The second day of the Penny Hardaway HoopFest brought more of a national feel to the event. Host Dyer County was the lone Tennessee team to walk away victorious and extended their three year home court winning streak in the process. Findlay Prep, Arlington Country Day, and Amanda Elzy were the out of state teams who came home with W’s.
With all that talent, here’s a look at the top peformers from day 2:
Maurice Dunlap, 6’2, PG/SG, Amanda Elzy (MS), 2014- The best shooter in the first two days of the HoopFest was undoubtedly Dunlap, a 6’2 combo guard from Mississippi. He reigned in 4 NBA threes, was incredibly fast in transition, and was a threat any time that he crossed half court. Already committed to Mississippi State, Dunlap will need to continue to improve upon his skills as a playmaker if he hopes to run the show full time, but will see immediate time with his ability to shoot the rock.
Dante Buford, 6’6, SF/PF, Arlington Country Day (FL), 2014- There wasn’t a more exciting player in the first two days than Buford, who put on an aerial attack against Memphis Craigmont. Aside from drawing the respect of Penny Hardaway with his dunks, Buford nailed a three and a pair of mid-range jumpers to show his arsenal offensively. He’s still making the transition from power forward to the perimeter, but showed us enough to believe he can get there with work.
Gavin Schilling, 6’9, PF, Findlay Prep (NV), 2013- One of the hottest players left on the board, it was great to see Gavin Schilling get a little more freedom than he had playing on the loaded Mac Irvin Fire AAU squad. He passed the ball well in the open floor, played the roll of enforcer in the paint, and played the game completely within the flow of the offense. When you add in that he’s got a body like Blake Griffin did in high shool, you see why Ohio State, UCLA, Illinois, Michigan, and Co. have offered him scholarships.
Nigel Williams-Goss, 6’4, PG/SG, Findlay Prp(NV), 2013-One of those rare players who legitimately can play the point or off-guard positions, and play them both at a high level. Against Fort Walton Beach, he had his usual quiet but efficient game en route to 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 W. The Washington recruit maintained an amazing court presence when his opponents made a slight run and while he’s got a new haircut, he’s got the same old school game that basketball enthusiasts love.