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.
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Saturday Lineup 5 Games:
Holcombe Rucker High School vs. Green Tech Charter School Final Score: 72-47
Standout Player(s): Josh Rodriguez #1 Green Tech (Freshman)
Stat line: 28 points. 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 7 turnovers
Rodriguez got off to a rather slow start in the first half and struggled with turnovers during that span as well. But throughout the game is dribble penetration, speed and quickness helped Green Tech get out in transition and score off Holcombe’s turnovers. Rodriguez is a freshman and will continue to improve as he grows physically and develops better court awareness as the lead guard on offense. He simply plays too fast at times often trying to split double teams instead of making the simple pass. His lateral quickness, mid and long-range jump shots were on full display all game long. He has a chance to be one of the best point guards in the area, so long as he continues to improve skill set on offense and defense.
All Hallows High School vs. Wadleigh High School Final Score 58-49
Standout Player(s): John Egbuta #1 Wadleigh (Senior)
26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 turnovers
John Egbuta plays with a type of physicality catches your eye immediately. He is an athletic finisher around the basket and uses that same athleticism to be an impact player on defense. John was relentless attacking the basket, blocking shots, and creating second chance scoring opportunities for Wadleigh high. Egbuta has a very quick second jump that really helps him erase shots at the rim and finish put back misses as well. Going forward, he will need to continue working on having a consistent release from beyond the arc. At certain points throughout the game you could see the ball was leaving his hands a little too late on his shot release. Overall Egbuta was an impressive two-way player to watch during this game that remained very close up until the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter.
Nicolas Johnson #10 All Hallows (Junior)
Stat line: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
Nicolas Johnson really came on in the second half as he was aggressive on the offensive glass, helping All Hallows reduce and eventually take the lead from Wadleigh. His decision-making on offense was impressive, as he took midrange jumpers or aggressively attacked the basket for a layup. Johnson was a key contributor in the All Hallows comeback especially in the 4th quarter because of his defensive effort and limiting second chance points for Wadleigh. He has some finesse to his game and his ability to compete even harder when the game is on the line is very impressive.
Game 3: Brooklyn Collegiate High School vs. Eagle Academy Final Score 56-44
Standout Player(s) Glen Anderson #1 Brooklyn Collegiate (Junior)
Stat line: 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 4 turnovers.
Glen Anderson’s foot speed was just too much for Eagle Academy. Even though Anderson finished the game with only 1 assist, he made many impressive passes to set up his teammates who made the extra pass to a wide open player. Anderson was at his best when it came to playing with pace and forcing Eagle Academy to play faster than they wanted to. At times it felt as though he was playing a bit too fast, when he turned the ball over, but it became clear that Brooklyn Collegiate wanted to dictate the overall game pace early on and find out of if Eagle Academy players would be able to keep up. Anderson was able to harass players on both ends of the court by forcing turnovers with his pressure defense and driving hard to the basket. He will need to keep mastering his ball handling skills and continue learning when to use his speed on offense in order to reduce his turnovers and increase his control of the offense
Game 4: Our Savior Lutheran (Post grad) Mount Zion Prep Final Score 49-52
Standout Player(s) Trace Young #14 Mount Zion
14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks.
Jaylen Saddler #11 Mount Zion
11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers
Damien Chung Qui #1 OSL
18 points 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 turnovers.
Trace Young played a very smooth and clutch game over two halves of basketball. Trace’s help defense was consistent and helped Mount Zion get needed stops down the stretch. Young came through in the clutch when his team need him to hit a timely three or knock down free throws in the final minute of the game to extend their lead. Trace appears to be the most reliable player on the squad and it showed during various points throughout the game
Jaylen Saddler was a key player in the win for Mount Zion because of his shot making down the stretch. Saddler was making the right decisions on offense by knowing when to attack the basket and pull up for the mid range jump-shot. Jaylen was able to play within the offense to help his team score when it matter most, and got his teammates involved whenever he could.
Damien Chung Qui was just relentless in trying to win the game. He is a promising lead guard because of his ability to hit the outside shot, penetrate the lane, and facilitate scoring opportunities for his team. Chung Qui had the hot hand from three for most of the second half and gave Mount Zion just about all they could handle from the point guard position. Chung Qui hit several big shots to keep his time within striking distance of taking the lead during the final 2 minutes of the game. This point guard plays with a ton of confidence and has the type of stamina that allows him to go out and be ruthless on defense and hit in rhythm shots for 4 quarters of basketball.
Game 5: St. Raymond High School vs. Wings Academy Final Score: 74-54
Standout Players: Dallas Watson #0 St. Rays (Senior)
Stat line: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
Dallas Watson is as advertised. He’s a volume shooter with an aggressive style of play. He plays with a lot of emotion and is relentless as a finisher around the basket, with a score first mentality. Watson has the ability to create shots for teammates but is working on becoming much more consistent as a playmaker. Dallas also has the ability to play consistent on ball pressure defense because of his athleticism and lateral quickness. Dallas will need to focus on becoming less streaky as a shooter and improve his overall scoring efficiency going forward. Watson has the ability to really impact and takeover a game with his scoring ability, we just want to see him be as efficient as possible when doing so.
release. While off the ball, he's equally as dangerous because of his speed and agility while successfully utilizing screens. He's very quick off the bounce with an amazing first step but what is most important is his ability to limit mistakes. He has a high basketball IQ and it's clear he's a student of the game. Currently, just to name a few, he holds offers from Utah State, St. Francis Brooklyn, Florida International, New Mexico, and Idaho State.
