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Prestonwood finishes 4th at national tournament

12/25/2010

Plano Prestonwood Christian finished fourth at the National Prep Classic boys basketball tournament in Santa Maria, Calif., which wrapped up Wednesday.

Prestonwood won its first two games before losing in the semifinals and the third-place game.

Joel Francisco of ESPN Recruiting recapped the event, and you can read his coverage here.

Prestonwood has two big-time recruits in Julius Randle and Zach Peters.

Francisco cited Randle as one of the tournament's standout players. Here's what he had to say about the nation's top-ranked sophomore:

There is no doubt that Randle is a force and he still has two-and-a-half more seasons of high school basketball. The explosive lefty loves to attack off the bounce and explode to the rim. He has great instincts while finishing up, over and around defenders. He can stick the 3-point shot or glide (covers a lot of ground in a hurry) in transition for the finish as well. In addition, he made a couple of high-level passes on the break as well. For his game to go to another level, he needs to finish better with contact, improve his back-to-the-basket skill set and make defense a priority.

Here's what Francisco had to say after watching Peters, who has verbally committed to Kansas:

Zach Peters, a 6-9 junior, can finish with space. However, he doesn't have good feet and as a result he struggled scoring with his back to the basket on numerous occasions.