Levan Alston, a combo guard headed to North Broad Street next season to play for Temple head coach Fran Dunphy, was terrific for The Haverford School on Saturday afternoon. Alston scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. In the game's closing seconds, he spun through the lane and athletically finished at the rim, forcing overtime. He was terrific all game though. He knocked down two threes, including one deep off-balance three off the catch. His pull-up game was solid, knocking down jumpers from the free-throw line extended. Alston was also able to get to the rim, where he finished through contact on a number of occasions. All in all, it was a great offensive outing for the future Temple Owl.
Alston had help from junior wing forward Lamar Stevens and freshman shooting guard Cameron Reddish as well. Stevens finished with 12 points, while Reddish finished with 10 of his own. Stevens is an athletically built 6'6 wing who holds offers from the likes of Indiana and Villanova and Penn State, along with St. Joe's. Stevens is at his best bulldozing his way to the rim, although he did demonstrate a soft shooting touch on a 17-foot pull-up jumper. 6 of Stevens' 12 points came at the free-throw line, with his other points coming on that mid-range jumper, and then two drives and scores in close. Stevens also had two monster blocks in the second half, including one on fellow 2016 star wing DeAndre Hunter.
While Alston is headed to Temple and Stevens is a high-major prospect, there is no doubt that Cam Reddish is the best long-term prospect at The Haverford School. Just a freshman, the 6'5 shooting guard had a few moments Saturday that took your breath away. He his a three in the first half, drilled a tough pull-up in the second, and also knocked down his free throws. Reddish had the move of the game in the second half, however, when he put the spin cycle on a Friends' Central defender in the lane and acrobatically finished at the rim for an and-one basket. It was an NBA move from a 6'5 high school shooting guard. Just so happens that high school shooting guard is a freshman. Reddish has all the making of a 5-star, top 20 player in his class nationally.
On the other side of things, Friends' Central was paced by Chuck Champion's 17 points. Friends' Central led 23-20 at the half, and maintained a lead throughout most of the second half, until giving it away down the stretch and being taken down in overtime. Champion and fellow Friends' Central guard Jon Lawton were very good. The two combined for at least 7 three-pointers, and were clutch from the free throw line as well. An unsigned senior, Lawton is a fringe D1 prospect, but on Saturday looked like he could play at the D1 level in the right spot.
The big name for Friends' Central is 6'7 junior combo forward DeAndre Hunter. Hunter had a relatively quiet game Saturday, just a day after putting up 35 points and 15 rebounds in an overtime win against Phelps. On Saturday, he had 16 points, 11 rebounds, at least 3 assists, and at least 3 blocks in the loss. Hunter is one of St. Joe's top targets in the 2016 class, but it won't be easy, with the likes of Temple, Villanova, NC State, Penn State, and more involved. Hunter had 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
Hunter's game is very smooth and skilled. At 6'7, he is more comfortable on the perimeter than in the paint, although he has a great nose for the ball on the offensive glass. For a 6'7 junior, he has really good ball skills, able to bring the ball up court against the press and also drive and kick to open shooters. He did that very well in the first half, driving and kicking to Lawton and Champion. Stevens knocked down a right wing three, showed a solid stroke from the line, where he went 5-6, and also scored three times off the offensive glass. While it wasn't his best outing, he showed why he is such a hotly-recruited and well-regarded player in the 2016 class.
There was no shortage of talent on the court Saturday afternoon at Lower Merion High School. Levan Alston stole the show in the end, which goes to show just how impressive he was. The two best 2016 wings in Philadelphia also did their part, with Lamar Stevens and DeAndre Hunter both showing off their unique skill sets. Freshman phenom Cam Reddish also provided a few glimpses into the future. In the end, Alston, Reddish, and Stevens left the gym with a hard-fought 66-62 overtime win.
Alston powers Haverford past Friends' Central
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