Hoop Hall: Day One

Vic Law

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- With a number of high level prospects taking the floor at the Hoop Hall Classic on Saturday, it was 2014 prospects Vic Law and Jahlil Okafor that stood out the most.

Rondae Jefferson, SF, Chester – Although Jefferson didn't necessarily shoot the ball well from the field (7-for-18) against Gonzaga, he was the primary reason Chester left with a victory. The 6-foot-7 versatile forward is tough to stop when he's attacking the rim and he's relentless on the glass. He's also a very talented passer that sees the floor extremely well. The next step in his development is gaining some consistency in his long-range shot. He finished with 20 points and added nine rebounds.

Kris Jenkins, PF, Gonzaga – In a loss to Chester, Jenkins had his moments and scored 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting. While he did hit three three-pointers, Jenkins, a Villanova signee, settled for long range shots, rather than attacking the basket. At 6-foot-6, he's versatile and finishes extremely well around the rim. When he attacks from the high post and uses his effort and energy inside he can be very tough to defend.

Vic Law, SF, St. Rita – A wing loaded with potential, Law turned in one of the better performances of the day against Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton. At 6-foot-7, Law is a versatile swingman that can impact the game in a variety of ways. Against Lake Clifton he made it a point to get on the glass and it was exactly what St. Rita needed. He also flashed an improved jump shot, as hit a three and a couple of mid-range jump shots. Law is also a pretty good athlete that is capable of starting the break with the dribble. In all, he finished 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Dominique Matthews, SG, St. Rita – Matthews set the tone for St. Rita in their game against Lake Clifton. He hit a couple of jump shots early and then began attacking the backet. The 6-foot-2 guard is a scorer and appears to be tracking a solid mid-level prospect. He scored 17 points in St. Rita's win.

JaQuan Newton, PG/SG, Neumann-Goretti – In a win over Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep, Newton proved tough to stop. The 6-foot-3 combo guard went for 17 points and four assists. Newton played on the wing for Neumann-Goretti and found ways to consistently get into the paint. He's quick, handles the ball well and has an effective runner in the lane. He's also a crafty finisher around the rim. The next step in his development is developing some consistency with his jump shot.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – Offensively, Okafor was as good as it gets scoring 26 points on 13-for-17 shooting. Half of his points were off dunks, but he also worked in strong finishes, an 18-foot jump shot and a right jump hook on the baseline. There's not a better post scorer in the country, as his arsenal is full of moves and even counter moves. On top of all that, Okafor's size and strength make it even more difficult for the opposition to keep him from gaining terrific low post position. To go with his 26 points, Okafor also reeled in seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

Paul White, SF, Whitney Young – The versatile forward came up big for Whitney Young, especially in the second half when the Dolphins extended their lead. White, a 6-foot-8 wing, made four of his five three-point attempts and added three other field goals. His shot looks good and his range goes to 23-feet. For his size he handles the ball quite well and is a pretty good passer. He finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.

*Just a sophomore, Myles Carter, a 6-foot-7 power forward at Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita, wasn't real active in the first half against Lake Clifton, but managed a half dozen blocks in the third quarter. He's a good athlete that protects the rim.

*Statistically Charles Matthews didn't have a great game, as he was just 3-for-9 from the field and turned it over five times, but he showed more confidence with his jump shot, especially from mid-range, where he hit two pull-ups.

*L.J. Peak had the highlight of the day when he threw down a one-handed slam on the fast break over a Long Beach Poly defender. Peak scored 11 points and tossed out four assists in Whitney Young's win.

*Lake Clifton product Cortell Henson scored a game high 20 points and added 16 rebounds in the loss to St. Rita.

*Gonzaga big man Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof scored 16 points and tacked on 13 rebounds for Gonzaga. The undersized post prospect was active inside on the offensive end of the floor.

*Chester senior Richard Granberry went 6-for-12 from the field and scored 13 points. He also added 10 rebounds. He's an undersized post player that works hard in the paint.

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