City of Palms: Day One Rundown

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- The first day of the City of Palms Classic was fully of highlights, as Grayson Allen scored 31 to knock off a loaded St. John Bosco squad, John Ogwuche and Antonio Blakeney got into a scoring battle and a 2017 prospect stepped in a big game.

Ja'Quan Newton, PG, Neumann-Goretti – When Newton is in attack mode he's tough to keep out of the paint because of his terrific first step. While he struggled with his jump shot from long and mid-range, Newton continuously made plays at the rim for himself and others. Where Newton may be at his best is in transition because of his ability to adjust his shots at the rim and finish through contact. Newton finished with 21 points and eight assists in Neumann-Goretti's opening round win over Denver (Colo.) East.

Ronnie Harrell, SF, Denver East – One of the more intriguing prospects of the day is this 6-foot-7 wing. He's grown a great deal over the past year and with his size and skill level, Harrell appears to be a steal for Creighton. Offensively he was aggressive. He attacked defenders off the dribble, made perimeter jump shots and made his way to the free throw line nine times. He finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the opening round loss.

Gyorgy Goloman, C, Sagemont – Standing every bit of his listed 6-foot-10, Goloman has a long, lean frame and runs the floor quite well. Where Goloman is impressive is on the offensive end of the floor. He has good hands, a go-to move in the jump hook and while he missed both of his mid-range jump shots, it's clear that he's capable of making jumpers. Going forward Goloman will certainly need to get stronger, as it's tough for him to play physical inside. Goloman finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.

Mo Lewis, PF/SF, Milton – The Navy commit had a big game in Milton's win over Ft. Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot. The 6-foot-6 combo forward got hot from three, knocking down five of his eight attempts. He also worked in mid-range jumpers and finishes at the rim. A pretty good athlete, Lewis was confident in his jumper and appears to be a quality shooter off the catch. In all he was 10-for-14 from the field and scored 25 points.

Grayson Allen, SG, Providence – In the finale, Allen helped Providence outlast St. John Bosco. The Duke commit played with toughness and was in attack mode throughout the game. He went to the free throw line 20 times and hit 17 of his attempts. Allen plays well through contact, is a strong driver and is a very good all around athlete. Defensively I thought he did a good job, especially in the first half, making things difficult on Daniel Hamilton. He kept him in front for the most part and forced him into taking bad shots. Allen scored 31 points and added seven rebounds.

Antonio Blakeney, SG Oak Ridge – In the first half against Greenforest Christian, Blakeney got hot, scoring 20 points, including four three-pointers. Although he cooled off in the second half, Blakeney still managed 32 points although on 11-for-26 shooting and 6-for-15 from three. Off the catch, Blakeney is a pretty good shooter with range, but he's also skilled enough to get to mid-range and knock down shots. The 6-foot-4 guard also has a floater in his arsenal. He's learned how to create separation when he's hunting shots and has turned himself into one of the better scorers in the 2015 class.

John Ogwuche, SG, Greenforest Christian – While the first half of Greenforest's game against Oak Ridge belonged to Blakeney, it was Ogwuche, a 6-foot-3 guard, who took over in the second half. Greenforest let Ogwuche work in isolation situations trip after trip and Oak Ridge struggled to contain him off the bounce. The southpaw hit five three-pointers, but also worked the mid-range for runners and pull-ups. He has a good skill level and is wired up to score. He finished with 25 points on 10-for-22 shooting. He was 5-for-8 from three.

Billy Preston, PF, St. John Bosco – Simply put, I haven't seen many freshman prospects better than Preston. At 6-foot-8, he has a nice frame with a lengthy set of arms. He's also an impressive athlete that runs the floor with ease. Offensively he showed an ability to shoot, as he hit all three of his three-point attempts and hit a 15-footer off a screen and roll. Preston led his team with 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting and was active on the glass reeling in 12 boards. In a highly competitive game, Preston rose to the occasion and played with the type of aggression and confidence you rarely see from a freshman.

*Freshman point guard Quade Green projects as a future Division I player for Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti. At 5-foot-11, Green is a talented passer with good court vision and a strong feel for the game.

*Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy power forward Tysean Powell is an good-looking athlete. He's quick off his feet and looks to dunk everything in the paint. Powell went for 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting and added seven rebounds against Sagemont.

*Dwayne Bacon, a five-star wing prospect, scored 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting against Sagemont. The 6-foot-5 junior hit two three-pointers and recorded seven rebounds in the loss.

*Ricky Doyle, a Michigan signee, had a good game scoring 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting, but it wasn't enough as his team was blitzed by Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton by 28 points. Doyle, a 6-foot-8 big man, has a nice jump hook over either shoulder and also showed off a mid-range jump shot.

*Daniel Hamilton and Tyler Dorsey are two of the better scorers in high school basketball, but neither could fully get it going on Wednesday. While the duo did combine for 26 points against Riverview (Fla.) Providence, they were just 10-for-34 from the field. The two did, however, combine for 18 assists. Hamilton tossed out 10 of them.

*John Ogwuche said he has scholarship offers from Georgia and UAB. He also mentioned interest from Louisville, George Washington, Georgia State and Mississippi.

Although I didn't spot a head coach on Wednesday, there were a host of assistant coaches in the gym. Georgetown, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Florida State, UCLA, USC, Stephen F. Austin, William & Mary, Navy, Murray State and Michigan all had assistant coaches at the event.

*Greenforest Christian 61, Oak Ridge 55 *Neumann-Goretti 90, Denver East 61 *Sagemont School 64, IMG Academy 50 *Milton 67, Bishop Verot 39 *Providence 75, St. John Bosco 70

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