The main event Thursday night at Peach Jam from a Villanova perspective was the game in which Team FInal (PA) knocked off E1T1 (FL) by a score of 83-69 behind some spectacular play by Villanova commit, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Villanova's primary guard prospect in the Class of 2017, Lonnie Walker.
Here is a closer look at how three players being recruited by the Cats performed in this game.
The lone Villanova commit for the Class of 2017 to-date, posted 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 28 minutes of play on Thursday night to help lead Team Final to victory. Cosby-Roundtree shot 10-14 from the floor and 3-4 from the free-throw line in what was a very efficient shooting performance. Only one of his FG attempts was from outside of 5 feet from the rim - a 17 foot jumper that he was a little quick to release on a semi-break. His 10 made shots included 6 dunks, 2 lay-ups and 2 put-backs. One of is misses took place when he made a drop-step move on his primary defender only to get blocked by the weak-side help. He also missed a short floater on screen-and-roll action where he set a solid pick and darted to the bucket only to come up a touch short. His free-throw stroke is much smoother now than it looked at the EYBL Hampton and Atlanta stops on the Nike tour. Cosby-Roundtree played active defensively and was a force on the boards. He does not hesitate to get out on the perimeter and defend when needed. He has the level of mobility needed to thrive as a perimeter defender while still being able to provide help as a shot-blocker when he is defending on the weak side in particular. Villanova Head Coach, Jay Wright was on-hand to watch this game as were his Asst. Coaches, Baker Dunleavy, Ashley Howard and Kyle Neptune
Walker was fabulous in this game as he tallied 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor, 2-3 from the free-throw line and 4-8 from three-point range. Additionally, he grabbed 10 boards (for a double-double), dished out 6 helpers and had 1 turnover and 1 steal. His consistent effort through the entire game and his passing stood out as real positives. His highlight plays included:
- drove the baseline and made a nice feed to a cutter for an easy lay-up
- pull-up three-ball from the top in transition with a defender on him
- flew through the lane to grab a defensive rebound
- made a shake-and-bake dribble move, drove and dished to "DCR" for a dunk
- great pass in transition for an easy lay-up and an assist (good court vision)
- precision pass to DCR cutting baseline for an easy flush
- strong drive to the cup finished with the left-hand through contact
- shovel pass in transition for another DCR cram
- sprinted across the court to help a fallen teammate
Walker scored the ball in myriad ways: wing threes spotting up, pull-up threes, corner threes, spin dribble moves, hop-step moves, right-hand finishes and left-hand finishes. When he is locked in and focused on both ends of the court, as he was tonight, Lonnie Walker is an impressive prospect and McDonald's All-American candidate.
Kevin Knox once again displayed the skills that make him such a highly sought after recruit. He poured in 24 points in 29 minutes of action. Knox was 12-21 from the floor , 0-2 from the line and 0-2 from three-point range. He pulled in 9 rebounds, tallied 2 assists (off-set by 3 turnovers) and had one steal. He went into orbit in the first half to finish a back-door alley-oop play, drove one transtion scoring opportunity straight into the grill of Lonnie Walker and finished strong with an "and one". Knox can score from all three levels - he has a silky jumper he can hit from long and mid-range, be it off the dribble, spotting up, or off a curl/screen. Knox can also get to the rim using his length, athleticism, good handle and creativity. Given his size and length he can generally create a shot for himself when he needs one.
Lonnie Walker and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree took their fair share of turns trying to put the clamps on Kevin Knox. Here are examples of their legal guarding techniques: