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January 16, 2012

Muhammad and others shine at Hoophall

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- There were several stellar performances during the Monday slate of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. One of those standouts was Shabazz Muhammad who put on a show in front of Kentucky coach John Calipari and and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 73, DeMatha Catholic (Md.) 65

The No. 2-ranked prospect in the Rivals150 Kyle Anderson set a high bar with his play in the first game of the day. And then Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Rivals150, raised it even higher.

Playing with a competitive edge and athletic explosiveness, Muhammad powered his way to 37 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from behind the arc and 12-of-14 from the line. He also snagged six rebounds.

Muhammad also got strong support from Stanford signee Rosco Allen and Notre Dame football commitment Ronnie Stanley.

Allen played with toughness and savvy, scoring 18 points on efficient shooting and grabbed a game high nine rebounds to go along with four assists.

Stanley, who is one of the top offensive tackles in the country at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, used his strength and size to neutralize 2013 four-star big man Beejay Anya and control the lane in general on defense. He also scored nine points to go along with his eight rebounds.

Like Tony Parker in the earlier game, Anya struggled, scoring only four points on 2-of-6 shooting but did tally seven rebounds.

Pittsburgh signee James Robinson played a solid game at the point putting up 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Syracuse signee Jerami Grant had the unenviable task of guarding Muhammad. On the other end he did manage 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

The top performer for DeMatha, however, was 2013 Rivals150 prospect Jairus Lyles. The quick combo guard slashed and shot his way to 17 points and used his athleticism to come up with seven rebounds and three steals.

St. Anthony (N.J.) 60, Miller Grove (Ga.) 48

Against Miller Grove Kyle Anderson did what he does best, and that is everything. The 6-foot-8 point forward headed to UCLA controlled the game with his length, skill and savvy.

Scoring a game-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 1-1 from behind the arc, Anderson also grabbed a game high 10 rebounds, dished out a game high six assists and grabbed a game high five steals.

The only other double digit scorer in the game was 2013 Temple commitment Josh Brown who scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Along with Anderson's stellar play, the other major story line was the swarming match up zone of St. Anthony. On practically every possession, Tony Parker had two defenders hawking him, and then when he caught the ball, he had to deal with three defenders.

It was a frustrating game, to say the least, for the coveted big man. He only managed six points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds to go with three blocked shots.

Georgia signee Brandon Morris didn't fare much better than his teammate Parker. Morris was held to eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and grabbed four rebounds.

Findlay Prep (Nev.) 75, Simeon (Ill.) 50

A stingy defensive effort by Findlay Prep kept 2013 elite prospect Jabari Parker in check and shut down his teammates.

With Winston Shepard and Nigel Williams-Goss switching on and off guarding Parker, the Simeon star was forced to work especially hard for his points. Early in the game he worked the offensive glass to pick up buckets. Throughout the game most of his scoring moves were on the perimeter.

On the night Parker went 10-of-22 from the field, 1-of-6 from three and 3-of-4 from the line for 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds (six offensive).

2013 four-star prospect Kendrick Nunn had a game he would like to forget. He scored three points and turned the ball over four times with zero assists.

Marquette signee Steve Taylor didn't have a much better go of it. He shot 3-13 from the field, 0-of-6 from three to score eight points. On the positive side Taylor did have nine rebounds.

On the offensive end the victorious Findlay Prep squad had four players in double figures. The best of the bunch was Oregon signee Dominic Artis. He scored a team high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 5-9 from the line. Besides efficiently scoring from all three levels, Artis also had seven rebounds, four steals and eight assists to one turnover.

Along with his stellar defense, Williams-Goss scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He was at his best scoring off floaters on drives to the middle.

Shepard got into the offensive action as well. Best in transition, Shepard scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.

Lastly, Brandon Ashley, who has signed with Arizona, scored 13 efficient points and had nine rebounds.

Mater Dei (Calif.) 88, Christ the King 50

Mater Dei raced out to an early lead that it never relinquished, and Katin Reinhardt never let up on the gas. The four-star shooting guard scorched the net with 9-of-14 three-pointers and a total of 35 points. Playing with bounce and bravado, Reinhardt had the crowd talking about Jimmer Fredette.

Also playing well for Mater Dei were Xavier Johnson (12 points and 10 rebounds), Stanley Johnson (9 points and 15 rebounds) and Elijah Brown (15 points and 4 rebounds).

On the losing side, Omar Calhoun, who seemed overwhelmed by Reinhardt's success, only hit 6-of-22 shots for 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.



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