KOB: Day 1 Rundown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 29th annual King of the Bluegrass tipped off on Thursday and it was freshman Darryl Hicks that put up the best performance.

Donovan Gibbs, PF, Iroquis – This 6-foot-7 face up four should fit in well at IUPUI. He found a spot in between Shelby County's zone and managed to knock down a handful of mid-range jumpers. He's got a nice set of hands, runs the floor well and has the length to block shot.. We'd like to see him get stronger and rebound better, but we like his long-term ceiling. Gibbs finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Josh Sewell, SG, Trinity – As Sewell gets older his game continues to develop. He's developed a nice scoring package that includes the ability to finish at the rim, score from mid-range and shoot long-range jumpers. Miami (Ohio) should be happy with their pick up, as he should be a solid player in the MAC conference.

Zach McElwain, PG, Seneca – The Redhawks big win over Warren Central was keyed by McElwain's strong outing. He nailed four three-pointers on his way to 17 points and the game MVP. He's a crafty lead guard that grows on you the more you watch him. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder makes good decisions with the ball, creates for teammates and is a nice long range shooter.

Remy Abell, SG/SF, Eastern – Over the summer, Abell, a 6-foot-4 slasher, built his reputation. Colleges began noticing him and now he's receiving mid-major offers. Abell is an athletic wing prospect that can get to the rim and adjusts well once he's around the basket. In this one he struggled to find his jump shot from long range, but did drop in a pair of floaters. He finished with eight points and four rebounds.

Armon Marks, SG, Eastern – Easily the best showing we've seen from this 6-foot-3 shooting guard. Out of the gate Marks got hot, knocking down a pair of three-pointers and scoring in transition. The southpaw has a much-improved jump shot and played a tough brand on ball. On the opposite end, he defended well and forced the opposition into turnovers. For the game Marks scored 19 points and snagged seven rebounds.

Darryl Hicks, SG, Shelby County – It's not taking Hicks long to build his name in the Bluegrass state. During his first high school game he dropped 20 points and on a big stage at the King of the Bluegrass he went for 27 points against Iroqious in the opening round. Hicks nailed two deep threes and handful of mid-range jumpers. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also proved to be tough around the rim, as he's capable of finishing amongst the trees. He went 11-for-18 for the game and snagged nine rebounds.

Remy Abell, a 2011 prospect, claims scholarship offers from Wright State and Akron. He said Iowa, Providence, Louisville, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Stanford, Oregon State and Butler are also showing interest.

Marcellous Barksdale had a solid game. He's forced to play out of position and in the paint for Tates Creek, but he was still able to show off a mid-range jumper. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. George Fant didn't have his best outing against Seneca. He is a bull inside though. After the game a Seneca post defender said, "George Fant is a man," while walking off the court. James Quick for Trinity only played a few minutes, but he looks like he's going to be a good one for Mike Szabo. Quick is only a freshman.

Western Kentucky and Wright State both had assistants in the building.

Due to travel arrangements we're heading off to Florida, but the King of the Bluegrass field has some pretty good games during the second day. Among the top prospects player on day two are Jarnell Stokes, Josh Langford, Devin Langford, Ricardo Johnson and Trae Golden. The schedule is below:

4:30 – Louisville (Ky.) Ballard vs Memphis (Tenn.) Central
6:00 – Clark County (Ky.) vs Lee (Ala.) High
7:30 – Louisville (Ky.) Fairdale vs Knott County (Ky.)
9:00 – Covington (Ky.) Holmes vs Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern


  • Shelby County 79, Iroquois 75
  • Eastern 55, Tates Creek 45
  • Seneca 62, Warren Central 54
  • Trinity 66, Chaparral 55

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