It was a very good showing for Isaiah Washington who finished with 23 points and four assists going against one of the top teams in the country. Washington is a lightning quick point guard who can really get into the lane and break down a defense. More than that though, he also has pretty good feel for the game and is a good shooter as well. Washington was able to get to the foul line eight times, and knocked down all of his shots from the line. While he isn't the biggest player, Washington's strength, motor, and speed make him one of the most difficult players in the country to defend one on one.
Recruiting: Washington is signed with Minnesota
There wasn't a more productive player at the entire event than Keith Williams. Williams looked as comfortable as ever on the wing making shots from deep, and also delivered his signature athleticism and toughness. He was able to score over 50 points in two wins at the event, and was the best player on the floor for both games. Williams is someone who does everything fairly well with no significant weakness. He needs to continue to refine his handle, but it was a very good showing for Williams.
Recruiting: Williams is signed with Cincinnati
There aren't many post players who have been more productive as seniors than Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. At Slam Dunk to the Beach Cosby-Roundtree did everything he could to keep Neumann-Goretti in the game despite them not having the services of five-star senior point guard Quade Green.Cosby-Roundtree scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked two shots in the game. He continues to show improvement on the offensive end to go along with his motor, length, and athleticism impacting things on defense. As Cosby-Roundtree continues to add strength, he will continue to be a greater force on the interior.
Recruiting: Cosby-Roundtree is signed with Villanova
One of the youngest players at the event was also one of the best. Jeremy Roach had two impressive games for Paul VI as they went 1-1 at the showcase. Roach was especially big in the loss when he poured in 26 points and showed good floor vision along with his ability to score the ball. Roach is at his best attacking off the dribble, but he also shows that he can hit from deep. He needs to continue to add experience and get more explosive, but there is a lot to like about his future.
It was a slow start to the event for Nazreon Reid, but as the game went on, he absolutely asserted his will. Reid finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort, but his second half showed why Reid is one of the top prospects in his class. He is at his best around the rim where Reid uses his good athleticism, solid length, and big frame to create space. Also he has good touch, and that allows him to score facing the rim along with his back to the basket. Add in that he is naturally a very good rebounder, and there is a lot of positive to work with. He needs to continue to play with a high motor, but the upside is tremendous once he gets focused.
One of the nice surprises of the event was Collin Gillespie. The unsigned senior floor leader showed tremendous shooting ability and a lot of toughness in leading his team to a pair of wins. Gillespie is a good passer, and while not a great athlete, he is solid at getting to spots on the court. In the pair of games he was over 20 points both times, and proved that he could be someone who emerges late in the process.
Recruiting: Villanova, Drexel, Duquesne, Hofstra, Rider, and St. Bonaventure are showing interest in Gillespie