#OTRHoopsReport: Hoop Hall Classic Day 1 Recap – January 17, 2015
UNLV signee Derrick Jones had a monster day at the Hoop Hall Classic. He scored 17 points in the first quarter versus Simeon HS. Read about it here. Photo cred – Davide de Pas
Springfield, MASS., – Martin Luther King Jr., weekend is important in the world of high school basketball, because of nearly every ranked team is playing some where in the country. The epicenter of this basketball can be found at the “Birthplace of Basketball,” which is at the Basketball Hall of Fame on the campus of Springfield College. With so much talent to be found this weekend, we are camped out at the Hoop Hall Classic providing daily recaps. Here are the standout performers from Saturday’s action.
12:30 pm – Kingston 56 vs Trenton Catholic (NJ) 54
A game that featured two 5-star wings in Brandon Ingram (NC) and Malachi Richardson (NJ). This game went to the wire as Trenton had three shots to put the game into overtime in the final 15 seconds of the game, but could not get any of them to fall. Ingram exerted himself down the stretch to finish with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The 6-foot-8 uncommitted senior played most of the game as his team’s point guard and did a good job of involving his teammates. However, it was his ability to create his own shot in the fourth quarter that was the final factor. Syracuse signee Malachi Richardson was hot early, hitting multiple 3-pointers even with a hand in his face, finished with 23 points and 5 rebounds.
2:00 – Sacred Heart (CT) 64 vs. Christ the King (NY) 51
Another good match-up between two wings, but this time in the class of 2016. No. 13 in the BrandonClayScouting.com Elite 60 Mustapha Herron was impressive in this game. The 6-6 Pittsburgh commit had his jumper going today, scoring 18 points with a couple of 3-pointers in the second half. Sacred Heart would stretch out a double digit lead in the fourth quarter and would not look back. Junior wing Rawle Alkins will be a name that we look at to include when our 2016 rankings expand. The hyper athletic wing scored 13 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.
3:30 – Archbishop Carroll (PA) 77 vs. Simeon (IL) 68
UNLV signee Derrick Jones wasted no time to get this game going as he scored 17 points in the first quarter to get his Archbishop team out to an early lead. Simeon’s attempts to cut the lead would fall short in the end. Jones would finish with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 3 block shots on the night. The 6-7 forward’s ability to instinctually find rebounds while having athleticism is a remarkable quality. Simeon would get a solid effort from Nebraska signee Edward Morrow as he put up 16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.
5:00 – DeMatha Catholic (MD) 69 vs. Roselle Catholic (NJ) 45
Coach Mike Jones got strong perimeter play to run away with this upset win as they would upend the No. 2 team in the country tonight. Junior shooting Markelle Fultz was named the game’s MVP as he poured in 25 points on 8 of 17 shooting. Sophomore wing DJ Harvey, who we have currently ranked No. 3 in the ELITE 25, added 13 points in the win. Kentucky signee Isaiah Briscoe scored 20 points for Roselle. Briscoe is the top point guard nationally in the 2015 class.
6:30 – Findlay Prep (NV) 84 vs. Stevenson (IL) 58
It was too much length and athleticism up front by Findlay Prep for Stevenson to able to handle. Horace Spencer III dominated the paint with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 block shots in this game. His ability to clean up the boards and protect the rim allowed for his teammates to play loose and led Findlay Prep to walk away with a victory in this one. Arizona signee Allonzo Trier pumped in 27 in a typical scoring flurry fashion while class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton scored 15 although being hampered by foul trouble in the second half. Villanova signee Jalen Brunson was steady as usual scoring 26 for Stevenson. The 4-star plus guard shot the ball well in this outing as he hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to keep his team close.
8:00 – Corona del Sol (AZ) 60 vs. Putnam Vocational Tech (MA) 57
The boys from Arizona met the No. 1 team in the host state of Massachusetts in the final game of the night. It would take an extra period to get a winner, but in the end it would be New Mexico signee Dane Kuiper who would lead Corona to victory. The 6-6 wing finished with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Forward Marvin Bagley III, showed why we have him on our ELITE 25 watch-list for the class of 2018 as he finished with 17 points and 9 points which included two clutch free throws with 30 seconds left in regulation to push the game to overtime. Junior wing Tyronee Malone of Putnam led the way with 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Exposure & Showcase Opportunities
OTR Spring Showcase March 21, 2015
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is 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
SHReport Summer Showcase – “Separators” Pt 1
June 8, 2023
The Gauntlet – Do It All Performers
April 16, 2023
Hoop Hustler’s Tipoff Classic – Can’t Miss Guys Pt 2
April 13, 2023