The iS8/Nike Spring High School Classic is a great stage for well-known and under-the-radar talent in the local and metropolitan area to show their skills and get noticed.
This Saturday, the Jamaica, N.Y. site featured five games with four teams that played two matchups a piece.
Here are the top three performers from Saturday and those that received honorable mention.
1. Shaquille Stokes (MetroHawks)
In two contests that yielded winning results on Saturday, the Abraham Lincoln H.S. (Brooklyn, N.Y.) senior point guard averaged 26 points, netting 18 points in the first contest and 34 points in the second. The dynamic floor general knew how to get his teammates involved in the game. However, when Stokes saw his team failing to get the offense flowing enough to stay competitive, he knew how to turn up the heat against his competition.
In both contests – the two point victory over local rival Raising Champions (61-59) and the overtime win over Pennsylvania squad Mountain B-Ball (83-76) – Stokes was the key factor to winning the game. He became the most active in each second half period when a need to pull away from his team’s opponent was imperative.
2. Osamuede “Ede” Egharevba (Raising Champions)
The last time we saw Egharevba, he needed to hone his raw talent into something smoother and more marketable. However, Egharevba’s game is exactly that now – smooth.
The 6-foot-6 forward showed an improved midrange jumpshot, 3-point shooting form and strength off the glass. The former Thomas Edison player, who is now a post-grad at Mack Academy (N.C.), has evolved into a do-it-all guy on the floor from rebounds off the defensive and offensive glass to scoring from the inside-out. These improved qualities in his game were clearly evident on the court on Saturday. His high-intensity play carried over from his years as a player for the PSAL “AA” league, showed against both his squad’s opponents.
Despite the loss, Egharevba had a 24-point performance against MetroHawks. And, in the victory, his 16-point effort in the contest against Mountain B-Ball paced Raising Champions..
3. Amdy Fall (Raising Champions)
Fall, a 6-foot-6 forward from Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.), had no filter to his game, holding nothing back from his opponents on Saturday. The New York big man knew how to stay strong off the boards and score on putbacks against both the MetroHawks and Mountain B-Ball. In the win against the Pennsylvania team, Fall netted 18 points. He proved to be a very high-energy player that provides blocks and deflections with his long body. Fall increased Raising Champions’ point production simply because of the opportunities he helped generate.
JaQuan Bryant (Mountain B-Ball)
Troy Singleton (Slow Buckets.TV/2 The Rack)
Marcus Hopper (Raising Champions)