-up jumpers and just my effort and everything and my defense," Garrett told Scout.com.
Garrett has good speed and pushed the tempo when he could. Although he played fast, he was under control and made good decisions with the ball. Against Hargrave he hit one three-pointer, but managed a handful of mid-range pull-ups and floaters.
"I think I had a great weekend," he said. "I was using it to get more offers and everything but I wanted to get more wins just going to the national tournament."
Thus far, Garrett has scholarship offers from Creighton, Rhode Island, UTEP and UW-Milwaukee. Garrett said Marquette has also shown some interest.
"I haven't done any visits yet," Garrett said.
"All I'm looking for is a place that feels like home, somewhere that I can go and play right away, that plays fast and a place that plays defense," he added.
Offers roll in for Sharma
Heading into the event Josh Sharma
was among the more highly touted prospects expected to participate. Unfortunately the Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon standout was forced to sit out due to an ankle injury.
"I've been doing alright," Sharma told Scout.com. "I just tweaked my ankle. They're not sure what it is yet. I'm going to get it looked at it over the break."
On the court, Sharma, a 6-foot-10 center, said he's been hitting the weight room and working on his low post game. Sharma, who is ranked as a four-star recruit, said his size and athleticism are among his best attributes.
"My height and athleticism," he said when asked what stood out about his game. "I can run the floor, I can rebound over kids and I can block shots."
Sharma currently claims scholarship offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Providence, Boston College, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Connecticut. Creighton and West Virginia are also involved.
"It's been pretty good," he said. "I've talked to a lot more schools since the summer, since this last AAU season. It's been picking up."
Sharma said he's taken visits to Boston College, Providence and Connecticut. While he said he doesn't have a favorite, he said Boston College, who was at the Prep Showcase on Saturday, is recruiting him the hardest.
Detrick Mostella, SG, Notre Dame Prep -- After struggling in the first half, the Pittsburgh commit came alive late in Notre Dame's win over Hargrave Military Academy. The 6-foot-3 scoring guard hit three straight three-pointers in a stretch helping Notre Dame eliminate a double-digit lead. While he took a lot of shots (10-for-25 from the field) to score 29 points, Mostella was the primary reason Notre Dame left with a victory. Mostella, who was 5-for-9 from three, will need to improve his shot selection, but he's wired to score, has a quick first step and is a very good athlete.
Tory Miller, PF, New Hampton Prep – Over the course of his high school career, Miller has been up and down. On Saturday, the Colorado commit put together one of his better outings, scoring 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting and grabbing six boards. He was active in the paint, looked to dunk his touches inside and hit a mid-range jump shot. Miller appears to be in better shape and used his strength and athleticism in the paint to make big plays for Pete Hutchins' squad.
Donovan Mitchell, SG, Brewster – A couple informants predicted Mitchell, a 6-foot-2 guard, would be one of the breakout performers this weekend and it was a fairly good prediction. Mitchell is an explosive athlete that is electric in the open court. He is strong and finishes well through contact at the rim. He also has potential as a defender as he slides his feet well laterally and gives effort on that end. Mitchell finished 7-for-10 from the field and scored 17 points.
Isaac Copeland, PF, Brewster – The Georgetown signee scored a game-high of 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting in Brewster's blow out win over Kiski Prep. Copeland, who appeared to have added some weight to his frame, scored in a variety of ways against Kiski Prep. He had a handful of transition finishes, made a catch and shoot jumper from 15-feet, plus a three-pointer.
Goodluck Okonoboh, C, Wilbraham & Monson – Arguably the nation's top shot blocker, Okonoboh made it difficult for Elev-8 to get easy looks at the rim on Saturday. Even when he wasn't blocking shots, his presence was felt on the court. He has very good timing, is quick off his feet and must have blocked at least 10 shots. While he dominated defensively, he was inconsistent on the offensive end. While he did power up a few finishes inside and hit a mid-range jump shot, he also misfired on a couple catch and shoot shots.
Mustapha Heron, SF, Wilbraham & Monson – In October at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp, Heron stood out as a high-level scorer. At that event, he showcased his mid-range game. On Saturday, Heron was looking to get to the basket. He was aggressive with his drives to the rim and made strong plays in the paint. He rebounded the ball well, played with toughness and consistently scored through contact. Heron went for 35 points and he made it look easy.
Reggie Reid, PG, Elev-8 HS – In the final game of the day, Reid, a 5-foot-10 lead guard, impressed with his speed, explosive leaping ability and his jump shot. Reid was the catalyst for a lot of Elev-8's offense. He hit two three-pointers, a pair of mid-range pull-ups, plus a number of finishes at the rim. The 2015 prospect has a nice burst of speed and is tough to contain off the bounce. Reid gave Wilbraham & Monson fits off the bounce and he was a big part of their come from behind victory. Reid finished with 27 points.
Derrick Clayton, SG, Elev-8 – For the second day in a row, Clayton, a Western Kentucky signee, showed off a tremendous ability to score. He backed up his 22-point effort on Friday with 27 points in the win over Wilbraham & Monson. The wiry wing is tough to contain when he attacks the basket, as he has good touch on floaters and is a good finisher at the rim. He also worked in jump shots from both three and mid-range. Clayton has the potential to be an instant contributor in the scoring department for the Hilltoppers.