Josh Jackson, one of the top amateur basketball prospects in the world, certainly didn’t disappoint during his two games at the Marshall County Hoopfest. On Friday night, Jackson scored 34 points and reeled in 19 rebounds in a match up with Miles Bridges. A day later, Jackson stuffed the stat sheet by going for 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jackson is a tremendous athlete that excels in the open court and when he’s attacking the basket. While he’s athletically gifted, Jackson is also a very good play maker and passer and it may even be his biggest strength. When he has the ball in his hands, good things happen and that was evident at the Hoopfest this past weekend.
Through two games at the Hoopfest, Miles Bridges, a Michigan State signee, scored a total of 63 points. His second game against Quality Education was his better of the two, as he was efficient from the field and made some key baskets for Arkell Bruce’s team. Bridges also shot 3-for-7 from three in that win. The 6-foot-7 wing has developed his scoring package. He’s effective as a driver and finisher at the rim, as he has the athleticism and strength to make plays at the basket. But his jump shot is coming around and becoming a more consistent weapon for him.
With college coaches out in full force searching for talented, available prospects, DeShawn Corprew is a guy that is bound to see his recruitment pick up. At 6-foot-4, Corprew is a tough, athletic, slashing wing prospect. On Saturday, Corprew drove the ball, finished well at the rim and played as efficient of a game as I’ve seen from him. Corprew is effective in transition and doesn't mind physical play. He also has the potential to be a good defender at the next level. Corprew finished 9-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-4 from three, and scored 25 points in a loss to Huntington Prep.
With Scott Padgett, his future head coach at Samford looking on, Justin Hopkins had a productive outing for Huntsville (Ala.) J.O. Johnson on Saturday. Hopkins, a 6-foot-4, strongly built wing, didn’t miss a field goal attempt in a win over Hopkinsville, going 11-for-11 from the field on his way to 28 points and four rebounds. Hopkins’ game exudes toughness. A physical player, Hopkins looks to drive the ball and is a very good finisher around the basket.
Behind the scenes, Onuralp Bitim, a 2017 prospect has received buzz from colleges and the coaches at Huntington Prep. Bitim, a native of Turkey that played in the Jordan Brand International game in April, recently came to the United States for his junior season. At 6-foot-5, Bitim is an intriguing wing prospect because of his size, athleticism and skill. Bitim is at best when he has the ball in his hands, as he’s a good passer with a good IQ. Bitim is always looking for driving lanes and is a good athlete that can make plays at the rim. He’s also a threat to knock down shots from long distance and rebounds well for a perimeter prospect.
Taveion Hollingsworth was arguably the biggest breakout player of the event. The 6-foot-3 wiry scoring guard had an eye opening performance against Madison (Ala.) Academy, as he pumped in 25 points by half time and finished with 33 and a win. Hollingsworth possesses a quick first step and showed a scoring package that allowed him to get buckets at the basket, off floaters and mid-range pull-ups, as well three-pointers. Heading into the event, Hollingsworth had minimal interest. Following his big outing, Hollingsworth picked up his first scholarship offer from Eastern Kentucky.