Roundtable: Moments of Glory

Ben Simmons

Each week, we ask the Scout.com hoops recruiting team to ruminate on a specific question.

This week, as we enter June, we've asked them to reflect on the spring.

Based on the first two months of the travel season, what was the single-best individual game performance you've observed thus far?

Josh Gershon: Watching 2016 Arkansas Wings shooting guard Malik Monk go for 59 points against All-Ohio Red was easily the best performance that I saw all spring.

Already known as a big time athlete, when you see his kid with his physical tools hit 10 three-pointers in a game and score 59 points as a sophomore, you quickly realize you have a prospect that isn't losing elite status anytime soon.

Evan Daniels: I think I'm going to go with Ben Simmons' (pictured, above) 35-point, 12-rebound outing at the Dallas EYBL. Simmons was flat out dominant on the offensive end and score his points in a variety of ways. He used his athleticism at the rim and in transition, he aggressively attacked perimeter and post defenders and showed off his tremendous passing ability.

I didn't get to see Malik Monk's monster game, so Simmons' outing in Dallas sits atop my list of best individual performances this spring.

Brian Snow: For me, it would either have to be Brevin Pritzl's 41 point explosion at the Spiece Run N Slam or Jaylen Brown going for 48 at the adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis. Whil Pritzl's showing was impressive, the slight nod has to go to Brown because of the sheer ridiculousness of his numbers. He scored 48 points on 15-22 shooting from the field, and then 12-13 from the foul line.

Brown did it by hitting threes, he finished with athleticism above the rim, and then also pulled in eight rebounds. It was as impressive a performance as you will ever see, and Brown showed new skills in that game that he hadn't had in the past, and he has kept building on that performance as well.

Rob Harrington: I'd have to say Antonio Blakeney, who erupted for 42 points versus Team United at the EYBL Hampton event. Blakeney shot 14-20 from the field and went 5-8 on threes, and 42 points on 20 shots is extremely impressive.

During that game he obviously buried his share of jump shots, but he also utilized his improved quickness to put the ball on the floor and create for himself. He took it hard to the rim and shot 9-10 on free throws, establishing an all-around game for a player who'd previously been considered more of a perimeter specialist. Blakeney is considered likely to rise in the next set of rankings, and that game in Hampton illustrated why.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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