Trevon Duval (UA/Kelly Kline)

Hoops giving: Trevon Duval & Collin Sexton go head-to-head

ATLANTA -- The top two point guards in 2017 -- Trevon Duval and Collin Sexton -- went head-to-head at the Holiday Hoopsgiving event on Friday.

The Trevon Duval and Collin Sexton match up at the Holiday Hoopsgiving on Friday lived up to its billing, although in a roundabout way.

“It was fun playing against him,” Duval said shortly after leading his team to a win. “I love playing against other great players, but my main focus was to win. He had a great game, but like I said, winning was my main focus and that’s what we did.”

“It was great,” Sexton said of the matchup. “He kept pushing me and I kept pushing him. We were just pushing each other. I got to know him a little bit USA. We were ready for this game and everybody was ready to see us go at it.”

Although the game was billed as Duval versus Sexton, the truth is they rarely matched up on the court, but each had their fair share of highlights.

Duval led Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy to a win, scoring 24 points on 10-for-20 shooting, and tossing out six assists.

“I think I played OK,” Duval said. “I didn’t have a great game. I didn’t have a bad game. I just wanted to win.”

Duval’s vision and ability to get into the lane and find open teammates was eye opening, but so was his knack for finishing the paint. Duval adjusts his shots so well at the rim and has proven himself as the best lay up maker in high school hoops.

“Practice honestly,” Duval said when asked how he got to be such a good finisher. “I work on it all the time. Every day I work on it and it just transitions to the game.”

On the other side, Sexton finished with 39 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Sexton, an Alabama signee, connected on five of his nine three-point attempts and also hit 12 of his 13 attempts.

Sexton was aggressive off the dribble, as usual. A true gamer and competitive guard, Sexton looked to score every opportunity he had. He was assertive in the half court, but also looked to drive it to the goal in the half court.

Duval updates recruitment

Trevon Duval recently narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Seton Hall.

“I’m at five schools,” Duval said. “Also I’m about to take my official visits pretty soon. I just have to come up with a date for everything.”

Duval told Scout he’s yet to set any official visit dates.

Of the five schools involved in his recruitment, only Duke was present on Friday night to see the 6-foot-3 guard.

“It’s pretty good,” he said of their communication. “I talk to them every so often, maybe two or three times a week.”

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