#OTRHoopsReport: Marshall County Hoop Fest Stock-Risers – December 8, 2018
BENTON, Ky., – The stars came out last weekend at the Marshall County Hoop Fest as expected. However, there were a number of under the radar type prospects who emerged once the games ended. Here is a rundown on which prospects made the biggest slash in the Bluegrass State.
Marshall County Hoop Fest Stock Risers
Pierre Crockrell – Prolific Prep – 2019
The feature game of Saturday evening pit Prolific Prep against Advanced Prep International. So many stars were featured in this game: Josh Jackson, Trevon Duval, Billy Preston, Terrance Ferguson, etc.. However, it was a freshman who stole the show. The 5-foo-9 point guard hit five 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 20 point outing in a win over API. While Crockrell did go near nuclear on Saturday night, it was his poise in skill on both Friday and Saturday which puts him on our early Watch-List of ELITE prospects in the class of 2019.
Devin Gage – Curie HS – 2016
Gage is a 6-foot-1 point guard who is signed to play at DePaul next year. He showed up in a big way on Friday evening by scoring 26 points in a win over Athlete’s Institute (CAN). His ideal frame for the point guard position allows him to take the bump as he wiggles through the lane. He hit big mid-range jumpers all night long, but his two buckets in the game’s final minute sealed the wing for the team from Chicago.
Taveion Hollingsworth – Lexington Dunbar – 2017
Unlike Gage above, Hollingsworth came into this event truly unknown by the national audience. After Saturday afternoon’s win over Madison Academy, that changed. He scored 33 points and did it in efficient fashion. He split time as a point guard and a wing. But in the end, Josh Langford and the Mustangs did not have anything to keep Hollingsworth from scoring buckets. He is fast end to end, but he showed he can shoot the long ball as well. He picked up an offer from Eastern Kentucky soon after the event. If he continues with performances like this, expect more of those offers to come.
Josh Hopkins – J.O. Johnson – 2016
For those of us who watched the Alabama Challenge this summer knew all about the Samford bound senior. And while others may have thought that Hopkins is just another mid-major signee for coach Scott Padgett. However, what we are seeing is that Hopkins is poised to be a major producer when he hits the college campus next fall. The 6-3 power wing gets it done consistently. He scored 28 points in a variety of ways. He has soft touch on his mid-range jumper while also having the physical strength to score on the interior.
Lindell Wigginton – Oak Hill Academy – 2017
Wigginton is establishing himself as one of the most consistent combo guards in the class of 2017. Our evaluations of the 6-2 guard in the past 12 months have been consistent: ball handler, shot maker, quick athlete. One thing that Wigginton is improving, his production. He finished with 16 points in a win over Athlete’s Institute while splitting primary ball handling duties with Matt Coleman. His 16 points was instrumental in a win over over Athlete’s Institute.
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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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