Spalding Hoophall Classic: Top 10 players you can't miss

Spalding Hoophall Classic: Top 10 players you can't miss

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Spalding Hoophall Classic: Top 10 players you can't miss

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Lonzo Ball will be must-see TV at the Hoophall. (Fort Myers News-Press Photo by Gregg Pachkowski )

Lonzo Ball will be must-see TV at the Hoophall. (Photo: Gregg Pachkowski, Fort Myers News-Press )

Based on their play so far this season we’ve updated our list of the top 10 players you’ll want to see in the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic Jan. 14-18 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.

1. Jayson Tatum, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis), F, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Tatum, a Duke signee who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 100, is dominating this season for No. 15 Chaminade, averaging more than 30 points a game. He recently dropped 46 points in a win at the Cancer Research Classic. He led the St. Louis Eagles to the prestigious Nike Peach Jam title game this past summer where he averaged 24.1 points, 7.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game for the tournament. His peers named him Biggest Matchup Problem in the 2015 Players’ Choice AAU awards and superlatives. It was his second consecutive year winning the award.

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. vs. No. 8 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)

2. Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.), PG, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Ball runs the point for the No. 1 team in the Super 25 and put on a show recently at the City of Palms Classic in late December that will keep fans talking for years. Ball, a UCLA signee who is ranked No. 11 overall in the ESPN 100, averaged 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds a game and took home MVP honors. A wizard with the ball in his hands, Ball excels on the drive and has marksman-like accuracy from NBA three-point range.

Good luck stopping that.

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. vs. No. 12 High Point Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)

3. Malik Monk, Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.), SG, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Monk, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN 100, has the type of athletic ability that keeps fans phones out recording for the entire game. Monk turned in a plethora of poster dunks this summer that each could’ve brought home Dunk of the Year hardware. He’s also got marksman-like accuracy from the perimeter.

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. vs. No. 9 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)

4. Markelle Fultz, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), SG, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Fultz, who is ranked No. 12 overall in the ESPN 100, actually played on the JV squad two years ago; unheard of for a player who seems to be a lock for the McDonald’s All American game and has one-and-done buzz. Fultz, a Washington signee, recently put on a show at the Cancer Research Classic, dropping 31 points in a loss to then No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. vs. No. 15 Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis)

5. Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.), F, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Adebayo, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 6 overall in the ESPN 100, is a legit threat to rip the rim off the hinges with every powerful dunk he throws down. He recently put on a show for the No. 12 Cougars at the High School OT Holiday Invitational dropping 24 points and 15 rebounds in route to being named Most Outstanding Player. Adebayo scored 25 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to No. 1 Chino Hills on Dec. 22.

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. vs. No. 1 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.)

6. Frank Jackson, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), SG, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Jackson, a Duke signee who is ranked No. 14 overall in the ESPN 100, has all the tools to be the next great Blue Devil guard because he brings the “wow” factor every game with his athleticism and motor. He recently dropped 48 points in a win over Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah).

When you can catch him: Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. vs. St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)

7. Marvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Ariz.), F, 2018

Why you can’t miss him: Bagley, who is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 25, is widely regarded as the “Next Big Thing.” At 6-foot-11, Bagley is a combo forward with guard skills on the perimeter and superior athleticism in the post. He recently transferred to No. 7 Sierra Canyon from Hillcrest (Phoenix).

When you can catch him: Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. vs. No. 3 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

8. Mohamed Bamba, Westtown (Chester, Penn.), F, 2017

Why you can’t miss him: When Bamba, who is ranked No. 8 overall in the ESPN 60, is patrolling the paint no shot is safe. The 7-footer is averaging eight blocks a game this season. Bamba gets up and down the floor like a guard and uses his quickness, size and motor to dominate in the paint.

When you can catch him: Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. vs. Potter’s House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.)

9. Silvio De Sousa, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), F, 2018

Why you can’t miss him: De Sousa, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 25, is one of the most versatile players in the country, regardless of class. At 6-foot-9, De Sousa’s got the ability to post up, knock down the perimeter jumper and take the ball coast-to-coast in transition.

When you can catch him: Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. vs. No. 16 Roman Catholic (Philadelphia) and Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. vs. No. 7 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)

10. Thon Maker, Athlete Institute (Can.), F, 2016

Why you can’t miss him: Maker isn’t ranked in the ESPN 100 only because ESPN doesn’t rank players who play outside of the U.S. Before he moved from The Carlisle School in Virginia to Athlete Institute, Maker was considered the top ranked player in ESPN’s 2016 rankings. Maker took home MVP honors at the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp this summer.

When you can catch him: Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. vs. No. 4 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)

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