City of Palms: Day Two Rundown

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Ben Simmons was the story of day two of the City of Palms Classic, as the LSU commit had an effortless 31-point performance. Isaiah Whitehead, Jaylen Brown and Ronnie Harrell also were among the top performers.

Ricky Doyle, C, Bishop Verot – A big, lumbering post player, Doyle provided a scoring impact for Bishop Verot on the block. Up against Denver (Colo.) East, who had some athletes inside, Doyle had to work to get open on the block and made a couple of tough catches in the paint. He scored off hook shots, strong finishes with both hands and hit a pair of 15-foot jump shots. Doyle finished with 18 points on 9-for-13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Ronnie Harrell, SF, Denver East – Harrell is coming on as a prospect. He's sprouted to 6-foot-7 and with his scoring package; he should be effective for Greg McDermott early in his career. On Saturday, Harrell was efficient shooting the ball, going 4-for-8 from the three-point line. He's not just a shooter off the catch though, for his size he handles the ball well and can create his own shot opportunities. He finished with 15 points and four steals in the win.

Justin Bibbs, SF, Montverde – It was evident that Bibbs, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect headed to Virginia Tech, has spent a considerable amount of time working on his perimeter jump shot. Bibbs, a southpaw, is at best shooting the ball when his feet are set. He hit four of six three-point attempts on Thursday. Bibbs, who is very good athlete with a strong frame, scored 15 points in 24 minutes of action.

Grayson Allen, SF, Providence – Although he didn't score as many points as he did on the opening day of the event, Allen still showed plenty of promise. The future Duke Blue Devil is a competitive kid that plays hard and with toughness. He takes pride in his defense, stays in attack mode and is a very good athlete. Allen is a very good finisher at the rim, as he's strong, finishes well with both hands and is able to adjust his shot around the basket if he needs to. Allen scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards in the win.

Christian Terrell, SF, Providence – Allen is the big name for Providence, but Terrell, a 6-foot-5 wing, is nice looking prospect and a good pick up for Florida Gulf Coast. Terrell is a good athlete that finishes well at the rim. He made numerous plays slashing to the basket against a scrappy Neumann-Goretti bunch. Terrell also spent some time on the ball and handled ball pressure with ease. He's also very good rebounder from the wing position. Terrell scored 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting and reeled in 10 rebounds.

David Sharpe, C, Providence -- For the second day in a row, Sharpe, a 6-foot-8, 295-pound big man, was productive and made a difference for Providence. He's rated as the No. 14 offensive tackle by and headed to Florida for football, but he's a heck of a basketball player too. He moves his feet well, maneuvers well in the paint and will overpower defenders on the block. He's physical, as you would expect, plays aggressive on both ends of the floor and is a very good rebounder.

Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Lincoln – Scoring comes easy to Whitehead, so it's no surprise he scored 20 points in the first half and 36 total in Lincoln's win over Greenforest Christian. A strong and physically imposing wing, Whitehead created shots for himself, showed deep range on his shot and connected on mid-range pull-ups in the nightcap. Coming out of the summer, Whitehead was shooting the ball with confidence and that hasn't changed. He's turned himself into one of the premier perimeter threats in high school basketball.

Ben Simmons, SF/PF, Montverde – In my first look at Simmons in a year and a half, he impressed in virtually every facet of the game. A 6-foot-8 combo forward, Simmons is tough to defend because of his versatility and physical attributes. He has a strong frame with long arms and very good athleticism. His offense consists of jumpers from three-point range, dribble drives and he's even able to score it on the block. On the other end he's quick enough laterally to defend wings, but strong and athletic enough to guard post players. Simmons went for 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals. He was 14-for-18 from the field and 1-for-2 from the three-point stripe.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler – It's tough for players at the high school level to defend Brown because of his size (6-6), strength and athleticism from the wing position. Brown doesn't mind contact and like to plays physical. Because of those physical attributes, Brown is one of the best wing finishers in all of high school basketball. Brown is also a very good rebounder from his position. On Friday, Brown went for 25 points (10-for-14), 16 rebounds, five rebounds and four steals. My only complaint would be he turned the ball over eight times.

Daniel Giddens, C, Wheeler – The motor was running for Giddens, a 6-foot-10 strongly built post player, against Houston (Tex.) Yates on Thursday night. A very good athlete, Giddens protected the rim and got his hands on seven shots. He also boarded his area, ran the floor and played a physical and tough brand of basketball. Offensively his only opportunities were lay ups or dunks. To go with the blocks, he went 5-for-7 from the field for 14 points and nine rebounds.

Desi Rodriguez, PF/SF, Lincoln – While Whitehead was scoring it at a high rate from the perimeter, Rodriguez was getting it done in the paint. Rodriguez played physical and with energy inside. He finished around the basket with his left hand, worked in mid-range jump shots and rebounded his area well. Rodriguez, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound combo forward, scored 26 points and added nine rebounds in the win.

Curtis Jones, SG, Paul VI – Last week at the National Hoops Festival, Jones proved himself as a high major prospect. He just reaffirmed that in Paul VI's first game at the City of Palms. An efficient scorer, Jones took shots within the flow of the offense. Jones hit a pair of three-points, dropped in a floater and had a pair of adjusting finishes at the rim. His body is still developing, but the 6-foot-3 guard is wiry. He has good speed, handles the ball well and is solid athletically. Jones scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

*Colorado signee Dominique Collier hit four three-pointers in the win over Ft. Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot. The wiry wing prospect scored 20 points in all on 6-for-16 shooting.

*Mid-major schools should track 2015 point guard Jordan Burrows. Burrows stands 6-foot-1, has a long set of arms and is a pretty good athlete. While he hasn't put up big number in the first two days at the City of Palms, he showed he can get into the paint and is a crafty finisher in the lane.

*Freshman guard Aaron Thompson is one to keep an eye on for Paul VI. A 6-foot-1 guard, Thompson is quick, a good athlete and a strong finisher at the rim.

*Paul VI junior wing Josh Reaves is a very good athlete. Reaves is at his best attacking the basket and finishing at the rim, but the southpaw also worked in a catch and shoot three-pointer on his to 10 points on Thursday.

Although he's sitting out with a knee injury, I caught up with 2015 wing Franklin Howard. He said Syracuse, Ohio State, Maryland, Georgetown, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina State are heavily in the mix.

Among the schools that were represented at the second day of the City of Palms Classic were Florida, Georgia, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgetown, Nebraska, UMass, Virginia, Brown, Michigan, Harvard, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, St. John's and Seton Hall.

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