Posted On: 12/29/18 11:00 PM

The Pontiac Holiday Tournament concluded on Saturday night with two of the best teams in the Chicagoland area going head to head for the championship.  Curie and Bloom were the top two seeds and met for the title.  The #2 seed Curie was in control for the majority of the game and despite Bloom making several attempts at comebacks Curie always had an answer as they won 58-44.  Here we look at the Most Outstanding Prospects: Curie vs Bloom.

 

SG Ramean Hinton (Curie – 2020)

If we were giving out an MVP for the championship game it would have to be this Curie junior shooting guard.  The state’s #5 2020 prospect is a high-motor wing that plays with an all-out passion for the game.  He opened with a six point barrage on athletic layups and a mid-range jumper.  As the game went on he extended that shot out to beyond the three point arc.  Overall he was super effective with his jumper which at times can be streaky.  Also was a major factor on the glass clearing the defensive boards and getting put backs.  Hinton had 20 points.

 

SG Justin Harmon (Curie – 2019)

Harmon is a two guard that continues to see his stock rise as a senior.  He is the ultimate glue guy for this team.  The senior seems to be in the right place at the right time whenever a play needs to be made.  Harmon can slash it and is at his best in transition.  Excellent body control around the rim and shields the ball from defenders.  Went for 18 points.

 

SG Dajuan Gordon (Curie – 2019)

The Kansas State commit was the only unanimous All-Tournament First Team selection.  He was solid in the title game, but not quite as dominant as when we saw him in the quarterfinals.  Gordon is a long and lanky wing that used that length on the defensive end being active in passing lanes.  Also high pointed rebounds.  Couple baseline slashes and got to the foul line for 10 points.

 

G Damari Nixon (Curie – 2019)

Nixon is a Fenwick transfer who is fitting in well with his group.  The lefty combo guard got his team off to a fast start with several finishes in the open floor going for 8 points.

 

SG Keshawn Williams (Bloom – 2020)

Williams took home the AC Williamson Award for most outstanding player of the tournament.  The Bloom thin and rangy guard flashed in the championship game.  He is an explosive athlete that has a lot of offensive scoring pop.  Drilled a corner three as well as a stop and pop mid-range jumper.  Also thought he showed well as a passer with several nice dishes that led to buckets.  Williams had 10 points.

 

SG Dante Maddox (Bloom – 2020)

Maddox is a scoring two guard that is a straight bucket getter.  He forced some shots, but did hit a super deep one early from the volleyball line.  Strong and explosive scoring guard that has shown glimpses of improving as a passer.  Maddox had 7 points.

 

F Emani Burgess (Bloom – 2020)

Burgess is a combo forward who played a key role for Bloom inside against Curie.  The senior finished well in the paint and used his length to get on the offensive glass for put backs.  High activity level led him to 10 points.