FT. MYERS, Fla.- Rivals.com's No. 1 prospect Austin Rivers put on a show in front of an overflow crowd, leading Winter Park (Fla.) High into the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic with a 42-point performance.
An intriguing semifinal matchup is now set up between Winter Park and Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton. On the other side of the bracket, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei advanced to meet Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.
A number of coaches took in the action on Monday, including West Virginia's Bob Huggins and assistant coaches from Kansas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, California and South Florida.
Rivers hit a flurry of contested three-pointers early in the second quarter, and there was no stopping him from that point forward. If he wasn't jab-stepping or hopping back into a three-point attempt, he was scoring on floaters and running finishes around the basket. Dwyer did nothing special to defend Rivers, and they paid a heavy price for not focusing their defense team effort on the prolific scorer. For the game, Rivers shot 16-of-25, 5-of-10 from three and 5-of-9 from the line for 42 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Brissett couldn't impose his will on the game against the star power of Rivers and his scrappy supporting cast, but he was certainly the second best player on the court. Brissett's best work was on the boards where he fought for a game-high 15 rebounds. He also muscled his way to 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line.
The big lefty was saddled with early foul trouble and never found his rhythm, but it is safe to say that most of the coaches, if not all the coaches, in attendance were closely watching James. In only 10 minutes of play, James managed six points and four rebounds.
Katin Reinhardt (2012, Mater Dei)
A scrappy wing player, Reinhardt came up with some big plays down the stretch in Mater Dei's win over Christ School. Although he went 0-of-5 from behind the arc, Reinhardt managed 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from inside the arc and 5-of-8 shooting from the line. He also had three assists without a turnover.
Aaron is one of two promising freshman prospects along with Stanley Johnson on the Mater Dei squad. Neither one of them had outstanding games, but they both contributed to the winning effort. Johnson tied for the team high in rebounds with six, and Aaron hit a key three-pointer down the stretch.
Plumlee, who will follow in the footsteps of his two older brothers to Duke, produced nine points off some quality moves in the post to go along with his seven rebounds. Plumlee doesn't project as a primary offensive option for Duke but he will be an active presence in the paint for the Blue Devils. Developing his strength and improving his hands are two key for his overall development as a player.
A Syracuse signee, Christmas had a very efficient game in Academy of New Church's blowout win over Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's. He scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Christmas and Savon Goodman's athletic play and Malcolm Gilbert's length caused a lot of problems for St. Mark's in the interior. ANE won the rebounding battle 34 to 21.
Tarczewski had a lot to score over going against Pittsburgh signee Malcolm Gilbert, who blocked five shots, but Tarczewski did hit double figures with 10 points, largely on right-hand jump hooks. He did only shoot 5-of-14 from the field but had a team high eight rebounds.
Without the services of star player Quincy Miller, Nwamu stepped up with a 24-point performance in an eight point loss to Urspringschule of Germany. Nwamu, a physical combo guard, bullied his way into the lane and shot well from behind the arc. He went 9-of-17 from the field, 5-of-9 from three and 1-of-2 from the line.
Bello, one of the top athletes in the 2011 class, surprisingly spent most of the game playing behind the arc on offense. He did hit 2-of-6 three-pointers but didn't score one bucket inside the arc. Out of his seven rebounds, only one was an offensive rebound. Nonetheless, Bello is a prospect with great potential. It will be interesting to see what the Baylor coaching staff can get out of this top flight athlete.