#OTRHoopsReport: Hoop Hall Classic Day 2 Recap
The Hoop Hall Classic is played at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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 Sunday’s action.
11:00 am – Brewster Academy (NH) 100 vs. Montverde Academy Prep (FL) 69
Brewster used its loaded backcourt to run away from Montverde Prep on their way to scoring 100 points. UConn signee Jalen Adams poured in 23 points in convincing fashion to earn MVP honors in this one. Donovan Mitchell, the future Louisville Cardinal, was impressive scoring 20 points with an array of alley oops and slashing finishes. Point guard CJ Jackson of Montverde Academy Prep scored 16 for his team to earn MVP honors for his squad.
12:30 – Life Center (NJ) 64 vs. Orangeville Prep (CAN) 50
Coached by Louisville legend Pervis Ellison, Life Center showed up at Hoop Hall and shocked everyone in attendance. Coach Ellison’s team used a fiery on ball defense and strong rebounding to neutralize their opponents. Back court running mates Traci Carter and Malik Ellison both had huge games, which set the tone to a 34-14 halftime lead. Both guards are still uncommitted and are set to see their recruitment take off. Traci Carter would finish with MVP honors as he finished with a full stat line of 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Ellison, who stands at 6-foot-6, finished with an impressive 28 points. Thon Maker notched 23 points and 10 rebounds for his team.
2:00 – Huntington Prep (WV) 57 vs. Our Savior (NY) 76
This game featured a match-up of two top ten post players nationally, who both coincidentally are uncommitted. Cheick Diallo from Our Savior and Thomas Bryant had coach John Calipari watching on in this game. Both players have visited the Wildcats in recent months. Even though both big men were effective in their own right, this game was decided by the guard play. Class of 2016 point guard Curtis Jones continues his momentum as one of the quickest rising prospects in the nation. He scored 27 points on 7 of 10 from 3-point range and earned MVP honors for the game. Diallo turned in a terrific performance of 24 points and nine rebounds on the afternoon. His ability to run the floor and finish above the rim make him one of the top two post players in the nation.
3:30 – New Hampton School (NH) 64 vs. St. Andrews (RI) 48
A balance line of scoring was the real story of this game as 12 total players got into the score book for the Huskies of New Hampton. Only one player cracked double digits, which happened to be Syracuse signee Tyler Lydon. The 6-8 forward showed his versatility in those points as he mixed jumpers with thrilling dunks in the lane. St. Andrews would be paced by class of 2016 6-10 post Terrell Brown who finished with 16 points. Brown will be a name that we highlight in our report as a name to watch as he showed inside-out versatility that included being able to hit several 3-pointers.
5:00 – Northfield Mount Herman School (MA) 80 vs. Tilton (NH) 72
Northfield Mount Herman used a well balanced scoring attack, which focused on interior scoring to win this game. Post player Collin McManus was named game MVP as he anchored the paint for much of the game scoring 12 points and hauling down 14 rebounds. Northwestern signee Aaron Falzon added 16 for the 13-4 Hoggers. Florida State signee Terrance Mann scored 21 points for Tildon in the loss.
6:30 – St. Thomas More School (CT) vs. Vermont Academy (VT)
This was a bigtime interior battle in this game. UConn signee Steven Enoch faced off with up and coming class of 2017 post Samuel Japhet Mathias. In the end Enoch and St. Thomas More would pull off the victory with the 6-10 post scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the win. Enoch was active and engaged from tip to buzzer with an efficient outing. Class of 2016 guard Bruce Brown scored 23 points in the outing while Mathias scored 13.
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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
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