This was the best performance from Corey Manigault in a long time. The Pitt signee was tremendous in every aspect of the game. As a big body he was dominating down low on the glass first and foremost, but there was a lot more to it. Manigault showed good footwork on the low block and even stepped out and hit jumpers.
Manigault has always had a pretty good skill level to go with his big body, but he hasn’t always put it together. His 24 points were extremely impressive, and then he did good things on the defensive end as well. Overall it was an extremely impressive performance and a step in the right direction.
A future Louisville Cardinal, V.J. King, started out the game in very impressive fashion, and then struggled with his jumper until the fourth quarter. However when it was needed the most King answered the bell and made plays. King finished with 16 points and showed a more diversified offensive skill set.
To go along with the improvements and added confidence on offense, King showed more of a willingness to rebound the ball. At around 6-foot-6 with good athleticism and pretty long arms, King has the physical tools to rebound but hasn’t always done it. Now he is looking to rebound more and is showing a greater desire to impact games in ways other than scoring.
It was an extremely impressive showing for Sid Wilson. The versatile and athletic forward from St. Raymond’s showed what he can do to the tune of a 31 point and 6 block performance in his team’s win. Wilson is around 6-foot-7 with long arms and nice athleticism, and his high motor makes him someone who can defend multiple spots and effective of on offense despite not being super skilled. Though he isn’t a three point shooter, Wilson showed a good stroke going 11-13 from the foul line, and really looked the part of a versatile forward who thrives in today’s style of basketball.
One of the highest rated players to suit up yesterday was Quade Green. While it wasn’t a vintage performance for Green, he did show in the second quarter why he is so heavily recruited. Green got it going from deep and poured in 13 second quarter points. He also has very good quickness and good floor vision, though he too often tries to make the homerun play instead of the simple one. The talent is there for Green, but he has to be more consistent with his effort and decision making.
It was a slow start for Isaiah Washington, but as the game got going in the second half he showed what he is capable of. Washington had too many turnovers, but he did create 8 steals and then also had a cool 17 points highlighted by an impressive 13-13 from the free throw line to go with seven rebounds. Washington is a strong and powerful point guard who loves to attack and tries to get others involved, sometimes to a fault. Still he showed some of what he is capable of with his play on Sunday.
At times it wasn’t always a vintage performance for Jamir Moultrie, but he was impressive when his team needed it to pull away. Moultrie has solid size at 6-foot-2 and is a good athlete. He looked at his best going to the rim, but also knocked in a few jumpers. He needs to continue to get stronger, and the game did get out of hand, but Moultrie has major ability and showed why high-major schools are intrigued.
A freshman at 6-foot-9 who is coordinated and has a big body is rare. It is even rarer that he would have good hands, solid footwork, and an idea of how to play. That is the case with Makhi Mitchell. Mitchell scored 19 points for McNamara in their blowout win, and was extremely impressive. Already he has major college interest, and with his ability that will only continue to go up.