Marshall County: Day One Rundown

BENTON, Ky.– Day One at the Marshall County Hoopfest is in the books. St. Benedict's and it litany of young guns tossed it into cruise control behind standout Tristan Thompson.

Keith Gallon, C, Oak Hill – A shin injury kept him out for 80 percent of the game. However, in those first four minutes he put it on the rack for dunk, sizzled a Kevin Love-style outlet pass and ran the floor with vigor. Too bad he got hurt because this was a national stage and he was on his way toward a big night; you could feel it.

Leslie McDonald, SG, Briarcrest – With high-level players around him, the nuances of his game will flourish. The best way to describe him is to paint the picture of a 6th man with a high IQ, feel for the game and absolutely zero need to dominate the basketball. He's almost too unassuming for his stature, which means in college he'll embrace the team concept and fill in at a number of wing spot. He scored 14 Friday night.

Greg Wooten, PG, Briarcrest – There's something to be said for a senior who understands his role. Wooten is the most vocal player on the squad and demonstrated leadership abilities. Able to get in the paint and make a play or find the open man, he's a spring option – we'd hope – for OVC level programs.

Shawn Williams, SF, Duncanville – He's getting more done off the dribble and his jumper has always been an asset. Looking at him in college, you see a versatile small forward who can guard multiple positions and has shown that he's adding elements on a yearly basis. Shot 6-for-16 and made four 3s en route to 22 points.

Tristan Thompson, PF, St. Bene's – Pushing 6-9 now and laced with talent but we knew that going in. He had 18, 10 and a floor burn when he dove for a loose ball. He's an elite level as a prospect and you're looking for progress, which was demonstrated. Lefty shoots it to about 12 feet and he'll need to tighten it up. The pieces are there and the ceiling very high. Embraced contact and found shooters when his driving lane was cut off. The most impressive play was a traffic rebound he hauled in around the square. Strong effort for the second game of the year and he got after it.

Doron Lamb, SG, Oak Hill – Always have liked him and understand his talent. Last spring when he was really giving it to guys, there was an air of confidence about him that was undeniable. He doesn't appear to have the same edge. Having said that, he can heat up and get buckets. The junior earned his 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting.

Perry Jones, PF, Duncanville – He didn't have nearly the touches he should have amassed. Regardless, he kept his cool, showed the flashes of rebounding and rejecting prowess that make him a great futures stock; 3 points, 14 boards.

Myck Kabongo, PG, St. Bene's – Looking at the Canadian guards who have played in the U.S., Kabongo might have the best basketball feel and understanding than any of our northern allies before him. Great pace, understanding of the position with good size and athleticism.

Oak Hill and Duncanville both could use leadership at the point guard slot. Good old-fashioned leadership, value for the ball and direction. Pe'Shon Howard is Oak Hill's best assist man and has been in each game we've seen since the fall for the Warriors. Howard is making a case to break into the starting rotation instead of middle relief. ... Oak Hill's Baye Moussa Keita is hard-wired to block shots and that's undoubtedly the value he'll bring to Syracuse. He's passionate about rejecting. 12 rebounds and four blocks works for us. …

Glen Bryant gave Oak Hill good energy and rebounding. He's built to play up-tempo where he can get out and run. He could be a unique mid-level piece; 10 points, 11 rebounds. … … Lamont Jones led Oak Hill with 17 on 7-for-20 from the fioor. …

Myck Kabongo can rest assured the schools he mentioned would love him back. Florida, Texas, Kansas, Duke, Southern Cal, Villanova, Duke, Seton Hall and Rutgers garnered mentions. … Wooten has an offer from Morehead State and interest from San Diego and Samford. Mix in his 3.6 GPA and 20 ACT and his situation could parallel former another guard from his area – Jordan Mincy. Also a late signee, Mincy is about to complete a solid four-year career at Kent State. …

Head Coaches – Jeff Capel, Travis Ford.

Assistants – Creighton, Western Kentucky, Texas, Auburn, UT-Martin.

Scoreboard

  • Oak Hill 69, Duncanville 57
  • St. Benedict's 72, Jackson Provine 56
  • Marshall County 69, Obion 65
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