SPRINGIELD, Mass.- The national powers hit the court Friday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic. Performances ran the gamut, but the players from Milton High school, led by Shannon Scott, brought their A-game with them from Atlanta.
Milton 75, Oak Hill 69
Milton's Big Three of Scott, Dai-Jon Parker and Julian Royal were simply the best players on the court. They pushed Milton to a 25-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, withstood an Oak Hill run in the third quarter and then made pressure plays down the stretch to secure the win. Between the three of them, they shot over 50 percent from the field and combined for 56 of Milton's 75 points.
Scott immediately set the tempo for Milton by repeatedly breaking down the defense with his penetration. Playing nearly as efficient as a point guard can play, Scott had a game high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 8-of-9 from the line, four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers. This past travel season Scott didn't play at the same level he did prior to his junior season. As a senior, however, Scott has elevated his game to the highest level it has been at. He is both stronger and quicker to the rim and is shooting the ball with greater confidence.
Parker used his extreme athleticism to the fullest, making key plays throughout the game on both ends of the court. As the prime defender of Quinn Cook, Parker more than held him in check. Parker was also impressive offensively, he had 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 2-of-5 from three, 3-of-5 from the line, four rebounds, three steals, four assists and four turnovers.
Julian Royal 2011, power forward, Milton, Georgia Tech signee
Like Scott, Royal has elevated his game during his senior season. At the two different events where we have seen Royal, he has played a more energetic and physical brand of basketball than we saw out of him during the travel season. Royal was the best big man on the court, and he contributed to the win in a number of ways. Along with his 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, he had seven rebounds, one steal, three blocks, three assists and three turnovers.
Furman got a good one in Lloyd. He is athletic, physical and impacts the game in a variety of ways. He led Milton in rebounding with nine, made all four of his free throw attempts and made 3-of-4 of his field goal attempts. He also had two steals, two blocks, two assists and four turnovers.
Quinn Cook 2011, point guard, Oak Hill, Duke signee
Along with the rest of Oak Hill's high profile starters, Cook struggled against Milton. He did lead Oak Hill with 16 points (tied with Jordan Adams) and eight assists, but his game was also marred by poor shot selection and seven turnovers. Cook only shot 5-19 from the field, 2-of-8 from three, 4-of-4 from the line. He grabbed two rebounds and had two steals as well.
Adams was one of the few bright spots for Oak Hill, providing a lift with his play off the bench. He did follow the lead of Cook with some forced shots, but he hit 3-6 from behind the three-point line and played well during Oak Hill's runs in the second and third quarters. He shot a total of 6-of-16 from the field. His rebounding also helped keep Oak Hill in the game. Adams was the game high rebounder with 12.
St. Anthony 75, DeMatha 25
It was simply the Myles Mack show in this remarkably lopsided game. Mack was outstanding in the 21 minutes he played, while the top DeMatha players couldn't make a dent on the game.
Myles Mack 2011, point guard, St. Anthony, Rutgers signee
Mack has always been known as a deadly shooter, and he proved to be that today, hitting 6-of-7 shots from three and 11-of-14 overall. But beyond the shooting, Mack got to the rim and finished in transition and he found open teammates.
Anya was provided the one bright spot for DeMatha. He made all four of his field goal attempts and ended up a team high nine points. Anya has an impressive skill level for a sophomore big man, but he will need to improve his physique and conditioning to be a high major player.
Morgan Park 78, Garfield 67
The gritty play of Wayne Blackshear and the strong guard play of a couple sophomores powered Morgan Park to a hard fought win over Garfield.
Blackshear was playing quite well for Morgan Park before going down with a knee injury after landing awkwardly on a dunk. Despite playing in pain and being limited by the injury, he still was the game high scorer with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 4-of-9 from three. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Blackshear has the maturity to his game and physical build to instantly contribute at Louisville.
A sub 5-foot-10 quickster, Williams worked his way into the lane for 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also knocked down his lone three-point attempt of the game. Along with his scoring, Williams, a left hander, had a game high seven assists to his four turnovers.
Wroten used his strength and aggressiveness to get to the line 21 times, making 15 of those attempts. From the field, he was 4-of-9, 0-of-3 from three for a total of 23 points. Wroten also had seven rebounds, three steals, five assists and four turnovers. Projecting as a power point guard, Wroten looked more comfortable attacking with his right hand and still has that high level court vision.
Taft 72, Mount Vernon 56
The story of this game was the team size of Taft. Significantly bigger at virtually every position, Taft controlled the boards and inside scoring throughout the game. And Colorado signee Spencer Dinwiddie was terrific at the point of attack for Taft.
Johnson looked twice as big as anyone Mount Vernon threw against him, and his play matched his size. Johnson scored 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting, snagged 13 rebounds and blocked four shots. Not known for having the best hands, Johnson did a nice job for the most part corralling passes from his teammates who willingly looked for him throughout the game.
Dinwiddie only attempted three shots, but he was a controlling force throughout the game with his deft ball handling and savvy court vision. Long and lanky in the mold of a Devon Harris type point guard, Dinwiddie dished out 11 assists to only three turnovers against the Mount Vernon press.
A big bodied wing with a shooter's touch, Blackwell contributed 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and a game high 14 rebounds. Blackwell has limited lateral quickness but is tremendously strong and jumps well. He projects as a productive rebounder and scorer oat the mid-major level.
Jabarie Hinds 2011, point guard, Mount Vernon, West Virginia signee
Hinds didn't shoot a high percentage (7-of-25, 0-of-5 from three), but he was the only double digit scorer for Mount Vernon with 18 points. Hinds also registered six steals. Hinds is at his best offensively when attacking the lane with his quirky left hand dribble game and finishing with his floater.