HoopHall Prep Showcase - Top Local Performances
After three full days of action at the inaugural HoopHall Prep Showcase, a number of players managed to distinguish themselves in front of college coaches, national media, and evaluators alike.
Here’s a rundown at the local prospects who helped themselves the most.
Class of 2020
Femi Odukale, Springfield Commonwealth – Odukale has been an ascending name throughout the course of the season and he showed why this weekend, flirting with a triple-double both times he took the court while leading SCA to two impressive wins. It began with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals in an 89-68 win over Beckley Prep. He took it to an even higher level a day later, going for 21 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals to lead SCA over Massanutten Military Academy.
DMaurian Williams, Putnam Science – There aren’t many college programs who aren’t looking for three-point shooting these days and no one was more efficient from behind the arc this weekend than Williams, who went a combined 7-8 from long distance throughout the course of two PSA wins. He showed his total offensive game on Saturday too, finishing with 23 points on 8-11 shooting while mixing in deep jumpers and strong drives alike.
Dyondre Dominguez, Woodstock Academy – Dominguez is another local prospect who has been playing his best basketball of late. He stuffed all columns of the stat sheet in a Friday night win over Don Bosco Institute, and was efficient in the process, finishing with 21 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor, 5-8 from behind the arc, and 4-4 from the stripe. He also added 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a pair of blocks while his frontcourt running mate Ronnie DeGray went for a team-high 24 points on 9-12 shooting to seal a 92-75 win.
Dan Braster, Cushing Academy – Fresh off an offer from St. Rose last weekend, Braster picked up right where he left off to lead the Penguins to a conference win over KUA by going for 18 points on 7-11 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc, and also adding a game high 12-rebounds.
Jordan Geronimo, St. Paul’s – The Indiana pledge came close to leading his club to an upset. He scored 21 points on just 12 shots, and added 9 rebounds, showing his immense physical tools and increasing scoring tools before ultimately falling to Vermont Academy 71-69.
Darius Ervin, Northfield Mount Hermon – NMH is a totally different team when Ervin is on the floor and that was evident again this weekend as they were clicking on all cylinders in a 70-43 pounding of Mount Zion Prep. Ervin was the catalyst as he not only ran the show but also dropped 25 points including four three-pointers.
Miles Brewster, Hotchkiss – In a battle of future college teammates, Brewster matched up with BCD’s Ant Morales and came up with 22 points on 9-14 shooting as he knocked down open shots but also played with an attacking mentality off the dribble, while adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a narrow win.
Matt Becker, New Hampton – NHS gave undefeated IMG all they could handle on Saturday and Becker’s performance was a big reason why. He made the most of his offensive opportunities with 12 points and 2 assists against no turnovers, but changed the game on the glass with 15 rebounds coming from the backcourt.
Class of 2021
Nate Santos, Loomis Chaffee – 100% recovered from the ACL injury that cost him the second half of last season and all of the subsequent spring and summer, Santos had his best offensive performance on a big stage yet as he and RJ Blakney came close to leading Loomis over the NBA Academy. Santos splashed 4 threes and shot 4-7 from inside the arc to finish with a team high 25 points.
Josh Bascoe, Vermont Academy – After showing well in November’s National Prep Showcase, Bascoe had another impressive outing here. He surgically impacted multiple facets of the game as he went for 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor, 2-4 from three, and 3-3 from the three-throw line while also adding 4 assists, rebounds, and steals to lead VA over St. Paul’s.
Matt Constant, St. Andrew’s – After a big performance in last year’s NEPSAC final, Constant has blossomed into one of the Saints most reliable threats this year. In Saturday’s win over Massanutten Military Academy, which was arguably their best of the year, he delivered 20 points, five threes, and 12 rebounds to lead a 75-62 decision.
Aaron Cooley, Beaver Country Day – It may not have been enough to get them over the hump against Hotchkiss, but Cooley went off for 28 points while knocking down all four of his attempts from behind the arc. He was an ultra-efficient 10-17 from the floor and also chipped in with 5 rebounds.