Player of the WeekLiAngelo Ball
Typically when an unranked player is has an impressive performance he will be featured as an Under the Radar prospect but this week’s Player of the Week was obvious as Chino Hills starts the season 5-0. Ball started the week scoring 26 points to beat Rancho Verde. He followed that up with 56 points over Orange Lutheran. As if that wasn’t enough, he went Klay Thompson with 72 points, making 13 three-pointers in 32 minutes beating Rancho Christian. In the matchup with his future UCLA teammate, Jaylen Hands, he would score 28 points in the win over Foothills Christian. Finally, defeating Long Beach Poly in the BattleZone Tournament Championship with 25 points including the game winning three-pointer, also eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals
Porter starts the season with a 44 point and 20 rebound game to beat West Seattle. It was Nathan Hale’s only game of the week but we can expect more performances like this from Porter.Jarred Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt put up a stat line that would make any Fantasy Basketball owner happy in the win over Alvin, finishing with 43 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and four steals. Victory Prep also defeated Somerville over the week.Blake Harris
Another one of Washington’s commits heated up this week as Blake Harris scored 39 points, including ten three-pointers (shooting 10-12 from three) and ten assists to beat Northwood Temple. In the game against Mt. Zion Christian Academy, Harris finished with 34 points and 12 assists to help Word of God to victory. The final game of the week came in a loss to Legacy Carter with Harris scoring 26 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and passing out six assists.Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown leads Woodcreek to a 3-0 start to the season. Brown posted 34 points, 22 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to beat Whitney. He followed up with 20 points in the win over Monterey Trail with a score of 74-27. It’s also worth noting that Brown had a 27 point and 25 rebound game last week over Newark Memorial. The 2018 big man recently earned an offer from Oregon and it’s likely his interest will pick up in the coming months.LaMelo Ball
Chino Hills’ success wasn’t all LiAngelo Ball. Some of LaMelo Ball’s standout games include 24 points over Rancho Verde. Then 21 points and 18 assists to beat Orange Lutheran. Also 28 points defeating Foothills Christian.
Gray Collegiate starts the season slow losing their first game to Sunrise Christian Academy 61-34. North Carolina commit, Jalek Felton, and class of 2019 star, Juwan Gary, combined for half of the team’s points scoring seven and ten points respectfully. Next up for Gray Collegiate is the National High School Hoops Festival where they face IMG Academy and Putnam Science Academy.
Under the RadarBenson Lin
Lin came up big in the upset over Huntington Prep with 29 points while knocking down seven three-pointers. Wesley Christian also came up with two wins in the Nissan Legacy Classic, defeating St. Louis Christian, then Mt. Zion Prep where Lin finished with 20 points.
Top 5 Uncommitted Seniors
High school basketball’s most versatile prospect is still uncommitted. Size/length, athleticism, and basketball IQ sums up Vanderbilt’s attributes. Wherever he decides, a team will land a two-way player who has the potential to fill up the stat sheet in multiple categories. His final eight are North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona, Houston, Kansas, Oregon, Texas, and TCU.
2. Trevon Duval
High school basketball’s top point guard is down to Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Seton Hall, and Arizona. Duval looks to lead his new IMG Academy squad into national success.
3. Kevin Knox
Good size and athleticism combined with a smooth shooting stroke from outside, Knox shows great long term potential. It isn’t clear when Knox will make a decision but he recently took an unofficial visit to Florida State.
Diallo may be the best athlete in the 2017 class and has the unique opportunity to enter the NBA Draft after the season. His final six schools include Arizona, Indiana, Syracuse, Kansas, UConn, and Kentucky.
Bamba’s the top uncommitted big man. It looks to be down to Duke and Kentucky. Will he join PSA Cardinals teammate, Quade Green, at Kentucky or join Wendell Carter and form an elite frontcourt at Duke. Either choice, Bamba will be a key piece to a strong recruiting class.