Spillman Earns MVP Honors

5'11 junior point guard JuJuan Spillman opened some eyes on the national level with his play at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. He's already getting heavy interest from several national heavyweights but the PRP standout knows exactly where he wants to be two years from now.

National high school basketball scouts, if they didn't already, know who JuJuan Spillman is.

Spillman, Inside The Ville's #1 ranked junior in the commonwealth of Kentucky, excelled at both ends of the floor against Centralia (IL) and led Pleasure Ridge Park to an impressive, 76-57 victory Saturday night at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

The 5'11 speedster of a point guard hurt Centralia with his shooting from deep (4-7 3's), his anticipation on defense (4 steals) and his passing on the fast break(5 assists).

Spillman, also a standout on the football field, finished with 23 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and earned MVP honors against Centralia.

One thing is readily apparent about Spillman's ability. There's little question or doubt he's skilled enough to play point guard at the high major level. His decision making and passing ability on the break are excellent. Combine that with his ability to shoot from deep, his tremendous speed and athleticism and his anticipation and quickness on the defensive end and you've got the top junior prospect in the state in our opinion.

The biggest improvement in Spillman's game since last season?

"My shooting ability," Spillman said. And it's hard to argue with his assessment after watching him drain three pointers and pull up jumpers from all over the floor.

What's most impressive about his development on the hardwood is the fact that Spillman doesn't even work on his game from the time football practice begins in late summer to mid October.

As far as college goes, Spillman, who's doing well in the classroom, has interest from schools like Kansas and Tennessee but makes no bones about the fact that he wants to stay at home and play his college ball for Louisville. Before that happens, he'll likely have to make a decision about what route he'll focus on at the next level, football or hoops.

When asked directly Saturday night if he'd accept a football scholarship from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and walk-on to Rick Pitino's basketball program, Spillman answered without hesitation or equivocation, "Yes. I want to stay close to home."

Spillman certainly represented his hometown well Saturday night and might get the opportunity to do so for several years to come, at a much higher level of course, if he continues to perform like he did in Benton.

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