The Talent: Roland vs Stilwell


Posted On: 02/6/18 11:02 PM

Prep Hoops made the trip out to Stilwell for an intriguing matchup in Class 3A. For a small school basketball game, the floor was loaded with college level players. The game appeared to be over after the third quarter however Stilwell made a big charge in the fourth to cut the lead down to 6 points late. Roland was able to hold off the comeback and pick up the victory. Prep Hoops has the scoop on what players school should take a sharp look at in the upcoming classes.

The Surprise: Jaxon Wiggins 2020 Roland Wing

After watching Wiggins this summer he reminded me a lot of his older brother tall, sneaky athletic, with a solid jumper. He was on my radar going into the game tonight, but the game he had opened my eyes to his talent. Wiggins dominated from start to finish scoring at all three levels. He began the night by swishing a pair of three-pointers, then showed off his floater driving to the hoop followed by a thunderous jam. For his age, Wiggins is easily a top 20 basketball prospect in Oklahoma however he has already committed to the University of Arkansas for Baseball. If Wiggins ever wants to try his hand at basketball he will have a lot of doors open with his talent.

Guy to Know: Darrius Phillips 2020 Roland Wing

Phillips was the player I knew the most about coming into the matchup this evening. I was impressed with how much his skill set has grown on the Wing. This summer Phillips spent a lot of the minutes that I saw him playing he was doing a lot of the dirty work in the paint. The biggest question I had was could he develop his ball handling skills to be a top ten Wing in the Oklahoma 2020 Class. He has clearly worked hard at his craft as he handled the ball effectively creating offense for himself and his teammates. Roland does a great job putting him in spots to succeed. The first thing that will stick out to coaches recruiting him is the instant energy he brings on both ends of the floor. Size is not a question for Phillips who is near 6’4. The other big question on Phillips was how consistent could he shoot the three ball? He answered the bell tonight knocking down a big triple. He doesn’t shoot a ton of three-point shots, which is a testament to him making high basketball IQ plays and not taking bad shots. The athleticism for Phillips is there as well. Phillips is a guy Low to Mid Majors should keep track of in the Oklahoma 2020 Class.

The Bright Spot: Jacob Christie Stilwell

Christie was the clear leader for Stilwell on both ends of the floor. The game did not go the way Stilwell would have liked but they do have a good go-to option. He excelled putting the ball on the floor and driving to the hoop. Standing at 6’1 he used his quickness and change of pace to get looks. He is a player NAIA should have on the radar in the 2018 Oklahoma Class.

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