National Prep Showcase: Day Three

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Justin Simon and Donovan Mitchell put together a strong effort for Brewster, while Travis Atson, Matt Turner and Eddie Ekiyor had breakout performances on the third day of the National Prep Showcase.

Mitchell, Simon power Brewster

Justin Simon and Donovan Mitchell helped power Brewster to a 87-60 win over Coastal Academy on the final day of the National Prep Showcase.

Glancing at the stat sheet doesn’t tell you the full story in this one, as both Simon and Mitchell put up OK numbers, but their presence was felt in other ways, especially on the defensive end.

Simon and Mitchell take pride in their defense and their play on that end helped Brewster extend their lead from single digits to a near 30-point win. They each recorded deflections and made the opposition work for their points.

“That’s our job,” Simon told Scout while walking off the court with Mitchell.

Simon, who is pushing 6-foot-5, has lengthy arms, moves his feet well and may have even gained some athleticism since last viewing. He has quite a bit of potential as a defender, as he can defend multiple spots. The Arizona signee scored 10 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He also tallied three steals and a pair of assists.

Mitchell, a Louisville signee, scored off of a spot up three, a baseline dunk and a highlight reel dunk in transition. But Mitchell impressed outside of the scoring department. He made the right pass, showed good vision, displayed a strong handle, played with toughness and absolutely brought it on the defensive side of things.

Top Performers

  • Travis Atson, SG, South Kent – The top performer of the day was this 6-foot-4 tough, hardnosed guard. He was solid on the opening day of the event, but he brought the A game on Sunday. Atson pumped in 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting. An athletic guard, Atson was aggressive with his drives, dunked on a 6-foot-10 post player in transition, made tough finishes at the rim and also proved himself as a capable shooter. It was a complete performance for Atson against Vermont Academy.

  • Joseph Sherburne, SF, Brewster – The National Prep Showcase will prove to be a valuable event for this 6-foot-6 wing prospect. On Saturday, he played hard, knocked down open shots and proved to be a high IQ type player. Day two was much of the same. Sherburne helped Brewster go on a run in the second half and connected on four three-pointers, plus had a handful of eye opening passes. Throw in the fact that Sherburne has good grades and he’s a guy that will bring value to a Division-I roster.

  • Bruce Brown, SG, Vermont Academy – In a match up with South Kent, Brown, a 6-foot-4 guard, brought it, especially on the offensive end. Brown picked his spots, but was aggressive when he had scoring opportunities. He hit two of his four three-point attempts, knocked down an 18-footer and had four other field goals at the rim. He’s a pretty good athlete that finishes well when he drives the ball to the basket. He was in attack mode in this one and he was the guy that kept Vermont Academy in striking distance in what was the game of the day.

  • Matt Turner, PG/SG, Blair Academy – The best part of the National Prep Showcase year after year is finding a couple of under-the-radar players that you think will develop into high major prospects. Well this 2017 prospect out of Blair Academy fits that billing. A 6-foot-3 guard, Turner possesses tremendous speed, including an extra burst in the open court. Turner is versatile and intriguing, as he can play both guard spots. He did show at times he was a good passer, but he also proved he could put up points in a hurry. He connected on three three-pointers, one mid-range jumper and had a couple of crafty finishes at the rim.

  • Eddie Ekiyor, C, New Hampton Prep – After coming off the bench in New Hampton’s first game, Ekiyor got the start on day three of the Prep Showcase and he stepped his game up a notch. A strong, physical post player, Ekiyor battles and seems to enjoy a good challenge on the interior. Ekiyor was much more of a scoring threat against Max My Game than a day before, as he scored 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting. When Ekiyor received post touches he favored his right hand, made aggressive moves and flashed a nice right jump hook. A good athlete, he also took drop off passes and dunked them with authority. Ekiyor already has high major scholarship offers and I expect he’ll add quite a few more.

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