Day Three of the Tarkanian Classic provided a change of venue. Starting off the day at Bishop Gorman, games then transitioned to the arena at the Orleans hotel/casino. Broadcasted on CBS College Sports, the final three matchups brought Findlay Prep against Prime Prep, Bishop Gorman versus Bishop O’Dowd, then Redondo Union matched up against Bishop O’Dowd. Games were hyped in what ultimately turned into a 13 hour day of basketball.
Here are a few of the top performers from Friday’s hoops marathon:
Ivan Rabb, 6’10, PF, Bishop O’Dowd, 2015- The much awaited matchup of Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter with Ivan Rabb came to fruition, and the victor was clearly Rabb. From the tip, he commanded the ball on the block and went to work. There were drop steps, spin moves, and crazy finishes around the rim. He started off the first half with six straight points…all with his left hand. Not only did the Oakland Soldiers product prove that he was the top power forward in the class, but he made a strong case for top player in the class of 2015.
Allonzo Trier, 6’5, SG, Montrose Christian (MD), 2015- Trier straight up put on a dominant scoring performance against an Our Savior squad that had just upset Prime Prep the night before. Now just about 6’5, he’s no longer the skinny kid that we saw on YouTube videos back in the day. Trier drilled NBA three pointers, showed off a nice pull-up from mid-range, and played the game at a deliberate pace. His skill level places him amongst the better two-guards in the junior class nationally.
PJ Washington, 6’7, PF, Prime Prep (TX), 2017- In what was the most hyped battle of the tournament, it was a freshman who led Prime Prep past Findlay Prep. We wrote about PJ Washington a few weeks ago, and he showed why he is Dallas’ top freshman. He went right at Craig Victor, scoring through contact in the paint and stretching the defense by hitting outside jumpers. More importantly, he controlled the glass and provided a shot-blocking presence defensively, giving Prime Prep the interior presence they needed for victory.
Shawn Williams, 6’0, SG/PG, Prime Prep (TX), 2016- A straight lights out shooter, it was this slender scorer who carried Prime Prep in the scoring column. He was capable ofbombing out to 26 feet, can shoot on the move, and even kept the defense honest when they closed out out of control by attacking the rack. Williams is just beginning to emerge, but expect him to be a hot name in the lone star state by the time it is all said and done.
Rex Pflueger, 6’6, SG Mater Dei (CA), 2015- Playing both guard spots throughout the entire game, Pflueger certainly had his best game of the week on Friday morning. He really shot the ball well from three, made solid decisions with the rock, and rebounded the ball well from the backcourt. While he is the younger brother of current USC guard Devon Pflueger, he still appears to be open in his recruitment.
Chase Foster, 6’5, SG/SF, Valor Christian, 2014- Al,ost pulling off the shocker against host school Bishop Gorman, Valor Christian was paced by the strong play of Chase Foster. The lefty wasn’t scared of the massive Gorman front line, finished smoothly in the lane, and kept the defense honest with his jumper. San Fransisco did a great job of locking up Foster early, and he should develop into a very solid player in the WCC.