After an action packed second day that didn’t have many close games but had great acrobatics really set the bar high. The word for the event was out locally, the school’s parking lot was full and the gyms at capacity. People were having to park along the street, and they ended up parking a mile plus down the road to walk to the event. The line, out the door, was rendered to a one out one in policy.
On day 2, Hammond School sophomore Seventh Woods was Sports Center’s Top play of the day. This top play beat out Lebron and even Jalen Rose shouted out Seventh. The local legend set the stage for the night to come.
In Case you Missed the Dunk
The Theme for The Day: Individual Offensive Outputs
6’5 Aquinas HS and Marquette signee Ahmad Hill finished with 36, 6’3 Mullins HS Freshman Jalek Felton had 27, 6’5 Luella HS and South Carolina signee TeMarcus Blanton had 30, and 6’6 Archbishop Carroll Junior Derrick Jones finished with 27.
Each of these guys shared one thing in common, aggression. The group combined for 24 free throws and numerous dunks and finishes at the rim. The group shot 58% from the field and made 10 total 3s. More so than not, they provided the sold out crowd a different kind of entertainment, consistent pure ability to score.
Oak Hill & Archbishop Carroll Put on Offensive Clinics
The night cap was over within 5 minutes of the game’s beginning. Oak Hill Academy faced local 2A giant Keenan High School. The Martin twins, 6’6 NC State signees, quickly accepted the challenge with and offensive output that left the crowd gasping. Caleb Martin finished the first half 4-7 for 12 points and Cody Martin was 8-9 for 17 points. The pair knocked down jump shots, defended for easy transition points, and attacked the basket in the half court. Keenan did not score, in the second half, until 11 minutes in. 6’1 South Carolina signee Marcus Stroman finished with 25 points for Keenan, and had 19 in the second half. This game finished 91-40.
In a much closer, but equally impressive affair, Archbishop Carroll picked apart Arlington Country Day to secure their spot in the finals. 6’6 Junior Derrick Jones most recently picked up an Indiana offer, and did nothing to dispell that. 6’1 Unsigned Senior Point Guard Austin Tilghman showed a steadying hand in the game taking care of the ball and not putting it in danger. On the interior 6’9 Junior Ernest Aflakpui continued to break out. He controlled what went on in there, securing rebounds high and finishing with soft touch and his back to the basket. Tilghman had 1o points 3 assists & 2 steals Aflakpui had 16 points & 11 boards.
Breakout Performers Continue
Archbishop Carroll’s 6’9 Junior Ernest Aflakpui continued his strong play against a loaded up Arlington Country Day team. The Pennsylvania native came into the week as a regional name getting looked at by St Joe’s and LaSalle. That recruitment should now expand. Aflakpui, who has a very strong and explosive build, has rebounded the ball high above the rim with two very strong hands. On offense, he has shown great touch and multiple moves with his back to the basket enabling him to finish consistently.
The leader for the most impressive team in the field has been 5’11 Junior Point Guard Terrence Phillips. Phillips who is a team leader has a great understand of half court concepts and what his team is trying to accomplish. He is a great defender, who picks up his man early and uses quick hands and feet to be a pest for the entirety of the floor. Phillip’s performance this week has landed him his first offer, Auburn.
Sophomore Show Strong
SanAntonio Brinson, Lemonte Turner, and Jordan Brunner show promise. Each of the 2016 players have done some great things this week. Turner who is 6’2 from Arlington Country Day, is more well known that the others have shown the ability to score the ball. Brunner, who is 6’8 from Spring Valley High School, has shown a versatile skill set and length. Brinson, who is 6’5 from Aquinas High School, is a lengthy kid who is smooth with the ball and scoring. Brunner and Brinson are projection guys, waiting to see how their bodies end up. But with youth on their side their ceilings are high.
Unsigned Seniors Perform:
There have been a number of unsigned seniors that have played at a high level and deserve division 1 looks. I will wind down this article with a listing of TEN (10) of these guys:
6′ South Pointe (SC) PG Tyreece Brice
6’3 South Pointe (SC) W Anthony Johnson
6’4 St Frances (MD) W Jared Hamilton
6’4 Lower Richland (SC) W Brandon Stroman
6’1 Archbishop Carroll (Pa) PG Austin Tilghman
6’7 Aquinas (GA) F Tamryk Fields
6’3 Mullins (SC) W Alex Brown
6’8 Arlington Country Day (Fl) PF Terrell Miller
6’8 Oak Hill (Va) PF Rokas Gustys
6’9 Arlington Country Day (Fl) PF Ladamion Keys
Days Game Recaps
Blanche Ely (FL) 59 V Lower Richland (SC) 47
Arlington Country Day (Fl) 63 V Archbishop Carroll (Pa) 72
Oak Hill (Va) 91 V Keenan (SC) 40