As one would expect Jayson Tatum was extremely impressive in his 40 point showing during Chaminade’s overtime win. Taum is one of the smoothest scorers in the class, and showed improved range on his jumper while also attacking going into the lane. Tatum continues to get more athletic, and is one of the most difficult matchups in the class with his size and skill.
The strides Tatum has made this season are clear. His shot is looking better, and he is being as assertive as ever on the offensive end. It has been a good start to the season for Tatum and his teammates.
While at times his shot selection was less than ideal, Zach Norvell did make some of those very difficult looks. He did it on a big stage as Simeon outlasted Whitney Young in a game of traditional Chicago powers.
For the game Norvell finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds, and looked as aggressive as every on both ends of the floor. While not an elite athlete, Norvell is talented enough to be effective on both ends of the floor, and should make an impact while at Gonzaga.
As one of the most explosive point guards in the class, Alterique Gilbert is extremely entertaining when on the court. For Miller Grove he is someone who has to score and make plays, and he did just that in an overtime loss.
Gilbert finished with 32 points on 13-23 shooting, and made spectacular play after spectacular play. There are still times where Gilbert doesn’t look to set up others as much as he could, but with his unique playmaking ability that is understandable. It was an excellent showing for Gilbert who should step right in and play at Connecticut.
It was a tough start to the game for Butler pledge Henry Baddley, but in the second half he really turned things up on his way to a 23 point and 8 rebound performance. Baddley showed his big time athleticism and improving skill all game long.
Going against a tough DeMatha team with talented wings, Baddley more than held his own, and at times was all that really kept St. Vincent-St. Mary in the game. His game is making rapid improvement, and while his skill level still needs work, he has a lot of tools to be a very good player.
The reigning WCAC Player of the Year showed his stuff in a big way. Markelle Fultz at times let the game come to him, but when his team needed something to go right he made it happen. Fultz finished off the win with 23 points and 6 assists.
It was extremely good to see Fultz show more floor vision than he displayed in the summer time. A function of his talented teammates, Fultz was driving to create as much as he was driving to score. His shot continues to look improved, and with him showing a better feel for the game, the five-star prospect is making a loud statement this season.
There is simply no doubting the activity level and motor of Christian Negron. While a bit undersized, Negron makes up for it with long arms, nice athleticism, and a desire to compete. In a close back and forth win, Negron finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
In fact, Negron showed a bit more skill on the perimeter as well in this game. While he is still definitely someone who plays power forward and creates havoc around the bucket, Negron is showing more ability to handle the ball. As he continues to improve with his skill level he could be one to watch.
A big guard with long arms and good athleticism, Prentiss Hubb is someone who looks the part for Gonzaga. On the court he did a little bit of everything in his team’s win. Hubb finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists and for long stretches was clearly the best player on the floor.
What makes Hubb so intriguing is he is only beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be. At 6-foot-3 with multi-dimensional skill, he is someone who can play all over the floor and defend a lot of different positions while also being a problem on the offensive end. This is going to be one of the best 2018 prospects in the DMV.