WHEELING, WV - Thomas Bryant had a tremendous showing on Saturday at the Cancer Research Classic. However he was far from the only top performer.
Class of 2015
, C, Huntington Prep – Quite simply Bryant was a dominant force that there was absolutely no answer for on Saturday. The uncommitted prospect went for 23 points and nine rebounds in a resounding win, and looked more aggressive and locked in than ever. Bryant is a big bodied kid with long arms, and he knows what his strengths are. He did nothing to hurt his stock, and definitely proved he is one of the elite prospects left on the board.
, SF/PF, Montverde Academy – Another day and another dominant performance from Simmons. His shot is looking significantly better than a year ago, and now he is finishing around the rim better and also passing more. It looks like he has clearly made the conversion to playing on the wing, and again he is making a strong run for the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
, PG, Stevenson – It was a tough act to follow from his 48 point performance on Friday, and Brunson didn’t match that, but he was still very good. On Saturday he got his teammates involved more, and really ran the show. His shot was off a little bit from deep, but he was tremendous in the mid-range and showed why he is a clear five-star prospect.
, SG/PG, Gonzaga – Crawford has had a very good senior season, and he did it again on Saturday. He finished with 24 points on 10-13 shooting and looked more comfortable than ever attacking the rim. He is still good for several very confusing decisions when running the point per game, and actually might be better off the ball as a scorer/driver going forward.
, PF, Simeon – The future Nebraska
Cornhusker battled one of the best frontlines in all of high school basketball and really showed what he can do. He finished with 18 points on 7-13 shooting and was a force all game long. Morrow has tremendous energy, and is getting more and more athletic every time you see him. He is a bit undersized, but he proved it without a doubt that he can compete with the nation’s best.
, C, Bishop Gorman – It was an ugly game for Gorman, but Zimmerman showed why he is a top 10 prospect. He hit several shots from the mid-range that were impressive, made a three, and then led the break at times and had several nice assists. He did float around the perimeter a bit too much, but overall it was the continuation of an excellent senior year.
Class of 2016
, SG, Simeon – While Morrow was doing his thing on the inside, Norvell was dominating on the perimeter. He went for a cool 22 points on 11 shots, including 5-7 from three. Now he did have too many turnovers, but Norvell is a tough kid who just knows how to score. Once all of his game matures, he is going to be extremely difficult to deal with.
, PF/SF, Huntington Prep – Anytime you record a triple-double it is an impressive effort, and Bridges did just that with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Bridges was a beast going to the rim, and then also was 3-4 from distance. Add in the great passing and high level athleticism, and Bridges asserted himself.
, SG, Huntington Prep – Jones was also impressive in his team’s dominant win scoring 21 points on 9-16 shooting. The highly athletic Jones can get to the rim at will and is also a good shooter from deep. Now he is definitely a work in progress on the ball, and needs some time there, but there is a lot of talent with his ability to put the ball in the basket.
, SF/SG, Paul VI – Paul VI struggled against Montverde, and King didn’t have an ideal shooting day, but he showed some of his talent. He has good size and athleticism, and then also is capable of scoring from all three levels on the court. Defensively he is versatile and there is a lot to like. He has to get stronger and continue to refine his game with attention to detail. While he didn’t have his best showing, it was easy to see why he is one of the top wings in America.
Class of 2017
, SG, Neumann-Goretti – Green was absolutely on first in Goretti’s big win. He was 5-6 from beyond the arc and poured in 31 points overall while dishing out three assists. Green is only about 5-foot-11, and probably isn’t a point guard, but he can really shoot the ball and has the ability to flat out get buckets.
, SG/SF, Gonzaga – Scott is a role player right now for Gonzaga, but make no mistake the potential is there. He can guard multiple positions, has the ability to hit shots out to 20 feet, and is also long with good athleticism. Once he continues to mature physically he could see his stock soar.