Marshall County Hoopfest Features Big Names

With Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall in attendance the Marshall County Hoopfest moved into it's second day of the festival and saw great performances by Monta Ellis, Kevin Durant, and Tywon Lawson

Boys Game 1

The first boys' game at the Marshall County Hoopfest featured two Kentucky teams in a somewhat boring and uneventful game. Paducah Tilghman didn't have the firepower to even give Bowling Green a game. The purples won 77 to 59 behind a 23 point effort by Jordan Blann. Louisville football commit Lamar Alston played in the game for Paducah Tilghman.

Boys Game 2

Bolivar (TN) vs. Marshall County The home team didn't have what it took to hang with the defending 2A state champs in Tennesssee. Bolivar came out right away, made a statement, and never really let up winning by a score of 52 to 37. Bolivar point guard, Willie Kemp, had 17 points and Brandy Robinson had a strong effort with 24 points.

Willie Kemp (2006) Bolivar (TN) This 6-foot-2 point guard had a great game and showed a very polished and mature game. He has a very smooth jump shot and is very strong with the ball. He said he's being recruited by all of the ACC schools. Kemp has already visited Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Wayne Chism (2005) Bolivar (TN) Although not very active today Chism has the ability to be a solid D-1 player. For such a big guy he is pretty mobile and has the ability to step out and take a jumper. He stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs in at 230 pounds and like W. Kemp he's being recruited by a lot of ACC schools.

Daniel Ard (2006) Marshall County (KY) While this game got out of hand Ard was the only reason Marshall County kept the game respectable. Ard scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the hoopfest host. Ard is 6-foot-6 and is very mobile, he would fit in at a Western Kentucky or Morehead State type program.

Boys Game 3

Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Jackson Lanier (MS) In last years hoopfest Monta Ellis of Jackson Lanier went for 41 points just shy of the hoopfest record of 42 set by Western Kentucky freshmen Ty Rogers. This year Ellis came back itching to get the record and although he started off slow, he got it. While he poured in 51, it wasn't enough to get the victory. Oak Hill's star-studded lineup was very impressive in pulling off a 94 to 80 victory.

Tywon Lawson (2006) Oak Hill Academy (VA) Big time players take big time shots, and Tywon Lawson did just that. After Oak Hill blew a double-digit lead, Lawson quickly turned a tied game back into a decisive victory. Lawson went for 25 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Lawson showed his ability to knock down the three-pointer when he hit two on consecutive possessions; he was 5 of 9 from three land for the game.

Eric Devendorf (2005) Oak Hill Academy (VA) The Syracuse bound senior quietly had a solid game scoring 21 points and dishing out 6 assists. His jump shot was impressive but seemed to be care less with the ball at times.

Kevin Durant (2006) Oak Hill Academy (VA) The headliner of Oak Hill's impressive lineup would have to be 6-foot-9 Kevin Durant. He showed flashes of greatness and knocked down three three-pointers from the corner proving that he has the ability to step out and knock down the deep ball. Durant recorded a double-double putting in 22 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Durant is ranked second in the class of 2006, by and he listed a number of schools including Texas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Louisville.

Monta Ellis (2005) Jackson Lanier (MS) The Mississippi State signee went for 46 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. He is a very smooth scorer and passes well. The best thing about his game is his ability to get to the basket at any time. He is very nifty in the lane and can get shots up over much taller defenders. Ellis didn't have much help from his teammates, so he shot the ball 38 times in a losing effort.

Al Graham (2007) Jackson Lanier (MS) It's hard to get many touches when you're a teammate of Monta Ellis. But Graham made the best of shooting 5 of 7 from the field scoring 13 points. Graham should develop into a pretty good point guard, he handles the ball well and can get to the basket when called upon.

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