Trevon Duval is headed to IMG for his last and final stop of his high school career. He's headed to IMG in order to improve his overall game. He's not a finished product in my opinion. Many people compare him to Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, but I think he has the opportunity to be better than both All-Stars. I wouldn't call Trevon a pure point guard, but a guard who is basically unstoppable with the ball in his hand at this level of basketball. At the next, level he will need to improve on his decision making, jump shooting, and being fully committed on the defensive end. He has the size, explosiveness, strength, athleticism, and play making ability to be a star in college, then the pros. He's currently down to his top 9 schools which include St. John's, Seton Hall, Maryland, Arizona, Villanova, Kansas, USC, Cal, and Oregon. Who ever lands him will be instantly considered a favorite to make a push for the National Championship.
Dontae Mitchell: 6’4 2/3, wiry and versatile defender with a good mid-range game and stretches it to the 3.
Tyrell Leotaud: 6’5 wing that is a hard-nosed kid who does a little bit of everything.
Dwight Richards is still available, graduated from Kaskaskia JC this year (From Ft Wayne, Indiana) 6’4 215 Extremely strong and versatile player.
Aleem Ford | IMG Academy | G/F | 6'7" 200 | Contact: Billy Clapper | Video
Alex Tostado | Montverde Prep Team | G | 6’2” 160 | Contact: Frank Holloway | Video
Andre Banton | Fork Union Military | G | 6’1” 170 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Brenden Vessichio | Wilbraham & Monson | G | 6’4” 180 | Contact: Mike Mannix |Video
Camara Fode | Evelyn Mack | G | 6’6” 170 | Contact: Gregory Primus
Charles Minlend | Fork Union Military | G | 6’4” 205 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
D'Mitrik Trice | IMG Academy | G | 6'0" 175 | Contact: Billy Clapper
Dante Jefferson | Bull City Prep | G/F | 6’6” 180 | Contact: Darryl Harris
Darius Webster | Evelyn Mack | F | 6’8” 215 | Contact: Gregory Primus | Video
Dimitri Diara | Montverde Prep Team | G | 6’4” 165 | Contact: Frank Holloway | Video
Dontae Mitchell | Athlete Institute | G | 6’4” 180 | Contact: Brandon Lesovsky | Video
Eddie Johnson-Clayton | Fork Union Military | F | 6’6” 215 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Grant Clarke | Fork Union Military | F | 6’8” 205 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Hudson Urbanus | Fork Union Military | G | 6’1” 170 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Ivan Gandia | Huntington Prep | G | 6’1” 180 | Contact: Arkell Bruce | Video
Ivo-Van Tamm | IMG Academy | F | 6'8" 200 | Contact: Billy Clapper | Video
Jacob Winston | IMG Academy | G | 6'6" 180 | Contact: Billy Clapper
Jack Rauch | Blair Academy | F | 6’7” 230 | Contact: Joe Mantegna | Video
Jahmai George | Fork Union Military | G | 6’0” 180 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Jared Rivers | Christ the King | G | 6'0" 160 | Contact: Joe Arbitello
Jesse Barnes | Athlete Institute | F | 6’8” 225 | Contact: Brandon Lesovsky
Joshua Brown | Fork Union Military | G | 6’4” 195 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Justin Jones | Bull City Prep | G | 6’1” 180 | Contact: Darryl Harris | Video
KJ Smith | IMG Academy | G | 6'2" 175 | Contact: Billy Clapper | Video
Lewis Freeman | Fork Union Military | G | 6’4” 190 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Loren Brill | South Kent | PG | 6'0" 180 | Contact: Kelvin Jefferson | Video
Luka Petrovic | Huntington Prep | G | 6’5” 180 | Contact: Arkell Bruce | Video
Luke Busumbru | CBD Montverde | G | 6’2” 165 | Contact: Frank Holloway | Video
Marcus Larsson | Fork Union Military | G | 6’5” 200 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Malik Brevard | Evelyn Mack | F | 6’9” 200 | Contact: Gregory Primus | Video
Malik Kuwornu | Fork Union Military | C | 7’0” 210 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Malik Lue Mitchell | Evelyn Mack | G | 6’4” 170 | Contact: Gregory Primus | Video
Marquise Owens | West Deptford High | G | 5’11” 165 | Contact: Jimmy Owens | Video
Michael Obi | Montverde Prep Team | G | 6’4” 180 | Contact: Frank Holloway | Video
Mikel Simms | Bull City Prep | F/G | 6’5” 220 | Contact: Darryl Harris
Peace Llegomah | Roselle Catholic | F/C | 6'10" 235 | Contact: Dave Boff
Quinton Gray | Athlete Institute | G | 6’3” 180 | Contact: Brandon Lesovsky | Video
Reggie Gardner | DeMatha | G | 6’3” 175 | Contact: Mike Jones
Taylor Sweeney | Fork Union Military | G | 6’4” 210 | Contact: Matthew Donohue | Video
Tyrell Leotaud | Athlete Institute | G | 6’5” 180 | Contact: Brandon Lesovsky | Video
Wiktor Sewiol | Roselle Catholic | F | 6'6" 210 | Contact: Dave Boff | Video
Yashawn Bright | Christ the King | G/F | 6'4" 200 | Contact: Joe Arbitello