FORT MYERS, Fla.- The gym filled up at the City of Palms Classic to watch the country's No. 1 ranked basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins, and he did not disappoint.
Wiggins put his athleticism on display.
In front of Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and assistant coaches from Kansas and North Carolina, Wiggins put on an aerial display, slashing to the basket for 31 points on 15-22 shooting from the field.
More impressive than his dunks, were the array of finishes in the paint where he displayed elite level body control.
And scoring isn't all Wiggins contributed to Huntington (W.V.) Prep's 77-50 win over Houston HCYA. He grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. The majority of the game he defended 2014 top 20 prospect Justin Jackson and gave him fits.
Jackson wasn't shutdown, though. The top 20 junior did score 19 points on 8-22 shooting. He also registered five rebounds, four blocks, two steals and three assists.
Also in the game, Florida State recruit Xavier Rathan-Mayes put up an extraordinary 14 assists.
And in typical Moses Kingsley fashion, the future Arkansas big man pulled down 12 rebounds to match his 12 points.
Battle of the Bigs
What a refreshing experience to watch quality big men like Jahlil Okafor and Dakari Johnson battle head to head with such passion. The officials let them play, and they both took advantage of the opportunity.
Okafor, a top 10 2014 prospect, put up a healthy double/double of 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Johnson, a top 15 prospect in the 2013 class, scored nine points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Okafor played a calmer, more skilled game while Johnson played a more passionate, aggressive game.
The big men weren't the only standouts in this 68-63 overtime win by Montverde (Fla.) Academy over Chicago Whitney Young. In a well played game in general, all the principle players had their moments.
2014 Five-star prospect D'Angelo Russell played a critical role for Montverde. He came up with essentially the game winning steal and lay up as part of his 17 points.
West Virginia recruit Devin Williams got the best of his match up with 2014 four-star Paul White. Williams put together a double/double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Also for Montverde, Florida recruit Kasey Hill had his moments of brilliance. He finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists but also six turnovers.
Key for Whitney Young was the play of 2014 guards. Miles Reynolds and L.J. Peak. Both made clutch jumpers and Reynolds sent the game to overtime by converting three free throws. Reynolds finished with an efficient 18 points and had four assists without a turnover. Peak was less efficient with his shooting and ball handling but had 17 points and four assists with four turnovers.
The top prospect in the 2015 class, Malik Newman has played well at the City of Palms. At 6-4 and still growing, Newman is the quintessential combo guard prospect with his athleticism, ability to create off the dribble and an uncanny ability to get the ball in the basket.
He is taking the recruiting process slowly, but all of the SEC has offered except for Kentucky, who is showing interest. Newman is also hearing from North Carolina, Arizona and Memphis amongst others. Coaches from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU have been to his school this year.
Another 2015 combo guard Franklin Howard has impressed. Built like Newman, Howard is more of a set up man off the dribble than natural scorer like Newman. Howard listed offers from Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, North Carolina State, Miami, Georgetown, Villanova, Cincinnati, Florida and South Florida. He noted that Georgetown is recruiting him the hardest.
It was another sensational night for the three-headed BYU monster of Eric Mika, Nick Emery and T.J. Haws. They led Highland (Utah) Lone Peak in the dismantling of Chester (Pa.) High, ending their 61 game winning streak.
In the 73-50 win, Emery and Haws both put up 23 points while Mika went for 13 points and nine rebounds.
Arizona five-star recruit Rondae Jefferson of Chester put up a double/double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
A Strong Southwind
Memphis Southwind had its second blow out in a row, but its top duo of Jajuan Johnson (Marquette) and Johnathan Williams III (Missouri) maintained their intensity. Johnson pumped in 27 points on 11-16 shooting and snagged five steals. Williams III had a double/double of 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Also playing well for Southwind is Lipscomb recruit Payton Hulsey. He is averaging 10 assists per game throughout two games.
Coaches in the Crowd
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton was in the crowd for Andrew Wiggins. Also spotted assistants from Louisville, Kansas, Georgetown, North Carolina, Virginia, LSU, USF, UCF, Drexel, Boston an Binghamton.
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