Posted On: 01/11/17 12:14 PM
Bartow took down Winter Haven 67-58 behind 16 points from TJ Harvin. Dorian James had 16 points in the loss for the Blue Devils.
MVP: TJ Harvin (Bartow)
The first half was all about TJ Harvin. He controlled the tempo to a T, and he was about as effective as any player on the floor. He said I’m going to play at the pace that I want, and you’re going to like it. He plays with a certain amount of poise that is rare in a high school PG.
Best offensive performance: Dorian James (Winter Haven)
James has expanded his game an incredible amount since I saw him last. He made 4 treys last night from deep, and he’s only getting stronger by the day. He has a ton of potential for the next level, whether its at the three or the four.
Best defensive performance: Travion Hodge (Bartow)
Hodge, outside of James was the longest player on the floor last night and I thought he did a pretty good job defensively against the big guys of Winter Haven. He has good timing off the ground, and he runs the floor very well.
Best attacker: Wilton Storr (Winter Haven)
Storr is a man down low for the Blue Devils. He’s exceptionally strong, and he’s only going to get better. He has a ton of potential in the athletic department. I still want to see him continue to expand his game beyond the block, but he’s an incredible athlete who’s only getting better.
Best intangibles: TJ Harvin
Harvin has started in big games ever since he was a sophomore, and he’s just getting better every year. I’ve heard he’s been inconsistent at times, but the game I saw yesterday he was anything but.
Best under-the-radar performance: Kamel Smith (Bartow)
Kamel Smith was the second leading scorer for the ‘Jackets yesterday. He cleaned up on the boards extremely well, and he has a lot of things going for him. It’s possible he could find himself playing in college somewhere in the future.
Best catch and shoot guy: Tim Jordan (Bartow)
While Jordan is looking at high major schools to play football at (UNC, Tennessee, Purdue), he’s still a very solid basketball player in his own right. He has a good release, and he can go off any night you leave him open.
Best underclassmen: Joshua Simmons (Bartow)
Simmons didn’t stick out to me from an athletic standpoint, but you sure heard his name a lot from the announcers. He was around the ball at all times last night, and he’s just going to keep getting better in the next four years.
Best energy: TJ Anglin (Winter Haven)
TJ Anglin is about as athletic of a point guard you will find anywhere. He’s super quick, and while his jump shot isn’t crisp all the time, he can push the ball with the best of them. He talks a ton on defense, and he is a vocal leader on this team.
Best athlete: Wilton Storr
Storr was just flat out the best athlete from last night. He has a ton of strength, and if you get him on the break, he’s going to make you pay with a massive dunk.