Cameron Biedscheid SG, Cardinal Ritter – The 6-foot-7 Notre Dame signee carried his team from a 15-point deficit to defeat Pearl (Miss.). Biedscheid attacked the rim with a vengeance, creating three ‘And-1’ opportunities. He also displayed several step-back jumpers off the dribble. He went for 37 points and willed his team to victory, which was the second-most in the history of the event. He needs to work on ball handling a bit more, but he said postgame that it’ll be a focal point this year.
Twymond Howard SF, Pearl – Howard is a strong and impressive athlete who works hard on both ends of the floor. He showed off extended range on his jump shot, but will need to improve his shot selection going forward. The UTEP commit really gets after it, as evidenced by his 28-point performance. He isn’t afraid to get inside and be physical in the paint. He and Biedscheid rarely guarded one another, but when they did, Howard was able to use his strength to maneuver around the lengthy star.
Jordon Granger PF, McCluer North – The recent Auburn signee took advantage of his size to score 18 points and grab 13 rebounds against Lee (Ala.). Granger has superior athleticism and a nice mid-range game, but will need to develop post moves in order to find the floor in the SEC.
BJ McLaughlin SF/PF, Hazelwood Central – An athletic freak, the 6-foot-6 McLaughlin showcased a nice mid-range game against Martin Luther King (Ga.). He has gotten stronger since the summer and must work on his ball handling, but the competitive fire and swift ability to attack offensively from 15 feet will make him an attractive option at the next level.
Nolan Berry SF, DeSmet – At 6-foot-8, Berry has outstanding vision and has a terrific feel around the basket. Perhaps most impressive, though, is that he doesn’t force any plays. He was able to play within the flow of the game and still managed 20 points and 14 rebounds against a pesky Lee (Ala.) squad. The Butler commit will fit very well into Brad Stevens’ system.
Billy Garrett Jr. SG, Morgan Park – After foul trouble saddled him to the bench for much of the first half, Garrett Jr. showed off a nice skill set in the second half. He’s got nice handles and provided a sense of leadership on the court for his team. At times, he let himself go too far into the teeth of the defense, but he’ll be a nice addition for DePaul.
Martavian Payne, SG, Imagine Prep – Payne showed a keen ability to take defenders off the dribble and finish effectively at the rim. When opponents overplayed him, he was able to knock down the outside jump shot on a consistent basis. He’ll need to work on his decision-making and executing stronger passes.
Greg King PF, Martin Luther King (GA) – The sophomore standout is built like a linebacker with the bounce of a high jumper. He must develop a mid-range game, but he dominates the paint and has nice instincts on the offensive glass. He committed a few silly fouls in the Friday night contest, but bounced back with a solid day on Saturday to show that he belongs in the discussion for top sophomores in Georgia.
Demarco Buchanan SG, Hazelwood Central – It’s his first year on varsity, but just four games into the season, Buchanan connected on six threes in a win over MLK. You can’t give him much space to shoot, because he’s got a quick release and some deep range. His body is quite frail and he’ll need to get in the weight room, but he’s very fast from end-to-end.
*2012 guard Demetrious Floyd from McCluer put up 31 points in a win over Hyde Park. He’s got a great looking stroke, but at 5-foot-11 senior, it’s difficult to imagine that he’ll blossom.
*Morgan Park freshman Kain Harris showed flashes of promise during his brief stints in Saturday’s contest. He can use his body well to get past defenders and does a great job of checking his man on the defensive end. He’s got high major potential.
*2013 Morgan Park forward Xzavier Taylor works very well in the post and has multiple advanced moves. He lets his emotions get the best of him on some occasions, but he’s got big-time bounce and cleans the glass well.
*2014 Greg King lists interest from Georgia, Tennessee, College of Charleston, South Carolina, and NC State.
*Martavian Payne lists interest from Oklahoma, Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.
*2013 Jimmy Barton claims interest from Southeast Missouri State, Eastern Illinois, and Northern Iowa.
*Assistants from DePaul, Auburn, Indiana State, and Illinois State checked in on the action in St. Charles.