Mustang Madness: Day Two

PADUCAH, Ky. -- The big name players stepped up again on the second day of Mustang Madness, which was held at McCracken County High School. Trey Lyles put up 29 points, Tyler Ulis had a double-double and Carlton Bragg continued his strong play.

Eric Johnson, PG, Carlisle School – On Saturday, against Sunrise Christian, Johnson pumped in 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. He aggressively looked for his shot and once he got rolling was tough to contain off the bounce. The 6-foot-2 guard hit six three-pointers and worked in a pair of mid-range pull-ups, plus a floater. It was one of the best outings I've seen from Johnson, who is an unsigned senior.

Lourawls Nairn, PG, Sunrise Christian – In a win over Carlisle School, Nairn, a Michigan State signee, scored 20 points. Nairn played his normal game, as he pushed the tempo when he had the opportunity and was in attack mode throughout the game. Nairn has ridiculous end-to-end speed and is tough to keep out of the paint. He made his way to the free throw line 11 times, hitting eight of them.

Trey Lyles, PF, Arsenal Tech – After a so-so first half, Lyles was benched for the first four minutes of the third quarter. He clearly took the benching to heart, as he was aggressive, played physical and was in attack mode the rest of the game. Lyles hit one three-pointer and a turnaround jumper from 8-feet. The rest of Lyles' points came at the rim or the free throw line. He scored it well through contact, showed off his great touch around the basket and played with impressive energy in the second half. Lyles finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds in the win.

Jeremie Tyler, SG/PG, Arsenal Tech – With Lyles not playing aggressive in the first half, Tyler, a Ball State signee, ramped up his effort. Tyler, a 6-foot-1 wiry guard, scored a handful of buckets in transition and then starting knocking down three-pointers. In all he hit three for the game and finished 9-for-18 overall from the field. Tyler has impressive speed and athleticism and is a shot maker. He appears to be a very good pick up for James Whitford and his staff.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Marian Catholic – There aren't many point guards in the 2014 class with the type of feel that Ulis has. He understands the point guard position and is a pass-first guard. He creates for his teammates, puts his passes on the money and has terrific vision. On top of that, he's also a perimeter threat that makes threes at a good clip and is a pest on the defensive end with his on the ball defense. Ulis, a Kentucky signee, finished with 14 points, 10 assists and six steals, while sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

James Bolden, PG, Holmes – In the first half, Bolden, a 5-foot-11 point guard, struggled some from the field and turned to find the hot hand, which was sophomore Markel McClendon. In the second half, Bolden started to get it going, hitting four three-pointers, including two of them off the dribble. Bolden has a crafty handle, good speed and is able to create shots for himself when he needs to. Bolden finished with 18 points in Holmes' win over McCracken County.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph – For the second day in a row, Bragg impressed. In fact, he stepped it up a notch on Saturday, scoring 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting and reeling in nine rebounds. Offensively, Bragg was more aggressive in the paint than on Friday and scored off of post ups, cuts to the basket and face up drives. Bragg also knocked down a jump shot from 18-feet. In match ups with Alexander and Lyles, Bragg competed, more than held his own and lived up to his lofty junior ranking.

Brian Parker, PG/SG, Villa Angela-St. Joseph – For a stretch, Arsenal Tech couldn't defend Parker, a 6-foot-2 strongly built combination guard. Parker drove to the rim and overpowered the Tech defenders. The southpaw is a strong finisher in the paint and plays well through contact. Parker finished with 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting. All of Parker's points came off drives or short-range shots.

Isaiah Stokes, C, Lausanne Collegiate – The brother of Jarnell Stokes is a heck of talent. The younger Stokes is already 6-foot-7 and probably checks in around 250-pounds. He's a load to handle inside because of his size, strength and the fact that he plays through contact so well. At that size, he has a very good set of hands, impressive touch and scores it well around the rim. It's obviously very early with 2017 prospect, but Stokes is one of the better low post prospects I've seen in the class.

*Jarelle DeBerry, a 2014 wing out of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education, scored 18 points and reeled in five rebounds in a win over Evangelical Christian. A strong, physical guard, DeBerry scored it well in the paint, played well through contact and hit one of four three-point attempts.

*Nathan Bain, a 6-foot-5 wing, went 4-for-7 from the three-point line and finished 7-for-11 from the field for 18 points in 26 minutes of action for Sunrise Christian. Bain is a quality shooter with good range on his shot.

*Sophomore guard C.J. Walker showed an impressive feel for the game for Indianapolis (Ind.) Arsenal Tech. Walker finished with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. The lefty is a good shooter when his feet are set and he also has impressive vision. He tossed out four assists as well.

*Villa Angela-St. Joseph big man Derek Pardon finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Arsenal Tech. Pardon, a 6-foot-8 big man, had two strong left handed finishes in the second half and was a live body looking for rebounding opportunities.

*James Bolden told a group of reports that Xavier and Butler were "on top" right now. He also mentioned Ohio, Clemson Tennessee, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Purdue.

Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne were at Mustang Madness to see signees Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis, as well as Thon Maker and Carlton Bragg.

Portland coach Eric Reveno was also at Mustang Madness on Saturday.


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