The game itself was a dandy, as it was forced to overtime before Fenwick came out on top by a score of 71 to 65. Although Shaw's squad lost, the highly touted freshman didn't disappoint.
Derrek Tartt, SG/PG, Fenwick – Tartt made some big plays down the stretch, including some key free throws to get Fenwick the win over De La Salle. Tarrt, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, was a jack of all trades type guy today, as he played on and off the ball and made a number of slick drives to the basket. He has long arms, to go with his skinny frame. We liked Tartt's toughness and ability to find creases in the defense. He also showed off some range when he buried a three-pointer two feet behind the stripe. There aren't many combo guards left in the 2008 class and if you're a mid-major school he's worth taking a peak at.
Xavier Humphrey, SG, Fenwick – This 6-foot-3 prospect had a game high 21 points for Fenwick. Majority of his buckets came off of spot-up threes or finishes in transition. The smooth southpaw has a developed off hand, as he had a handful of finishes around the basket with his right. Going forward we'd like to see him attack the basket more, but he was one of the main reasons Fenwick was able to snatch a victory in overtime.
Mike Shaw, PF, De La Salle – Heading into this game, Shaw was the guy we were excited to see and he certainly didn't disappoint. The Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle standout finished with an impressive 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. He started off the game with an 18-foot jumper and a few possessions later he faced up his man again and drained a 15-footer. He ended up 5-for-10 from the field, including a pair of spot-up three pointers.
Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, is very skilled for his age and felt more comfortable facing up defenders rather than playing with his back to the basket. He did, however, show off a big time move on the block when he took a rip through move into a spin. Another aspect that impressed us was his ability to hit the glass. In the first half he pulled down 10 boards and it was clear he was focused on snatching every rebound in and out of his area.
From here Shaw needs to be more aggressive on the block, however we put some of the blame on his teammates, as he only got one touch from the fourth quarter on. Had Shaw gotten more looks, De La Salle likely would have come out on top. This is a legit high-major prospect and could end up one of the better prospects in the 2011 class.