HoopFest: Day One Rundown

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. - Derrick Rose and Kevin Johnson led Simeon to a blowout victory Friday night at the Marshall County HoopFest.

Derrick Rose patiently selected his spots and meticulously went about his business Friday night at the Marshall County Hoopfest. By the end of the third quarter, Rose's Simeon team had posted an insurmountable 61-35 lead over Champaign Central.

For Rose, the night was over. The nation's second-ranked point guard behind O.J. Mayo needed only 8 shots to impact the game. Actually, he had 9 points, 6 rebounds and a Marshall County-record 12 assists in three quarters of action.

Simeon emptied its bench in the final quarter and a 30-point blowout of Central was officially on the books. The 11th annual Hoopfest event had seen better days and matchups in its illustrious history.

The outcome of the featured contest was never in doubt and really heading into the game it was understood and expected that Rose would come out smelling like the player he is. The real question was how would Champaign Central's junior Verdell Jones fare in his baptism by fire on the big stage?

Johnson Was Too Strong
We've said before, Jones is a work in progress because of his rail thin body and lack of overall strength. On Friday night, both were evident. Using the first three quarters of the affair as the measuring stick, Jones shot 2-for-12, had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 7 turnovers and a pair of assists.

Outside or Rose's wizardry with the ball in his hands, the other subplot was Kevin Johnson. Simeon's power forward stuck mid-range jumpers and was a beast inside. His 20-plus point game was notable as he was a major problem for Central.

Jonathan King, a sophomore who we first eyeballed at last year's Hoopfest, is a potential Division I player for Trigg County. The shooting guard had 15 points, augmented by a pretty shooting stroke. He's got to get stronger to insure his spot. …

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