Mustang Madness: Day One

PADUCAH, Ky. -- A pair of top five players -- Emmanuel Mudiay and Cliff Alexander -- in the 2014 class shined on day one of the McCracken County Madness event held at McCracken County High School.

Cliff Alexander, C, Curie – Alexander has put up ridiculous numbers in his senior season and they continued Friday night. The physical 6-foot-8 big man headed to Kansas went for an easy 25 points in a win over Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Alexander used his strength and overpowered the opposition at times inside. He had a handful of tip dunks, a number of dunks off drop off passes and was active on the glass on both ends of the floor. His pure strength and ability to play above the rim are tough contain at the high school level.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – Mudiay's effort on Friday was one of the more complete games I've seen him put together. He started the game creating and facilitating for his teammates. As the game wore on, he began to look for his shot more. During a stretch in the third quarter he scored on four of five possessions, including a pull-up 15-footer and a pair of step-back threes. Mudiay made a number of free throws down the stretch and took care of the ball under pressure. Mudiay, a SMU signee, finished with 26 points in the win.

Kobie Eubanks, SG, Our Savior – The list of available perimeter players is slim and Eubanks is near the top of the list. At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Eubanks has good size and a strong, developed frame. Off the catch, he's a very good shooter with range. He also showed a comfort level in hitting one and two dribble pull-ups. Eubanks had two finishes at the rim as well, both were off baseline drives. Eubanks finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph – Up against a physical specimen in Alexander, Bragg didn't back down and impressed with his effort and competitiveness. The 6-foot-9 slender power forward used his athleticism and length to impact the game. He reeled in rebounds, contested shots and finished off plays around the rim. Bragg is a very good athlete, than runs the floor with ease and has quite a bit of ability on the offensive end. Although he didn't make any of this three attempts, he's capable of making shot to 21-feet and has very good touch around the rim.

Damon Wilson, SG/PG, Our Savior – With Our Savior big man Cheick Diallo strapped with foul trouble, Wilson stepped up his level of play. The 6-foot-4 combination guard showed off his ball skills and scoring ability from both three and at the rim. Wilson hit three three-pointers, two of which were off the dribble, plus hit a mid-range pull-up from 18-feet. Majority of his other points came off drives to the rim or at the free throw line. Wilson finished with 28 points in Our Savior's win over Carlisle School.

Cheick Diallo, PF, Our Savior -- Up against Carlisle School, Diallo quickly got into foul trouble and was forced to miss a good portion of the first half. The foul issues seem to throw him off his game on the offensive end, as he struggled to finish around the rim. With that said, Diallo still showed why I think so highly of him. At 6-foot-8, he's athletic, active and plays with energy. Diallo doesn't take plays off. He contests every shot in the paint and is consistently a beast on the glass.

Kaleb Johnson, SF, Carlisle School – Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing, certainly caught my eye at the McCracken County Madness on Friday. The southpaw is at his best when he's in attack mode and looking to make plays at the rim. Johnson had the best dunk of the day when he drove middle and elevated over a defender for a nasty one handed slam. Johnson used his athleticism around the rim, finished well and also hit a turnaround jumper from 12-feet.

Matur Maker, C, Carlisle – Thon Maker's brother – Matur – already stands 6-foot-8 and much like his brother, has a long, lean frame. The younger Maker runs the floor with ease, is a pretty good athlete and contests shots inside. He scored a handful of baskets in the paint, all off offensive rebounds. He's not as skilled as his brother, but he certainly has the look an impressive prospect for a freshman.

*One of the top sophomores in the country, Thon Maker showed why he's so highly regarded. The 7-footer showed his mobility, skill level and the impact he can make on the defensive end. He struggled at times to finish off plays on Friday, but made his way to the free throw line over a dozen times. Maker was active looking for put back opportunities as well.

*Chicago (Ill.) Orr Academy point guard Isiah Hayes made a handful of plays in the first half that caught my eye. He showed he could make a floater, drove and looked for open teammates and hit a pull-up jumper from 18-feet.

*Villa Angela-St. Joseph guard Brian Parker is an intriguing 2015 prospect. Parker, who has a 4.0 GPA, is a strongly built 6-foot-2 combo guard. He had a couple of strong finishes at the rim and made a pair of mid-range jump shots.

Illinois head coach John Groce and Murray State head coach Steve Prohm were the only high major coaches in attendance on Saturday. Kansas and Southern Illinois also had assistant coaches in attendance.

Groce was at the Madness event to watch Carlton Bragg. Prohm had his eyes on a couple of players, including Byron Smith and Eric Johnson. Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend watching Alexander, a KU signee, as well as Bragg and 2016 guard Terrance Ferguson.

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