NPS Day 1 Recap
Over 60 college coaches were at Albertus Magnus College on Friday for the opening day of the National Prep Showcase. Representatives from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Miami, Wake Forest, and a slew of others looked on as a variety of different players managed to distinguish themselves during the course of the day. Here's a rundown of the action:
Notre Dame Prep vs. Fork Union Military Academy
The Crusaders opened the 2013 NPS with a hard fought 87-81 win over Fork Union, in a well played game on both ends. Tavarius Shine led the way with 27 points for Fork Union in a highly efficient offensive performance. Jarvis Garrett shined for Notre Dame, scoring 25 points while making a variety of good decisions with the ball in his hands. His backcourt running mate, Daxter Miles, contributed with 24 points on a series of tough drives.
Hargrave Military Academy vs. St. Thomas More
Hargrave scored a 92-73 over the Chancellors in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated. Jabari McGhee and Rashard Kelley were forces for HMA inside the paint while Eric Paschall was equally productive for STM, finishing with 21 points while showing his offensive versatility. Yuta Watanabe showed flashes of his talent with 15 points and 7 rebounds, intriguing coaches with his combination of size, skill, and athleticism.
ELEV-8 Prep vs. Believe Prep
Believe Prep came out aggressive in their first game of the National Prep Showcase and completely controlled the tempo. Led by their class of 2015 backcourt of Damontrae Jefferson and Jared Wilson-Frame, they used their press to force turnovers and get out in transition. At just 5’7”, Jefferson continued to attack the rim and finish against bigger bodies, while dropping 15 points. For ELEV-8 Prep, 6’5” guard Stephen Spurlock was the lone bright spot, finishing with 12 points. Believe Prep dominated throughout and won the game 72 to 46.
South Kent vs ELEV-8 HS
The matchup between South Kent and ELEV-8 HS was one of the most entertaining games of day. South Kent came out strong with a couple of monster dunks from forward Romello Walker, but ELEV-8 battled back and hit some timely threes to lead at half 41-37. Led by Western Kentucky commit D.J. Clayton and big man Keondre Dew, ELEV-8 came out in the beginning of the second and built a lead, but South Kent faught back to win by 3. South Kent was lead by the backcourt of Schadrac Casimir, Tremont Waters, and big man Dusan Perovic. For ELEV-8, Clayton finished with 22 points, while Dew went for 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Fishburne vs Bridgton Prep
The star studded squad of Fishburne Military Academy showed why people are so high on them. Led by Kansas State commit Robert Harris III ‘s 23 points, Fishburne imposed their will from the tip against the pesky Bridgton Academy Squad. Gavin MacTavush was able to keep Bridgton in it for the first couple minutes by hitting a couple threes and finished with 11. Along with Harris, Shameik Sheppard and Ryan Andino showed well.
Canarias Basketball Academy vs Massunutten Academy
Making their way all the way from Canarias Islands in Spain, CBA showed by coaches such Jamie Dixon were in attendance. However, Massunetten was the one that came away with the 10 point victory, led by Rutgers commit Dwayne Foreman and Hawaii commit Isaac Flemming. For Canarias, the backcourt Simon Krajcovic of Miguel Dicent played extremely well for Canarias and combined for 7 threes.
Northfield Mount Hermon vs St.Johns NW Military Academy
The reigning National Prep Champions were more than impressive in their first game of the weekend. Behind Aaron Falzon’s 9 threes, NMH was in complete control from the opening game. Playing without highly touted junior Josh Sharma and sophomore guard Ian Sistare, who went down with an ankle injury early in the second half, NMH got important production from A.J. Brodeur and freshmen Jerome Desrosiers along their frontline as they ran away with a 35+ point victory.