Diallo (pictured above) went for 26 points and 11 rebounds and proved that, once again, effort produces rewards. Having captured the McDonald’s MVP trophy a couple weeks back, he added the Jordan Brand Classic hardware to his collection after a stirring performance at the New Jersey Nets’ Barclays Center.
For the victorious West, Allonzo Trier scored 28 points and won the other half of the MVP award. We profile Diallo and Trier below, among others.
Prior to the national game, we also took in a very high-level regional contest that featured multiple top-100 prospects as well.
National Top Performers
Cheick Diallo, C — Diallo is one of the most consistently hard working big men you’ll see in high school basketball. Coaches hate having to coach intensity and competitiveness, and from that standpoint Diallo will be a dream. He’s the kind of guy who would run to first base if he got walked, or who would throw 1,000 punches in a boxing match. He’s also a long-armed athlete with immense quickness and speed who occasionally does something that suggest skill. On the other hand, he’s far less effective in the halfcourt and will need to sharpen his offensive attack. Still, there’s not much criticizing his game when he performs the way he did tonight.
Isaiah Briscoe, CG — After a quiet first half, Briscoe electrified in the second and pulled an old school, playground worthy, dribbling and scoring exhibition. He led the East team back from a deficit to tie it up, and the fans actually stood on each possession. He forced a lot of action that didn’t work out very well, but in the end he proved why his stock is on the rise — not easy, given that he already ranks No. 18 — this spring. He could play a huge role for John Calipari’s Wildcats next season, especially once he adjusts to spending less time with the ball in his hands. He finished with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Tyler Dorsey, SG — A future Oregon Duck, Dorsey didn’t shoot well during the week but found his stroke on Friday night. He also continued to drive the ball relentlessly to the rim — something he did in the practices as well — and was able to impose himself physically on weaker defenders. That aspect of his game should translate immediately to the Pac-12, and odds are he’ll make an early impact for Dana Altman’s program.
Allonzo Trier, SG – There aren’t many who can score with Trier, an Arizona signee. He was up to his usual tricks during the Jordan game and tallied his 28 points to lead all scorers.
|Trier will hit the ground running, and scoring, in Tucson|
Trier was aggressive off the dribble and found ways to slice his way to the basket. He’s a physical driver who also plays well through contact. He finished after a bump multiple times in this one. Trier also worked in mid-range jump shots and buried a long-range jumper.
Skal Labissiere, C – A strong candidate for Scout’s No. 1 spot in the 2015 class, Labissiere showed why we like him so much. At 6-foot-11, Labissiere has an array of impressive tools at his disposal. Offensively, Labissiere possesses good hands, tremendous touch and showed he could score both on the block and facing the rim. He has a right jump hook that he likes to use on the block, but his mid-range jump shot is turning into a weapon too. Defensively, he used his length, timing and ability to get off the floor to get to shots and impact the game. Labissiere did nothing but confirm our suspicions about his upside and bright future as a basketball player.
Ivan Rabb, PF – Earlier in the week Rabb told Scout that his commitment to California felt like weight was lifted off his shoulder. On Friday, that appeared clear. Rabb had a strong showing and went for a double-double. Offensively, he connected on a pair of left jump hooks, ran the floor looking for finishes and even dropped in a catch and shoot three-pointer. Rabb rebounded his area well and swatted away a couple of shots. He’s such an impressive long-term prospect because of his potential to be an impact player on both ends of the floor.
Regional Top Performers
Jalen Adams, CG — UConn fans have a lot to be excited about. The Huskies may hold the most underappreciated class in the country, one that’s small on quantity but very impressive on quality. Jalen Adams is a strong, athletic guard who knocks down jump shots or, more commonly, creates for himself going hard off the dribble.
|Adams excels at generating his own offense|
Adams impressed this past season and based on talent should have played in Friday’s national game, rather than the regional one. Nevertheless, he entertained the fans in attendance and continues to demonstrate why he ranks No. 28 nationally — and that might be low. Adams went for 27 points on 12-17 shooting, including 3-4 on threes. He added four rebounds and five assists as well.
Steven Enoch, PF — Meanwhile, Enoch also projects as an immediate contributor to Kevin Ollie’s program. The 6-9 power forward has lively legs and a strong frame, and thus he’s frequently a factor on the backboards and as a spontaneous scorer around the basket. He’ll need to improve his scoring touch, but he does hit some turnarounds and possesses sure hands. He finished with 15 points and nine rebounds on 7-14 field goals. Look for Enoch to reinforce or surpass his national top-75 status in Storrs.
Matt Ryan, WF — We essentially had no choice but to drop Matt Ryan from the top 100 due to a very long period without exposure — and the uncertainty following a fairly serious hip situation that required surgery — so it was great to see him back in action. He appeared to be moving without pain or stiffness, and of course he remains a top-notch shooter from range who also impresses with his ball skills. He will fit very well at Notre Dame and projects as a highly valuable four-year performer.
Donte Divincenzo, SG — This Villanova signee has been out of sight, out of mind for the past nine months, but he was one of the most confident scorers and playmakers on Friday evening. He hustled his way to multiple easy baskets and competed on defense, rare for an all-star game. He should develop into a solid career performer for Jay Wright’s program.
Donovan Mitchell, SG – In all honesty, Mitchell appeared to be a snub for the National game and he proved it in the Regional contest. A 6-foot-3 physical guard, Mitchell played the game with a chip on his shoulder and left the Barclays Center with the MVP trophy. Mitchell made plays in transition, aggressively attacked the basket, finished above the rim and also worked in three three-pointers. Mitchell’s performance led to one NBA executive asking, “When can I draft that guy?” He’s a great fit for Louisville’s up and down, tough, physical style of basketball.
Jessie Govan, C – A strong, thick post player, Govan showcased his skill set in the Regional game. He has a terrific set of mitts and great touch around the rim. He hit one of his signature jump hooks and also splashed in a mid-range jump shot — two things he will likely do a lot of for John Thompson III at Georgetown. Although he’s a below the rim guy, Govan is a good area rebounder and gobbles up boards.
Evan Daniels and Rob Harrington contributed to this article