Nikola Jovanovic, PF/C, Arlington Country Day – The big man headed to USC has a nice set of hands and great touch around the rim. In a blow out win over Kiski Prep, Jovanovic dropped in at least four jump hooks over his left shoulder, plus showed he could finish with either hand around the rim. Although not a great leaper, Jovanic does run the floor well. He finished 9-for-12 from the field and scored a game high 22 points.
Nick Emery, SG, Lone Peak – Up against Chester (Pa.) High, Emery not only pumped in a few three-pointers, but he sliced his way to the rim and finished once he got there. Sure his range is deep and his jump shot is his best weapon, but he's quick enough to make plays inside the arc and is comfortable pulling up for mid-range jumpers. He's also developed a pull-up off his back foot that he got to go down twice on Thursday. Emery scored 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting.
Rondae Jefferson, SF, Chester – There aren't many in the 2013 class that play with kind of effort and energy that Jefferson does when he steps on the floor. The 6-foot-7 forward aggressively attacked the basket against Lone Peak and had some success, especially in the first half. He scraps for rebounds, finishes well through contact and always seems to mix in a nice pass to a cutting teammate. Jefferson finished 6-for-11 from the field. He scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep – The best player in the country is also the best defender in the country. When matched up with Justin Jackson, Wiggins held him in check and even blocked a few of his jump shot attempts. Wiggins put together a fairly complete game, as he dunked everything in the paint, hit a three-pointer and grabbed his fair share of rebounds. It was one of Wiggins' best games of the year. He finished 15-for-22 from the field and scored 31 points.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG, Huntington Prep – With Wiggins scoring at will, Rathan-Mayes took a step back and played the role of distributor. He spent some time on the ball and looked to push the tempo when he had the opportunity. He was just 2-fo-8 from the field, but he tossed out an impressive 14 assists in Huntington Prep's big win.
Jajuan Johnson, SG, Southwind – In a blowout win over Lake Wales, Johnson put together an efficient game. He scored 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, plus added five steals and four rebounds. The athletic wing scored most of his points in transition or off strong drives to the rim. He also worked in a three-pointer off of the catch. Johnson's offense is certainly a strong point, as is his defense. He slides his feet well and uses his length to get deflections.
Kasey Hill, PG, Montverde – One of the biggest difference makers in the Montverde/Whitney Young game was Hill, as he raced up and down the floor and making plays in transition. His speed is game changing and if the opposition isn't careful he'll sneak down the court for an easy bucket. He gets in the lane when he wants to and has terrific vision of the court. Whitney Young struggled to slow Hill down and that was a big reason they took the loss. Hill ended with 12 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Dakari Johnson, C, Montverde – Where Johnson made his impact in the Montverde/Whitney Young game was on the glass. He's arguably the top rebounder in the 2013 class and he reeled in a game high 17 boards in the physical contest with the Dolphins. Johnson will need to continue to develop his low post moves, as he had some issues scoring over Jahlil Okafor at times. To go with his 17 rebounds, he also added nine points and four blocks.
Devin Williams, PF, Montverde – Although the Dakari Johnson/Jahlil Okafor battle was the one most in attendance were paying attention, Williams made sure fans at Bishop Verot knew exactly who he was. Williams was active in the paint and aggressively pursued rebounds. He finished with 13 for the game. Eight of his boards were offensive and half of those lead to points. He finished 5-for-10 from the field and scored 17 points.
T.J. Haws, PG, Lone Peak – He's the youngest of the high major trio Lone Peak throws on the floor, but he may be the scrappiest. Haws, a BYU commit, plays with a chip on his shoulder and backs down from no one. He's crafty, finds ways to touch the paint and is a very good long-range shooter. He finished 4-for-10 from the field, but found his way to the free throw line quite often and made 12 of his 13 free throw attempts.
Justin Jackson, SF, HYCA – Jackson needed a little more help in this one, as HYCA fell to Huntington Prep by 27 points. Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing is a good shooter, but he couldn't get any of his long-range shots to go down in this one. He did, however, hit at least four floaters and showed great touch from mid-range. In all he finished 8-for-22 from the field and scored 19 points.
D'Angelo Russell, SG, Montverde – There was a stretch in the second half where Russell took over the game. The now 6-foot-5 guard is a smooth driver that adjusts his shots well at the rim. Although he's a talented passer, Russell was in score mode against Whitney Young, as he worked in a few mid-range pull-ups and a hit three-pointer. He scored 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – One of the best post scorers in the country, Okafor certainly had his moments for the Dolphins in the paint. Okafor has an array of post moves and tremendous feel when he gets touches on the block. He scored over each shoulder on Thursday and also knocked down an 18-footer. He finished 6-for-13 on his way to 16 points and 13 rebounds in the match up with Dakari Johnson.
Miles Reynolds, SG, Whitney Young – Despite taking the loss, when Whitney Young needed a big play, Reynolds was there to make it. He got fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to help send the game to overtime. Then he hit a big three to start the extra period. In all Reynolds finished 5-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-2 from three, on his way to a game high 18 points. He also tossed out four assists.
L.J. Peak SG, Whitney Young – Much like Reynolds, Peak made some key shots for Whitney Young. The 6-foot-4 guard hit both of his three-pointers in key stretches, including one late in the game when the Dolphins were trying to claw back to even. To go with his two threes, Peak also hit a pair of mid-range pull-ups and had a nice finish with his left hand at the rim. He finished with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
*Paul VI's Quadree Smith went 7-for-13 from the field against Prestonwood Christian. He finished with 14 points and a game high 13 rebounds in the one point victory.
*Chester's undersized post player Richard Granberry scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Chester's loss to Lone Peak.
*Moses Kingsley put up yet another double-double for Huntington Prep. He scored 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting and reeled in a dozen rebounds.
*Johnathan Williams went for 21 points and 13 rebounds in Southwind's big win over Lake Wales. Williams was 6-for-12 from the field and scored all of his points in the paint. He also tacked on nine free throws.
Leonard Hamilton and John Thompson III were both at Bishop Verot on Thursday.
Hamilton was checking in on signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes, as well as FSU's top target Andrew Wiggins. Thompson III was in Ft. Myers to see Dakari Johnson, who recently cut his list to Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse.