LIT: Quarterfinals Rundown

Lavonne Holland

LOUISVILLE -- Lavonne Holland stole the stole the show at the Louisville Invitational Tournament held at Bellarmine University. Rusty Troutman, Desmond Dorsey and Charles Foster had big days as well.

Desmond Dorsey, SG, Jeffersontown – With Jeffersontown down four with under a minute to go, Dorsey, a 6-foot-1 guard, took over. After putting back a miss, Dorsey hit a deep three-pointer off the dribble. He then recorded a block on the opposite end and tossed up the rebound up for the go-ahead assist. Dorsey, an unsigned senior, finished with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

Charles Foster, SG, Trinity – It was a big day for this Morehead State signee. From the start, Foster, a 6-foot-1 guard, set a tone defensively and as the game wore on he began to make plays on the offensive end. In the third quarter Trinity hit threes on five consecutive possessions and Foster had three of them. For the game Foster was 6-for-13 from the field and scored 16 points.

MeKale McKay, SG, Moore – Word is the UTEP commit will stick to football, but he certainly could help Tim Floyd's bunch too. At 6-foot-4 he's an athletics guard with a lot of raw ability. He struggled from the field, but still managed a pair of three-pointers and a few finishes at the basket. He finished with 17 points in the two-point win over Manual.

Darryl Hicks, SG, Trinity – Last year Hicks was forced to the sidelines due to transfer rules. In that time he added some weight to his frame and improved his jump shot. Throughout the season he has shown more confidence in his long-range shot and he's shooting right 40-percent from three on the year. The next step is continuing to develop his middle game. Hicks finished 5-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from three on his way to 13 points.

Derek Willis, PF, Bullitt East – Ballard did a good job of neutralizing the state's best prospect. Willis picked up two early fouls and was kept in check for most of the game. An ultra skilled 6-foot-9 forward, Willis is a very good shooter with a quick release. He managed a three, an 18-footer and a pair of free throws on his way to seven points and six rebounds. He's an impressive all around prospect because of his size, length, athleticism and mobility. Going forward he needs to focus more hitting the glass as he should control the paint at the high school level.

Rusty Troutman, SG/SF, Bullitt East – Word has started to trickle throughout the state that this 6-foot-5 wing is a potential Division-1 player. After watching him for the first time at the L.I.T. it certainly appears to be the case. Troutman has good size at 6-foot-5 and shoots it well to 22-feet. He plays hard on both ends and is willing to fight for rebounds. I'd like to see him deck it a little more in the half court, but he made a nice play in transition using his body to fend off a defender and scoring the bucket. Troutman finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Lavonne Holland, SG, Ballard – Picking up where left off when I last saw him at the Beach Ball Classic a few weeks ago, Holland, a 6-foot-1 guard, scored at will against Bullitt East. He may be undersized, but he's an energetic guard that attacks the rim and shoots it well from behind the three-point stripe. He scored it when Ballard needed him to and was the primary reason the Bruins knocked off Bullitt East by double figures. Holland finished with 20 points.

*PRP has a pair of intriguing sophomores. Lamontray Harris, a 6-foot-6, 195-pounder, is a mobile combo forward with godo touch inside. His teammate – Antonio McDaniels – is a 5-foot-10 point guard that can get to the rim.

*Eastern junior guard Tyrell Corlew was 6-for-12 from the field and scored 14 points. He also had a strong effort on the glass with 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

*Much like his counter part in Willis, Quentin Snider was kept in check most of the Ballard/Bullitt East showdown. Snider finished with eight points and was steady, but it was tough for him to get in the flow and he was in foul trouble the entire game.

*2014 combo forward Kelan Martin strung together a good game for Ballard. The 6-foot-5, maybe 6-6, 210-pounder was active on both ends and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

*Darryl Hicks took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt last weekend. He also claims interest from South Carolina, Auburn and Florida International.

Louisville assistant coach Wyking Jones was at the Louisville Invitational Tournament to watch 2014 commit Quentin Snider as well as 2013 target Derek Willis.

SCOREBOARD
*PRP 52, Jeffersontown 41
*Trinity 68, Eastern 44
*Moore 73, Manual 71
*Ballard 73, Bullitt East 55

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