With the first day of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational (NHSI) over, it’s time to recap the quarterfinals and review how each team played. Below you can find notes on the whole day of games and stats including scores broken down by quarter and the points and rebounding leaders after the first day.
Florida football commit Jacoby Brisset was the second highest scorer today only behind #1 prospect Austin Rivers and shot close to 70% from the field while pulling down five rebounds too. He consistently knocked down tough pull-up jumpers on the wing and top of the key with a defender in his face which kept Dwyer in the game and eventually led them to a comeback victory over two-time NHSI Champ Findlay Prep. Brisset also did a good job on the defensive end by using his strength and power to keep his defender in front of him and out of the line. If it weren’t for him, Dwyer would have been blown out.
Duke-commit and #1 overall prospect Austin Rivers was the leading scorer yesterday and also one of the top rebounders as his Winter Park (FL) squad fell to Boys & Girls (NY). He finished the day with 31 points and nine rebounds and opened up opportunities for his teammates to score as well. His incredibly effective jab-step and great slashing skills consistently got him open looks from the perimeter and in the lane around the bucket. He used his size advantage over his defender intelligently too by simply shooting over him at times and at one point going up for an alley-oop. He was the reason his team was leading for a large chunk of the game but he was unable to hit a few late-threes that would have tied up the game and send it possibly into overtime.
McDonald’s All-American Duke-commit Quinn Cook played one of the best games in the tournament by scoring 27 points (third), dishing out six [impressive] assists, and pulling down six rebounds. He has shown the most improvement throughout the year by developing a very good three-point shoot and put it on display as he went 5-9 from behind the arc and hit multiple fade-away threes with a man in his face. He simply couldn’t miss at times and then showed his most lethal attribute by passing six impressive dimes which consistently led to easy lay-ups. Cook’s court-vision is unbelievable and with his ability to score he will be very hard to stop not only during the rest of this tournament but also at Duke.
Although in a losing effort, John Carroll’s Ronald Scott did an unbelievable job keeping his team in the game against the #1 seed Montrose Christian by shooting over 60% from behind the arc (5-8) and using his quickness and ball-handling skills to get open shots in the mid-range game and around the basket. His 25 points were fourth-best today and came at critical times as he made several shots when it looked like Montrose was about to pull away. He made up for the rest of his teams’ inability to score and played good defense as well by constantly pressuring Montrose Christian’s guards and forcing many turnovers.
- Arizona-commit Nick Johnson (#27) was constantly getting to the line in Findlay Prep’s loss to Dwyer as he went 12-17 from the line and scored 22 points (5th). He also had monster dunk which re-energized the crowd and his team.
- Villanova-commit Tyrone Johnson played very well for Montrose Christian as he was their leading scorer with 19 points. He was able to consistently get into the lane and used his size and strength to finish around the basket.
- Boys & Girls’ big-man Leroy Fludd had a quiet but vital double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) as he controlled the glass against Winter Park en route to a 63-58 upset-victory.
- Winter Park guard Austin Keel stepped up big by scoring 16 points and pulling down eight rebounds and by hitting an important three with less than a minute left that kept his team in the game.
- Boys & Girls’ star Malik Nichols had 20 points and eight rebound in their upset-win over Winter Park and was able to get open looks in the lane and at the top of the key.
- East Carolina-commit Paris Campbell-Roberts played a good game (15 points) in a blowout-loss to Oak Hill. The Pirates got a steal by getting him and he will make a big impact for them.
- Oak Hill dominated the glass with A.J. Hammons (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Jordan Adams (20 points, 9 rebounds) which is an important part of their success as a team.
- Maryland-commit Justin Anderson was quiet much of the game as his Montrose Christian squad took on John Carroll. He needs to be more aggressive and attack the basket more.
Quarter-by-Quarter Score Breakdown for Each Game
|Teams||1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||FINAL SCORE|
|Montrose Christian vs. John Carroll||26-24 Carroll||35-35 Tied||51-43 Montrose||64-59 Montrose|
|Findlay Prep vs. Dwyer||14-12 Findlay||32-24 Dwyer||49-45 Findlay||70-61 Dwyer|
|Winter Park vs. Boys & Girls||15-8 Boys & Girls||31-24 WP||46-44 WP||63-58 Boys & Girls|
|Oak Hill vs. United Faith||16-15 Oak Hill||40-28 Oak Hill||54-39 Oak Hill||86-52 Oak Hill|
Points and Rebounding Leaders after the Quarterfinals
|31- Austin Rivers (Winter Park)||12- Leroy Fludd (Boys & Girls)|
|30- Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer)||11- A.J. Hammons (Oak Hill)|
|27- Quinn Cook (Oak Hill)||9- Austin Rivers (Winter Park)|
|25- Ronald Scott (John Carroll)||9- Jordan Adams (Oak Hill)|
|22- Nick Johnson (Findlay Prep)||8- Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian)|