It wasn’t a big weekend for the 2023 class, but the four star wing Deshawn Harris-Smith of Paul VI was the one who upheld his statute. A strong and athletic 6-foot-5 perimeter player, Harris-Smith has improved his ball handling and jumping shot since we last saw him over the summer. After a strong performance on Saturday, he was again more than solid while dropping 18 points, grabbing nine rebounds and distributing four assists.
Playing in front of one of his future coaches in Michigan, four-star senior point guard Dug McDaniel of Paul VI was much better on Sunday than it was on Saturday. The under six-footer is never going to physically assault anyone, but it’s quick, in control, and doesn’t lack confidence. He controlled the tempo, made good decisions and put in a good overall effort, scoring 14 points, getting six rebounds, distributing seven assists and using his instinct to register four steals.
Headed to Penn State, keep four stars Jameel Brown de Westtown had a strong rebound performance on Sunday. After missing his shot on Saturday, Brown was excellent in all areas of the game as his team won. He took a few deep shots while scoring 21 points and distributed four assists. Where he impressed the most, however, was on the glass where he used the strength he has added since the summer to his advantage while grabbing 16 (six offensive rebounds).
Westtown Junior Guard Seyphon triplet is to watch too. The six-footer hasn’t posted a huge number, but the man is a great athlete. Triplett is a threat to dunk on a defender anytime anywhere and he has tremendous speed and an aggressive mindset. These qualities also give him great defensive potential.
Huntington (WV) Prep’s story so far this season has been the emergence of the sophomore wing Trentyn Flowers as a potential five-star prospect. He was excellent again on Sunday but this time he received a lot of help from his teammates Seth Hubbard, Maki johnson and Dok muordar. A confident jump shooter and dribbling offense creator, Hubbard was made up of depth and made a difference as a playmaker for others. The elder made an unofficial visit to Georgetown a few days ago and saw Georgia a bit behind. Widely open in his recruiting, Hubbard said these two programs were among those that have attracted increased interest recently. Ranked in the top 150 in the class of 2023, Johnson has a reputation for being a dangerous jump shooter but hadn’t shot him like we’ve seen in the past. Until Sunday at least. Johnson drained four three-pointers in a row at one point and really helped Huntington defeat Bishop O’Connell. An unsigned 6ft 10in postman, Muordar has length, works on glass and protects the rim. He’s shown promise with the 12- to 15-foot jumper, but it’s his willingness to compete indoors and do the little things that will earn him many looks this winter.
Unsurprisingly, the Hoops Festival drew a strong contingent of coaches throughout the weekend. Among the schools we could spot in the stands over the weekend were Connecticut, DePaul, George Mason, George Washington, Howard, La Salle, LSU, Marquette, Michigan, NC State, Pittsburgh, Radford, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Syracuse, Texas, UNCG, VCU, Villanova, Virginia and West Virginia.