Player of the Week
Khavon Moore 6’7 190 SG/SF – Westside 2018
Moore started the week just missing a triple-double to beat Central, posting 15 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists. He followed up by breaking the school scoring record on January 20th with 53 points (seven three-pointers), 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks, and four steals in the win over Kendrick, only scoring five points less than Kendrick as a team. The long and athletic HS junior Macon product’s college interest is picking up and currently holds offers from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wake Forest.
Trae Young 6’1 175 PG – Norman North 2017
Young has had a tremendous senior year. In Norman North’s first game of the Shawnee Invitational Tournament, Young finished with a triple-double in three quarters with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists. He also had a big game in the win over Deer Creek with 48 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. His success continued in the loss to Stillwater with 44 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Young was recently named a McDonald’s All American and is looking to close out the remainder of his high school career strong.
Zion Williamson 6’6 240 SF/PF – Spartanburg Day 2018
Williamson with another impressive week. He started with a 31 point and 14 rebound performance losing to Newton at the Blue Collar MLK Classic. His second game with Kansas coach, Bill Self in attendance, consisted of 39 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Spartanburg Christian Academy. His final performance of the week included a 48 point performance and achieved the 2,000 career points milestone beating Oakbrook Prep. His 48 points outscored Oakbrook’s 39 as a team. Williamson has shown that he’s too physically gifted to be contained at this level and has become the most mainstream name in high school basketball.
Tre Jones 6’1 175 PG – Apple Valley 2018
Jones didn’t have a ridiculous scoring week like most players featured but posted a triple-double and hit a game winning buzzer beater to get two wins. His triple-double consisted of 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists defeating LV South. Jones hit a buzzer beater to give Apple Valley a one point win over Farmington Valley. He ended the game with 29 points and four assists. Apple Valley hasn’t had the same success since Gary Trent Jr. transferred out but Jones has looked to take on more.
Tampa Catholic took two losses against two very respectable teams. The first coming against West Oaks Academy and the second against powerhouse Montverde Academy. Tampa Catholic’s McDonald’s All American, Kevin Knox, scored 36 points and 27 points respectively. Montverde was led by sophomore phenom, RJ Barrett’s 32 points. Tampa Catholic looks to get back in the win column in their next game against Berkeley Prep who they beat by 20 earlier in the month.
Under the Radar
Jaylin Williams 6’6 190 PF – Brantley County 2019
Williams has played well over the past week. Brantley County lost to Appling County but Williams had a solid 23 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists. His next performance included 28 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks defeating Pierce County. Williams has had other big games this season; 23 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and six blocks in the previous week. Also, 40 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks earlier in the month to name a few. The jack of all trades wing is looking to make a jump in the 2019 class.
Top 5 Players Left off the McDonald’s All-American Roster
1. Jeremiah Tilmon 6’11 240 C – East St. Louis (Illinois)
Tilmon’s omission may have to do with the amount of quality big men in the 2017 class. The athletic big man came back home after spending his junior season at La Lumiere. Unfortunately, the Illinois commit won’t be playing in the prestigious all-star game that happens to be in his home state.
2. Jalek Felton 6’3 190 PG/SG – Gray Collegiate Academy (North Carolina)
The playmaking guard couldn’t crack the roster. He recently went off with two 41 point games; one over AC Flora and another coming in a 90-17 blowout win over Johnson High School. He’s been on fire after not making the roster and it may not be a coincidence.
3. Nickeil Alexander-Walker 6’5 185 PG/SG – Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Virginia Tech)
Alexander-Walker has been playing well for Hamilton Heights and can score among the best. He’s had a strong season thus far and plays on a difficult schedule. One could argue that teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was a big omission as well.
4. Lindell Wigginton 6’2 180 PG – Oak Hill Academy (Iowa State)
Wigginton couldn’t join teammate Billy Preston on the roster. Wigginton is the top scoring option on the nation’s most prestigious high school program. His step back jumper won’t be on display at the United Center but hope to see it at Dick’s Nationals to close out his high school career.
5. Nick Weatherspoon 6’1 175 PG – Velma Jackson (Mississippi State)
Weatherspoon had a big showing in the games he played at adidas Nations this summer, showing he has the talent to make the roster. He’s known for playing both sides of the ball but not every big talent can make it.