#NPS - Day 3 Recap
The 2019 National Prep Showcase wrapped up at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday with six more games to the delight of local fans, college recruiters and NBA scouts.
Montverde Academy 87 Vanier College 70
After a disappointing opening performance from Karim Mane on Saturday, he had a much better showing on Sunday with 28 points and 10 rebounds to intrigue 20+ NBA scouts and college coaches including Alabama’s Nate Oats and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon. It wasn’t enough though as Montverde held on for the win behind another big performance from LaSalle bound wing Anwar Gill who finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Lachlan Bofinger was dominant inside with 15 points and 16 rebounds while Sam Davidson dropped four threes. Jeremy Torres did an admirable job at the point with 10 points and only 1 turnover.
Woodstock Academy Prep 68 Mount Zion 63
Woodstock Academy scored a good win over Mount Zion Prep behind another balanced offensive attack. Michael Jefferson scored a team high 12 points while UMass bound wing Cairo McCory added 12 and Dyondre Dominguez 10 while also taking three charges. Kadar Waller led Mount Zion with 20 points while Syracuse bound forward Woody Newton chipped in with 13.
IMG Academy 85 Vermont Academy 64
IMG Academy left New England making quite an impression after scoring two big victories, the second of which came against a Vermont team that was missing Jake Cook and saw fellow senior Bijon Sidhu go down early. Upstate New York native Noah Hutchins went 5-7 from behind the three-point line while adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists against 1 turnover to deliver his best performance in recent memory. UNLV bound wing Nick Blake added 17 while unsigned senior wing Darius Miles had 16. The forward tandem of Kenyon Martin Jr. and Mikeal Brown-Jones set the tone for this group though with their relentless energy, athleticism, and pace. Martin had a double-double with 13 and 12 while Brown-Jones added 16 and 6. Josh Bascoe was the bright spot for Vermont, delivering his best game on a big stage. He finished with 26 points on 11-17 shooting from the floor combining deep threes with tough lay-ups at the rim alike. His junior running mate, Nana Owusu, added 10 points and 9 rebounds while sophomore forward Chisom Okpara had 13 points on 5-7 shooting.
Sunrise Christian Academy 71 Cushing Academy 63
This one was a slug-match from start to finish, physical and chippy. Bensley Joseph kept Cushing close in the first half, finishing with 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Isaiah Gray was solid as can be alongside him with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 boards. Unsigned senior Dan Braster showed his improvements as well with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Ultimately though, Sunrise’s balance and depth proved to be too much as seven different players scored between 8 and 12 points led by Colin Moore and Tobias Rotegard with 12 each. Tyrin Lawrence, Blaise Keita, and Jeremiah Oden all added 10 each.
Blair Academy 91 New Hampton School 89
Two young but extremely talented teams went back and forth until the very end. Virginia bound forward Jabri Abdur-Rahim was the difference, putting up 37 points for Blair, but New Hampton’s Jahmyl Telfort came close to matching him with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Blair got additional production from junior guard Jaylen Blakes who finished with 22 points while sophomore Kyle Cuffe showed flashes of stardom in his return to Connecticut with 13 points including a number of high-level plays. NHS sophomore Alex Karaban had his second successful big game, finishing with 21 points on 10-13 shooting from the floor. Canberk Kavsuk chipped in with 10 and 7 as well.
Massanutten Military Academy 84 Worcester Academy 77
The nightcap of the weekend was another game that went down to the very last possession as Massanutten scored a come-from-behind victory. The frontcourt tandem of Tyson Brown and Touba Traore were tremendous. Brown finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds (6 of which were on the offensive end) while Traore) had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Junior forward Markus Ilver showed his upside with 16 points, including 4 threes. Worcester, who was playing without point guard Quest Harris, got big performances from Judson Martindale and Dasonte Bowen. Martindale had 25 points, 4 threes, and 5 rebounds while Bowen had 26 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Iowa bound big man Josh Ogundele added 14 points and 11 rebounds.