It was a monster offensive performance from Luka Garza despite his team falling in defeat. Garza finished with 32 points on 11-19 shooting, and was a force that was tough to handle on the low block. He has good footwork and a very nice touch and has a good idea of what to do when he gets the ball.
Now Garza still needs to rebound better and show more of an ability to defend, but his athleticism is improving and he has lost weight since the summer. For a class of 2017 prospect he has made tremendous strides and is continuing to improve every time out.
It was another game and another big time performance from V.J. King. King and his teammates fell into an early hole, but they got going starting in the second quarter and King was a huge reason why. The future Louisville Cardinal scored 30 points, and he did it every single way possible.
King hit from deep, he got to the rim, scored in the mid-range, and even converted of off offensive rebounds. King looks like someone ready to take the next step in his development.
The numbers weren’t overwhelming for Tony Carr, but he impacted the game in so many different ways as Roman Catholic won. Carr finished with 12 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds, and just seemed in total control of the game. Carr is a unique talent who fits in a lot of different ways, but with his tremendous size and good feel for the game, he should be a major focal point for Penn State from day one.
Just a young player on a loaded team, Brandon Slater doesn’t always get a lot of attention, but on Monday he showed his worth. The athletically gifted Slater made shots, attacked, and showed good versatility on the defensive end. He was a key part of the Paul VI comeback win, and showed why some of the top schools in the country are already keeping close tabs on him.
It was another very strong showing for forward Sid Wilson. Even though his team fell in a surprising defeat, Wilson definitely wasn’t to blame. Wilson was the best and most impactful player on the court scoring 21 points and pulling in 17 rebounds. While most all of Wilson’s points were right around the rim, he did showed an improved ability to drive the ball and also continued to knock in his free throws. It was a very impressive two day stretch for Wilson.
There is no doubt when it comes to Cameron Reddish the talent is tantalizing. He has the size, athleticism, ball handling, and shooting range to be someone who plays basketball for a long time. Reddish however does have some refining to do with his game, but he had a very solid showing on Monday helping Westtown when some of his other high profile teammates were struggling. Reddish wasn’t as good as he is going to be, but he was still pretty good.
Just a tough and physical wing, David Beatty made plays all over for St. Benedict’s in their big win. Beatty got to the rim seemingly at will, and then used his strength and athleticism to finish despite the presence of shot blockers. Beatty has an elite motor, and used it well. It was a good showing for him, and he proved to be one of the best players on the court in a game with a lot of stars.