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Marshall County Hoopfest/Derek Smith Invitational

With the highschool season in full swing, loads of expertise was on show in Kentucky. I spent two days in Benton to catch the primary two days of Marshall County Hoopfest and one other two days in Louisville for the Derek Smith Invitational.

Marshall County Hoopfest

Ace Buckner 6’2 175 PG – La Lumiere 2024 (Clemson)

Buckner was a key element for La Lumiere’s offense and was pretty constant in each video games. He performed effectively off the dribble, altering his velocity and promoting his crossover to get into the paint or create a leap shot. He persistently broke down any defensive barrier the opposing groups tried to throw at him on the perimeter. He shot it effectively all through the sport. He additionally did effectively defensively, harassing the ball-handler, leaping passes off the ball, and got here away with a couple of steals that led to offense. Over each video games, Buckner averaged 13.5 factors (10-17 FG, 4-7 3PT, 3-3 FT) and a pair of.5 steals per sport.

Jalen Haralson 6’7 210 PG/SG – La Lumiere 2025

All of Haralson’s subject targets towards Orangeville Prep had been on 3PTers off the catch to attain 9 factors within the 70-39 win. His shot nonetheless doesn’t get numerous rotation, however he shot it effectively, going 4-7 from 3PT in each video games mixed. He didn’t rating on the rim in his first sport, however he beat the protection on the perimeter a couple of occasions and he made some good passes, seeing the ground effectively and is aware of his choices as a passer. He blended it up extra within the second sport towards Oak Hill with some good takes to the basket. He didn’t have any explosive finishes however was good across the rim to attain 16 factors and drew numerous fouls with 8 free throw makes an attempt. Defensively, he performed stable on and off the ball and defended up and down the line-up all through the sport towards Oak Hill. Sadly, Haralson turned his ankle and La Lumiere ended up dropping to Oak Hill 79-75 in time beyond regulation.

Jerry Easter 6’4 195 SG – La Lumiere 2025

Easter performed effectively defensively and got here away with a couple of baskets after leaping passes for transition layups within the sport towards Orangeville. He’s not the kind of athlete to dwell above the rim, however he did a great job of utilizing his quickness to beat his man at a great charge. Early on, he didn’t shoot it too effectively and pushes the ball a bit, even banking a immediately 3 from the highest of the important thing in La Lu’s first sport to attain 12 factors (4-12 FG, 1-5 3PT). He shot higher towards Oak Hill, together with 2 clutch 3s in essential moments, ending with 21 factors (7-16 FG, 3-5 3PT).

Darius Adams 6’5 180 PG/SG – 2025 La Lumiere

Adams grabbed 5 rebounds and got here away with 4 steals, however he wasn’t an excessive amount of of an offensive issue towards Orangeville with 4 factors on 2-8 taking pictures and 0-2 from 3PT. Towards Oak Hill, he frolicked on and off the ball, displaying effectiveness enjoying each. He shot it at a stable charge and will get to the rim when he finds that hole. He’s a great ball-handler and handles contact higher than he would seem. He completed with 19 factors (7-16 FG, 4-8 3PT) and 6 (4 offensive) rebounds to beat Oak Hill.

VJ Edgecombe 6’5 195 PG/SG – Lengthy Island Lutheran 2024

Edgecombe began the sport with a bang, exploding off the ground for a giant jam. That wouldn’t be his solely explosive second with a couple of different dunks within the sport. He has superb burst with the ball and modifications his velocity effectively when wanted, staying underneath management and never all the time having to go full throttle. He’s superb defensively as effectively, displaying constant dedication on that finish. His shot is his largest weak spot proper now, because it doesn’t get perfect ball rotation and lacked consistency, going 1-6 from 3PT and 0-1 from FT. His utilization with the ball wasn’t that prime however he had no bother filling it up with 17 factors on 8-15 taking pictures within the 84-57 win towards Oak Hill Academy. Edgecombe is a big-time expertise with nice two-way potential.

Kayden Mingo 6’3 185 PG – Lengthy Island Lutheran 2025

Mingo had an amazing sport towards Oak Hill, extremely efficient and environment friendly. He blended it up offensively, scoring on the rim and outdoors taking pictures throughout the move. He completed with 22 factors whereas going 9-12 from the ground and 4-5 from distance. He acquired the place he wished with the ball and has nice contact on his floater. He didn’t drive his impression or hunt scoring alternatives and he moved the ball effectively, recording 6 assists and no turnovers. Mingo additionally rebounded effectively in LuHi’s solely sport to drag down 9 boards.

