247Sports was on hand as the DC area hosted two two major high school hoops tournaments this past weekend, the Gonzaga DC Classic and the National High School Hoops Festival.
Villanova will be counting on Josh Hart.
Josh Hart: 6-foot-5, 195-pound wing, Sidwell Friends (DC) High School
Breakdown: The Villanova signee scored 107 points over the three-game Gonzaga DC Classic tournament, breaking Juan Dixon’s tournament scoring record. As second-tallest player on his team’s roster, Hart was guarding players up to three inches taller than him all weekend - and succeeding. The three-star wing competes in every game and willed his team to the championship game, where they ultimately lost to Mount St. Joseph.
Kameron Williams: 6-foot-2, 175-pound SG, Mount St. Joseph (Md.) High School
Breakdown: Sharing the scoring duties with 2014 standout Phil Booth, Williams averaged 20.3 points en route to the tournament title. The future Buckeye went off this weekend - scoring above the rim, pumping them in from deep and driving to the hoop with authority. The No. 86 overall player in his class impressed and has a skillset that will translate at the next level.
Julian Moore: 6-foot-9, 220-pound C, Germantown (Pa.) High School
Breakdown: The 2013 Penn State signee averaged 13 points a game over the three-game Gonzaga DC Classic and showed off his developing skill set. Moore showed nice touch from the foul line, knocking down a number of clutch free throws, but still needs to work on his post game. He’ll need time in the weight room, but he’s got the attitude and work ethic Patrick Chambers is looking for.
Kris Jenkins: 6-foot-6, 245-pound SF, Gonzaga College (DC) High School
Phil Booth is a hot commodity in 2014.
Breakdown: Though he has definitely gained some weight since we last saw him over the summer, Jenkins still has that sweet stroke. With nice form and arc on his shot, Jenkins averaged 17.3 points per game, thanks in part to a 31-point opening game performance. The four-star forward will be playing his college ball at Villanova as well, where he will provide a nice contrast to Hart’s game.
Phil Booth: 6-foot-4, 185-pound SG, Mount St. Joseph (Md.) High School
Breakdown: Booth was instrumental in each of the Gaels’ three victories over the weekend, as the four-star prospect helped bring home the Gonzaga DC Classic title. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard averaged 15.3 points a game this weekend, in front of a number of college coaches. The junior hit some threes, and also finished a few nifty drives, solidifying his self-proclaimed ‘combo-guard’ classification.
Shep Garner: 6-foot-1, 170-pound SG, Roman Catholic (Pa.) High School
Breakdown: A prototypical two-guard who plays with an edge - when Garner is on he can really go. The four-star junior averaged 14.6 points per game throughout the weekend, getting a wide array of shots to fall. You’d like to see him demand the ball a little bit more and go full-bore, because when he does, Garner shows why he’s rated so highly.
Bryant Crawford: 6-foot-2, 170-pound PG, Gonzaga (DC) College High School
Breakdown: In his first year of high school basketball - an injury kept him out of commission as a freshman - the do-it-all sophomore ran the point for the Purple Eagles on Friday before a hand injury kept him out the rest of the weekend. At his height and weight, Crawford fits the part of a prototypical point guard, and will be one of the more highly touted players in the 2015 class. At 6-foot-2 he’s very athletic already, and was playing above the rim on the defensive end, pinning a number of shots against the glass.
Traci Carter: 5-foot-11, 140-pound PG, Roman Catholic (Pa.) High School.
Breakdown: Playing the role of a true point guard for Roman, Carter showed his ability, hustle and youth all throughout the weekend. Off the dribble, the 5-foot-11 guard can blow by most defenders and get to the bucket. Carter needs to learn when to turn it down a notch and settle things - multiple times over the weekend he drove into three defenders or lost the ball by pushing it too fast. The talent is there; he now needs seasoning, which will only come with game experience.
Sam Miller: 6-foot-7, 215-pound PF, Gonzaga College (DC) High School
Breakdown: As a sophomore Miller only saw a handful of minutes this weekend, but made the most of them when he was on the court. The versatile 6-foot-7 sophomore has an inside-out game which was on display in both games he saw time in. He’s very raw in terms of where he’s at right now, but Miller nailed a three and had some nice drives.
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