Day 4 of the Tarkanian Classic was the final day of full action, crowning the champions in both the platinum and gold divisions. Two of Utah’s finest, power Orem and foreign infused Wasatch Academy, went to war in the gold ‘ship. In the platinum division, NorCal’s best (Bishop O’Dowd) took on one of SoCal’s legends (Mater Dei) for the main event. Throw in a couple of prep school games and some talented sleepers playing in between, you had a great day of basketball for scouts and fans alike.
Take a look at a few of the guys who had strong showings on the final full day of action:
Allonzo Trier, 6’5, SG, Montrose Christian (MD), 2015- Allonzo Trier is the owner of the top performance of the Tarkanian Classic, dropping 28 of his 34 points in the second half en route to Findlay’s upset victory over Montrose Christian. He created his own shot on anyone, knocked down contested three pointers, and played the game with a poise far beyond his age. There wasn’t much more that you could ask for out of the recent transfer and with his performance in Vegas, you can definitely expect him to shoot up the national rankings.
Derryck Thornton, 6’1, PG, Findlay Prep (NV), 2016- The top point guard in the class of 2016 lived up to his rep, controlling the game in a win over Montrose Christian. He shot the ball well from beyond the arc, got the ball to teammates in scoring positions, and played great defense. A collision that resulted in a ton of Derryck’s blood on the floor took him out of the game temporarily and allowed Montrose to come back, but it was still an outstanding performance from the nation’s best sophomore lead guard.
Stephen Zimmerman, 7’0, C, Bishop Gorman (NV), 2015- Zimmerman saved the best for last, giving a strong performance in Gorman’s final game. Looking much more comfortable on the floor, he hit turnaround jumpers, ran the floor well, and really seemed to be a great teammate. It was a bit of a rough week for the top-ten junior, but Stephen still managed to show why he is such a coveted prospect.
Sam Logwood, 6’6, SF, La Lumiere (IN), 2014- It was a team effort for La Lumiere to upset Prime Prep, but it was the play of Sam Logwood that really caught our eye. He defended anywhere from the one to the four, kept a ton of balls alive on the offensive glass, and hit jumpers when left open. The Auburn recruit also threw down a powerful dunk to help seal the game, leaving us with the impression that he’ll be perfectly fine playing in the SEC as long as he continues to develop at this pace.
Koby McEwen, 6’3, PG, Wasatch Academy (UT), 2016- Different spelling, different position, yet still has some serious game. One of the stars for Canada’s U16 team, Koby McEwen gave Wasatch the go ahead basket that ultimately won them the gold championship over fellow Utah powerhouse Orem. McEwen’s speed, size, and ability to hit shots from the outside will make him a recruiting priority once the AAU season rolls around.