Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman – Scout.com’s top player in the 2012 class lived up to the hype on the big stage. Muhammad dismantled DeMatha on the offensive side. Muhammad brings energy every time he steps on the floor and plays a tough brand of ball. He gave DeMatha buckets from three, from mid-range and from the post. He demanded the ball at times and more often than not made a play. It is encouraging to watch Muhammad, as he’s playing like the No. 1 senior should. He finished with 37 points on 12-for-22 shooting.
Rosco Allen, PF, Bishop Gorman – Muhammad’s teammate had a terrific all around game against DeMatha’s impressive front line. He attacked the glass as hard as I’ve seen him and came away with a game high nine rebounds. Offensively he was an efficient 7-for-10 from the field and worked in a pair of three-pointers. Allen’s versatility is a strength and in an up-tempo environment Allen was able to make plays. He finished with 18 points.
James Robinson, PG, DeMatha – His speed nor athleticism are going to wow you, but Robinson is a steady handler and a smart basketball player. The Pittsburgh signee plays to his strengths and makes plays. He’s slimmed up his frame and looks a tad faster. He made a few plays at the rim and tossed out four assists. Robinson finished with 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
Jerami Grant, PF, DeMatha – From the field Grant was efficient going 5-for-6 from the field and scoring 12 points. He left five points on the free thrown line going 2-for-7 and could have boarded better. With all that said, Grant is a tremendous talent. He’s great from the high post and has a nice mid-range jump shot. Grant is headed to Syracuse next year.
Kyle Anderson, PF, St. Anthony – Anderson filled the stat sheet against Miller Grove. A match up nightmare, Anderson created for himself and teammates, hit the glass and got his hands in the passing lanes. The UCLA signee has a terrific mid-range pull-up that – because of his size – is tough to defend. Anderson finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Dominic Artis, PG, Findlay – Findlay assistant Todd Simon had warned that Artis was starting to really play well this year and that was clear in Findlay’s win over Simeon. Artis scored it at the rim, played at a good tempo and found his teammates for buckets. Plus Artis was steady with the ball in his hands and only turned it over one time. It was a big time outing for Artis. He finished 7-for-12 from the field for 21 points and eight assists.
Winston Shepard, PF/SF, Findlay – His effort and energy makes him fun to watch. He plays the game similar to Michael Gilchrist. He’s a long, wiry combo forward with very good athleticism, good speed and strength. Shepard rebounds the ball very well and always looks to defend the opposition’s best player. Against Simeon he drew Jabari Parker and did as good of a job as I’ve seen against the best junior in the country. Shepard also tacked on 16 points, most in transition or in the paint, plus five boards and four assists.
Katin Reinhardt, SG, Mate Dei –The UNLV signee flat out had it working on Monday. Reinhardt engaged with Omar Calhoun, a UConn signee, and showed his competitiveness. Reinhardt pumped in nine three-pointers, a trio of mid-range pull-ups and throw down a dunk in transition. At 6-foot-4, Reinhardt handles it well, obviously has a terrific long range shot and can score it from mid-range. Reinhardt was the games MVP and scored 35 efficient points.
Josh Brown, PG/SG, St. Anthony – Since July, Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, has made improvements to his all around game. He’s a guy that Bob Hurley uses on and off the ball and can be effective at both spots. Brown finishes well around the basket and the southpaw had no problem getting after it on the defensive end. The Temple commit scored 10 points in the win.
Jarius Lyles, SG/PG, DeMatha – A true combo guard, Lyles had his moments in the loss to Bishop Gorman. Lyles pushed the break when he could, finished well around the basket when he drove and made an effort to hit the glass. Lyles also worked in a pair of three-pointers on his way to 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
Jabari Parker, SF, Simeon – Scout.com’s top rated junior didn’t have any help against arguably the most talented high school team in the country. Still though Parker didn’t force the issue, played with patience and found ways to score. With Shepard trailing him all over the court, Parker had to work for his points, but still finished with an impressive line of 24 points on 10-for-22 shooting and 12 rebounds.
*Nigel Williams-Goss played well on both ends of the floor. He finished 7-for-12 from the field and scored 18 points. Williams-Goss played with energy and made an effort to defend the opposition.
Both Kentucky and Duke had their full staffs at the Hoop Hall Classic to watch Tony Parker and Shabazz Muhammad. The Duke guys also stuck around to watch No. 1 junior Jabari Parker.
Shaka Smart and Ed Cooley also stopped by the Hoop Hall Classic to watch potential prospects. The assistants I spotted today were Virginia Tech, Hofstra, Oregon, UCLA, Connecticut, St. John’s, Arkansas, Drexel, St. John’s, Arizona and Arkansas.