Marquane Harris, SF, Eisenhower – The brother of Fresno State standout Marvelle Harris played well in a loss to Saddleback Valley Christian. At 6-foot-5, possibly 6-6, Harris has good size for a wing. He has a strong body with lengthy arms. He rebounds the ball particularly well from the wing and has potential as a defender. He made a pair of threes off the catch and scored a number of baskets off strong drives to the left and in transition. He finished with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting and 14 rebounds in the loss.
Joe Furstinger, C, Santa Margarita – New Mexico is adding a really good piece to their puzzle with this 6-foto-8, 215-pound post player. Furtsinger has a very good set of hands, plus really good touch around the rim. He scored off a couple block post moves, but also showed he could face the rim and make mid-range jump shots. Furtsinger finished with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting and also reeled in 13 rebounds in Santa Margarita’s win over Bullard.
Stanley Johnson, SF, Mater Dei – Just as you would expect, Johnson turned in a dominating performance against Village Christian on the opening night of the Nike Extravaganza. Village Christian couldn’t keep Johnson out of the lane. He’s a strong, powerful driver and has terrific body control. He finished well at the rim and made his way to the free throw line a number of times. In all, Johnson finished with 34 points on 10-for-18 shooting in the blowout win.
Bear Henderson, SF/PF, Village Christian – In the first half especially, Henderson was tough for Mater Dei to stop. He was in attack mode, as he looked to drive the ball and had a handful of strong finishes at the rim. Henderson also knocked down two of his three three-point attempts. He finished 9-for-13 from the field and scored 21 points.
Bennie Boatwright, PF, Village Christian – You won’t find many prospects at Boatright’s size (6-foot-8) shooting the ball the way he does. He had a tough match up with a much stronger and more physical Stanley Johnson, but Boatright held his own on the offensive end, scoring 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He buried four three-pointers, including two from 25-feet. He also added seven rebounds. An area for improvement for Boatright would be handleing the ball under pressure, as he was forced into six turnovers.
Rex Pflueger, SG, Mater Dei – What stood out the most about Pflueger’S Friday night performance was his passing. The 6-foot-5 wing looked to get his teammates involved and made a number of impressive passes throughout Mater Dei’s win. Pflueger finished with eight assists. He also had an efficient night from the field, as he made seven of his 11 shot attempts and connected on three three-pointers. He finished with 17 points.
Irshad Hunte, PF, Saddleback Valley Christian – A promising sophomore, Hunte did a great job on the glass against Eisenhower. The 6-foot-7, 205-pounder played with energy and tried to grab every miss, both in and out of his area. He finished with 18 rebounds. Three of Hunte’s six field goals came off put backs, two came off drop off passes and another was scored in transition. Hunt runs the floor well and also showed a nice set of hands. He finished 6-for-10 from the field with 18 points. The next step is developing a go-to post move.
M.J. Cage, C, Mater Dei – Cage, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound post player, has made noticeable improvements to his game over the past year. He’s an active rebounder that makes it a point to fight for rebounds. He played physical, especially in the second half, and owned that area reeling in 14 rebounds. He also has a nice set of hands and good touch on his short-range shots. He hit a pair of short hooks and a jumper from 10-feet. He scored 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
Assistants from UCLA and Connecticut were at the first day of the Nike Extravaganza. Both were checking out 2015 stretch forward Bennie Boatright.