Player of the Week
Bruce Brown 6’4 – Vermont Academy 2016 (Miami (FL))
Not to be confused with the surf filmmaker of "Endless Summer" fame, Miami bound 6’4 shooting guard Bruce Brown had a big week. First, defeating Wilbraham & Monson, contributing with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Brown followed that up with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists to beat St. Andrew’s School. The final performance, Brown finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Brown has helped Vermont Academy to an undefeated February thus far.
Montverde went 3-0 at the Metro Classic, defeating St. Joe-Metuchen, Roselle Catholic, and Pope John XXIII. Roselle Catholic was the only close game of the three; freshman sensation RJ Barrett finished with 12 points and sophomore Simi Shittu scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. To defeat Pope John XXIII, sophomore Silvio De Sousa finished with 26 points and ten rebounds, while Davonta Jordan posted ten points and seven rebounds. Montverde only has one loss on the season, losing by one point to Chino Hills back in December.
Frank Jackson 6’3 – Lone Peak 2016 (Duke)
Lone Peak’s only game of the week consisted of a hot performance from Frank Jackson. The McDonald’s All American dropped 52 points to beat Lehi. Jackson is leading Lone Peak to a current record of 16-4.
Matthew Moyer 6’8 – South Kent 2016 (Syracuse)
The Syracuse commit came out hot with 29 points and 17 rebounds to beat Commonwealth Academy. In Moyer’s second game of the week, he posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win over St. Thomas Moore. The Ohio native is athletic and able to battle inside against bigger players. Moyer and South Kent’s next matchup is against Brewster Academy, who has also played well lately.
Braxton Beverly 5’10 – Hargrave Military Academy 2016 (Miami (OH))
Beverly had a big performance scoring 70 points while shooting 19 for 26 from the field, including 14 for 20 from three. He also had six assists and no turnovers in the win over Genesis Academy. Beverly made a name for himself playing varsity basketball as a seventh grader. After scoring 2,558 points at Perry County Central, he decided to play his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy. His play has shown that he can excel beyond small town high school basketball.
Ikechukwu Obiagu 7’0 – Greenforest Christian Academy 2017
High rising Ikey Obiagu helped Greenforest to the Georgia Region 5-A Championship with 20 blocked shots against Our Lady of Mercy Catholic.
Trae Young 6’1 – Norman North 2017
Young couldn’t match Beverly’s 70 point performance but scored 60 to beat Yukon, who scored 70 as a team. Young made 12 of his 15 threes in the game. His exceptional play from January has carried over and Norman North hasn’t lost a game since December 1st. On the year, Young is shooting 51% from the field and 39% from three while scoring 34.1 points per game.
Huntington took two losses at the Prime Time Shootout, losing to both St. Benedict’s and Roselle Catholic. St. Benedict’s Arnaldo Toro played exceptionally well in the win, finishing with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Miles Bridges scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough in the four point loss to Roselle Catholic.
Under the Radar
Chris Lykes 5’7 – Gonzaga 2017
Lykes had a tremendous game in the win over Bishop O’Connell. He posted 37 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Lykes only stands at 5’7 but currently holds offers from Georgetown, Dayton, George Mason, Miami, Richmond, and VCU. His speed, advanced ball handling, and scoring ability separates him from other undersized guards.
Top 5 High Flyers of the 2016 Class
1. Kwe Parker 6’2 – Wesleyan Christian Academy (Tennessee)
Parker won the 2015 City of Palms Dunk Contest, pulling off the same dunk John Wall used to win the NBA Dunk Contest and the 360 scoop. Parker may not be on the ranking boards but his effortless bounce gave him the top spot on this list. Parker is bound to make some SportsCenter Top 10 plays over the next few years in a Tennessee uniform.
2. Terrance Ferguson 6’7 – Advanced Prep International (Alabama)
Although he doesn’t display his dunking ability much in games, Ferguson is high school’s best one foot jumper. He has had multiple YouTube videos showing his incredible athleticism, including a windmill from the free throw line and catching an oop off the side of the backboard putting it between the legs while wearing jeans. Ferguson didn’t win the dunk contest at the Under Armour Elite 24 but will have a chance at redemption next month in the McDonald’s All American Jam Fest.
3. Seventh Woods 6’2 – Hammond School (North Carolina)
Woods came onto the scene as a freshman, dunking on defenders on offense while getting chase down blocks on defense. The hype has cooled off a bit for Woods as his high school career went on but he still remains an elite athlete. The 6’2 guard will be sure to show out next year at Michael Jordan and Vince Carter’s alma mater.
4. Malik Monk 6’3 – Bentonville (Kentucky)
Monk may not have been number one on this list, but he is the top overall player mentioned. He has an all-around game to go with his athletic ability. Monk was named MVP of the Nike Global Challenge this past summer and is arguably Kentucky’s top commit in a loaded recruiting class. Monk will have the opportunity to challenge Ferguson and others at the McDonald’s All American Jam Fest.
5. Mark Vital 6’5 – Advanced Prep International (Baylor)
The only player on the list that doesn’t play guard. Although he’s undersized at the power forward position, Vital protects the paint and battles with the bigs underneath. He plays with a constant aggressive motor and explodes off the ground quickly. Vital has made a successful high school career off of his run and jump ability, even with defenders in his way.