PLACE TO BE TODAY… #BESCENE
Fred Pickett Classic
Play by Play
12:00 Pennsbury – Archbishop Carroll
1:45 Abington – Lower Merion
3:30 Methacton – Malvern Prep
5:15 St. Benedict’s – Math, Civ. & Sciences
7:00 Westtown – Neumann-Goretti
8:30 Chester – Lancaster McCaskey
12:30 McKeesport – Jeanette
2:00 Belle Vernon -Penn Trafford
3:30 Greensburg Salem – Franklin
5:00 North Allegheny – Hempfield
National High School Hoops Festival
Cornerstone Christian (TX)
Bishop Walsh (MD)
Dematha Catholic, MD
1:45 PM – ARCHBISHOP WOOD (PA) VS CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN (TX)
Archbishop Wood is led by Coach John Mosco heading into their first game of the 2019-20 schedule on the national scene. They’ve got a number of Division I prospects in their rotation in 2021s guard Rahsool Diggins, guard Jaylen Stinson, wing Daeshon Shepherd, and forward Muneer Newton. They’ve also got some All-State football players in the rotation in 2022 Andrew Mchugh (First Team) and 2021 Rob Jackson (Second Team). Diggins holds 17 offers from Florida, VA Tech, Xavier, Penn State, Wake Forest, St Joes, Rutgers, DePaul, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, Lasalle +. Stinson holds over 10 offers from programs at the next level. They’ll be a burden for Cornerstone Christian (TX) in this one.
Cornerstone Christian is led by 2022 four-star shooting guard Tre White who is already committed to Kansas. He’s a highly-skilled 6-foot-5 shooter with nice length that allows him to get to the rim with ease. In the frontcourt is five-star Junior big man Jerrell Colbert who is a double-double guy that can block shots at the rim at volume and projects as a future McDonald’s All American. 2020 forward Jordan Wood provides strength and rebounding alongside Colbert . Then they’ve got 2022s Austin Nunes and 6-foot-6 guard Christian Green, two other prospects being pursued by college programs already.
3:30 PM – FIRST LOVE ACADEMY (PA) VS ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN (MD)
First Love Academy got a big performance from Penn State D.J. Gordon this past weekend at Holiday Hoopsgiving. He scored 19.5 points per game between both games and was an All-Tournament selection. Duquesne commit Jett Roesing is another scorer that can fill it up, especially from behind the arc. He knocked down five 3-pointers this past weekend at Holiday Hoopsgiving. Isaiah Wilson is another guard in their backcourt headed to Richmond. 2020 forward Damanni Browne was a double-double machine at Holiday Hoopsgiving. Mason Manning is another name to watch for with his ability to knock down 3-pointers and set up teammates for baskets.
DeLonnie Hunt is a lead guard at Rock Creek Christian Academy due for a breakout season. He’s had a bit of change of scenery in his final two seasons but after playing in the WCAC, he’s adjusted well in a new conference. He can play above the rim with his growing athleticism and score in bunches from anywhere on the floor. Hunt and company won last year’s Capital Beltway Athletic Association and return as early favorites in 2019-20. He currently holds offers from Bryant, UMBC, Binghamton and South Alabama. James Gross Jr. is an electric small forward prospect that can play multiple roles on the floor. He’s a smooth operator off the catch-and-shoot 3 and is aggressive attacking the rim off the dribble. Willie Riveria is a star coming up the ranks in the 2022 class ranking in the top 10 shooting guards in DC-Maryland ranks.
Dimingus Stevens has already been a huge addition to Bishop Walsh School after spending time at Wilson High School in Washington D.C.. He’s a 6-foot-5 prospect that can find his rhythm on the 3-point line then blaze past the defense for a dunk above the rim. He does well to get his shot off, especially in the open floor, and is set to make waves at Seton Hall at the college level. 2020 forward Wilson Ramabu has emerged as a rebounding machine and shot-blocker in the early going. He’s a prospect to watch in the frontcourt. (-excerpt from Big Shots Preview I)