January 13, 2019
The inaugural Steve Pappas Shootout at DePaul Prep had five games with big name teams from all across Chicagoland. Here are the top performances from those games with plenty of familiar names.
- Connor Barrett (Loyola Academy): Smart senior 6’4” guard/forward that does a bit of everything to contribute. Plays with some football player toughness in him. Shoots the ball very well from three but can also take the ball hard to the basket. High level shooter that continues to show he does a lot more with his passing, tough boards, high IQ, quality defense, and more.
- Perry Cowan (DePaul Prep): Impressive scoring night for the Brown commit with 24 points. Versatile score who takes whatever the defense gives him for buckets; shoots off dribble from mid-range and three, spotting up from three, cutting and driving baskets, plus likes to post up as well. Such a swiss army knife, do it all senior wing.
- Austin Freeman (St. Patrick): Senior 6’3” guard that has some athleticism and bounce that plays hard. Can score in a variety of ways on his way to 18 points in the game. Hit threes spotting up and off the dribble, couple tip ins, scored well in transition. Good rebounding guard and an active defender.
- Jerry Hernandez (St. Viator): Versatile and athletic wing guard that can do plenty on the court and scores it well with 24 points. Does plenty to contribute for his team; good rebounder, can handle the ball, scores from all over, creates for teammates, and a quality and versatile defender.
- Karl Jones (Morgan Park): Intriguing 6’9” senior power forward. Developing and athletic big man that has some tools that could pay off big to college program in a couple years. Finishes the ball well around the rim plus a solid rim protector on the other end.
- Bennett Kwiecinski (Loyola Academy): Impressive performance by the 6’8” junior power forward with 15 points in their upset win over Marian Catholic. Puts the ball on the floor well for his size to get to the rim. Has some nice moves with the ball and uses his size to overpower opponents to score on drives to the basket. Also scored with his back to the basket and running the floor for transition buckets. Active defender in the paint.
- Brandon Lieb (Deerfield): Lanky 6’10” junior post. Scores the ball nicely around the basket and midrange. Has nice touch to shoot the ball at a very high percentage from 10-18 feet. Solid defender in the paint with his height and length plus decent mobility for his size around the basket. Talented player already but has plenty of potential.
- Walt Mattingly (Deerfield): Long and agile 6’7” sophomore wing who scores the ball well with 18 points. Showed off a nice jumper hitting four threes in the game, hitting them at a high percentage. Was also able to attack the basket a bit verses the zone. Hits the glass hard on both ends and has some bounce. Very intriguing sophomore with his skills and height, expect for him to draw plenty of Div. 1 attention sooner than later.
- Adam Miller (Morgan Park): Big time first half hitting four threes. Can shoot the ball so well off the catch or off the dribble. Moves very well with or without the ball to create space and get his shot. Almost as impressive was his passing ability. On several occasions, he penetrated the defense and dished the ball to a wide-open teammate for an easy basket. Miller has so many skills and the size that translate to the next level and beyond. When watching him it is easy to see why he is our second ranked player in the 2020 class.
- Lance Mosley (DePaul Prep): Each time we see him, Mosely proves he is one of the top spot up three point shooters in the region. Knocked down fives threes in the game and shoots the ball at a high percentage. Gets his shot off well with a very quick release and has 6’3” size.
- Solomon Oraegbu (Fenwick): The senior wing guard had a big game with 24 points to continue his impressive senior campaign. Beats the defense well off the dribble to get into the paint to score around the rim often plus create for his teammates. Also scored from deep hitting a paint of threes spotting up. On the other end of the court is a tough on ball defender with good length. Don’t be surprised to see him end up in our rankings at some point this season.
- Isaac Stanback (Homewood-Flossmoor): Such a strong 6’5” guard/forward that overpowers defenders. Took the ball hard to the basket where defenders just bounced off him on his drives. Also scored the ball nicely around the basket posting up and on dump offs. Outmuscles opponents to rebound the ball at a high rate on both ends. Tough defender that moves well and can smother the opposition. The senior contributes so much to his team with his strength and energy.
- Damen Trice (Homewood-Flossmoor): Has a quick first step off the dribble to beat defends often. Does a nice job to pull up in the midrange for buckets plus get all the way to the rim too. Really attacks the defense hard and puts plenty of pressure on the defense.
- Ahron Ulis (Marion Catholic): Junior point guard that is quick and has nice moves with the ball to beat defenders easily and often. Got into the interior of the defense to create for himself and teammates. Also shot the ball at a high percentage from deep hitting three threes. Solid on ball defender. One of the top junior point guards in the area.
- Marcus Watson (Morgan Park): Strong game for the junior point guard who scored the ball and distributed it both well. Scores the ball nicely with 15 points, getting baskets from all three levels. Shoots the ball well off the dribble. Controls the game well for his team running the offense and working the ball around.
- Andre White Jr. (Waukegan): Small point guard that is quick and shifty with the basketball. Very tough to stick with and is at his best attacking the defense. Scores the ball and distributes it equally as well. Shoots the ball well off the dribble from the midrange and three. Scores it at a high rate with 21 points in the game.