National Prep: Day One Rundown

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The nation's best post-graduate programs are gathered under one roof for the weekend. They were joined by a powerful high school team from Vegas at the National Prep Invitational. Hassan Whiteside and Avery Bradley were two of the noted first day standouts.

Day One / Day Two / Day Three

Freddie Riley, SG, Hargrave – When you've been tagged as an ace from behind the arc, every now and then you get one of those front and center moments to prove it. For Riley, fate called Friday night and he delivered. With less than a second left he found the bottom of the net as his 3-pointer won the game for Hargrave over Bridgton.

Hassan Whiteside, C, Patterson – He does everything above the rim. One of the more athletically gifted players in the country. A true 6-foot-11, Whiteside is raw as they come as an overall player. However, his natural gifts are the raw materials of a guy who could have a future in pro ball after his time at Marshall. When he's around the rim, it's a dunk. Drive at him, he'll send it back. He's beginning to attack rebounds out of his area and flashes the offense. He's the definition of a long-term stock but an exciting one at that. On a frontline laced with talent, he's got the most upside. Had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Avery Bradley, SG, Findlay – Five Findlay players scored in double-figures led by this man with 19. When is the last time we talked about a shooting guard whose offensive game is built around the mid-range jumper? Bradley took one 3-pointer overall. He opted to smoke it from all over the court inside the arc. On defense, how about five steals from the noted pilferer of guards. St. Andrews got blitzed and Bradley led the charge.

Dan Jennings, C, St. Thomas More – Didn't start for disciplinary reasons but made his mark inside quickly. Owns his area and the lefty is a tremendous finisher. Once Bob Huggins instills in him the value of being a chairman on the boards, he'll have a big contributor. Chalk up 16 points for him.

Mike Marra, SG, NHM – It's a good looking stroke for sure. Marra connected on 6-for-12 behind the arc. His release projects confidence and you definitely think it's going in once it's on the way. Marra had 25 on 6-for-12 from downtown. He's got a role carved out for himself in Louisville.

Hector Harold, SF, NMH – The Californian came off the bench and began making shots. He's 6-foot-7 and a total perimeter oriented small forward. Like Marra, you have confidence in his shot. Harold scored 18 points. Next up: adding more elements to his game to round out the attack. There's room to improve off the dribble and as a board man. If he can make himself hard to guard, with his size he's very attractive.

Liked Rashad McGill of Massanutten quite a bit. Strong kid who communicates and gets buckets. He'll be an league candidate down the road for Coastal Carolina. … Marist has a strong mid level signee in Anell Alexis. The 6-foot-5 wing shoots it from different spots and has the size to be a multi-year starter for the Red Foxes. …

Rough sledding for Notre Dame Prep. Patterson won by 25. When Sean Kilpatrick and Johnnie Lacy combined to shoot 9-for-29 its not going to end well. … We'll be looking to see If Waly Coulibaly can strike gold again tomorrow. The Patterson wing made 3-of-4 perimeter shots and another solid day would put him on the radar for potential mid-level schools. … Fork Union shot 22 percent from the field as a team. Ouch. Anthony Ervin scored 20 on 6-for-18. …

Danny Neimann has earned the bulk of the point guard minutes for Hargrave. Lows will covet him, mids will watch. Stock is on the rise because he can lead and his body has led to improvements in his game and approach at the point. Dropped 8 assists and entered the event without much recruiting interest. That should change. …

Malik Stith did not sign with St. John's and he's going to be a must-see point man in this high-major, point guard-free climate. Of the available points here we saw on Day One, Stith topped the list. … Rashanti Harris is a beast, we've seen it. You see flashes in games and the expectations are to recapture the magic of last December when he beasted Greg Monroe. … Chris Braswell had 21 points to lead Hargrave. … It was cold outside but frigid indoors for Stoneridge Prep. The school that traveled the furthest shot the poorest going 11-for-45 from the floor. …

Sampson Carter, a UMass pledge, led Winchendon past Stoneridge with 10 points. In a weird note, only Carter and Mohamed Koita (a small school guard) hit double-digits in the game. … Brown scored a solid recruit for the Ivy League in the form of versatile four-man Andrew McCarthy. …

Willie Hankins, a junior for Findlay, came off the bench and got eight quick points. He finished with 14. … Youri Dascy is a junior big for St. Andrews. He's very new to the game and had 10 and 7 versus Findlay. Potential Division I player. … Last summer we couldn't quite tell if Cory Joseph was a point or wing. For Findlay he runs the show and we've got our answer. He had 10 points and 7 assists Friday night. …

DeAndre Kane says Pittsburgh and Connecticut are his favorites. He obviously didn't sign early. Baylor, according to Kane, has offered as well. …

"I have no problem with aggressive play because our kids are playing soft. But come on, that was a bear hug."

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