Posted On: 01/13/22 6:00 PM

The nation-wide tour continues for one of the state’s top programs as Whitney Young headed to Springfield, Missouri for the three-day Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.  They cruised to a first-round win by a final of 57-32.  We break down their contest in 3 Takeaways: Whitney Young vs New Madrid!

 

Dolphins Frontline Flexes Muscles on Both Ends

The big men for Whitney Young completely owned this game.  Especially on the defensive end making it impossible for New Madrid to get shots off in the paint.  Miami commit AJ Casey AJ Casey 6'8" | PF Whitney Young | 2022 State #55 Nation IL was at the center of that.  The power forward swatted an array of shots and was excellent on the glass in a 13 point and 9 rebound outing.  Offensively he rim ran for points, quick moves in the mid-range, and hit a clean looking three from the top of the key.  His running mate Xavier Amos Xavier Amos 6'7" | PF Whitney Young | 2022 State #233 Nation IL is an absolute steal for Northern Illinois.  High-motor and athletic forward is such an active shot blocker that is constantly impacting the game on both ends.  Offensively he finished dump offs, ran the floor, and had a nice righted hook shot for 11 points.  Senior 6’8” center AJ Casey AJ Casey 6'8" | PF Whitney Young | 2022 State #55 Nation IL was at the center of that.  The power forward swatted an array of shots and was excellent on the glass in a 13 point and 9 rebound outing.  Offensively he rim ran for points, quick moves in the mid-range, and hit a clean looking three from the top of the key.  His running mate Xavier Amos Xavier Amos 6'7" | PF Whitney Young | 2022 State #233 Nation IL is an absolute steal for Northern Illinois.  High-motor and athletic forward is such an active shot blocker that is constantly impacting the game on both ends.  Offensively he finished dump offs, ran the floor, and had a nice righted hook shot for 11 points.  Senior 6’8” center Marcus Overstreet Marcus Overstreet 6'8" | C Whitney Young | 2022 State IL is the most unheralded of the Dolphins big men but a scholarship level prospect in his own right.  True five that anchors on the defensive end protecting the rim, gets put backs, and keeps the ball high when it is in his hands.   Davis and Somerville Control Perimeter Game Perimeter game was handled by Dalen Davis Dalen Davis 6'0" | PG Whitney Young | 2023 State #128 Nation IL and Matt Somerville Matt Somerville 6'6" | SF Whitney Young | 2022 State IL in this contest.  Davis is coming off a fantastic outing against Totino Grace.  In this game he scored 7 points including a corner three early and a spinning layup.  What stood out the most however was his passing and vision in the half court finding his bigs and shooters for quality looks.  Somerville is a prospect that emerged with a strong summer for South Cook Jaguars on the Prep Hoops Circuit and that has continued into his senior season as his confidence blossoms.  Sound spot up shooter who hit three from distance.  Also a plus transition player with his athleticism playing well off his defense.  Went for 13 points.   Next Up Big Test vs Sierra Canyon Tomorrow should be fun as Whitney Young is expected to take on Sierra Canyon in the TOC semis led by Amari Bailey and Bronny James.  Bailey is originally from Chicago and many had Whitney Young as his potential destination if he stayed home.  The five-star UCLA commit is joined by the Lakers superstar son in the backcourt for the California squad.

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