Under Armour Holiday Classic: Day Two

DEL MAR, Calif. -- The final day of the Under Armour Holiday Classic was full of impressive performances. Devearl Ramsey showed his intensity, Justin Simon had a big game and Thomas Welsh helped lead Loyola to the National Division championship.

Malik Marquetti, SF/SG, Miliken – USC did a good job of locking up Marquetti before his recruitment took off. Although he was playing on a bum ankle, it was easy to see how talented Marquietti is. At 6-foot-5, he has a lengthy set of arms, is a solid athlete and is versatile. On Monday, he shot the ball particularly well hitting three of his four three-point attempts and three mid-range shots. He was aggressive when he had a driving lane and finished well at the rim. Marquetti finished with 28 points in the win.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Loyola – It was business as usual for Jackson-Cartwright, an Arizona signee. Jackson-Cartwright facilitated, sliced his way into the lane and finished at the rim. He also worked in a catch and shoot three-pointer. Loyola ran away with the Under Armour Holiday Classic championship and Jackson-Cartwright's leadership and ability to distribute the ball out to his teammates were two big reasons why. Jackson-Cartwright finished with 15 points in the win.

Thomas Welsh, C, Loyola – Much like Jackson-Cartwright, Welsh was consistent with his outings at the Under Armour Holiday Classic. Welsh dominated the paint and led Loyola with 25 points in the championship. His progression over the past two years has been well documented and he doesn't appear to be slowing down. Welsh plays with such confidence on the offensive end and he's effective because of his terrific touch and ability to make shots so well from short range. Welsh also added nine rebounds and six blocked shots in the championship.

Deonte North, SF, Corona Centennial – North did his best to keep Corona Centennial in the game against Loyola, but it wasn't enough. North, a Long Beach State signee, scored 27 points and hit five three-pointers. He's active on the defensive end and plays with intensity. North was aggressive with his drives to the basket and finished well at the basket.

Justin Simon, PG, Temecula Valley – I got my first look at Simon in July and on Monday he showed he was making positive progression. After a somewhat slow start offensively, Simon broke out for 18 second half points. He was aggressive with his drives, scored well through contact and finished off plays transition. He finished with 28 points and five assists.

At 6-foot-4, Simon obviously has good size for the position, but he also has tremendous length. Defensively he's able to defend multiple positions. He recorded five steals against Foothills and had a number of deflections. On the offensive end, Simon excels at passing. He has good vision, an impressive feel and is a finisher at the rim. The next step in his development is gaining consistency with his jump shot.

T.J. Leaf, PF, Foothills Christian – Leaf has been putting up impressive numbers throughout his sophomore season and Monday was no different. Up against Temecula Valley, Leaf, a 6-foot-8 power forward, flashed his impressive skill level, scoring ability and even ball handling. Offensively, Leaf is particularly impressive as he's capable of scoring over either shoulder and has terrific touch around the basket. He also passed the ball very well from post the high post and on the block. Leaf finished with 24 points on 12-for-19 shooting. He also tossed out eight assists and recorded six rebounds.

Byrce Aiken, PG, The Patrick School – While I only caught the last quarter and a half, it was much of the same from Saturday for Aiken, a 5-foot-9 lead guard. He made a couple long distance shots, distributed the ball to his teammates and handled the ball with care. Aiken understands the point guard position, but is also capable of scoring from mid-range and three if he needs to.

Devearl Ramsey, PG, Sierra Canyon – A point guards job is to lead, distribute and set a standard for the rest of his team to follow. Ramsey did all the above, plus he hit timely shots, defended and made life difficult on Lonzo Ball. Ramsey pushed the tempo when he had opportunities, showed good vision and hit a pair of pull-up three-pointers. He's made significant progression and tracks as a high major player. Ramsey finished with 13 points and eight assists in Sierra Canyons win over Chino Hills.

Jaylen Hands, PG, Mater Dei (Chula Vista) – Those who were at the Under Armour Classic for the first two days, raved about the rail thin 6-foot lead guard. After watching him against La Costa Canyon, it's easy to see why he stood out. Hands is fast, has a strong handle, sees the floor well, is athletic enough to adjust his shots at the rim and has deep range on his shot. Hands can also create his own shot opportunities, which was evident by the two mid-range pull-ups he hit. Hands finished with 25 points in the win.

*2016 Justin Moore has potential. A 6-foot-3 lead guard, Moore has a wiry frame, good speed and sees the floor well. Moore, who plays with the San Diego All-Stars, is yet another sophomore point guard to keep an eye on the west coast.

*Tommy McCarthy is a tough, hardnosed lead guard. He made shots off the catch from long-range, dished out good passes to his teammates and played hard. He was a bright spot for Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon in a tough loss to Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei.

*2016 combo guard Lonzo Ball is loaded with talent. He has good size and length, sees the floor very well and can heat up from deep. He struggled offensively at times on Monday (6-for-18) from the field, but had little help from his teammates.

*A rugged forward, Cody Riley was a primary reason Sierra Canyon extended their lead against Chino Hills. Riley is physical and strong in the paint. He's a very good rebounder that plays hard and pursues the ball off the rim.

*Max Hazzard took home the Under Armour Holiday Classic National Division MVP after scoring 17 points in the championship game. Hazzard made plays in transition and completed plays at the rim.

*Sedarick Barefield scored 15 points in the loss to Loyola in the championship game. Barefield is a good shooter when he gets his feet set. He hit four three-pointers on Monday.

Steve Alford and assistant David Grace spent the day bouncing around games at the Under Armour Holiday Class. USC assistant Tony Bland, as well San Diego State assistants Dave Velasquez and Justin Hutson were spotted as well.


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