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Player of the Week

Jayson Tatum 6’8 - Chaminade Prep 2016 (Duke)

Jayson TatumJayson TatumTatum started the week scoring 32 points to beat St. Louis University. He followed that up with 25 points to go with 16 rebounds, three assists, and four steals to defeat Christian Brothers College. Tatum was on the victorious side of the Chaminade/Bentonville showdown, posting 40 points and 17 rebounds, while knocking down three from distance. Tatum and his all-around game came up big giving Chaminade a 3-0 record for the week, winning all three by double digits.


Malik Monk 6’3 – Bentonville 2016 (Kentucky)

The 6’3 guard started the week breaking Bentonville’s scoring record with 53 points, 40 coming in the second half to beat Arlington (Tennessee). He also contributed seven rebounds and four assists. Monk continued with 36 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the loss to Chaminade Prep. The explosive scoring guard can shoot, pass, and is a tremendous athlete. Expect more big performances from Monk this season.

DeAaron Fox 6’3 – Cypress Lakes 2016 (Kentucky)

Fox started the week with a 43 point and 12 rebound performance to beat Brian High School. He continued his excellent play with 32 points and ten rebounds in the win over Summer Creek. His biggest scoring output came in the loss to Dekaney with 46 points and 14 rebounds. Along with Monk, Fox has been on a tear, giving Kentucky fans a lot to get exctied for next season when they play in the backcourt together.

Anthony Cowan 5’11 – St. John’s College High 2016 (Maryland)

Cowan had two big games over the week. He started out dropping 32 points to beat Paul VI, 16 of those points came in the fourth quarter. He shot well, making four three-pointers and all 12 free-throw attempts. His second game, he finished with 29 points, nine assists, and six rebounds, while not committing a single turnover in the win over St. Maria Goretti. While Cowan is obviously on the small side, he uses his speed and ball handling ability to get wherever he wants on the floor, his shooting ability/shot selection, and his decision making allow him to be effective with great efficiency.

Austin Wiley 6’9 – Spain Park 2017 (Auburn)

Wiley had a great week, his production increased as the week went on. First, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and blocking six shots to beat Pelham. Then, put up 23 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks in the win over Thompson. He finished off the week with 33 points, 25 rebounds, two assists, and six blocks defeating Gadsden City in overtime. Wiley and teammate, Jamal Johnson, have put together an impressive season so far. They continue to pile up the wins while putting up big numbers on the stat sheet.

Timmy Allen 6’5 – Desert Ridge 2018

Allen scored 39 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to defeat Desert Vista. This performance included a nasty poster dunk on a defender. The 6’5 wing is coming onto the scene strong, only 15 years old.


Victory Prep

Victory Prep struggled in the Bluegrass Showcase last week. They played two very talented teams, Hillcrest Academy and Word of God Christian Academy, but they weren’t able to put up enough of a fight, losing by 22 and 20 points respectfully. Jarred Vanderbilt has put up impressive numbers but it will take patience and leadership to put it all together for a successful season.

Under the Radar

Taveion Hollingsworth 6’3 – Paul Laurence Dunbar 2017

Hollingsworth made a name for himself with his performance at the Marshall County Hoop Fest, scoring 33 points to beat Madison Academy. His exceptional play hasn’t stopped, scoring 40 points and passing out five assists, while shooting 15-20 from the field in the win over Lafayette. After Hoop Fest, Hollingsworth only had an offer from Eastern Kentucky. The offers have recently increased including East Tennessee State and Winthrop. We can expect Hollingsworth to add more as the season progresses.

Top 5 Players who did not make the Nike Hoop Summit USA Roster

1. Malik Monk 6’3 – Bentonville (Kentucky)

Monk has come out strong to start the season. The roster has talented perimeter players, so they won’t lack his scoring ability. Athletically, Monk would have been towards the top of the list but not everyone can make it. Three of his future Kentucky teammates, De’Aaron Fox, Edrice Adebayo, and Wenyen Gabriel will represent the US in the game.

2. Rawle Alkins 6’4 – Word of God Christian Academy

Another talented wing left off the roster. Team USA will miss out on the intensity Alkins bring on both sides of the floor. Alkins had a tremendous summer while leading the NY RENS to the adidas Title and has made an early impact at his new school, including a recent 51 point performance.

3. Lonzo Ball 6’5 – Chino Hills (UCLA)

Team USA only has two players at the point, De’Aaron Fox and Payton Pritchard, so the omission of Ball is probably the most surprising on the list. Ball’s leadership and playmaking could have given the team a different identity. The UCLA commit has been on a recent tear and is making a push for the top point guard in his class with Dennis Smith out for the year.

4.Kobi Simmons 6’5 – St. Francis School

Simmons was left off the team and it came no surprise as he didn’t attend the USA Basketball Junior Mini-Camp this fall. It was said at the time that Simmons was out of the USA Basketball program, and he was one of the best players to not make the roster. The team could have used his offensive arsenal but have enough weapons on the perimeter.

5. Miles Bridges 6’7 – Huntington Prep (Michigan State)

Bridges has really worked on his game this offseason. He has always been physically and athletically superior but has improved as a ball handler and scorer. The only player on the roster from the talented Michigan State recruiting class is Josh Langford. Bridges could have been beneficial to the team with his energy and aggression but as previously stated, the team isn’t lacking for perimeter players.

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