National Prep: Day Three Rundown

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Fan bases at Oklahoma and Fordham have reason to be thankful this week. OU signee Andrew Fitzgerald erupted on Sunday as did Fordham-bound forward Chris Gaston.

Day One / Day Two / Day Three

Andrew Fitzgerald, C, Brewster – Brewster needed a kickstart and Fitzgerald delivered the goods. He played like a beast and worked to the tune of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Loved his effort; great hands and he's committed to being a good player. Had 10 offensive boards. The best part about Fitzgerald's bust out game was that it came after a poor showing on Saturday. It was important to him that he play well and that's exactly what he did.


Fitzgerald Looked Strong

Chris Gaston, PF/SF, New Hampton – This is one of the reasons why we like Fordham's recruiting class so much. First of all, New Hampton was the hard luck loser twice this weekend as it suffered a pair of close losses. Gaston did his part with 20 points and 20 rebounds Sunday afternoon. He's been on a tear since the summer and his high-energy style should make he and future teammate Lance Brown, quite the A-10 tandem.

Amath Mbaye, SF, Stoneridge – This kid grew on us over the course of three games. He's a fiery 6-foot-7 small forward who has range on his shot and a live body. Needs to develop more feel and be able to play at different speeds but he's an excellent addition at Wyoming. The Cowboys snuck him in undetected before the signing period ended and he's a nice prospect.

Max Esho, PF, Lee Academy – Chalk up 14 points and 9 rebounds in a win for the future UMass frontcourtman. Length and the ability to move inside and use his bounce help him tremendously.

Brewster's attack wasn't firing on all cylinders but it did improve with Naadir Tharpe earning the bulk of the point guard minutes. He can slice and get guys shots. Sometimes leaves his feet on drives and reduces his options. Tharpe remedied the offense with 8 assists and 11 points. …

Thomas Robinson is pressing. He's been unable to get it going offensively though he did have 9 and 8 on Sunday. One of the best athletes in the country, to take the next step he'll need to craft a go-to-move that he's comfortable with. Best thing he can do is have a short memory because we know what he's capable of doing. ...

7-2 center Youssoupha Mbao of Stoneridge had his best game with 9 points and 11 rebounds. If he can be that productive – and he played well versus good competition – bigs are going to give him attention this winter. …

Patterson beat South Kent handily on an day when Hassan Whiteside and Rashanti Harris combined to go 1-for-10 from the field. … Tulane signee Jordan Callahan dropped 10 assists and he'll be as steady as they come for Dave Dickerson's Green Wave. …

South Kent's Rashad Wright lists LaSalle, Loyola and Marist as his top three. …

"It's a 22-point game so I'm not going to say anything. But, if was a close that'd be a horrible call."

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    An evening flight out of town meant missing the final handful of games Sunday night.

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