Five players who shined Monday at Hoophall Classic

Five players who shined Monday at Hoophall Classic

Hoophall Classic

Five players who shined Monday at Hoophall Classic

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Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (St. Louis) put up 40 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) on Monday in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (Photo: Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)

Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (St. Louis) put up 40 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) on Monday in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (Photo: Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Five players who shined Monday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic:

Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis) — He put up 40 points and 14 rebounds and didn’t play as well as he’s capable of in a 72-69 overtime loss to DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.). That speaks volumes about the Duke signee. The 6-9 senior forward excels at creating space for his shot and the game seems to have slowed down for him. He’s covers so much territory that he creates havoc defensively.

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“He’s so long,” said DeMatha guard Markelle Fultz, a Washington signee. “If you blow by him, he’ll still be able to contest your shot because of how long he is. One time, I thought I was past him and he tipped the ball and I didn’t even know he was there. He’s got a great motor.”

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, Calif. — The UCLA signee operates at a different level, particularly when it comes to making decisions at the warp speed his team plays at. On one play Monday, he leaped to save a ball from going out of bounds on the defensive end, and in one motion, threw a full-court baseball pass to his little brother LaMelo for an easy layup. He finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists in his team’s 100-75 defeat of High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.).

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“He’s done that a handful of times this year,” Chino Hills coach Steve Baik said. “Dad did an incredible job of teaching the kids to keep their heads up as soon as they rebound. First off, I don’t think there’s another point guard that rebounds like ‘Zo in this world. He didn’t shoot the ball that great but he’s always going to have a productive game because he does everything else. He gets steals, plays defense and rebounds.”

High Point Christian's Michael Hueitt, Jr. (11) and Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball go after a rebound (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

High Point Christian’s Michael Hueitt, Jr. (11) and Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball go after a rebound (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

 

Malik Monk, Bentonville (Ark.) — St. Anthony (Jersey City) centered its entire defense around stopping the high-scoring Kentucky signee and while Monk was held to 22 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter, he did a good job of recognizing the double-teams and trying to get his teammates involved and had six assists. At the next level, he’s showed he can play the point, if needed, though he’s big enough at 6-4 to be a shooting guard.

“He showed today that he’s a great teammate as well as a great player,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said.

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Monk’s own coach was equally as complimentary.

“For me coaching him and watching him as a player, I’m just proud of him,” Bentonville coach Jason McMahan said. “I know how much work he’s put into improving as a player. He’s such a great teammate to the other guys and praising those guys and lifting them up.”

Cody Riley (2) is among Sierra Canyon's leaders (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

Cody Riley (2) is among Sierra Canyon’s leaders (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) — He kept the Trailblazers in the game against No. 3 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), finishing with 23 points with 15 rebounds and was a physical presence on both ends. He’s 6-8, but capable of getting his own shot without help.

“He’s good,” Montverde forward Simi Shittu said. “He was like a guard before and he grew. He’s very physical and gives a lot of effort.”

R.J. Cole, St. Anthony (Jersey City) — While everyone was waiting for Monk to take over the game, Cole, a 6-foot junior guard, had nine points up before anyone on Bentonville could score, period, and he finished with 23 points and six rebounds to lead his team to a 72-50 win.

“In warmups, I got a good sweat going, so I felt warm going in,” Cole said. “I few coaches said they would come, so I felt I should put on a pretty good show for them.”

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