Posted On: 12/6/17 5:00 PM
Prep Hoops Missouri was in the house at St. Charles West High to take in some of the first-round action from the Warrior Classic. In the first game, Ritenour defeated Francis Howell North. In the night cap, Marquette defeated Fort Zumwalt West.
Tonight’s semifinal game will feature Ritenour vs. Marquette and Fort Zumwalt South vs. Lutheran North.
Here are some of the standouts from Tuesday night’s first round action:
Jason Montgomery 6’4″ Marquette: The 2019 wing is fast emerging as one of the finest players in the class. He scored a game-high 23 points in the Mustangs victory over Zumwalt West. He ball handling, passing and perimeter shooting continue to evolve as he knocked down three 3-pointers and dropped some very nice dimes. He was very tough on the drive as he scored well through contact. His inside and rebounding game is always solid, but he has become an excellent all-around player who is just getting better.
Jake Hampton 5’11” Fort Zumwalt West: The 2018 guard scored a team-high 17 points and kept his team close throughout the game with his scoring a court savvy. An accomplished perimeter shooter, Hampton has worked hard to improve his offense off the dribble. He displayed a nice pull up jumper in the lane with good elevation, plus he made several trips to the free throw line. He is a fine small-college prospect.
Justin Mathews-Williams 6’3″ Francis Howell North: The 6’3″ 2018 guard scored a game-high 25 points in the Knights’ loss to Ritenour. He is a good sized guard with the ability to score on the drive or with the jumper. He had a nice step back jumper and he knocked down a couple of 3-pointers off the dribble. JMW is strong with the basketball and tough on the drive in his quest for buckets.
Kobe Smith 6’4″ Ritenour: The 2018 wing scored 13 points in the Huskies’ victory over Howell North. Kobe was plagued by early foul trouble and had to sit much of the first half. He came back in the second half and did most of his offensive damage, but he was under control and did not force many shots. When he is on his game, he is one of the most potent offensive weapons in St. Louis.
Marquis Majors 6’1″ Fort Zumwalt West: The 6’1″ 2017 wing player scored a very workmanlike 17 points in the loss to Marquette. A talented wide receiver in football, Majors puts that athleticism and aggressiveness to good use on the basketball court. He plays with a high motor, which makes him a productive player, especially when he is driving to the basket or crashing the offensive boards.
Jonathan Bishop 6’3″ Ritenour: The 6’3″ 2018 wing enjoyed a very productive night with 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the victory over Howell North. Bishop did an excellent job as Ritenour got the transition game going with several finishes at the rim, plus he set up teammates with nice passes.