Posted On: 12/27/17 2:30 PM
Prep Hoops Missouri was on hand early Tuesday for the consolation round of the MICDS Holiday Tournament. Here is a look at some of the standout performers from the early session.
Austin Thompson 6’2″ MICDS: The athletic 2018 point guard scored a game-high 24 points in the Rams’ 55-48 victory over Miller Career Academy. He used his strength and ball handling ability to fight off Miller’s full court pressure literally by himself to create drives to the basket and open shots for his teammates. His defense was on point as he limited Miller’s top player to a scoreless second half.
Jerram Adams 6’2″ Westminster: The 2019 guard was one of the shooting stars of the entire day as he scored 29 points and made nine 3-pointers in the Wildcats’ victory over Francis Howell Central. He is an excellent catch and shoot threat who does a nice job of moving without the ball and making himself shot-ready before the catch. When he does catch the ball, it’s money.
Jalen White 6’2″ Lutheran North: The 2019 guard powered his way to a team-high 19 points in the Crusaders’ comeback victory over Christian-O’Fallon. He is a physically strong guard who is tough to handle off the dribble because he can finish through contact. I also liked how they utilized him in the low post where he was able to get some easy buckets over smaller defenders.
Jordan Nesbit 6’5″ Lutheran North: The talented 2020 guard had 14 points in the Crusaders victory over Christian-O’Fallon. After a slow start, Nesbit really got things going in the fourth quarter when he started to attack the basket and get things done. He is tough to match up with because of his size and overall skill set. He had one of the most impressive plays of the day when he converted a steal into a coast to coast slam dunk with his left hand. The young man has a very big upside.
Darion Smith 6’3″ MICDS: The muscular 2020 forward had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Rams’ victory over Miller Career Academy. The kid is a tour de force who plays with such a high motor. He is a rebounding machine who loves to block shots, attack the rim and throw down dunks. He is young and still developing, but he makes up for his youth with sheer power and effort.
Zach Harding 6’6″ Christian-O’Fallon: The smooth 2018 Stretch 4 scored a team-high 16 points in the loss to Lutheran North. He is a matchup problem with his ability to step out and knock down 3-pointers, in which he made three of them. He was also very good in transition as he ran the court hand and scored some easy baskets.
Chevy Brenson 6’2″ Christian-O’Fallon: The 2021 guard is one of the many talented freshmen who are playing big minutes. With starting point guard Zach Niemeyer out with an injury, Brenson became the team’s primary ball handler. He is athletic and good on the drive and he also knocked down a couple of nice 3-pointers in the game.