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Spalding Hoophall Classic: Stars of the Future

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in High School, Tournaments

It was a first class event and a star studded weekend at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., home of this years Spalding Hoophall Classic.  With more than 50 marquee players in their respective classes in attendance,  the lights were on and the players ready to compete.  Matchups like #1 Northland vs. Oak Hill Academy and the defending champs, Findlay College Prep taking on Michael Gilchrist, Kyrie Irving and St. Patrick's set the tone for what would become an unforgettable spectacle. 

Here are some highlights for those of you foolish enough not to be in attendance.  Created by our boys at BALLISLIFE. 


Here's a look at who left their mark !!!

Tobias Harris, Half Hollow Hills West (2010)

Tobias gets better and better every time I see him. He’s one of the three hardest working players in the country and it’s certainly paying off. He put his entire repertoire on display, showing off his newly developed three point range, his improved speed off the bounce, and his ability to lead the fast break. Considering Tobias is a face-up four, those skills are very rare and very impressive. He erupted for 35 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks vs. Sacred Heart; captivating the fans and media. A sensational performance by a lock for the McDonald’s All- American team.

Cory Joseph, Findlay Prep (2010)

After struggling vs. Northland on ESPN in Findlay’s first loss in two years, Cory bounced back and showed the National TV audience what he’s capable of. Going toe to toe with the #1 point guard in the country, Kyrie Irving, Cory proved he could compete at the highest level. He dictated the tempo, initiated the offense, played hard nosed defense, and shot the heck out of the basketball. He’s now 54-1 as the starting point guard for Findlay Prep and has established himself as one of the elite winner’s and floor generals in his class.

Kyrie Irving, St.Patrick’s (2010)

Kyrie accomplished something very few have done before him; He had success in a head to head matchup vs. Cory Joseph. He showed a phenomenal ability to play the pick and roll, both by attacking the rim and by burying the three point shot when the defender went under the screener. He was dynamite in transition, showed the ability to score off the ball, and made big plays down the stretch. Unfortunately for Kyrie, with the world watching he had the chance to send the game to overtime and was only able to make one of his two free throws. Regardless it was a great performance against the best defender in the country.

Doron Lamb, Oak Hill Academy (2010)

Doron drew the task of guarding the #1 player in the country, Jared Sullinger. Being asked to cover Sully is next to impossible for anyone, let alone a 6-3 combo guard. When I saw Doron covering him I thought the big man was going to physically manhandle the Warriors. Instead, Sullinger managed just 3 points. Doron did a nice job denying Sully the ball deep and forced him out on the perimeter. Once there Jared didn’t have the quickness to get by Lamb which basically prevented him from being even remotely effective. Doron was physical, played smart, and took the assignment personally. For a guy known primarily as a scorer, this was an extremely pleasant surprise.

Jared Sullinger, Northland (2010)

It wasn't a very good night for the #1 player in the country, but he still found a way to win.  He was scoreless for much of the game but made a big free throw at the end, than made the game winning block with Doron Lamb driving the lane with time winding down.  You can't beat this big man even when he's having his worst game of the season.  Enough said. 

Reggie Bullock, Kinston (2010)

Reggie's great length and superb stroke make him a prototypical two guard.  On a day where his three wasn't falling (2-10), he still found a way to be the best player on the floor. When he got in the lane he used his length and elevation to get his shot off uncontested and made 6-12 inside the arc.  He also pulled down 12 rebounds and was dominant on the glass.  Without Josh Smith, Kentwood never had a chance in this game. 

Tyler Lamb, Mater Dei (2010)

Tyler is part of a three headed offense that includes Gary Franklin and Keala King.  In their game vs. DeMatha it was Tyler's day.  He's a very versatile scorer and he put that on display throughout.  He connected on mid-range jumpers, showed his range, and got to the tin and finished.  He scored 23 points and helped the California kids escape a very talented DeMatha squad ranked #4 in the country.

Tony Chennault, Neuman-Goretti (2010)

Tony was very efficient in his game vs. Simeon.  He's a big, strong combo guard who loves to attack the rim.  He connected on 7 of his 18 attempts for 18 points.  He's also a guard who likes to chip in on the glass, evident by his 7 boards.  He still needs work on his deep range, and still has a ways to go to be considered a true point guard, but the kid can really play.  He doesn't have a true position, but finds a way to be effective and disruptive on both ends of the floor.  He was the difference in Neuman-Goretti's victory. 

Myck Kabongo, St. Benedict’s (2011)

Myck finally put to rest the notion that he isn’t a true lead guard. Although he remains an excellent scorer and his ability to push the tempo is still what sets him apart, Myck showed he can also distribute the rock. Handing out a tournament high 12 dimes in his game vs. Bishop O'Connell, Myck played the role of facilitator as well as anyone in the tournament.  He went head to head with Kendall Marshall and won the battle and the war. 

Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick’s (2011)

Michael did his best Isaiah Thomas impersonation this week, playing on a severely sprained ankle and hobbling around the court. While he didn’t have his “A” game, Michael found a way to be extremely effective. He displayed heart, toughness, and determination; showing that he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his teammates. Even though Michael wasn’t able to jump he managed to collect () rebounds. This was a performance which boosted his stock in my eyes, and that’s tough to do considering I already look at him as the best player in the country.

Austin Rivers, St. Patrick's (2011)

If an injury hadn't ended his night early he was on track for something special.  You name a way to score and Austin did it.  Three's of all different variety's, thunderous posterizing dunks, the blow by, and of course his killer crossover.  He was being guarded by Tyler Thornton and had his way with him.  He's officially the most exciting guard in the country. 

Tavon Sledge, Half Hollow Hills West (2011)

Tavon's outstanding outing was a little over shadowed by Tobias's 35 point erruption.  That being said, he was superb from start to finish.  Tavon's so fast, he's a one man fast break.  He's got legs too, evident by the few times he elevated and scared the rim.  He was excellent in the pick and roll, often getting all the way to the rim for the easy lay in.  He shot the ball well, making 11 of his 17 shots (27 points), set the tempo for his teammates, and   only turned it over once despite having the ball in his hands most of the game. 

Jabari Parker, Simeon (2013)

At 6-8, Jabari has a really high quality perimeter skill set. He’s a solid passer, can handle it a little bit, and can shoot it some out to 15 feet. The thing that impressed me most about Jabari was his savvy on the baseline. He used spin moves, fakes, and his length to do damage, reminding me a little of Carmelo. He has a long way to go in his development, but sky’s the limit for the freshman.  He scored 16 points on 6-14 from the floor, pulled down 8 rebounds, handed out two dimes, and shot 3-3 from the charity stripe. 

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