Hoop Hall Classic: Day One

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- As it does every year the Hoop Hall Classic has a loaded field that consist of over 40 top 100 players spanning the 2014 and 2015 class. The action was entertaining on day one, as Daniel Hamilton, David Crisp and Des Rodriguez all had big performances.

Dujuan Piper, SF, Rainier Beach – As it gets midway through the high school season there aren't many quality seniors still available. With that in mind, plus a lack of available wings, Piper finds himself near the top of the unsigned senior list. The 6-foot-6 combo forward was active and aggressive on Saturday. He scored his points in transition and by attacking defenders off the bounce. He's a good finisher at the rim, rebounds well and is live body. The next step in his development is adding a mid-range jump shot. Piper finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four blocks.

Daniel Hamilton, SF, St. John Bosco – You won't find many high school basketball players that can keep up with Hamilton in the scoring department. Hamilton has an advanced scoring package and can put up points in a variety of ways. In a win over St. Frances, Hamilton dropped in a handful of floaters and was aggressive with his drives to the basket. Hamilton is tough for defenders to handle one on one and he's a much better ball handler than given credit for, as he always seems to keep defenders off balance with his handle and ability to change directions. Hamilton finished with 25 points on 10-for-21 shooting. He also added nine rebounds.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – Prime Prep and Mudiay have been active this high school season playing against virtually any top team that would schedule them. And with a guy like Mudiay running the show I don't blame them. Although Mudiay didn't perform at the level he did at Mustang Madness last weekend, he was solid. Mudiay did a good job getting into the paint and created shot after shot for his teammates. He also worked in a pair of threes and a number of strong finishes at the rim. Mudiay finished with 19 points.

JaQuan Lyle, PG, Huntington Prep – With Josh Perkins also on the team, Lyle splits ball handling duties for Huntington Prep. While Lyle is getting better playing with out the ball in his hands, he makes good decisions when he's on it and sees the floor well. On Saturday, especially in the second half Huntington Prep needed Lyle to put up points and he did just that hitting two three-pointers and hitting a strong floater in the paint during an important stretch of the game. He finished with 11 points in Huntington Prep's win.

Desi Rodriguez, PF/SF, Lincoln – Rodriguez opened up some eyes at the City of Palms Classic in late December. The now Seton Hall commit dominated the paint at the Hoop Hall Classic much like he did in Florida last month. A 6-foot-5 combination forward, Rodriguez is tough, active and strong in the paint. He reels in boards in and out of his area, runs the floor looking for scoring opportunities and he's efficient when he gets post touches. Rodriguez scored 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting and also grabbed nine rebounds.

David Crisp, PG, Rainier Beach – After tearing up the Les Schwab Invitational after Christmas, Crisp's reputation began to rise. Washington offered and he quickly accepted. On Saturday against Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell, Crisp showed why the Huskies think highly of him. A 5-foot-11 lefty, Crisp is a very good long-range shooter. He has deep range on his shot and a quick release. Crisp also has good speed and made good decision in transition. Crisp finished with 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting in Rainier Beach's win.

Dejounte Murray, SG, Rainier Beach – His versatility is what stood out the most about Murray, a 6-foot-4 wiry wing prospect, and a quick glance at his stat line backs that up. Murray finished with just seven points, but he added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. He has a good-looking frame with wide shoulders and lengthy arms. Athletically he's solid and he has good speed. He makes good decision when he has the ball in his hands and he's a good passer. He's a very good rebounder from the wing position. Defensively he has quite a bit of potential. He did a very good defensive job on Romelo Trimble on Saturday, forcing him to go 7-for-22 from the field.

Thomas Bryant, C, Huntington Prep – Playing hard is a skill and Bryant excels in this area. The 6-foot-10 junior brings energy, effort and an unmatched activity level to the court every time he plays. Bryant is active on the glass, attempts to block everything in the paint and doesn't mind to mix it up inside. He looks for put back opportunities and can finish with either hand at the rim. He'll need to continue to develop post moves, but he's a talent with a lot of upside.

Vance Jackson, SF, St. John Bosco – Jackson put together an efficient outing on Saturday in a win over St. Frances. The 6-foot-7 combo forward connected on 10 of his 16 field goals, including 5-for-11 from three. Jackson is an impressive long-range shooter. His shot is consistent, plus he has deep range and is confident in his shot to 23-feet. To go with his shot, Jackson will also mix in drives and pull-ups. He's more skilled than he was in the late spring and is more confident in areas outside of shooting.

*Louisville signee Shaqquan Aaron finished 4-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points in Rainier Beach's win on Saturday. He also added five assists and three blocks.

*Lincoln guard Elisha Boone scored 26 points on 10-for-19 shooting and secured 11 rebounds. Boone scored majority of his points in transition, but he also added one three-pointer in Lincoln's win over Yates.

*UNLV signee Dwayne Morgan scored 13 points and secured six rebounds. The 6-foot-7 wing plays hard, is an impressive all around athlete and has potential as a wing defender at the next level.

*6-foot-5 sophomore wing Terrance Ferguson finished with 13 points for Prime Prep Saturday night. He hit three three-pointers, including two that were well behind the three-point stripe.

*Teki Gill Caesar scored 13 points for Huntington Prep on Saturday. Where Gill Caesar impressed the most was with his mid-range game. He hit three pull-up jump shots and was aggressively looking for his shot.

Dujuan Piper told Scout.com that he would decide between Minnesota, Gonzaga and Washington. All three have offered him a scholarship. He said his next trip will likely be to Minnesota.

Dejounte Murray has scholarship offers from Gonzaga, Washington, California, Washington State and Oregon. He also has strong interest from Arizona.

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