Romelo Trimble, SG/PG, Bishop O'Connell – It was a signature performance in a signature matchup for Trimble. Going against another future Terp in Dion Wiley, Trimble brought the goods. He was dominant for stretches, and showed off a great ability to handle the basketball along with his shooting stroke. Trimble also looked better and more athletic on the defensive end. Overall Trimble was the best player on the floor all day long and brought his team to a huge win, and could have put himself right in the discussion for big time post season honors.
Dion Wiley, SG/SF, Potomac – Wiley was battling an ankle injury and looks a bit bigger than he was over the summer so he didn't have much explosion, but he is a kid who will be able to get buckets until he is 50. Wiley battled on the court and managed to get his points, but he was clearly limited. In crunch time he didn't have a lot left and he struggled, but he did have a solid scoring showing.
Chinanu Onuaku, C, Riverdale Baptist – Onuaku, a Louisville pledge, is one of the best rebounders and shot blockers around. He really got going in the second half on offense as well after struggling in the first half. His game has continually improved over the past 12 months, and nothing is changing in that regard now. Onauku's defensive presence was huge and then when the offense got going, mostly off of dunks and close shots, his team put the game away. Also surprising Onuaku showed himself to be an excellent outlet passer and that led to numerous easy buckets.
Jon Davis, SG, Clinton Christian – There is some question as to where Davis will play on the court, but there is no doubt what he will do best, and that is score the ball. Davis as usual got his points in helping his team to a win. At 6-foot-1 he isn't the biggest guard, but he attacks the rim with a purpose and then also is a solid shooter. Davis showed that off in a big way today, and then even had a few assists to go with it.
Tre Campbell, PG, St. John's – The future Georgetown Hoya was very solid. His team got up big early and then cruised to a victory, and Campbell was a big part of that. He shot the ball well from three and then also got his teammates open looks with good passes. Campbell is an all-around heady point guard and somebody who makes others better. While not flashy what he did on the day was extremely effective.
James Palmer, SF, St. John's – The future Miami Hurricane had a great game last weekend, and followed it up with a solid showing on Saturday. He made a few shots and was solid on the glass, but did nothing to really stand out, and for the most part was the third option on the floor for St. John's. Palmer has a ton of upside and showed glimpses of that big time potential, but he is clearly still working on his consistency.
LeRoy Butts, PF, Clinton Christian – A Rutgers pledge, Butts had it working in the mid-range on Saturday. The 6-foot-7 Butts was hitting turnaround jumpers, scoring off of post moves, and then also hitting off the dribble. Not the prototype size or a big time athlete, Butts does have his limitations, but he is crafty and just knows how to convert without really forcing anything. Overall it was a very good showing for Butts in a big win.
Develle Phillips, PF, Clinton Christian – It was a tough afternoon for Phillips who picked up a few fouls early and could never get into the groove. Now he did show good athleticism and he can really run the floor. Phillips was also good attacking the glass for rebounds, but offensively he struggled, especially from the foul line. The raw ability is there, now Phillips must continue to refine his game and keep his motor running.
Anthony Cowan, PG, St. John's – With a pair of high-major committed seniors on the team Cowan doesn't get too much attention, but come next year everybody will be talking about him. The 6-footer is very smooth on the floor and can score going to the rim or from three, and then on top of that is an excellent passer. For a 2016 kid he really knows how to run a team, and has total game. The performance was impressive and he really showed he belonged with his play.
Randall Broddie, SG, Potomac – In a game where Trimble and Wiley were the headliners for a while it was Broddie stealing the show. Broddie went for 28 and did it mostly from deep, but he used his athleticism to finish around the rim as well. On a big stage Broddie really shined, and it was impressive to see. He could be the next big time scorer to come from the area.
Ako Adams, SG, Bishop O'Connell – An athletic guard who can really shoot it, Adams and Trimble worked very well together on getting out in transition and making plays happen. Adams isn't the tallest guard, but he has a really nice shooting stroke and has a good feel for the game. He needs to continue to get stronger, and that will determine his ultimate level, but there is no doubt he can score, and he shows a solid feel for the game.
Sam Green, PF, Bishop McNamara – At only about 6-foot-6 Green can really score on the low block. He has a great ability to turn and face or score over either should. Now he either needs to grow or get more athletic to continue doing that at the higher levels, but there is a lot to like with Green. He is tough, he competes, and he has really good hands. Just a sophomore time is on his side, and after battling early foul trouble he showed good skills in the second half.
Maryland boss Mark Turgeon was in the building to check out Dion Wiley and Romelo Trimble.
Also assistants from Howard, DePaul, and Rutgers were spotted throughout the day