Cancer Research Classic: Day Two

WHEELING, WV - Some seniors put on big performances on Saturday at the Cancer Research Classic. Future Ohio State standout D'Angelo Russell and future Georgetown Hoya Paul White led the way.

D'Angelo Russell, SG, Montverde Academy – It wasn't even for sure that Russell was going to play, but the future Ohio State Buckeye showed everything he is capable of. No one on Montverde put up huge numbers, but it was Russell who had the biggest impact. He scored it well, was an excellent passer, and was very tough on defense. This is the type of complete showing that he is capable of, and was very impressive, especially in the second half when Montverde pulled away.

Justin Bibbs, SG, Montverde Academy – Bibbs isn't the most flashy player around, but the future Virginia Tech Hokie is efficient and can do a bit of everything. The lefty has a smooth shooting stroke from deep, can get to the rim, and also is a pretty good passer. It was all on display, and Bibbs seems more confident than ever with his game. There is no doubt he should be an early impact guy for the Hokies when he arrives on campus.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – He is the No. 1 prospect in the nation for a reason, and Okafor showed exactly why in a big Whitney Young comeback. The 6-foot-11 manchild dominated down low, showed his impressive skill level handling the ball and making passes, and then as usual controlled the glass. Despite a constant double-team, Okafor was able to have a huge impact and showed why he is in the top spot in his class.

Paul White, PF/SF, Whitney Young – Sometimes he can be inconsistent with his effort, but White was definitely elite on Saturday night. The combo forward finished with 29 points and showed the combination of skill and size that has had people buzzing since he was a freshman. White was getting to the rim, making impressive passes, and then also hitting from the mid-range and out. When he plays this motivated and focused very few are better.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – Early on Mudiay was playing the role of facilitator, but then as things developed he knew he had to take over, and late in the game he showed the full skillset. His size and athleticism make him very tough to guard, and with that Mudiay can really attack the rim. Also early when his jumper wasn't going, Mudiay knew to feed the hot hand and did just that and was on time and on target with his passes.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman – Coming into this weekend it wasn't a perfect start to the year for Zimmerman, but again on Saturday he looked like his old dominant self. He ran the floor, showed athleticism, is a very good passer, and then also was solid on the defensive end. Zimmerman finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds on only 7-10 shooting, and looked more like the top five player he has been than the one who struggled earlier in the season.

Nick Blair, SF/PF, Bishop Gorman – Again the ultra-athletic Blair was able to get out in transition and cause problems for the defense. Blair isn't the most skilled, but he finishes with bad intentions around the rim and usually plays to his strengths as a player. He added 15 points and did it in an efficient manner as well.

Ben Simmons, C/PF, Montverde Academy – All season long Simmons has been making a case to be the No. 1 prospect in the class. While he showed some big time skills in this one, he wasn't quite as dominant as he has been the rest of the season. Simmons scored 12 points and pulled in nine rebounds in the balanced Montverde assault, and in the process showed his elite athleticism and developing skill. He wasn't efficient going only 6-13 from the floor, but still everything he did stood out and he showed why everybody has been so high on him throughout the year.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler – When things went poorly for Wheeler in the second half it was Brown who was the only one keeping them in it. He got his double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and was impossible to stop going to the rim. Brown is one of the strongest and most athletic wings in the country, and Montverde had no answer for him in that regard. He still needs to continue to work on his jumper, but he is a freight train going to the rim.

Daniel Giddens, C, Wheeler – It was a relatively quiet game for Giddens who was saddled with some foul trouble and just seemed to never get into the flow. Now defensively he did make some things difficult on Montverde at times and he was very good rebounding the ball, but he didn't get many touches on offense. Giddens is a work in progress, but he does rebound and block shots quite well.

Terrance Ferguson, SG, Prime Prep – People had been waiting for Ferguson to have a breakout game, and finally he did on Saturday. The talented wing went into "video game mode" in the first three quarters and was absolutely on fire knocking in six threes and getting 20 points. Now he slowed down in the fourth, but Ferguson showed the elite shooting stroke and high level athleticism that has so many excited about his potential.

Daniel Giddens plans to cut his list down to five soon, and says his next visit might be to Arizona.

Virginia Tech was watching signee Justin Bibbs with their full staff

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