National Hoops Festival Recap

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- The National Hoops Festival has turned into a must see event every year. This year during the seven game event over 50 Division 1 prospects hit the court. The top performer of the day was five-star big man Cheick Diallo.

Martin Geben C, St. Maria Gorette – Although he reeled in 10 boards in the first half, I thought Geben, a Notre Dame signee, was much more effective and active in the second frame. He continued to rebound his area, played with more intensity on both ends of the floor and was more of an asset on the offensive end. Geben has nice touch on his right hook, which he hit twice, and even finished on a face up drive. He finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and recorded 21 rebounds and five blocks.

Obi Enechionyia, PF, Saint James – Easily the best effort I've seen from him, Enechionyia was effective on the offensive end. He's a good shooter off the catch and hit three of his four attempts from long-range. Enechionyia also did a good job of running the floor with a purpose, as he scored three buckets off strong finishes in transition. A Temple signee, Enechionyia finished with 22 points and six rebounds.

Chinanu Onuaku, C, Riverdale Baptist – In a battle with the Our Savior big men, Onuaku showed toughness and defensive prowess. At 6-9, Onuaku has a big, strong frame and a long set of arms. His strength, especially in the legs, allows him to carve out space inside. He boxes out the opposition well and is an impressive rebounder. He's also a good shot blocker that stays active on the defensive end of the floor. He scored eight points and grabbed 15 boards in Riverdale's loss.

James Palmer, SG, St. John's – There's been a lot of buzz about Palmer, a Miami commit, over the last year. In that time period, his body has developed, He appears longer and he's certainly stronger, especially in his upper body. In the summer he was known as a shooter, on Saturday he did most of his work slashing to the rim, attacking defenders off the dribble and scoring through contact. He scored a team-high 16 points and had eight rebounds.

Pat McCaw, SG, Montrose – McCaw was tough for Paul VI to defend early in the contest. The 6-foot-4 wiry guard played on the ball and showed impressive ball skills, vision and a nice scoring ability. McCaw worked off the dribble and made multiple mid-range pull-up jumpers. He also hit three three-pointers. His scoring output tailed in the second half, but it was an impressive outing against one of the better high schools teams in the country. McCaw finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Allonzo Trier, SG, Montrose – The first thing I noticed about Trier was his physical development. He's grown to a legit 6-foot-4, his shoulders and arms have filled out and he now has the strength to play physical. Trier is a talented scorer that is capable of scoring from all three levels. He hit one deep three-pointer off the dribble and scored his other four field goals off strong drives to the rim. He finished with a game-high 21 points and added five rebounds.

Collin Goss, C, St. Stephen & St. Agnes – In the opening game of the National Hoops Festival, Goss, a 6-foot-10 big man, scored seven points, grabbed five boards and blocked three shots. He has a good set of hands, is comfortable on the block and showed good form on his jump shot. He connected on his only three-point attempt, ran the floor well and even showed the ability to score with hooks over either shoulder. He'll need to continue to play with more physicality, but he's emerging and is a prospect on the rise.

Traci Carter, PG, Life Center – A quick and elusive guard, Carter is tough to defend because of his speed and shifty handle. He finds ways to get into the paint and has a floater once he's there. Carter is also very good long-range shooter off the dribble from both mid-range and three. He connected on four three-pointers on his way to 22 points and six rebounds.

Justin Robinson, PG, Saint James – The surprise of the day, Robinson, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, impressed with his vision and passing ability. He tossed out eight, including four in transition. The southpaw knows how to run a team and is truly a pass first guard. With that said, he's certainly a capable scorer. He hit a step back three-pointer and a pair of tough finishes at the rim. To go with his eight assists, Robinson scored 12 points and secured five rebounds.

Cheick Diallo, PF, Our Savior – As the game wore on Diallo seemed to get better and better, especially on the offensive end. He showed versatility on that end and scored off jump hooks, turnaround jumpers and strong finishes in the paint. Diallo is a very good athlete that runs the floor well. He contests shot on the defensive end and is active on the glass. Diallo finished with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting and recorded nine rebounds.

Kevin Dorsey, PG, Paul VI – The reason Paul VI was able to build a double-digit lead against Montrose was because of Dorsey's second half play. Dorsey plays with a chip on his shoulder and is aggressive on both ends. Offensively he was tough to contain off the dribble. He finished well at the rim and showed a floater in the lane. Defensively, he's a pest that plays with intensity and is tough to get by. Dorsey finished with 20 points and four assists in Paul VI's win.

Curtis Jones, SG, Paul VI – Although he's just a sophomore, Jones, a 6-foot-3 wiry guard, is already a known commodity. While I have heard plenty about him, this was my first time getting to see him and he didn't disappoint. Jones was an efficient scorer on Saturday, as he scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting in just 13 minutes of play. He hit a pair of three-pointers, scored off a one-dribble pull-up from 16-feet and also had a pair of finishes at the rim. He has good speed and his jump shot appears to be one of his biggest weapons. He has the look of a high major prospect.

Joe Hampton, PF, DeMatha – Hampton's size alone makes him tough to handle in the paint, but throw in some skill and he's going to be tough for defenders to handle for years to come. At 6-foot-7, 260-pounds, Hampton has good hands and touch, is capable of making mid-range jump shots and has good awareness around the goal. Milford Mill didn't have an answer for Hampton inside, as he scored off most of his post touches and controlled his area from a rebounding standpoint.

*Loyola-Maryland commit Cameron Gregory won the MVP award of the first game by scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. At 6-foot-6, Gregory has a strong frame, is a good athlete and is active in the paint. He finished well through contact and scored a number of baskets in transition.

*Maryland signee Trayvon Reed scored 18 points on 6-for-6 shooting and reeled in 13 rebounds. Reed didn't get a ton of opportunities offensively, but finished off plays at the rim and put back offensive rebounds. Defensively he's a rim protector and even when he's not blocking shots he has to be accounted for.

*2015 wing Malik Ellison has grown to 6-foot-4. He's grown two inches since the summer and appears to be developing physically. Ellison has a scorers mentality and hit both mid-range pull-ups and off the catch threes in Life Center's Friday game.

*2014 available guard Kobie Eubanks scored 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting, but he also was able to secure 11 rebounds. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Eubanks is a good shooter off the catch. He hit a pair of threes and a pair of floaters in Our Savior's win over Riverdale Baptist.

*Paul VI junior Marcus Derrickson scored 19 points on 3-for-7 shooting on Saturday. Derrickson, a 6-foot-6 forward that has already committed to Georgetown, was aggressive in the paint and made his way to the free throw line 13 times. He hit 12 of his attempts.

*Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha forward D.J. Harvey is a freshman to keep an eye. He already stands 6-foot-7 and has the look of an elite level athlete. He's quick off his feet, extremely bouncy and runs up and down the floor with ease. He had a handful of blocked shots and used his athleticism to make plays in the paint.

*Senior guard Corey Henson made shots for DeMatha on Saturday against Milford Mill. He buried a handful of off the catch three-pointers, but also hit a 18-foot pull-up. Henson performed well in DeMatha's double-digit win over Milford Mill.

Kevin Dorsey has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, VCU, FGCU, UMass, SMU, Old Dominion and Creighton. St. Joe's, Nebraska and West Virginia are also showing interest. Dorsey has already visited VCU and plans to visit UMass, Nebraska and Creighton in the near future.

Throughout the day a number of coaches stopped by DeMatha Catholic to check out the action. The head coaches in attendance were Mike Lonergan, Fran Dunphy and Paul Hewitt.

Assistants from Holy Cross, Virginia, Maryland, Farleigh Dickinson, Radford, George Mason, Cornell, Niagara, Wake Forest, Towson, Miami, SMU, Marymount, Villanova, Oakland, American and William & Mary were also at the event.


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