2018 Frankie Williams Classic:
Game #1 Boys Regionals
MVP: Majur Majak (St. Peter’s Commit)
Sportsmanship Award: William Lee
Standout Players: Brandon Redendo & Sam Peek
The Boys regional tipped off at 5pm and Majur Majak went to work immediately. The 7’1 St. Peters commit used his length and athleticism throughout the game by controlling the paint with put back dunks, rebounds, and blocked shots. Majak also flashed some finesse and skilled footwork in the second half by hitting a few step-back jumpers just outside the painted area. William Lee was extremely effective as a scorer showing his consistent three point range, whether he was pulling up off the dribble or in a catch and shoot stance. Lee displayed confidence in his ability to get to the basket, and hit a number of contested three point shots. 6’1 point guard Brandon Redendo highlighted his ability to be an effective playmaker in transition and half court sets as well. Along with his impressive handle, Redendo displayed a few pro style spin moves to get to the basket and finish at the rim. Sam Peek’s athleticism stood out with his chase down blocks in transition, combined his ability to finish above the rim. Peek’s jumper looked very smooth and fluid throughout the game as well.
Game #2 Girls Nationals
MVP: Kadaja Bailey (St. John’s Commit)
Sportsmanship Award: Maddie Siegrist (Villanova Commit)
Kadaja Bailey was by far the best pure scorer on the floor and was in attack mode for most of the night. Her ability to break defenders down off the dribble was efficient, and she was effective when finishing at the basket. Bailey has a quick first step and displayed a skilled understanding of how to utilize angles when attacking the paint. Kadaja displayed a willingness to defend and take on the challenge of being stopper on defense when needed. Maddie Siegrist was highly effective running the floor in transition throughout the game, as she scored many easy baskets in the paint. Siegrist was aggressive hitting the boards on offense and was persistent when it came to boxing out and securing a rebound on defense too. Maddie was intent on pulling off a number of dunks in transition and managed to almost throw one down late in the first half.
Game #3 Boys Nationals
MVP: Savion Lewis (Quinnipiac Commit)
Sportsmanship Award: Naz Reid (LSU Commit)
Standout Player(s): Atiba Taylor, Ismael Massoud, Dashawn Davis, Ron Harper III
The Boys Nationals was headlined by All American Naz Reid, but in fact it was Savion Lewis who played his way toward winning the game’s MVP. Lewis was dynamic when the ball was in his hands, showing off a handle and court vision that was carving up the defense on several occasions. Savion found success as a shooter pulling up off the dribble and off the catch. His highlight play came in transition when he bounced himself an alley-oop and dunked well above the rim. Naz Reid, was just as advertised providing a number of elite level plays where his footwork, handle and shooting abilities reminded the crowd exactly why he’s an All American. Reid’s ability to impact the game using his skills as a modern day finesse, but power big proved just how difficult he is to contain offensively.
Atiba Taylor was great at both ends of the floor, whether he was demonstrating his lateral speed as an on-ball defender, or driving past his opponent to finish with contact at the basket. Ismael Massoud was one of the more efficient scorers of the night, particularly when he was able to get to his spots and hit a pull up jump shot, flash to the low block for a dunk, or stretch the defense by spotting up from three. Ron Harper III was of one the more impressive athletes in the national game, displaying his ability to attack and finish above the rim in the half court and transition scenarios as well. Dashawn Davis was notably able to create offense with his shooting and ball handling in the half court, in addition to demonstrating his above average leaping ability on a few dunks.
Written by Edwin Blebu
2017-2018 Scouting Season
While Montverde's RJ Barrett gained most of the attention at the Geico Nationals, University School's Vernon Carey and Scottie Barnes really impressed me the most. Vernon Carey is a high skilled lefty with the combination of strength and finesse. He has a pro body already as a junior, but what caught my eye was his outside shooting touch and ability to put the ball on the floor. His ceiling is extremely high.
Scottie Barnes length was intriguing. I would predict his wingspan is anywhere between 6'10" and 7'2", monstrous for a high school basketball player, who plays the wing at 6'6". In addition, he showed a tremendous amount of heart and confidence in the championship game, going head to head with RJ Barrett, the tournaments all time leading scorer and MVP.
RJ Barrett Tournament MVP
Vernon Carey Jr.
The (#) indicates the difference in the winning half