#OTRHoopsReport: Day Three Hoop Hall Classic – January 16, 2017
Class of 2017 wing Michael Porter Jr. of Nathan Hale HS (WA) showed why he is a Naismith Award nominee this weekend. Photo cred – @CoachHemi
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – Day three at the Hoop Hall Classic is where the marquee match-ups play out and lasting reputations are built. In years past we have watched the likes of Jahlil Okafor, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz etch their names alongside of the legends of the game. This year is no different as a number of prospects stepped to the line and solidified their reputations all while ESPN cameras rolled.
Jemison takes down St. Anthony’s
John Petty continues to show his athleticism and versatility. The 6-foot-6 guard fills up the stat sheet and does it without having to take a high volume of shots. He finished with 18 points on 8-15 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. This is the second triple double we have watched Petty put up this year.
RJ Cole was a big reason why coach Bob Hurley’s team was able to stay close in this game. He finished with 19 points and four assists.
The Patrick School Sneaks Past Pace in 2OT
Pace Academy came out clicking on all cylinders in the first half rushing out to a double digit lead. However, the pressure defense returned in the second half and gave The Patrick School the momentum it needed to narrow up the margin. Jordan Walker hit what appeared to be a game winner at the end of regulation, but was instead hit with an offensive foul. He would end up with 15 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in a MVP effort.
Wendell Carter did all he could to lead his team to victory on this day. He finished with 28 points, which included 18-22 from the free throw line. This is a notable stat given his struggles this summer. He added 18 rebounds in this one.
Nathan Hale Knocks off Oak Hill
The talent of Oak Hill from year to year is so consistent it is not even worth mentioning. However, when a team that went 3-18 last season knocks them off it is worth mentioning. Granted Nathan Hale picked up some very important additions to their roster. Michael Porter Jr. and brother Johntay change the dynamic along with coach Brandon Roy. Porter Jr. put on the performance of the weekend with 36 points on 14-25 shooting. He added five rebounds and four assists in this one as well. While Johntay announced that he will re-class to the class of 2017 and enroll with his brother at Washington next fall.
Kansas signee Billy Preston finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds in the tough loss. Teammate Matt Coleman also announced his commitment to Texas a few hours before the game.
Montverde Academy Knocks Off Bishop Montgomery
Class of 2019 guard RJ Barrett continues to be the talk of the class of 2019. His 21 points, six rebounds and four assists were key for the win today. Another 2019 prospect, teammate Andrew Nembhard showed well with 22 points of his own.
Ethan Thompson has a silky smooth jumper and he showed it off today scoring 19 points on 5-10 shooting. The future Oregon State Beaver added seven assists and four rebounds.
Sierra Canyon Knocks Off LaLumiere
There was plenty of interesting match-up in this one: Marvin Bagley vs. Jaren Jackson, Cody Riley vs. Brian Bowen. However, the match-up that played biggest was Remy Martin (Arizona State) versus Tyger Campbell (2019). Martin would provide timely buckets down the stretch en route to a 18 point game while also dishing 13 assists and grabbing eight rebounds. Top 2018 prospect Marvin Bagley dialed up 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Jaren Jackson gave a huge effort scoring 21 points while also connecting on 3-6 3-point shots. He also added nine rebounds and blocked two shots. Tyger Campbell had plenty of highlight plays scoring 10 points and giving out six assists.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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