Chris Anderson 6’1 150 PG – Oak Hill Academy 2024 (Michigan)

Anderson struggled to attach on his photographs, and he didn’t get numerous clear seems to be together with his lack of dimension. He’s able to making the fitting cross and handles the ball effectively. LuHi did a great job of not solely taking away his shot however clogging the lanes for his passing as effectively. Successfully enjoying his sport as a creator and scorer shall be tough on the subsequent degree and his effectiveness tasks to decrease, particularly if he’s not taking pictures effectively. Over Oak Hill’s two video games, Anderson averaged 11.5 factors (5-19 FG, 3-14 3PT, 10-13 FT) and a pair of.5 assists to 1 turnover per sport.

Kaden Magwood 6’1 170 PG – Oak Hill Academy 2025

Within the sport towards LuHi, Magwood acquired it going for an Oak Hill staff that was struggling to attain. He was all leap photographs and didn’t get to the rim a lot, finally ending with 10 factors on 4-14 FG and 2-6 3PT. He adopted up with a 41-point outburst to beat La Lumiere in time beyond regulation. He hit tough photographs and acquired to the rim, even throwing down a couple of dunks within the half-court. He additionally made a residing on the free throw line, scoring 15 factors on his 18 FT makes an attempt. He’s a really gifted shot-maker, hitting contested jumpers within the defender’s face from wherever on the court docket on an environment friendly 11-20 FG and 4-7 3PT. At his dimension, an space Magwood can look to develop is in his facilitating, recording 2 assists to no turnovers towards LuHi and a pair of assists to five turnovers towards La Lumiere.

Shon Abaev 6’8 185 SF – Calvary Christian Academy 2025

I solely noticed one in all Calvary Christian’s video games, towards Religion Household Academy, and Abaev shot and scored effectively with 27 factors. He’s eliminated the wasted movement in his shot since final yr. He has a excessive launch and hits contested photographs from midrange and three. He handles the ball effectively sufficient to create a shot and he made some good passes mid-dribble whereas it appeared like he was creating for himself. He had a couple of offensive fouls whereas attempting to create however general, he acquired his shot off effectively. He didn’t rating an excessive amount of on the rim however did present a floater when attending to the center. Calvary Christian beat Religion Household Academy 82-79.

Cayden Daughtry 5’11 130 PG – Calvary Christian Academy 2027

Solely a freshman, Daughtry was large in Calvary’s win towards Religion Household. Regardless of his shot getting practically no backspin or rotation, he connects at a excessive charge. He’s an excellent ball-handler and he created effectively to get photographs off within the midrange in addition to on the rim. Whereas he’s a freshman and appears the a part of a freshman bodily, he handles contact very effectively and is stronger with the ball than one would suppose at first look. Daughtry introduced numerous confidence and led all scorers with 28 factors.

Rakease Passmore 6’5 180 SG – Mix Academy 2024 (Kansas)

Passmore had a great sport towards Evangel Christian, profitable 66-50. Mix pressed defensively and Passmore got here away with a couple of steals that led to alternatives to point out off his hops within the open flooring. He dealt with the ball effectively and acquired to the rim in half-court conditions all through the sport. He additionally shot effectively from 3PT, and his taking pictures has improved since final yr.

Jahseem Felton 6’5 175 SG – Mix Academy 2024 (Seton Corridor)

Felton acquired into the paint and used his robust physique to complete by means of contact. He’s fairly good about attending to the rim within the half-court. He’s all the time been a man to place factors on the board, however he shot it very effectively towards Evangel Christian one of the best I’ve seen him, flattening 4 3Pters on his technique to rating 23 factors within the win.

Each (Hyperlink Academy performed one sport in every occasion)

Tre Johnson 6’6 190 SG – Hyperlink Academy 2024 (Texas)

Johnson displayed his taking pictures and ball-handling. Though there have been occasions he over-dribbled and settled for deep contested photographs, he performed very effectively to beat Legacy Early 81-66 with 16 factors (7-11 FG, 2-5 3PT). He created effectively off the dribble and will get his shot off towards any defender. Along with his scoring, he made some good passes, hitting cutters with good timing to report 4 assists to 1 turnover. Johnson additionally did a pleasant job as a rebounder and was fast to the unfastened ball, with 8 boards within the win. He didn’t fail to deliver it within the extremely anticipated matchup towards Prolific Prep. He created for himself in addition to teammates. He hit some high-level photographs and blended it up effectively to get to the rim on events. He can work on defending the ball higher as a ball-handler and whereas attacking, groups like Prolific turned dwell turnovers into fast baskets. Johnson recorded 25 factors (8-19 FG, 3-7 3PT, 6-6 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals within the 77-76 loss to Prolific Prep.

