Chick-Fil-A Rundown: Day Two

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Christ School and Westlake won their bracket titles at the 8th annual Chick-Fil-A Classic.

A jump shot from James McAdoo, a post touch and convert for Damontre Harris jump started a matchup between two of the event's best players. However, the matchup took two unexpected turns.

McAdoo tweaked his shoulder (he returned minutes later) and Trinity's guards didn't get their franchise the requisite touches. As quickly as it began the excitement level took a nosedive.

The good news for McAdoo is that the shoulder he had surgically repaired shouldn't be anything more than sore tomorrow. Harris blocked his shot amidst contact in the lane and McAdoo went down holding his arm. He iced the left shoulder, regrouped and re-entered the contest. He finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

McAdoo is the definition of smooth. As economical a forward as there is in his class, his savvy is beyond his age. He doesn't have a lot of glaring holes in his game or bad habits.

Harris has grown as much as any senior post prospect in the class and there's considerable room for improvement. The next step for him is to develop his personality so that he can comfortably demand the basketball. He's got a body that can add strength and weight, which will allow him to corral more boards. Now he gets by using his length. Once the strength comes his game will take another step. His talents mesh well with South Carolina's style of play.

Kadeem Jack, PF, Rice: There's been some minor confusion about him in regards to next year. Word on the streets was that he was going to take a post grad year. We now think there's a chance he makes the transition to college next season. Bottom line: high-majors needs to look his way. His body's filled out and he's a viable spring option. He had 8 points and 14 boards against Westlake.

Marcus Thornton, PF, Westlake: The Atlanta crew won a bracket title with a team-effort led by the Clemson-bound forward. A powerful athlete with a college ready body, Thornton had 13 and 8 and took him MVP honors.

Jared Guest, F, Richland NE: This one's going to be interesting. Academics may take him the juco route. Guest showed post moves, a fadeaway and bounce inside. He's got a big ceiling and is on the young side for his class. He's got a lot of raw materials to work with. He's the kind of guy you see disappear in juco land and then re-emerge as a high-level guy. Guest had 21 and 8.

Chris Brown, SG, Dreher: He's hunting a scholarship offer and deserves one. Brown is a 6-3 shooting guard who lives behind the arc. Currently, he's got zero Division I offers and that should change. He averaged 26 points in the two games we watched. Expanding his game would give recruiters another element to consider but lower tier programs interested in a guy that can knock it down and has size need to look hard at him. Brown was named the event's MVP.

Anthony Gill vs. Marshall Plumlee: This one tilted the way of Anthony Gill. The Charlotte Christian power forward gave up three inches but held the strength advantage which ultimately pushed him to 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gill's coming around quickly and has improved since the summer.

Effort is the principle calling card of Plumlee. The key with the Marshall Plan has always been to gauge the year-by-year improvement. The kid sticks his nose in and comes up with blocks. He had an above the rim tip in and finished with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. His next step is gaining the weight and the strength will follow. First time viewers who are part of the instant gratification society need to watch him under that context.

Jaylen Beckham, PG, Lexington Catholic: It was a successful close to the Chick-Fil-A on a personal level. Beckham tossed in 28 in a loss and made 11 of his 12 free throws. Lexington Catholic loaded him up and let him get to the rim. He had 28 points, an assist and 5 turnovers.

Tony Kimbro, SF, Christ School: He's stepped into Lakeem Jackson's role as the wing scorer for the Greenies. Kimbro plays with intensity and superior confidence. He's a jack-of-all-trades wing with strength and moxy. You won't out-tough him. He had 17 and was arguably the event's MVP.

Worth Smith, SF, Charlotte Christian: We liked him on opening night and loved him in the finale. He was a part timer last year for Shonn Brown's team but after this event, he's likely turned the corner. He stepped up with a trio of 3-pointers and 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Braxton Ogbueze, PG, Vance: He was Vance's leading scorer with 12 points and was 4-for-13. Throw away the stats. This young man is strong and explosive. His body accepts contact and he knows his way around the paint. He's not playing the point full time for this team but he'll head that direction eventually. Ogbueze is 6-feet tall and may have a little growing to do. Those in the region recognize him for his mid-range game and his recruitment will eventually lead him to the high-major level.

Beckham has interest from Kentucky, Xavier, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Florida and Alabama. The Tide and Cowboys recently came to evaluate him. … Braxton Ogbueze has an offer from Virginia and Virginia Tech and Clemson made his early list. … Chris Brown has heard from Old Dominion, USC-Upstate, South Alabama and South Carolina State. … We know St. John's and Pittsburgh liked Jack. ...

Malcolm Rhett went for 21 and 12 in LR's 18-point win. … Marshall Plumlee has a super personality. He's been sporting 3-D rims with the lenses removed. The shades are straight out of Billy Holly's personal stash but the style is all Plum Three. … Damarcus Harrison of Christ School has rekindled his game and played well this season as a junior for Christ School. …

Charlotte Christian junior forward Worth Smith is officially on the radar. The 6-5 forward brought energy and then unloaded with his stroke against Christ School. CAA and C-USA programs will track his development. … Tony Kimbro does not lack confidence. Hard-playing wing who does a little bit of everything and isn't afraid to mix it up. … Rice High School won't soon forget shooting 29% against Westlake. …

Assistants: South Carolina, Tennessee State, Gardner Webb, UNC-Asheville, Tennessee, Georgia, Wisconsin.

Head Coaches: Darrin Horn, South Carolina; John Cooper, Tennessee State.


  • Norfolk Christian 52, Trinity Christian 41
  • Lower Richland 63, Irmo 45
  • Taft 68, Lexington Catholic 67
  • Christ School 60, Charlotte Christian 57
  • Westlake 53, Rice 47

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