Standouts: Prep Hoops Sun Bash (Day 1)
The inaugural Prep Hoops Sun Bash took place at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Fla. on Friday night.
Three tightly contested games were played.
Here are the top standouts from the event.
Note: A schedule for tomorrow will be included below.
Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit)
Holy Spirit earned an awesome performance from sophomore forward Anthony Edwards. The 6’4″ 2020 athlete recorded a Day 1 high of 34 points. He helped South Miami beat Holy Spirit 78-75 in double overtime. He sent the game to a second overtime with a tough bucket and a made free throw. Edwards is a strong and gifted playmaker who can get to the rack with ease. He had a dunk at the start of the second overtime that got the crowd out of their seats.
Toru Dean (South Miami)
Toru Dean fouled out early in the second overtime which really hurt the Cobras late. He finished with a team-best 20 points. Dean, a 6’1″ junior guard was a talented point man who was able to get things done all around the floor. South Miami loves to feature him early and often and it showed tonight.
Mervin James (Pebblebrook)
The 6’6″ senior Canisius College commit did his thing for Pebblebrook tonight with a 15-point outing. The Falcons and Mervin James held off Edgewater 63-60 in a back and forth battle. James hit the mid-range jumper with ease and that was his best asset for much of the game.
Kamani Johnson (Holy Spirit)
A highly skilled big man is always a fun thing to watch. 6’9″ Holy Spirit senior forward Kamani Johnson was really sound all-around for the Cougars in their double overtime victory. Johnson, the younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Dakari Johnson, scored 24 points as he was in attack mode.
Malcolm Whitlow (Carrollwood Day)
Malcolm Whitlow brings an added dimension to the Patriots. The junior guard scored a team-high 22 points as he made an impact in both the first and second half. Carrollwood Day fell to Alonso 57-45 in a game that was close to the midway point of the fourth quarter. Whitlow came to play.
Terrionce Blalock (Alonso)
For Alonso, there was a lot of good play in transition. Junior point guard Terrionce Blalock played with a purpose for the entire 32 minutes of the game with a team-best 18 points. Blalock hit from outside and was crafty as a passer and player inside. The 5’9″ guard is scrappy.
Robert Allen (Edgewater)
Headed to Samford next fall, Allen had some struggles in the first half against a very talented Pebblebrook defense. However, the 6’8″ senior forward ended the night with 13 hard earned points. Allen is physically ready for the next level. Once he finishes more around the rim, he’ll be an even more dangerous collegiate threat.
Grant Howard (Pebblebrook)
Howard is a high-end outside shooter. He wowed the crowd with his 3-point shooting ability on the way to a 15-point game. The 6’3″ senior guard/forward is a sound leader for the Falcons. He has the looks of a very talented college player with his deep ball skills.
Gabriel Ferguson (Edgewater)
A name that everyone needs to know about is Gabriel Ferguson. The 6’7″ freshman forward is full of length and burst. Ferguson had an 11-point evening going up against the likes of James and Howard. Ferguson is a riser that is going to develop into a factor.
Day 2 schedule
Nature Coast at Canterbury St. Pete (8 AM), Superior Collegiate at Anclote (9:30 AM), Alonso at Santa Fe Catholic (11 AM), Palm Glades at Bayshore Christian (12:30 PM), Newsome at Lake Gibson (2 PM), Durant at Carrollwood (3:30 PM), Plant at Creekside (5 PM), Lake Wales at South Miami (6:30 PM), Holy Spirit at Vanguard (8 PM), Lakewood Ranch at Pebblebrook (9:30 PM)