Neutral Zone Hoops Showcase Recap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite Tyreke Evans' absence, the Neutral Zone Hoops Showcase was a success as all three games went to the wire and the event still featured plenty of star power. Among the best in attendance was Samardo Samuels and he put up huge numbers for St. Benedict.

Samardo Samuels, C, St. Benedict – Playing in front of his future fans, Samuels showed why he's become one of the most dominant players in the senior class. Right away the Gray Bees fed him inside and he scored 10 points in the first quarter off of jump hooks and thunderous dunks. From there on it got a little tougher, as Princeton surrounded Samuels with a triple team. He went for 26 points (8-for-13) and 15 rebounds in the win.

DeAndre Liggins, SF, Findlay Prep – Much like Samuels, Liggins had plenty of fan support, as the Kentucky signee was playing in the Bluegrass state for the third time this year. Liggins hit a pair of threes and showed off great court vision, especially in the open court. The 6-foot-5 wing finished with an impressive stat line of 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Deividas Dulkys, SG, Findlay Prep – Leading the way in Findlay's five-point win over American Christian was Dulkys. The Florida State signee played solid defense, hit a handful of three-pointers and showed an impressive mid-range game. He went for 17 points.

Jeremiah Kelly, PG, American Christian – Playing without their best player, Tyreke Evans, A.C. needed someone to step up and Kelly was the guy that did it. The DePaul signee got hot from deep and finished with eight three-pointers on 15 attempts. He finished with 26 for the game.

Jorge Gutierrez, SG, Findlay Prep – Gutierrez does a little of everything for the boys from Las Vegas. He's active, is a capable shooter from deep and attacks the basket. He's one of the better guards available in the senior class and his recruitment is starting to heat up a little, as Big Ten programs are getting in the mix.

Jacques Streeter, PG, Findlay Prep – Of the three times we've seen Findlay this year, this was by far the best we've seen Streeter play. He knocked down a few threes and ran the show for Findlay. He had 17 in the game.

Greg Echenique, C, St. Benedict – Wasn't his best game, but Echenique still showed why schools like Duke, Maryland and Rutgers have thrown offers his way. He shot it from 18-feet, has a great set of hands and was strong around the rim. The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Rick Pitino, Steve Massiello and Walter McCarty walked in and sat front row with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter of St. Benedict's game. Creighton assistant Brian Fish was courtside for the event as well.

Current Louisville players Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark were spotted in the crowd, as was former Xavier player and Louisville native Brian Thornton.


  • New Creations 66, Covenant Christian 63
  • St. Benedict 56, Princeton 48
  • Findlay Prep 82, American Christian 77

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