The best was saved for last on day three of the National Prep Showcase as the final two games of the day featured two New England foes in Tilton and Wilbraham and Monson followed by St. Andrew’s taking on Blair Academy from New Jersey.
Tilton jumped all over Wilbraham from the opening tip, going on an 18-2 run to start the game and then running away with a 97-64 win. While Georges Niang and Wayne Selden stole the show for Tilton a number of different players impressed. Domonique Bull boasted a cut up physique, making him both quicker and more durable, while Goodluck Okonoboh showed excellent progression of his offensive skills, facing up to make mid-range pull-ups and drives to the rim. Nerlens Noel was his normal dominating self on the defensive end, starting the break with his tremendous shot-blocking ability.
The nightcap saw St. Andrew’s dig themselves into an early hole only to chip away and make it a one point game heading into halftime. The second half was an epic battle that was undoubtedly the most thrilling game of the entire weekend. Ultimately, it came down to the final possession as Blair Academy broke the tie with 15 seconds left and scored a stop and quick transition bucket to pull out a 57-53 win.
TOP PERFORMERS OF THE DAY:
Georges Niang, 6’6”, PF, 2012, Methuen, MA/Tilton School
Stat Line: 33 pts (14-24 FG, 0-2 3pt, 5-6 FT), 11 reb (3 off), 1 ast/0 to
Niang picked up the 2010-2011 season just where he left off this summer – scoring the ball in every way imaginable. His game is versatile in that he can go inside out, score with his back to the basket, or stretch defenses to the three-point line. He has terrific hands and feet, a super soft touch around the rim, and is a great finisher despite the fact that he rarely gets above the rim in traffic. Niang’s value wasn’t limited to just his scoring as he rebounded very well, grabbing everything with two hands, and was an equally effective trailer against pressure as a secondary ball-handler and decision maker.
Wayne Selden, 6’4”, G/F, 2014, Boston, MA/Tilton School
Stat Line: 26 pts (10-16 FG, 6-9 3pt, 0-0 FT), 5 reb (3 off), 2 ast/2 to
The reclassified freshmen could be the next in a rapidly growing line of prospects from the greater Boston area to crack the national rankings. Selden was known for his break-away athleticism during his years at O’Bryant but has continued to progress athletically and has more explosiveness in virtually all aspects of his game now but especially in regard to his first step off the dribble. While his athleticism has progressed, on Sunday he showcased a much improved perimeter jumper to the tune of six three-pointers.
Michael Carter-Williams, 6’5”, G, 2011, Hamilton, MA/St. Andrew’s
Stat Line: 30 pts (7-15 FG, 2-7 3pt, 14-19 FT), 8 reb (0 off), 2 ast/1to
The Syracuse-bound guard has added a new dimension to his game in each of his seasons at St. Andrew’s. This year, that addition seems to be a more dangerous slashing game enabling him to get to the free-throw line for more easy points. With such great size and length in the backcourt, Carter-Williams is always a threat to shoot over the defense or create space for his mid-range pull-up and that threat causes defenders to constantly be off balance, which he capitalized on to draw contact. “MCW” also showed an improved commitment on the defensive end, getting nice and low to slide his feet and contain the ball when he was so determined.