The Forum Credit Union Tip Off Classic was loaded with close games and big finishes. No one shined brighter though than Caleb Swanigan.
Class of 2015
, C, Ft. Wayne Homestead – As usual, Swanigan was simply dominant in the game. Lawrence Central had nobody to matchup with Swanigan and it showed in his final stat line with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The dominant showing put all of Swanigan’s skills on display. He led the break at times, showed a good touch around the rim, rebounded well, and was physical on both ends of the floor. From start to finish Swanigan was big time and showed that he is one of the premier players in the country.
SF/PF, Marquette Catholic – The Providence
pledge was very good for Marquette despite the team’s loss. In the loss Fazekas had 20 points and showed that he can score in a variety of ways. He handled the ball and got to the rim, hit deep jumpers, and even rebounded some as well. Overall it was a solid showing for Fazekas despite his team really struggling in the second half.
, SG, Brownsburg – It was another game and another absolutely dominant performance for the unsigned four-star senior. Walton went for 28 points and 9 rebounds as his team suck out a two point victory. He was stellar going to the rim as always, and managed to get to the foul line quite a bit. Also Walton made a few nice passes and used his length and solid athleticism to get rebounds, especially on the offensive end. It has been a huge start to his senior year, and Saturday was no different.
, PG, East Chicago Central – It was a poor shooting game for Edwards, but he did show he is more than willing to play hard, and at the end of the day also managed to get points on the board while being a playmaker. Maybe what was best is while Edwards didn’t get matched up with Walton often, when he did he was pretty good on the defensive end. Also he made some clutch shots late, and had a big role in keeping his team in the game with 21 points.
Malik Bennett, PG, Southport – In an emotionally charged game, the 5-foot-11 Bennett was the difference. Bennett hit a top of the key triple with time expiring to give Southport a three point win. Bennett wasn’t necessarily efficient, but he scored the ball at will and played very hard. His big three was the difference, and was a good way for him to cap off a strong start to his senior season.
Class of 2016
, SG, Lawrence Central – In a blowout loss it was an absolute nightmare for the Virginia
pledge. Known as a shooter, Guy was a very cold 3-16 from the field and just seemed like he couldn’t get going. Guy has had a bit of a tough start to his junior season shooting wise, and Saturday was no different.
Damien Jefferson, SF, East Chicago Central – It was a breakout performance from Jefferson who in the first half kept his team in the game. Overall the 6-foot-5 wing finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds and scored in a variety of ways. Still he was at his best making shots from deep, and that is what Jefferson did over and over. Add in that he has extremely long arms, is a high motor kid, and an excellent athlete, and Jones has big time potential which he showed in a big way.
, C, Southport – It wasn’t a dominant game for Brunk who finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds, but he did show the tremendous hands and toughness that has so many coaches intrigued with him. He can score on the low block, is getting better with his mid-range jumper, and also competes on the glass. He didn’t have his best game, but he was instrumental in the win.
, SG, Taylor Co. – The 6-foot-3 Goodin was very good all game long in a win. He finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and made some big plays late to seal the win. Goodin can really get to the rim, and did so quite consistently. Also his shot looked a little better, and he played excellent defense.
Class of 2017
, SG, Southport – There might not be a harder playing kid in the country. His stat line was just incredible with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 steals in helping his team to a three point win. Scruggs is a high level athlete, and someone whose skill game is also coming along in a big way. He did a little bit of everything on the game, and that led to a key win keeping Southport as one of the top teams in the area.
Faces in the crowd
Richard Pitino was present to check in on Quentin Goodin and K.J. Walton. Also an assistant from Cincinnati
was there to do the same.