Hoophall West: Friday Session Standouts

We had Damon Allred live on the battlefield catching these games to get a glimpse at some future stars of college basketball, and possible NBA Draft prospects. Here are his takeaways from Friday’s action.

Pace Academy (GA) beats Lake Oswego (OR) 64-53

Pace’s Kyle Greene Jr. (2024) finished the game with 17 points, 5 assists, and 9 steals. He looked like a free safety on defense and a precise quarterback on offense. 

Pace’s Josh Reed (2022; Cincinnati commit) finished the game with 15 points and 4 assists. He builds his game around his mid-post bag and isn’t afraid to be physical on either end. When Pace presses, he’s the one leading it, and always doing so effectively. 

Pace’s Bryson Tiller (2025) finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds. He’s absolutely huge and filled out for a freshman at 6-foot-8 and probably 200+ pounds, with at least a +3” wingspan, will be interesting to see how his skills develop over his prep career.

DeMatha Catholic High (MD) beats St. Edward’s High (OH) 80-79 (4-OT)

DeMatha’s Tyrell Ward (2022; Xavier commit) tallied 36 points on 50% shooting – including 8 straight to end regulation – with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. His motor came and went in the first half, especially defensively, but when winning time came around, he locked in and did what needed to be done. Hate to sound like this, but he’s really a bucket. Can’t wait to see him in the Big East under Travis Steele.

DeMatha’s Rodney Rice (2022; Virginia Tech commit) was solid and steady in totaling his 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He never forced anything on offense, was clutch when he needed to be, and dug in on defense. The Hokies are getting a good one.

St. Edward’s Jair Knight (2022) isn’t a division-I prospect from everything I can find about his recruiting situation, but he was just an absolute joy to watch. He played smart and hard for every minute he was out there and deserves recognition. 

Montverde Academy (FL) beats Wasatch Academy (UT) 65-49

Montverde’s Dariq Whitehead (2022; Duke commit) notched a game-high 21 points to go with his 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Never too high, never too low, everything comes easy for Whitehead, and he’s poised to make a case to end up as a top 3 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft without a clear hole in his game and with all the ceiling imaginable.

Wasatch’s Roddy Gayle Jr. (2022; Ohio State commit) He moves with the same funk that a Ja Morant or Jaden Ivey does, and reads the floor exceptionally well for his age. Showed some flashes of pull-up shot-making as well.

Montverde’s Jalen Hood-Schifino (2022; Indiana commit) plays with a lot of the same ease that Whitehead plays with, although Hood-Schifino is much more proactive and vocal about involving others and running the offense.

Desert Mountain High (AZ) beats Chaparral High (AZ) 56-52 (OT)

Desert Mountain’s Easton Reagan (2022) probably isn’t a division-I prospect, but he gets recognized here as Desert Mountain’s best player and brightest star from this iteration of the Battle for Shea Blvd.

Chaparral’s Michael Saba (2022) may end up at a low-major program. He’s a late bloomer that’s a good playmaker from his size at 6-foot-9.

Coronado High (NV) beats Perry High (AZ) 65-59

Richard Isaacs Jr. (2022; Texas Tech commit) led Coronado with 18 points and had a strong fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Should give the Red Raiders their most talented lead guard in some time.

Perry’s Dylan Anderson (2022; Arizona commit) didn’t score up to his standard, but he still had a large impact on the game. He did hit a solid mid-range shot early, showing Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd some touch worth investing in and should make an impact at that level whether he scores or not.

Perry’s Cody Williams (2023) is a guy who will definitely score and will do so in a variety of ways: drives to the rim, floaters, and deep shots. He isn’t selfish about it either and will happily make an extra pass if it means a better shot. He led all scorers with 20+.

Excited to see both Anderson and Williams again when Perry takes on Sierra Canyon at the Footprint Center in the Saturday session.

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