Labaron Philon 6’4 175 PG – Hyperlink Academy 2024 (Kansas)

Philon was nice in each video games. Within the sport towards Legacy Early School, he got here off the bench and acquired sizzling rapidly, ending with 12 factors on 5-9 taking pictures, together with 2-3 from 3PT. He’s acquired an excellent shot, and his makes didn’t hit the rim. He’s additionally a shifty ball-handler, he acquired caught dancing with it at occasions, however he was a troublesome cowl for the protection. He did most of his injury as a shooter however he had a couple of performs the place he threw down jams to point out off his athleticism. He would get the beginning towards Prolific, and it was extra of the identical so far as taking pictures and general manufacturing with 10 factors, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Jalen Shelley 6’8 190 SF – Hyperlink Academy 2024 (Arkansas)

Shelley was stable towards Legacy Early. He didn’t need to create to attain, making the most of reducing alternatives and changing offensive rebounds into baskets. He didn’t present so much athletically or consistency as a shooter, on his technique to 11 factors (4-5 FG). He got here up huge towards Prolific Prep, hitting photographs from the perimeter and did a great job entering into the paint to attain on the rim. He took benefit of his dimension and athletic benefit when matched up towards Winters Grady and completed with 24 factors (9-14 FG, 3-6 3PT, 3-3 FT) within the loss.

Jasper Johnson 6’6 170 PG/SG – Hyperlink Academy 2025

Johnson has a simple demeanor. He can penetrate off the dribble, typically attending to the rim or different occasions stopping within the midrange to complete with a floater. His shot will get numerous ball rotation, and he can join with deep vary. He has the instruments as a defender and covers floor very effectively on each ends. Whether or not he’s on the ending finish of an oop or attending to the rim himself, he will get up effectively and isn’t afraid to leap within the crowd. He scored 12 factors (5-10 FG, 2-5 3PT) within the sport towards Legacy Early. Johnson adopted up towards Prolific with some huge 3s, taking pictures deep and letting it fly with confidence and no hesitation. He acquired into foul bother early within the second half however completed with 9 factors, all on 3PTers.

Derek Smith Invitational

Tyran Stokes 6’7 245 PF – Prolific Prep 2026

Stokes (pictured) has a formidable mixture of power and explosive athleticism at such a younger age, with some huge dunks over each video games. He can end in transition or discover methods to dunk within the half-court, successfully leaping off the vert with out a lot collect. He demonstrated some exterior taking pictures, however the consistency can enhance from each 3PT and on the free throw line. He acquired to the rim all through each video games however can tighten up as a ball-handler, particularly when selecting up velocity because the ball acquired away from him on a couple of events. Stokes was spectacular in each video games, scoring 12 factors within the first sport and 20 within the second.

Bryson Tucker 6’6 180 SG – Bishop O’Connell 2024

Tucker scored 19 factors within the 52-41 win over Southern Coast Academy. He scored across the rim when he may and as normal, he excelled within the midrange and iso conditions. His shot is a bit flat, however he hit numerous 3s in addition to loads of photographs on the transfer. The subsequent step shall be persevering with so as to add power so he can get the place he needs higher when taking contact.

Derrion Reid 6’7 180 PF – Prolific Prep 2024

Reid was superb for Prolific, enjoying off the ball. He hit photographs when given area and took it to the rim at different occasions. He had a giant sport towards St. Xavier and did one of the best job of anybody on the staff of using his bodily and athletic benefits to attain as typically as attainable. He had a couple of huge dunks that the protection couldn’t contest and used his lengthy strides to get to the basket effectively. Whereas solely scoring 8 factors within the win over Hyperlink, Reid adopted up with 22 factors within the 83-74 win towards St. Xavier.

Zoom Diallo 6’4 190 PG – Prolific Prep 2024

Diallo was greatest enjoying off the ball, the place he scored extra throughout the move. His robust construct and broad shoulders allowed him to deal with contact. He did a great job beating the primary defender to attach on floaters as soon as he acquired to the center. He had a couple of turnovers in each video games, overthrowing passes, not defending the ball, and touring at occasions when working the purpose. He can work on minimizing turnovers and discovering constant methods to attain however Diallo was nonetheless efficient with 16 and 11 factors in every sport respectively.

AJ Dybantsa 6’8 200 SF – Prolific Prep 2025

In Prolific’s first sport towards Hyperlink Academy, Dybantsa didn’t create a lot for himself or present a lot dribble penetration, however he was superb spacing the ground and flattening photographs to attain an environment friendly 26 factors (7-12 FG, 5-7 3PT). He additionally noticed the ground effectively and made some good passes with 5 assists. He wasn’t as productive in his second sport. His passing was nonetheless stable, however he didn’t rating an excessive amount of and left numerous factors on the free throw line, together with two journeys lacking each free throw makes an attempt over the 2 video games. He can even work on limiting turnovers, with a couple of attempting to dribble by means of a number of defenders.




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