Anytime a player scores 46 points in a game it is obviously extremely impressive, and that is exactly what Jayson Tatum did in a big win over Huntington Prep. Tatum did all of that without making a three point shot. Tatum was 17-33 from the floor and was absolutely unstoppable going to the rim and from the mid-range.
Obviously Tatum has to make deep jumpers for him to reach his ceiling as a prospect, but still he is extremely good at everything, and the three point shot is coming along this season. Add in eight rebounds and three assists, and it was just a dominant performance from Tatum to help his team to a big win.
As always Miles Bridges showed the talent that makes him one of the top players in the country, and someone who Michigan State fans are going to love. The highly athletic forward finished with 27 points, and at times as a totally dominant force.
Bridges was 10-17 from the floor, finished with 9 rebounds, and then also added five assists. His bread and butter is still getting to the rim off the bounce, but his jumper is getting better as well, and he is always playing hard. Though his team lost, Bridges was tremendous.
Knowing he would need a big game for DeMatha to stay in it against Montverde, Markelle Fultz put the Stags on his back and absolutely went to work. Fultz finished with 31 points and made his share of extremely tough shots around the rim against a huge Montverde frontline. Fultz is nearly unstoppable going to the bucket, and he also made a few nice passes as well. The incredible rise Fultz has made in the last 12 months continues to be one of the best stories in high school basketball.
There is really only one word to describe Bruno Fernando and that is “beast”. The Montverde big man doesn’t play a ton of minutes, but when he is in the game he makes an absolutely monster impact. Fernando can really rebound and actually has better skill on the offensive end than given credit for. Add in that he plays with a great motor and is very physically strong, and the upside is absolutely huge for him.
The rise of Jeremiah Tilmon continues, and he showed up at the biggest time for La Lumiere. In the final game of what has been a brutal road show for the Lakers, Tilmon finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds, with the final rebound and bucket being the most important. Down by 1, Tilmon grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in with 4 seconds to go to give the Lakers the win. Add in that Tilmon showed a nice mid-range jumper and continues to block shots, and there is a lot to like with his long term potential.
It hasn’t always been pretty this season for API, but they as a team were phenomenal at the CRC, and Trevon Duval was the biggest reason why. Duval finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and was extremely impressive in every aspect of the game. Duval was able to breakdown the Westtown defense whenever he wanted, and absolutely destroyed everything that Westtown wanted to do. When Duval is playing like this, API is very difficult to contend with.
While Duval was the man who made everything go for API, one of their more surprising and impressive performances came from Nysier Brooks. The Cincinnati bound big man finished with 19 points and was a force around the rim. Brooks looks much improved from the summer, and continues to get his body into better shape. With the impending graduation of Octavious Ellis, Brooks looks ready to compete for immediate minutes when he gets to Cincinnati.
An impressive 2018 prospect, Prentiss Hubb had one of the biggest plays of the event hitting a game winning floater at the buzzer. Hubb led Gonzaga the entire way, and showed his efficient and impressive style of play from tip to buzzer. Hubb can get into the lane at will, and then also is a capable jump shooter. Add in that he has good size and is a solid passer, and Hubb continues to improve and showed in a big way why he is one of the top prospects in the DMV.
It wasn’t a vintage rebounding performance from Mohamed Bamba, but he did everything else. The five-star prospect more than justified his hype. Even though his team got dominated, Bamba was a consistent force. He was hitting from the mid-range, scoring around the rim, and then also he blocked a handful of shots. The scary thing is Bamba still has a ton of room to get better, and already he is showing flashes of dominance against quality competition.
It hasn’t always been as smooth a season as Quade Green hoped for, but he had one of his best games at the CRC. Green set a tournament record for assists with 13, and was on the verge of a triple-double before falling just shy of it. Green is known most as a shooter/scorer, but he showed he can be a distributor as well. With a dynamic first step and ability to get into the lane, when Green plays with this attitude he is extremely tough to deal with.
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree came off of a tough game in Delaware at Slam Dunk to the Beach, but he showed his big time ability here. Finished with 25 points, Cosby-Roundtree was dominant around the rim and showed his high level ability to run the floor and rebound as well. He is just beginning to figure it out, but Cosby-Roundtree has major ability and continues to improve month to month.null