Hoophall West: Saturday Night Standouts

Here is a recap from Saturday’s action at the Hoophall West Classic from our guy Damon.

Centennial High (CA) beats Sunnyslope High (AZ) 64-31

New Mexico commit Donovan Dent looked as poised as anybody on the floor in this one, playing efficiently and steadily for Centennial. He was always playing his game and was never rendered uncomfortable by the Sunnyslope defense.

Centennial’s top-25 junior Jared McCain is a certified bucket. His pull-up game is smooth as butter and his range extends several feet past NBA range, where he converted a deep and-one to help put the game out of reach.

Bishop Gorman High (NV) beats Phoenix St. Mary’s (AZ) 90-63

Sophomore John Mobley Jr. was one of two underclassman X-factors for Bishop Gorman and one of many reasons why Bishop Gorman should feel very good about its outlook over the next few seasons. He finished with an efficient 15 points, shooting 5-9 from the field and 3-5 from three.

Strong ball distribution on the team as well, leading to 5 assists dished out by Mobley Jr. (Worth noting: as far as I can tell, he’s not related to Evan Mobley and Isaiah Mobley, but he is the son of former Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley and nephew of former NBA player Cuttino Mobley.)

Jason Richardson Jr. is the second of Bishop Gorman’s aforementioned young X-factors, playing with a lot of poise, confidence, and feel. He’s got a sweet shooting stroke and has a wide range of finishing options around the rim. He digs in on defense and is opportunistic in passing lanes. He finished with 16 points on 6-8 shooting along with 6 assists. 

Garrison Phelps, who stands as one of the top undecided wings in Arizona, was the only reason St. Mary’s wasn’t doubled or tripled up on the scoreboard. The athletic and versatile Phelps tallied 23 points (including 2-5 from three) and 8 rebounds.

AZ Compass Prep (AZ) beats Oak Hill Academy (VA) 78-55

11th-ranked junior Kylan Boswell staked his claim as best junior on the team, outplaying 4th-ranked Mookie Cook putting up 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, and made every pivotal play throughout the game.

Kentucky-bound Chris Livingston is a terror with the ball in his hands. He didn’t have much success with the shot until garbage time which can be misleading in all directions, but when he’s driving, his size and aggression poses problems for anyone who thinks they have a chance. He ended the game with a game-high 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists.

Judah Mintz started off slow for Oak Hill with a few early turnovers, but really got it going as the game progressed. His smaller frame limits him on defense and that makes itself bluntly clear in a game like this against a team like this, but his offense is enough to make up for it when he’s putting up 17 points on 11 shots; added 4 assists as well.

Sierra Canyon School (CA) beats Perry High (AZ) 65-52

Much-hyped junior Bronny James is the real deal. Other than 6 inches and 60 pounds that appear to have been lost somewhere, the parallels between Bronny and his father are clear and apparent. He had no problem picking up some of the load with five-star teammate Amari Bailey out (was in a boot). Showed off a variety of moves to get to his shots and did so with a good helping of athleticism, feel, and aggression. He finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Another certified bucket, Nebraska-bound Ramel Lloyd Jr. put up 17 points on 6-11 shooting for Sierra Canyon and did so in a good variety of ways: pull-up mid-range shots, getting to the rim, shooting off movement, etc. 

Perry’s Koa Peat has no right whatsoever to have as much feel and skill as a 6-foot-8 190-pound freshman as he does. He was all over the floor, impacting every facet of the game. Perry led for much of the first half and Peat was the biggest reason why. He finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Cody Williams is a prospect I really buy from Perry as a slasher, shooter, and tertiary playmaker. He only scored 2 points in the first half but was the biggest reason the Pumas had a chance at the end when he exploded with 13 points in the fourth quarter.

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