Dayton Dunbar and Taft took the court before the Oak Hill vs. NCH game and led by Daequan Cook, Dunbar got a 58-42 victory. And in the opening contest of the Classic, Covington Catholic defeated Ryle by more than 20 points.
Tywon Lawson - Oak Hill
The 5-foot-11 guard showed flashes of greatness, but ultimately didn't play as good as he can. Lawson finished with 21 points and five assists to go with eight turnovers. Lawson seemed to force the issue a little in the second and third quarters. He got a little too deep in the paint and was forced to make a few bad passes. However, Lawson is extremely fast and he mixed in a few nice drives right when Oak Hill needed them. He was key down the stretch knocking in four throws to keep the lead at double digits.
Nolan Smith – Oak Hill
The Duke commit put together a complete game Saturday night, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Smith let the game come to him and he really looked good knocking down the mid range jumper. Smith was 7 of 13 from the field and was 5 of 6 from the charity stripe.
O.J. Mayo – North College Hill
There isn't much more the 6-foot-5 guard can do at the high school level. He is flat out brilliant in so many circumstances. Mayo scored his 43 points in a variety of ways, but the fade away seemed to be his favorite way to score. Jordan seemed to invent the fade away and Mayo has just about perfected it. Off the bounce he is deadly because of his ability to blow by defenders or just knock down the step back jumper. He was 5 of 11 from three point range and was 14 of 15 from the free throw line.
Bill Walker – North College Hill
Walker is known for his amazing leaping ability and high flying dunks, and the 6-foot-6 forward didn't disappoint. The first play of the game Walker threw down a half court alley oop pass from Mayo. But his best dunk of the evening came with the game pretty much decided. Mayo, who was standing next to the goal, threw an inbounds pass to Walker who caught it one-handed and dunked it. Walker looked better handling the ball than he has in the past, and he put forth a solid effort on the defensive end. Walker finished with 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field.
Daequan Cook – Dayton Dunbar
The Dunbar product had 19 points and 8 boards in the win over Taft. Cook has a very smooth game and rarely forces shots. He ran the break pretty well getting some dunks and made a few very nice passes in traffic. Cook did have some trouble getting the three-pointers to fall as he was 1 of 5 from deep. However the Ohio State signee is definitely one of the top two or three shooting guards in the country.
Aaron Pogue – Dayton Dunbar
If Pogue gets in shape he could be a solid player in the post. However, Pogue looked a step slow when he got the ball in the paint and would benefit losing a little weight. The big guy did do some good work on the glass, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with his 9 points.
Heath White – Taft
The athleticism is there, but still would like to see him do a little more from the perimeter. He failed to hit a three-pointer and his free throw stroke was off. He does play good defense and his long arms helped him notch three steals. A mid-level school looking for a run-n-gun athlete might want to check him out.
Tyrone Bradshaw - Taft
He's long, lean and runs the floor pretty well for a guy standing 6-foot-8. He knocked in a few 12 footers and hit the glass hard. Bradshaw finished with nine rebounds, five coming on the offensive end.