The six game FORUM Tip Off Classic was one of the most competitive days of basketball of the year. With none of the six games decided until late in the fourth quarter, it was a tremendous day of basketball. Here is a look at who stood out on Saturday at Southport High School.
There was no brighter star on Saturday than Romeo Langford. The class of 2018 standout went for a cool 30 points and did it on only 17 shot attempts. Langford, who is near 6-foot-4, was able to really get to the foul line and make things happen from there, and then also was hitting jumpers and showing his athleticism.
Already a highly regarded prospect, Langford looks as though he has made the leap to being one of the elite players in the country, and is primed for one of the best sophomore seasons of anybody in the Midwest.
In a winning effort over No. 1 ranked New Albany, it was Justin Roberts who really stood out for Pike. Roberts finished with 24 points and dished out 8 assists. What was impressive is Roberts did that without his shot falling as well as it has recently.
At nearly 6-feet tall, Roberts has elite quickness and a tremendous ability to make plays in the lane. New Albany couldn’t keep Roberts out of the lane all game long, and that proved to be the difference down the stretch as he made plays himself or got a teammate an open jumper.
In a game that had serious Mr. Basketball implications, Kyle Guy stood out in a big way. The 6-foot-2 prospect that is headed to Virginia next season showed off his impressive feel for the game as well as his excellent shot making on his way to a 25 point, 8 rebound, and 5 assist performance.
Guy didn’t have his best game of the year, but on one of the biggest stages in the state, he stepped up in a big way and stated his case very loud for Mr. Basketball in a game against one of the top contenders for the award.
Speaking of the matchup with guy, it was Eron Gordon who went against him, and had a solid game of his own. The unsigned shooting guard finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Gordon did struggle with his perimeter jumper despite getting some good looks, but he attacked the rim well and also converted in the mid-range. It was another solid showing in what has been an excellent start to Gordon’s senior season.
His team lost, and potentially could be without Joey Brunk for a little while due to an ankle injury, but Paul Scruggs picked up the slack in a big way. Scruggs was dominant for Southport scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
If there was one knock on Scruggs’ game yesterday it was that he didn’t make jumpers, but he was dominant going to the rim and was very efficient getting to the foul line. Scruggs is a big time athlete who dominates the ball and is always in attack mode. If the jumper takes the next step, good luck trying to guard him.
At times it can be frustrating to watch Malik Williams because there is so much talent there, but he plays away from the rim too often. Still he is a legit 6-foot-10, skilled, athletic, and has extremely long arms.
On top of that it isn’t as though Williams is totally unproductive. In fact he is far from it. Williams finished the game with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals and showed that he is someone with a world of potential. The next step for Williams is becoming a better rebounder and being more focused on the interior, but there is no questioning just how good he can be when the time comes.
His teammate and Indiana Hoosier signee Grant Gelon gets more of the media attention, but Sasha Stefanovic might be the better player. The sharp shooting junior finished with 14 points and really paced Crown Point all game long.
Stefanovic has good size and a quick release which allows him to get his shot off, and then the range extends well beyond the three point line. Also while he isn’t athletic, Stefanovic does show good craftiness and knows how to move without the ball.