Gonzaga Classic Recap

WASHINGTON (D.C.) -- The Gonzaga Classic tipped on Friday and through four games, there were four players that managed to catch our eye. Phil Booth, Sam Miller, Jackson Davis and Mike Tertsea all played well.

Jackson Davis, PF, Lafayette – The Rice commits effort level was off the charts against Gonzaga and he was the primary reason the Generals knocked off the host school in the opening round game. Davis, a 6-foot-7 forward, was active throughout the contest. He ran the floor with purpose, contested and blocked shots inside and rebounded in and out of his area. Offensively he finished off plays in the paint and even scored off face up drives. It was arguably the best effort I've seen from Davis.

Phil Booth, SG/PG, Mount St. Joseph – The Villanova commit had a strong outing for Pat Clatchey's team on Friday night. With one of his future assistants looking on, Booth, a 6-foot-3 combination guard, showed athleticism and a nice burst of speed in the open court. He also displayed impressive vision; good ball handling and made plays at the rim. He worked in one three-pointer and also scored twice off post ups. He turned the ball over a few too many times (five), so that's an area for improvement, but overall he looked confident and seemed to have developed some physically. He finished with 23 points and five assists.

Sam Miller, PF, Gonzaga – With Gonzaga trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Miller, who stands 6-foot-7, started to impose his will. He has a lot of potential on the offensive end. While he didn't get many post touches, he took advantages of the ones he did and usually wound up at the free throw line. He also knocked down a 15-footer, hit a catch and shoot three-pointer and rebounded his area. He's shown great improvement since last year and is starting to draw high major looks.

Mike Tertsea, C, John Carroll – Just a sophomore, Tertsea, who stands 6-foot-9, has a long set of arms, good mobility and is a solid athlete. He impacted John Carroll's game against Cesar Chavez by blocking shots and rebounding. He lacks the strength to be physical and struggled finishing around the rim, but his ability to protect the rim and his size, make him a prospect to watch, as he has a high ceiling.

Sam Miller claims offers from Penn State, American, Princeton, Columbia, Monmouth, Siena, Rutgers and Loyola-Marymount. Michigan, Creighton, Virginia, Notre Dame and Boston College are also showing interest.

Assistant coaches from Boston College, Creighton, Mount St. Mary's, Rice, Maryland, Miami, St. Bonaventure, Penn State, Lehigh, Villanova, Radford, George Washington, Farleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac and Niagara were in attendance on Friday.


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