Omar Payne, CJ Walker amongst the Standouts at the Hoopfest
February 5, 2019
You like to see the player rise and be a factor, 2020 6’8” F/C Johni Broome was that perfect example. Broome was active from start to finish and did all the little things you ask for from a post. He finished with a phenomenal 20 points and 19 rebounds in a 71-63 victory over The Villages.
Tampa Catholic’s other threat was 2020 6’4” G Kobe Knox, brother of Knicks Foward Kevin Knox. Kobe was aggressive offensively and finished with 20 points.
Florida commit Tre Mann, nailed 25 points in a defeat. Mann takes on a heavy load for The Villages and had a hard day going against TC’s height and defensive strategies which keyed on him heavily.
They came to PLAY!
Omar Payne of Montverde Academy played well against Oak Hill, he was effective on offense and defense. He did the intangibles; Payne was around the basket to make plays, he defended the post and if needed he was a good help defender.
Oregon committ CJ Walker, who I really think got snubbed for an appearance in the McDAAG, is an extremely talented player. He continues to expand his game and rises to the challenge on defense. The lengthy SF has a bright future ahead of him and we can’t wait to see him in that Ducks uniform next year.
West Oaks Academy’s 2020 G Selton Miguel increasingly gets better each time we see him. Miguel’s ability to be an aggressive scorer and a facilitator on the court helps him imprint the game. Miguel was the MVP after posting 17 points in a 67-58 win Saturday over St. Petersburg.
Players who stood out:
Gabriel Sharp, AJ Hoggard, Lester Quinones, Terrence Shannon Jr., Pavel Zakharov and Gibson Jimerson, Noble Crawford, Cam Thomas, Niven Glover, K. Coleman, A. Harrison & Terell Strickland