Florida State bound guard C.J. Walkerwas tremendous in the Arsenal Tech overtime win. Walker finished with 32 points and 6 assists and did everything possible to help his team get the win. Walker made some huge free throws late in regulation, and then again in overtime was a force.
He isn’t someone who will blow you away with physical tools, but the heart and competitiveness of Walker are very impressive. This performance on a big stage against a quality opponent was huge for Walker who is well on his way to a big time senior season.
Maybe the most efficient and impressive performance of the day came from future Virginia Cavalier Kyle Guy. After having a disappointing junior high school season, Guy has been tremendous as a senior. In a comfortable win Guy finished 12-15 from the floor and poured in 31 points.
What has been most impressive about Guy this season has been his ability to be efficient. At times in the past his shot selection has needed work, but this year it has been tremendous, and Guy continues to make a strong case for Mr. Basketball in the Hoosier State.
With Butler commitment and highly touted teammate Joey Brunk on the bench with an ankle injury, Southport knew they would have to lean on Paul Scruggs big time, and the junior answered the bell. Though his team fell in overtime, Scruggs did everything he could to lead the Cardinals.
Scruggs finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals on the game. The always high energy Scruggs was all over the floor on both sides of the ball, and showed some improvement with the jumper to go along with his ability to get to rim and finish.
Junior big man Ra Kpedi has been impressive for Lawrence North this season, and he did it again with his play on Tuesday. Kpedi is a bit undersized on the interior, but he has great hands, a solid touch on the low block, and he plays with a high motor. Kpedi finished with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. There is no doubt that Kpedi will be a priority mid-major recruit in the area, and someone who will be monitored because of the way he plays.
Pike absolutely rolled the host school, Marion, and Justin Thomas was the biggest reason why. The unsigned senior was tremendous for the Red Devils pouring in 31 points. Thomas got to the rim, finished from deep, and showed his impressive quickness with the basketball. This unsinged senior has an offer from Drake, and has seen an uptick in his production during his final season at Pike.