- Adam Finkelstein
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The ninth annual National Prep Showcase began on Friday at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. The event, which is considered to be one of the premier post-graduate showcases in the nation, featured seven games on day one with over 75 college coaches on hand to scout the prospects.
The day began with Northfield Mount Hermon scoring a 80-73 win over Fork Union Military Academy from Virginia behind a 23 point performance from Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby. Notre Dame Prep followed suit to make Massachusetts 2-0 in the second game with a 75-66 win over Fishburne Military Academy. Khem Birch led the way for the Crusaders with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Myles Davis scored 19 points on four of six shooting from three-point line. New England suffered its first loss when Westwind Prep (Arizona) knocked off Bridgton Academy behind 30 points from John Green, who is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
The day’s most entertaining game was a shootout between Hargrave Military Academy and the South Kent School which saw Hargrave come away with a 115-105 victory. North Carolina bound shooting guard P.J. Hairston drilled six threes and 29 points for the winners while Ricardo Ledo scored a game high 30 for the Cardinals. Two local New England natives locked up next with St. Thomas More defeating Lee Academy 82-57. Damion Lee scored a game high 19 points for the Chancellors. The sixth game of the day saw Winchendon fall to Princeton Day Academy of Maryland by a 67-63 margin.
Top three Performers of the Day:
Ricardo Ledo, South Kent (CT)
Stat Line: 30 pts (11-26 FG, 3-13 3pt, 5-8 FT), 4 rebs (3 off), 2 assts/1 to
Evaluation: Ledo has incredible talent. At 6-foot-6 he has the size and explosiveness to eventually play the game at the highest level. He is tremendously talented with the ball in his hands and able to create his own shots at virtually anytime. Because the game comes so easily for him, he plays with almost an unintentional complacency which causes him to settle for contested jumpers instead of attacking his defender like he is capable of. As he continues to mature and become more efficient with his attack, the sky is the limit for his development.
Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep (MA)
Stat Line: 19 pts (6-12 FG, 4-6 3pt, 3-3 FT), 4 reb (0 off), 4 asts/1 to
Evaluation: Davis is as pure of a shooter as you will find and he proved it by making the defense pay every time he was allowed to set his feet. He has historically played off the ball but did a very nice job of running the point today, handling the ball against pressure and making good decisions. Davis also showed a compact dribble pull-up game in the mid-range area and, although he isn’t an especially quick on the ball defender, rotated very efficiently from the weak-side.
Kareem Canty, Bridgton Academy (ME)
Stat Line: 23 pts (8-18 FG, 3-4 3pt, 4-4 FT), 5 reb (1 off), 4 asts/5 to
Evaluation: Canty is a scoring guard who is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands. While he is at his best going north to south he is also able to keep defenders on their heels in the half-court with constant use of inside-out dribbles. Canty’s Achilles heel has always been his perimeter jumper so the fact that he made shots consistently tonight made him virtually un-guardable. The only knock on his performance was some inconsistency in his decision making, both in terms of shot selection and over-pounding his dribble.