Day two of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational offered us some of the top players in the state of North Carolina, recruiting targets of the local ACC powers, and a look at a few of the nation’s truly elite. Dudley HS out of Greensboro took home the crown in the local four team bracket, Roy Williams watched Issac Copeland fall to High Point Christian, and point guards Shelton Mitchell and Anthony Barber traded blows in the nightcap.
After watching a full day of basketball, there was no shortage of players who stood out, so here’s a look at the top performers from day two:
Shelton Mitchell vs Anthony Barber– The most hyped matchup of the day was North Carolina’s best point guard against the top player in the state of Virginia. Shelton Mitchell and Cat Barber put up monster games respectively and although it was Cat that walked away with the win in overtime, both players showed the fans at Broughton why they were so acclaimed.
We’ll start with Mitchell–who got the better end on the stat sheet. Posting a line of 30 points and 2 assists (11-18 FG, 0-3 3PT, 9-9 FT), he devastated Hampton defenders with his change of pace and ability to finish creatively in traffic. His ability to freeze the defense and then explode past them was simply special and is one of the unique skills that justify his lofty ranking.
While Mitchell killed defenders softly, Barber killed them at the blink of an eye with his blazing speed. There were times in his 26 point, 2 assist outing that it seemed as if you were watching a video game with how easy that he was able to explode past smaller defenders. The NC State recruit didn’t shoot the ball incredibly well (8-19 FG, 3-9 3PT, 7-9 FT), but made huge shots when they counted in fourth quarter and overtime.
Noah Vonleh, 6’9, PF, New Hampton (NH), 2013-The top player in the northeast didn’t have a monster game (15 points and 9 rebounds), but gave observers a glimpse of his versatility. Vonleh rebounded the ball well, showed an improved handle in the open floor, and appeared more comfortable as a pick and pop threat. Indiana’s top recruit didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter, but played limited minutes in New Hampton’s blowout win and will have plenty of opportunities this weekend.
Terry Maston, 6’7, PF, DeSoto (TX), 2014- After doing his thing on ESPN against national powerhouse Simeon out of Chicago, Maston came back with another strong showing, this time against eastern NC power Kinston. Maston showed off a great motor, ran the floor well, and used an incredibly soft touch within 10 feet of the basket to give him his 16 points. LSU and a handful of mid-majors have shown interest in this blossoming forward out of Dallas after his remarkably consistent play so far this season.
Lonzia Tyson, 6’8, PF/C, Goldsboro HS (NC), 2014- After Thaxter Spruill stood out yesterday, Lonzia Tyson showed that he’s another under the radar big man at the Holiday Invitational. Still awfully raw on the offensive end, Tyson was outstanding running the floor, finished above the rim in transition, and was a presence in the paint as a shot-blocker. Expect offers to start pouring in for this interesting post as he becomes more visible over the next year.
Sam Hunt, 6’2, SG/PG, Dudley HS(NC), 2013- Hunt was integral in leading his team to the championship of the 4 team bracket with his ability to fill up the scoring column. He dropped 26 points via a flurry of deep threes and buckets in transition, while also making good decisions with the ball in his hands. Jacksonville got themselves a good one in Hunt, especially if he continues to evolve as a playmaker.
Aram Martin, 6’9, SF/PF, The Miller School (VA), 2013- The lanky combo forward did his best impersonation of Quincy Miller with the way that he maneuvered around the perimeter and drilled deep three pointers. Martin will need to get stronger and put forth more effort on the defensive end, but his offensive package and potential have earned him over 20 D-1 offers.