Like a Lion

Player of the Week

Zion Williamson 6’6 240 SF/PF – Spartanburg Day 2018

Zion WilliamsonZion WilliamsonSpartanburg went 2-2 during the Tournament of Champions and Williamson showed out. He scored 50 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked five shots beating Proviso East. In the loss to Anaheim Esperanza, he barely missed a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds. Also posting 18 points and seven rebounds losing to Kenwood. Despite playing four games in four days, Williamson still had something left finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and five steals in the victory over Union City.


Austin Wiley 6’10 250 PF/C – Conrad Academy 2017 (Auburn)

Wiley and Conrad Academy won all three games at the Charlotte Hoop Challenge. Starting against Independence, finishing with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks. He followed up with 22 points (10-12 from the field) and ten rebounds over Bishop Sullivan.

Kezie Okpala 6’7 180 SF – Anaheim Esperanza 2017 (Stanford)

Okpala had a big set of games while setting the Tournament of Champions record with a total of 133 points over four games. Anaheim Esperanza went 3-1 over the week. Some of Okpala’s performances include 36 points and 17 rebounds over Proviso East. Also, 41 points while shooting 11-17 and seven rebounds to beat Zion Williamson and Spartanburg Day.

Jules Bernard 6’5 185 SG/SF – Windward 2018

Jules Bernard had an impressive week, helping Windward start their season to a 4-1 record. His impressive performances include a 16 point outing beating Agoura. 26 points, 23 rebounds, and four assists in the win over Chaminade. Then posting 23 points and 17 rebounds to beat Wasatch Academy. Finally, scoring 31 points while adding 13 rebounds and five assists in the loss to Heritage Christian.

Ayo Dosunmu 6’3 160 PG – Morgan Park 2018

Morgan Park has only played one game so far but Ayo Dosunmu starts the season with a 51 point outing in the season opener while shooting 22-26. He nearly outscored Bowen who ended up with 55 points as a team. In addition to his scoring, he also had nine assists and seven steals.


Tennessee Prep

Tennessee Prep hit a two game skid losing to Hillcrest Academy and The Tech Academy at the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic. Both losses were by double digits. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they face Oak Hill Academy in their next game at Marshall County Hoop Fest this weekend.

Under the Radar

Javon Greene 6’2 170 PG – Henry County 2017 (George Mason)

Javon Greene scored 58 points, including seven three-pointers to beat Langston Hughes. The left handed guard set the Holiday Hoopsgiving scoring record in the process of leading Henry County from a double digit deficit earlier in the game. In addition, Henry County also defeated Stockbridge and Banneker in the week at the Chick-fil-A Tournament.

Top 5 High School Transfers

1. Trevon Duval 6’2 190 PG – IMG Academy 2017

From Advanced Prep International
To IMG Academy

After winning the Under Armour Association Championship, high school basketball’s top point guard plays his senior season at IMG Academy after one season at Advanced Prep International. Duval’s explosive athleticism and tight handle separate himself from other guards of his class. Similar to API last year, IMG will play a loaded schedule this year.

2. Michael Porter 6’10 215 SF – Nathan Hale 2017 (Washington)

From Tolton Catholic
To Nathan Hale

Porter left Missouri to play for Brandon Roy at Nathan Hale. Additional transfers for Nathan Hale include Michael’s brother, Jontay Porter, and class of 2019 PJ Fuller. Some consider Porter the top player of 2017 with his size, athleticism, and shooting range. Nathan Hale’s schedule is highlighted with the Les Schwab Invitational.

3. Gary Trent Jr 6’5 210 SG – Prolific Prep 2017 (Duke)

From Apple Valley
To Prolific Prep

With the graduation of Josh Jackson, Gary Trent comes in to add perimeter game to Prolific Prep. The future Duke Blue Devil joins Paul Scruggs and Oton Jankovic as Prolific Prep’s newest additions. Trent’s off to a hot start and should continue as the season progresses.

4. Billy Preston 6’10 240 PF – Oak Hill Academy 2017 (Kansas)

From Advanced Prep International
To Oak Hill Academy

Preston’s had a well-traveled high school career. A former teammate of Trevon Duval at Advanced Prep International, Preston plays his final high school season at prestigious Oak Hill Academy. The recent Kansas commit is used to being surrounded with talent and playing a loaded schedule.

5. Silvio De Sousa 6’8 255 PF – IMG Academy 2018

From Montverde Academy
To IMG Academy

De Sousa joins Trevon Duval as IMG Academy’s top transfers. The high flying forward has the opportunity to excel in the new setting and talented roster.

Honorable Mention

Jaren Jackson Jr 6’10 225 PF – La Lumiere 2017 (Michigan State)

From Park Tudor to La Lumiere, big man with length and three point range joins a loaded La Lumiere roster.

Austin Wiley 6’10 250 PF/C – Conrad Academy 2017 (Auburn)

From Spain Park to Conrad Academy, double-double threat and defensive big man playing his senior year at Conrad Academy in Orlando, Florida.

Jeremiah Tilmon 6’11 245 C – East St. Louis 2017 (Illinois)

From La Lumiere to East St. Louis, the athletic big man went back home after one year at La Lumiere.

Jaylen Hoard 6’7 195 SF – Wesleyan Christian Academy 2018

From INSEP Academy to Wesleyan Christian Academy, athletic forward playing his first season in the US. Earned MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic International Game.

Simi Shittu 6’9 210 PF – Vermont Academy 2018

From Montverde Academy to Vermont Academy, versatile forward leaves Montverde after one season. Needs to improve his shooting but has the talent and IQ to develop into a big time player.

*Marvin Bagley 6’11 220 PF – Sierra Canyon 2018

From Hillcrest to Sierra Canyon, would have been at the top of the list. Although he didn’t play last season, his transfer was technically last year so he was left off the initial list but is one of the top talents regardless of class.

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