Marshall County Hoopfest: Day 1 Rundown

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. – The under card to tomorrow's heavyweight fight had its moments. In the nightcap, Naji Hibbert and DeMatha took down Jackson Provine.

Brett Thompson, C, Vienna – His club couldn't pull away and Graves Co. finally outlasted them in overtime. Thompson scored 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. Since its political season, if this had been an election Thompson would have run unopposed; Graves Co. had no one over 6-foot-6 to match the 6-11 center.

At St. Louis Thompson will need to strike a balance inside to go with his propensity to drift outside. He's a big kid cut from the perimeter oriented variety rather than bruiser. He'll guard centers in college.

Scottie Haralson, SG, Provine – Last year at the Hoopfest, Haralson torched Oak Hill for 8 3-pointers. This time around the rims were not as kind as he missed his first 6 tries and finished 1-for-9 outside. Provine counts on his offense but it wasn't his night behind the arc.


McDonald Stuffs Stat Sheet
Leslie McDonald, SG, Briarcrest – Aside from the fact that his team lost and had no business dropping one to Tilghman, McDonald's night was what you'd expect from a decorated prospect. He's tracking as a terrific collegian with superior balance to his game. Once he extends his range behind the arc his game will expand again.

A stat stuffer by nature, McDonald had 23 (8-19 FG), 10 boards, 7-8 free throws, 2 blocks and 3 steals. We respect guys who know their own games and McDonald has command of his. He prefers the left side of the court and wore it out from mid-range in the area. What he does translates for just about every program in the country.

Naji Hibbert, SG, DeMatha – His offense helped the Stags push past Provine in the second half. The 6-5 Hibbert scored 15 points on 6-for-12 from the floor. Becoming extremely comfortable with his perimeter game and he'll put up strong number for the Stags this season.

Carl Blair, PG, Provine – The native of Texan has presence at the point and that counts for a lot. For this team to excel he's got take ownership as a leader and assume the role of coach on the floor. Blair thinks pass first and uses his strong frame to get in the paint and drive and kick. He'll start by getting serious mid level attention and because of his aptitude to run a squad he's a guy that will ping the radar higher.

Josh Selby, PG/SG, DeMatha – Major talent with the basketball in his hands. His speed is tough to defend. Once he polishes up his overall floor game and continues to develop a feel for the position lookout. He led DeMatha with 16 points. There's a ton of natural talent to work with.

Quinn Cook, PG, DeMatha – The Stags are excited about this 5-11 point man and for good reason. He'll get right into guys and defend. His stroke looks strong and for a kid playing in his second high school game it says a lot about his poise.

Tennessee Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl is posting up at the Hoopfest. He was here Friday for Leslie McDonald and it's a safe bet he stays for Joe Jackson and Ferrakhon Hall on Saturday. …

Briarcrest power forward Johnny Williams rebounds his area and has a big motor. At 6-foot-7, he's tracking as a highly touted mid-level prospect. Until he develops counters inside he's susceptible to having his shot blocked as he did on a handful of occasions Friday night. Good player. … Did we mention Brett Thompson played the entire game plus overtime for Vienna? Commendable court time from a big fella. …

Tilghman has a freshman wing named Josh Forrest who is youngster in the state to monitor. … Gregg Wooten dropped 20 from his combo guard spot for Briarcrest. He's tracking as a mid-major guard who favors the SG role. If he beefs up his handle he'll even get more college run at the PG. …

Kenny Thomas, a 6-3 shooter out of Provine, could garner mid level looks solely because of his stroke. His game is all behind the arc and he's a legit zone buster as a senior. …

Carl Blair has heard the most from Oklahoma and Mississippi early in his process. …

Head Coaches In Attendance -- Bruce Pearl, Tennessee.

Assistants In The Stands -- Auburn, Murray State, Chattanooga.

SCOREBOARD

  • Graves Co. 62, Vienna 61
  • Tilghman 70, Briarcrest 63
  • DeMatha 77, Jackson Provine 63

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