Doron Lamb, SG, Oak Hill – Much like Cory Joseph on Friday, Lamb was the cream of the crop on Saturday. The skilled 6-foot-4 guard aggressively looked to score every time he got a touch and he displayed an impressive and efficient mid-range game. Lamb also looked to rebound, created for teammates and made great decisions with the basketball. He finished with a triple-double that included 26 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and zero turnovers. The only blip on the stat sheet was shooting just 1-for-6 from the three point line.
Roscoe Smith, SF, Oak Hill – While Lamb was the primary scorer for Steve Smith's squad, Smith certainly got his fair share of looks. The long range jumper wasn't working, so Smith did as much work as possible in the paint and around the basket. What stood out to us was his effort on the glass, as he grabbed a game high 13 rebounds to go with his 18 points.
Thomas Jackson, PG, Jeffersontown – When J-Town needed a bucket, Jackson, a 5-foot-10 lead guard, was the guy that stepped up. The southpaw handles the ball well, attacks the rim and is a crafty scorer around the bucket. Jackson went 11-for-17 from the field and scored 27 points.
Elijah Pittman, PF, Holmes – Despite taking the loss, Pittman had a strong effort against DaJuan Marrero and Bowman Academy. Pittman, a 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, athletic face up forward was active on the glass, looked to score and showed range to 22-feet. He finished 6-for-10 with 16 points and seven rebounds. A mid-major talent, Pittman will likely end up at a Junior College.
Ricardo Johnson, SF, Holmes – Pittman's sidekick filled the stat sheet as well. Johnson went 6-for-8 from the field on his way to 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Johnson was forced to play on the ball and turned the ball over a little too much, but it was clear he's going to be a guy that Ohio University will be able to utilize early in his career. His jumper is improving, especially from behind the three-point stripe and he's looking to score more than he has in the past.
George Fant, PF, Warren Central – As the game wore on, Fant, a 6-foot-6 four man seemed to get better. The third quarter especially was where Fant seemed to flex his muscles on Lexington Catholic in the paint. He makes strong, quick and precise moves when he gets it on the block, and hit the glass hard. As the game was coming to a close he made a few big plays, including an offensive rebound and a turnaround jumper that helped extend Warren Central's lead late. Fant finished 10-for-19 for 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Tony Kimbro, SF, Christ School – Kimbro must really enjoy playing in his home state. For the second day in a row the 6-foot-5 wing was Christ School's best option offensively and he was quite efficient when he looked to score. The three-pointers were dropping, but he was also effective on the defensive end and on the glass. Kimbro finished 7-for-10 from the field on his way 17 points and seven rebounds.
Marshall Plumlee, C, Christ School – It was clear that Plumlee was unhappy with his performance on Friday. So a day later he tried to make up for it. Facing off against another 7-footer, Plumlee put together a solid effort. Plumlee scored off of a right jump hook, knocked down a mid-range jumper and showed the ability to use his off hand around the rim. Plumlee finished with nine points.
Deville Smith, PG, Callaway – It had been a year since we'd seen this 5-foot-10 lead guard, and just like last year, we walked away impressed with Smith's overall ability and long term potential. Smith is a speedy lead guard in the Joe Jackson mold. He's an athletic scoring lead guard that shoots with ease from long distance and can get to the rim at will. Smith knocked down five three-pointers in the loss to Oak Hill and was 11-for-19 overall from field on his way to 29 points.
Jaylen Beckham, PG, Lexington Catholic – This clearly wasn't Beckham's best effort. With that said, Beckham still showed flashes of his potential. The 6-foot guard is fast, athletic and can make things happen when he attacks the rim. Going forward he has to be more careful with the ball and continue to develop his long-range jumper, but he's still a guy that is tracking as a high major prospect. He finished with 12 points, four assists and seven turnovers.
Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – Much like his counterpart, Plumlee, Austin struggled during the first the first day of the Marshall County Hoopfest. On day two things were better for Austin as well. Despite foul trouble throughout the game, Austin was effective defensively blocking shots and rebounding. Offensively he knocked down a three-pointer, showed an off hand jump hook and managed a few other buckets inside. Austin was perfect from the field, as he shot 5-for-5 scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Nick Banyard, PF, Grace Prep – On Friday, Banyard was solid and on Saturday he was a little better. The 6-foot-7 face up four man scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Banyard managed to knock down an 18-footer, but also was scoring inside. The 2012 prospect runs the floor well, is willing to defend and can score in the paint.
Doron Lamb said he's still not in a rush to make a college decision. He said he's looking at UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and may give West Virginia a look. He said he wants to set up a visit to Arizona.
Bill Carmody and John Calipari were the only two head coaches at the Marshall County Hoopfest on Saturday. There was, however, a handful of assistant coaches in attendance. Among the schools represented were Connecticut, Western Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, South Florida and Ball State.
Both Lexington Catholic and Warren Central were missing key parts to their team. Catholic was missing Taylor Martin, who forgot his jersey, and Warren Central was missing starting point guard Jordan Shanklin. Jeffersontown sophomore Desmond Dorsey had a good game against Hopkinsville. The 6-foot guard hit a trio of three-pointers on his way to 17 points. Christ School's Brandon Lopez had a solid game. He's a good athlete that shoots it pretty well from three. Sophomore Jelon Horbeck scored 13 points for Grace Prep. The combo guard was 4-for-5 from the field. Senior guard Tyrae Robinson put together quite an effort in Bowman Academy's win over Convington Holmes. The southpaw went for 21 points and buried a number of jumpers. Jeverik Nelson, a senior for Callaway, scored 14 pounds and grabbed five rebounds in the loss to Oak Hill. Tristan Thompson was as aggressive as we've ever seen him on Friday. He looked to score at every opportunity inside. He also had good help from a trio of guard – Jabari Brown, Nick Johnson and Cory Joseph. Jevon Thomas is a heck of a talent. The athletic, speedy guard appears to have a bright future.