Posted On: 11/24/18 11:20 PM
Corinth, MS. – I thought I saw all of the stars on the first day of The Lighthouse Classic.
Well, I was wrong or I was just trying to make myself believe such a thing.
Day two at Corinth High School was just as good as Friday. There was plenty of talented high school basketball players to watch. The best game came late Saturday night, when Olive Branch faced off against Mountain Brook. The most notable matchup during the game was D.J. Jeffries going toe-to-toe against Trendon Watford.
Junior point guard Jordan Rawls looked solid in Hamilton Heights’ 75-62 win over Aspire Academy. The Hawks had three players to score in double figures. Center Hill had to two players to score in double figures in its 62-49 win over Bearden.
In all, this list will consist of eight players who I felt performed at a high level in Saturday’s slate of games.
Here are the eight players:
D.J. Jeffries, Olive Branch: It’s hard to defend a small forward like Jeffries. He can put the ball on the floor and shoot from long range. The Spartans had a hard time containing the Memphis commit. Jeffries finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, despite shooting 9 of 20 from the field.
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook: The 6-foot-9 forward led his team to a 56-53 win over the ‘Quistors. He was named the most valuable player after finishing with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Calvin Temple, Center Hill: Temple had his way with Bearden. For the first time this season, the IUPUI commit shot a high percentage from 3-point range (6 of 11). Temple mentioned it felt good to see his shots fall from deep. He was awarded the MVP award following his performance. He finished with 26 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Kaeden Laws, Center Hill: The sophomore forward recorded his first double-double of the season against the Bulldogs. Laws finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds on 11 of 23 shooting to help the Mustangs remain undefeated (6-0).
Ques Glover, Bearden: Glover was playing with a groin injury. Yet, he put up 18 points to go with his six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Jordan Rawls, Hamilton Heights: The 6-2 point guard had his way with the Wizards. Rawls knocked down 4 of his 8 shot attempts from 3. He finished with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in the win. Rawls currently has offers from Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Hofstra, Kansas State, and UMass.
Samson Ruzhentsev, Hamilton Heights: The junior small forward is one of the best shooters in the 2020 class. He doesn’t need a screen to get a shot off. Ruzhentsev made 7 of 14 shots from the field, scoring 19 points. He has offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Jason Jitoboh, Hamilton Heights: The 6-10, 270-pound center almost finished with a double-double (13 points, nine rebounds). Jitoboh is only missing one thing from his game: a jump shot. Once he gets that, he will be almost unstoppable. Jitoboh has offers from Florida, Illinois, Saint Louis, Tennessee, UCF, Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, USF, and Wake Forest.