Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Day One

DUNCANVILLE, Texas - The Thanksgiving Hoopfest is always a chance to see some of the top players in Dallas go to work, but it was a pair of brothers from Memphis who stole the show on Friday night.

Omar Sherman, PF, Duncanville – What Sherman lacks in raw height, he makes up for with motor and skill. The versatile big man showed that he can step out and knock in threes as well as be effective on the low block. A Miami pledge, Sherman was a beast with 19 points and 15 rebounds and showed again what made him such a sought after recruit during the summer. As he continues to get his body into shape, Sherman should be a tough matchup in college.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – The five-star point guard didn't have one of his best games, but when his team needed he made plays. Mudiay threw some absolutely incredible passes that led to buckets while flashing his athleticism and ability to get to the rim at will. His shot wasn't working much, but Mudiay didn't try and force the action. He is still a bit of a work in progress but he makes a few plays every game that absolutely wow you.

Corey Henderson, SG/PG, Episcopal School – A very good shooter, Henderson hit a few from deep. However he does settle too much. Henderson has the ability to get into the lane some, but he didn't try very often. The Wichita State pledge needs to do a better job of creating for himself and teammates off the dribble, but he does have a good stroke from distance and he showed that on Friday.

Rick Curry, C, South Grand Prairie – A space eater on the low block, Curry has good hands and was extremely productive. Curry isn't the most athletic kid in the country by any stretch of the imagination, but he can finish around the rim and has pretty decent touch out a few feet. He needs to improve on his ability to change ends, but Curry goes hard and just has a nose for the basketball.

K.J. Lawson, SF, Memphis Hamilton – It was a huge game for the future Memphis Tiger. He was dominant out of the gate, and then did enough to keep his team ahead the entire game. Lawson looked better shooting the ball, and then is a very good athlete and someone who should be a good defender. He needs to continue to improve his handle and stay aggressive on the defensive end, but he has a ton of talent and showed definite potential with his play.

D.J. Hogg, PF/SF, Plano West – All summer long Hogg proved that he was a big time shooter, and while he wasn't a knock down guy like usual on Friday he did have a decent evening finishing 9-19 from the floor for 25 points. Also what was impressive is that Hogg looked better and quicker on the defensive end while also showing good floor vision. He was clearly the best player for Plano West, and was key in them rallying in the second half to make it a game. Hogg has a chance to be someone who sees his recruitment explode as the year goes along.

Mickey Mitchell, PF/SF, Plano West – It is still clearly a work in progress for Mitchell coming back from a knee injury. He finished with 12 points on only 4-12 shooting and also committed six turnovers while pulling in eight rebounds. There is no doubt he is a real slick passer, but too often he tries to make the spectacular play instead of the simple one. Mitchell is still a good athlete, but he didn't quite have his same explosion as he has shown in the past. There is no doubt the future Ohio State Buckeye is working the kinks out with his game.

Admon Gilder, SG, Dallas Madison – Buzz has been building in the Metroplex about Gilder and he justified that with an efficient and solid 27 point performance on Friday night. He is a very tough kid who gets after it on defense and then has a great looking stroke from the outside. Gilder is strong going to the rim and also is a solid athlete. Now he is a bit undersized for his position, but Gilder sowed that he can flat out get buckets, and is one to watch as the year goes along.

Matt McQuaid, SG/SF, Duncanville – It wasn't the finest game for McQuaid. Usually he is a knockdown shooter, but he simply couldn't get anything to go. McQuaid was getting good looks and didn't force much, but it was just one of those nights. Now McQuaid did show some good floor vision and worked to get to the rim, but simply he didn't have his scoring touch on Friday night.

Jerekius Davis, SF, Jackson Provine – One of the surprises of the night was Davis. A long and athletic wing, Davis was tough to handle. He can get to the rim using the dribble and was an animal rebounding the basketball. If he can gain a jump shot, Davis is someone who will be very difficult to defend because of his strength and athleticism along with his excellent motor.

Dedric Lawson, PF, Memphis Hamilton – There is no doubt that the player of the day was Lawson. He had a decent line of 23 points and 21 rebounds while also blocking two shots. Lawson has ridiculously good ball skills for a kid standing every bit of 6-foot-8, and maybe taller, while also showing range out to 28 feet. Now he did have a few too many turnovers, but there is no doubt this is an elite prospect and someone who will make a huge impact from day one in college basketball. Right now the sky is the limit for Lawson.

Cameron McGriff, PF/SF, South Grand Prairie – There is no doubting that McGriff is a big time athlete. He is a long 6-foot-6 and plays well above the rim. However right now his skills are still catching up to the athleticism and strength he possesses. McGriff didn't get a ton done, but when he did stuff it was definitely memorable. McGriff's development will be interesting to watch, because if he gets legit wing skills he will be very difficult to deal with.

Terrance Ferguson, SG, Prime Prep – It was not necessarily a game to remember for Ferguson. The highly touted prospect only managed nine points on 4-7 shooting. Usually a knockdown guy from the perimeter, Ferguson just never got comfortable and in a rhythm with his shot. The next step for Ferguson during games like this is to take the ball to the rim and get himself to the foul line so he can gain confidence. There is no questioning his raw talent, but he needs to show a bit more than he did on Friday night.

Dedric Lawson said Memphis is the school recruiting him the hardest at the moment.

Jerekius Davis has interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss.

Admon Gilder has offers from SMU, Boise State and Vanderbilt. Also interest is coming from Baylor, Wichita State, Clemson, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M.

Rick Curry has an offer from Washington State and he visited there. Also he is hearing from New Mexico, Stephen F Austin, and New Orleans.

Baylor had two assistants spotted while Wichita State also dispatched an assistant for the day of games

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