In one of the biggest individual and team matchups of the Hoophall Classic, Thomas Bryant and Huntington (W.V.) Prep handled Cheick Diallo and Our Savior New American (N.Y.). With Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Syracuse associate head coach Mike Hopkins sitting front and center, Huntington Prep won, 76-57, and Bryant finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-9 Diallo — who is considering Kentucky among his five schools but remains wide open — went for 24 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. “That’s great [that Calipari was there],” the 6-foot-10 Bryant said.
Lydon, a Syracuse commit, is playing well of late and was the star of the game for New Hampton in their win. He has a unique skill-set, projecting as a stretch four with bounce. Although he needs to continue to add upper-body strength, Lydon has become a solid two-handed rebounder. He’s become a better shot-blocker with both his great vertical leap and second jump. Although the 6’8″ Lydon can shoot it out to the three-point line, he’ll need to continue to develop his mid-range game and be able to shoot it off of the dribble better.
Bryant, a 6-foot-10 big man from Rochester, N.Y., has narrowed his search down to Kentucky, Syracuse, Indiana, and Missouri. Bryant runs with Nike-sponsored Team SCAN in the summer, alongside a close friend in Our Savior forward Cheick Diallo, who is the No. 7 ranked player in the class of 2015 according to ESPN. Bryant has already taken official visits to Indiana and Missouri, while also telling MassLive.com on Sunday that he plans to also take an official visit to Kentucky – he just hasn’t set a date yet
Malachi Richardson: One of the top perimeter shooters in the class of 2015, 6’6″ Richardson played with aggressiveness throughout, but particularly in the first half. When left open, he is a great shooter with deep range. He’s learned how to become a more effective scorer off of the dribble, but stays true to his strength: three-point shooting (four three-pointers in this contest).
Dwayne Bacon’s 33 points Saturday night helped give No. 6 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) a surprisingly easy 82-59 championship game victory over No. 8 Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.). Wesleyan’s star junior forward Harry Giles piled up 23 points and 15 rebounds but hit just 10 of 25 attempts from the field.
2016 SF V.J. King averaged 21.7 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2015 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. King, who is originally from Ohio, showed the ability to hit shots from the perimeter, mid-range and looked very aggressive by attacking the basket.
Every Monday during the hoops season we’ll scour the globe to check in with the country’s most elite players and have them dish on one of the many sure-fire juke moves they implement throughout the course of a game. This week we caught up with Clinton Christian (Upper Marlboro, Md.) wing Melo Eggleston, widely regarded as one of the top players in the 2017 class.