Last weekend De’Aaron Fox and Andrew Jones went head-to-head, this weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest, two of the nation’s elite wing prospects -- Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges -- took the court.
Although it didn’t have quite the back and forth we wrote about in the Fox/Jones match up, Jackson versus Bridges was certainly entertaining. The two combined for at least 15 dunks, as each of them were aggressive and had their athleticism on full display.
Jackson and Prolific Prep scored the win in double overtime. The 6-foot-7 wing went for an impressive 34 points on 14-for-27 shooting. He also secured 19 rebounds and tossed out eight assists. Jackson stayed in attack mode throughout and had his fair share of highlight reels slams and put backs. But he also flashed his impressive vision, passing ability and raw athleticism around the goal.
“I’m just glad we won the game so now I can call and talk crap to him,” Jackson said about Bridges after the game. “That’s what I really wanted to avoid. I wanted to avoid hearing him talk crap tonight so I got the win.”
Although he lost bragging rights to his close friend, Bridges certainly had a good showing, scoring 29 points (11-for-30), 11 boards and five assists. Bridges, a strong, power wing, was tough to stop when he looked to drive the ball and Prolific tried out multiple defenders on him. Bridges plays so well through contact and once he gained a step on defenders was looking to throw down vicious slams in the half court. Bridges also hunted more long-range shots more than we’ve seen in the past and was 4-for-14 from three-point land.
Other Top Performers
Devin Gage, a strong, tough guard, left a big imprint on the Chicago (Ill.) Curie versus Orangeville (Canada) Athletes Institute game. The DePaul commit was aggressive off the bounce and looked for shots in the mid-range area and at the rim. Gage isn’t overly tall or athletic for a shooting guard, but he is physical, assertive and plays well through contact. Gage scored 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field and was the primary reason Curie got the win.
What stood out the most about Thon Maker’s outing at the Marshall County Hoopfest on Friday was his energy and activity level. Maker, a 7-footer out of Orangeville (Canada) Athletes Institute, was all over the glass to the tune of 15 boards, including nine offensive rebounds. Maker is quick off his feet has a non-stop motor. Although he still can get a little too perimeter oriented, Maker took care of business around the rim, rebounded well and altered and blocked a handful of shots. In all, Maker finished with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting.