Sweet Sixteen Underway

<b>Lexington, Ky</b> - Sweet Sixteen action began Wednesday afternoon in Lexington. Chris Lofton, Brian Brohm, and Boris Siakim stoodout and a few underclassmen caught our attention.

If you're looking for big time college prospects, you probably weren't in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday for the opening round of the KHSAA Sweet 16.

Save Chris Lofton, who has the talent and ability to play at the mid-to-high major level, there simply weren't any sure fire big time prospects.

Arkansas head coach Stan Heath travelled from Fayetteville to evaluate Lofton, who scored 34 points in the opening game of the tournament against Wayne County. Heath is searching for a shooter for the Hogs and Lofton certainly fills that bill.

Mason County will next play Trinity, who advanced to the quarterfinals after knocking off University Heights. University of Louisville football signee Brian Brohm had another big game, earning MVP honors for his play.

In the night session, 6'7 Boris Siakim finished with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 1 assist to lead Caverna past East Ridge and into the quarterfinals where they will face Scott County. Scott County knocked off Lafayette in the night cap.

Top Performers

Chris Lofton, Mason County - No surprise. He was the day's top performer and prospect. He's getting looks from lots of schools, especially those looking for guys that can shoot. He scored 34, but many of his points came in the paint and around the basket against an outmatched Wayne County team. He missed some open guys on the break a few times and doesn't really create for his teammates but he surely can fill it up.

Boris Siakim, Caverna - He had a big game. Physically, he's long and athletic. He'll challenge shots, grab lots of rebounds and has a surprisingly good touch. He even knocked in an impressive turnaround jumper from the low block. He's still raw but he has upside. Western Carolina was in the gym and he'd be a good get for a program like that.

Brian Brohm, Kyle and Brad Saxton (Trinity), Zach Van Guilder and Tyler Hicks (Scott County), and Jarrod Litzinger (Mason County) deserve mention for their performance.

Underclassmen Emerging

Several underclassmen caught our eye on the first day of action at the state tournament, including So. Josh Mack, Fr. Chris Evans, and So. Patrick Metcalf of University Heights, Fr. Rodney Haddix of Scott County, and Fr. William Bradley of Caverna.

Remember this: University Heights will be back in this tournament and they'll make some noise in the future with Mack, Evans and Metcalf. Mack, a 5-foot-11 point guard runs the show, finds his teammates and makes good decisions. He's got good quickness and when he learns to finish better around the rim he'll be one of the better guards in the commonwealth. Evans, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a good looking freshman prospect. He starts as a ninth grader for the fifth region champs so that should tell you something. He's athletic, has long arms and possesses pretty good skills for a young prospect. Metcalf is a 6'4 forward who could develop into one of the better players in the fifth.

You have to like Haddix. At 6-foot-3, he's an athletic wing who has solid ball skills. He's got a nice stroke to three point range and made a contribution against Lafayette.

Bradley is a player we've seen before but he certainly deserves another mention. Only a freshman, the 6'3 Bradley is a key performer for Caverna. He's clearly one of the best ninth graders in the commonwealth.

News and Notes
His team didn't make the tournament but remember this name: Eugene Wade. Wade is a 6-foot-5 freshman at Carroll County. He's athletic and started on their varsity squad. Wade will play for the Derek Smith All-Stars this summer.

Terrance Farley and Pleasure Ridge Park don't play until Thursday but the Panthers arrived in Lexington on Wednesday and attented the early session games. They'll play Rockcastle County in the opening round of play.

Prediction: Mason County will face PRP in the finals.

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