Marvin Bagley

Nike Extravaganza: Marvin Bagley among top 5 performers

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The Nike Extravaganza, which is one of the premier events of the high school season, didn't lack entertainment, nor star power. Which players stood out at the showcase? Here's our top five. 2018 combination forward Taeshon Cherry was one of the best players of the day, scoring 24 points and pumping in five three-pointers in a loss to Mater Dei. Cherry played a confident brand of basketball and particularly hunted long and mid-range jump shots. Cherry, who stands nearly 6-foot-8 and has a slender frame with lengthy arms, hit multiple three off the catch, plus one on the move. He also made a pair of tough, contested mid-range jump shots. If Saturday was any indication, Cherry is heading in the right direction as a prospect.

Recruiting: California, GonzagaUSCUCLASan Diego StateKansasArizona, Harvard & Texas A&M 2018 power forward Marvin Bagley was the best player of the day and put together arguably the best performance I’ve seen all season. Bagley, a 6-foot-10 power forward, showcased his polished, versatile game. Bagley scored an event high 43 points and did so with ease. The southpaw put together a personal highlight reel, using his athleticism around the goal and dunking on the opposition in transition. Bagley also scored off post moves on the block (he favors a left jump hook), hit multiple mid-range jump shots, protected the rim and reeled in rebounds. You could make a case he’s the best prospect in high school basketball, regardless of class, but he certainly appears to be the undisputed No. 1 guy, at least at this stage, in 2018.

Recruiting: ArizonaArizona StateDukeKentuckyOregon & UCLA Chino Hills regularly sells out high school gyms and LaMelo Ball is a major part of that. The brother of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, was impressive in a match up with Oak Hill, scoring 36 points on 12-for-26 shooting. The youngest of the three Ball brothers has grown to 6-foot-2 and the lengthy guard has a quick first step, is a tricky ball handler and is a nifty finisher at the rim. Ball plays with supreme confidence and on Saturday, he had the jump shot working, going 7-for-14 from long distance. This was a high-level performance on a big stage Saturday night.

Recruiting: Committed to UCLA On the opening day of the Nike Extravaganza, Bol Bol had a fine outing, but not necessarily notable. On day two, Bol ramped things up considerably, putting on a show in front of Mater Dei’s home crowd. Bol, who stretches 7-foot-2 and was recently ruled eligible to play, raced end-to-end, scoring bucket after bucket in transition or from close range. Athletically, Bol is very gifted for a player his size, as he moves fluidly up and down the floor. Bol was active in the paint, was the recipient of a number of alley-oops and changed the game against St. Augustine with his ability to protect the rim.

Recruiting: ArizonaUCLA & USC Without guard Lindell Wigginton, Oak Hill doesn’t end Chino Hills’ 60-game winning streak. Wigginton, a true combination guard, showed his scoring prowess, especially during the Warriors late flurry, pumping in 36 points in the narrow win. Wigginton has a versatile scoring attack, as he’s an aggressive driver that finishes well at the rim, but he also has a developed mid-range game and can make shots from distance. Wigginton hit four of six three-point attempts. For Oak Hill, Wigginton is asked to score, but next year at Iowa State he’ll play more with the ball in his hands and he should excel in that role with Monte Morris graduating.

Recruiting: Signed with Iowa State

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