City of Palms: Day Three Rundown

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Devonte Graham put his passing ability on display, the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln duo of Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez put together quite a performance and 2016 forward Vance Jackson had a big outing on the third day of the City of Palms Classic.

Devonte Graham, PG, Brewster – There aren't many point guards in the 2014 class that understand the position like Graham does. He's pass first, creates for his teammates and looks to lead. Graham pushed the tempo and made play after play in transition. While the box score had him for nine assists, I had him for 11 and just one turnover. His passing was on point, but Graham also scored it well at the rim. He's a quick guard that gets into the paint when he needs to and he's athletic and strong enough to finish around the rim. He scored 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting.

Jared Terrell, SG, Brewster -- The benefactor of a number of Graham's passes was Terrell, a 6-foot-4 guard headed to Oklahoma State. Terrell is a physical guard that is certainly a capable shooter from both mid-range and three, but on Friday he looked to aggressively attack the basket in both the half court and in transition. Terrell finished with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting in Brewster's win over Oldsmar Christian.

Isaac Copeland, PF, Brewster – While Graham and Terrell were handling business from the perimeter, it was Copeland doing damage in the paint. A skilled 6-foot-8 forward, Copeland faced up and attacked from the elbow, scored it in transition and was active on the defensive glass. Copeland, who has a long, lean frame, is a very good athlete that runs the floor quite well. Copeland scored 19 points and added seven rebounds.

Tum Tum Nairn, PG, Sunrise Christian – I'm not sure there's anyone in high school basketball that could beat Nairn end-to-end in a race. He's fast with the basketball, so obviously he pushes the ball every chance he gets. After missing two finishes early on, Nairn finished off a number of drives with floaters and lay ups, plus dropped off a few passes to teammates. Nairn finished with 16 points and seven assists in Sunrise Christian's win over Barking Abbey.

Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Lincoln – A day after scoring 36 points, Whitehead pumped in 23 points and seven assists in an overtime loss to Montverde. Whitehead struggled to get his long-range shot to go down, but was efficient from mid-range and sliced his way to the rim for strong lay-ins. While he's known for his scoring, Whitehead is also a very good passer. He found Desi Rodriguez a number of times and made plays for others in transition.

Jalen Hudson, SG, St. Vincent St. Mary – Hudson was flat out feeling it in the first half. He started off the game with three catch and shoot threes from the right wing. He worked in a pair of finishes inside and then went back to hitting threes. When the dust settled, Hudson, a 6-foot-4 guard headed to Virginia Tech, scored 23 of St. Vincent St. Mary's 26 first half points. Hudson cooled off in the second session and finished with 28 points for the game.

Josh Reaves, SF, Paul VI – The junior wing erupted for 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting in Paul VI's win over Wheeler. Reaves slashed to the rim for buckets, caught a couple of alley-oops and buried a pair of three-pointers off the catch. Reaves is an impressive athlete that rebounds the ball well from the wing spot and has potential as a defender.

Daniel Giddens, C, Wheeler – For the second day in a row Giddens was a standout on the defensive end. The stat sheet listed him for nine blocks, but it seemed like he had more. Giddens has turned into one of the best shot blockers in the 2015 class. He's a powerfully built kid that gets off the ground quick and has impressive athleticism. Despite the loss, Giddens played with toughness and patrolled the paint looking to block everything. He also did a solid job on the glass, reeling in nine boards. The next step in his development is developing a go-to move on the offensive end.

Desi Rodriguez, PF, Lincoln – This 6-foot-5, maybe 6-foot-6, combo forward helped himself at the City of Palms Classic. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and is active and aggressive in the paint. Rodriguez is physical, scores it well through contact and is a notable athlete. Rodriguez is tough to defend because of his blend of power, athleticism and touch in the paint. He's also a very good rebounder. Rodriguez finished with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting and added eight rebounds.

Ben Simmons, PF, Montverde – On Thursday, Simmons wowed the crowd at Bishop Verot high school. His performance on Friday, while still good, didn't match what he did the day before. The game comes easy to Simmons. At 6-foot-8, he has a good overall skill level and is a talented passer. He also rebounds in and out of his area. While I wanted him to be a little more aggressive on offense, it's hard to complain too much about a 20-point, 12-rebound outing and a win over Lincoln.

Vance Jackson, SF/PF, St. John Bosco – Although just a sophomore, Jackson, a 6-foot-6 combo forward, is already known as a threat from the perimeter. On Friday, St. John Bosco rode his shooting to a win. Jackson hit six three-pointers, including two off the dribble. He also hit a two-dribble pull-up from 15-feet, which showed he's starting to expand his game, and had a nice finish in transition. Jackson scored 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting.

Luis Hurtado, PG, Greenforest Christian – His numbers weren't great on Friday against St. John Bosco, but after watching Hurtado for three straight days there's a lot to like about his game. For a freshman, he has a good feel. He also sees the floor well and is a good passer. Now he's going to have to value the ball a little more, but he understands how to run a team and found ways to get the scorers on Greenforest Christian the ball.

*Oldsmar Christian wing and USF signee Troy Holston is a shot maker. The 6-foot-4 strongly built guard hit two early threes before cooling off. He's a good shooter on the move. He added three other field goals, including a mid-range pull-up, and finished with 16 points

*Jerron Love was a big reason that Wheeler and Paul VI were tied at half time. He hit three three-pointers and a pull-up from 15-feet in the first half. He finished 5-for-7 from the field scoring 16 points, but had five turnovers.

*Justin Bibbs had another solid day for Montverde. The Virginia Tech signee scored 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field. He only hit one of his six three attempts.

*Montverde guard Jayln Patterson was a big part of their win over Lincoln. The LSU signee scored 12 points and tossed out six assists. He made shots from mid-range, attacked the basket and hit all six of his free throw attempts.

*Whitney Young guard and St. Louis signee Miles Reynolds scored 21 points in the win over St. Vincent St. Mary. Georgetown signee Paul White added 14 points, while Jahlil Okafor scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

*Coaches interested in Devonte Graham, who had originally signed with Appalachian State, have been reaching out to Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster coach Jason Smith. He's heard from Virginia, Memphis, Florida State, Providence, Butler and Creighton.

*Freshman Billy Preston holds a scholarship offer from USC. UCLA and Oregon State have also expressed early interest in the 6-foot-8 power forward prospect out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco.

Assistants from Virginia, Nebraska, Florida International, Clemson, Rhode Island, St. John's Florida Atlantic, Tulane, Seton Hall, Mississippi, Clemson, Florida State and Creighton were spotted on the third day of the City of Palms Classic.

*Oak Ridge 61, Norland 54
*Yates 90, Milton 88
*St. John Bosco 63, Greenforest Christian 55
*Brewster 73, Oldsmar Christian 43
*Paul VI 62, Wheeler 46
*Sunrise Christian 53, Barking Abbey24
*Montverde 74, Lincoln 70
*Whitney Young 52, St. Vincent St. Mary 45

This concludes our coverage from the City of Palms Classic

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