Hoopfest: Ellis, Smith Steal The Show

<b>BENTON, Ky. –</b> Josh Smith and Monta Ellis put on a show in the final game of Marshall County's Hoopfest. When it was over Smith was named the MVP but he shared the glory with Monta Ellis as the two gave a capacity crowd something to remember.

Lyon County 75, Massac County 67 (OT)
Graves County 49, Louisville Eastern 47
O'Fallon 57, Danville 45
Pleasure Ridge Park 76, Centralia 57
Mason County 105, Dudley 93
Peoria Central 70, Mater Dei 62
Oak Hill 80, Jackson Lanier 75

2004 Checklist

Josh Smith, SF, Oak Hill: With several NBA scouts on hand in the stands, Smith scored 31 points but his best move didn't come on the court. After the game, when Smith was announced as the game's MVP, he called Ellis to midcourt with him and game the junior the MVP plaque in a show of class and respect. That's what it's all about.

Brian Johnson, PF, Oak Hill: The Louisville-bound forward had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Johnson wins the days hustle award as he got to loose balls, worked the glass and was productive every minute he was out there.

Shaun Livingston, PG, Peoria Central: It wasn't an end to end contest like he prefers, but it was an excellent win against a very good Mater Dei team. Livingston made four straight free throws to seal the deal in the end. He went 6-for-14 from the floor, including a few of his trademark elbow jumpers. His poise and fluidity were on display in this 21-point effort.

Ty Rogers, SG-PG, Lyon County: Last night Dayshawn Wright captured the rebounding record, Saturday morning Rogers gunned down the scoring record with a 42 point effort. The Western Kentucky-bound Rogers took 25 shots and made 13 of them. He went 13-for-15 from the line, had 9 boards and 2 assists. After a sluggish start he kicked it into another gear and got it done.

Chris Lofton, SG, Mason County: He's still getting his wind and legs coming off football season. We credited him with 16 points though his signature sweet 3-point stroke wasn't there today. Lofton wound up going 2-for-7 from behind the arc. In college he'll make his living back there because he can get his shot off with limited space between the defender. High-majors are sniffing around.

Brandon Lee, G, Peoria Central: Major props to him. He's such a tough customer when it comes to getting into the paint. He's a very good finisher. He's headed to Northwestern, likely to be a role player, who can defend. To make the transition smooth at that level he's going to need an improved jumper. Now, on Saturday you can make the argument that he was the MVP for Central against Mater Dei when he had 20 points and made 8-of-12 shots, mostly coming at the rim.

Terrance Farley, C, PRP: He's 6-10 and 215 but has a ways to go on offense. But, he's a force as a shot blocker. For example, he had 10 swats and 9 boards in the win over Centralia. The six points were an afterthought. He's going to go to Louisville, put on some pounds and do well because he can really run the floor as an athlete.

2005 Checklist

Monta Ellis, SG, Lanier: Wow! He shot 14-for-31 from the floor and posted 41 points, the second highest total in the history of the event. Ellis' dramatics included a bevy of trifectas (6-for-13 3s) and flair for the dramatic. He probably dunked 5 times. By the time the fourth quarter came around he was simply inventing shots. This was a special scoring performance in a big time setting. It says quite a bit about who he is as a player.

Kevin Swinton, PF, Dudley: You can't argue with the results. He touched it 15 times in the post and scored 12 buckets for 27 points. He had limited touches in the first quarter and took a while to get going. The Dudley guards simply give him enough touches. Swinton also had a dozen boards, five of them offensive.

Michael Gerrity, PG, Mater Dei: In a big game, Gerrity turned in the best effort we've ever seen him have. His modus operandi is getting the ball into the paint and that's where he was good against Central. He was aggressive and made plays, evening finding a few guys on the wings. More than anything he was the most aggressive Mater Dei player on the floor and they needed him. Gerrity had 18 points and 7 assists.

JuJuan Spillman, PG, PRP: They say he's one of the top football prospects in Kentucky but he's going to have a choice to make. Spillman has the makings of a guy who could play PG on the high-major level. The kid is jet quick, makes 3s and defends his tail off.

Chris Kellerman, PF, O'Fallon: Here's a guy who has a chance to be a promising mid-major prospect. It looks like a face-up four man role is in his future. He seems to have a pretty good hoops IQ to go with a nice stroke. He'll get some work done down on the block. He's got a chance.

2006 Checklist

William Graves, SF, Dudley: The outstanding sophomore had a cold shooting night connecting on just 4-of-13 from the field. He'll have better evenings. The good news is that he's worked on his body and he's in good shape.

Randon Cavette, PF, Graves County: At 6-4 and 200 pounds he's not exactly the prototype inside player but Cavette gets by – for now – on his body and his attitude. He's a battler inside and the motor never ceases. Give him two inches and he'll be destined for good things on the mid-major level. Certainly one to watch in the future.

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