#HSOTInvite Recap: John Wall Bracket

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This bracket featured some of the best teams in the country. Here’s a recap of the John Wall Bracket going team by team.


High Point Christian

One of the more complete teams in this tournament. This team has been dominant down low, and Edrice Adebayo is the reason behind it.

This tournament doesn’t have as many big men as in past years, and Adebayo benefits the most from it. He’s just too big and too strong. There’s a reason he’s going to Kentucky.

Boston College commit Ty Graves was very impressive throughout this whole tournament. As a point guard, Graves showed he is definitely ready for the next level.

In additon, Michael Hueitt Jr. was lights out from beyond the arc. His shooting ability stopped teams from double teaming Adebayo down low.

Trinity Christian School (0-3)

This team is better than their tournament record indicates. They played without Dennis Smith Jr., who many people consider the best point guard in the class of 2016.

Senior Mike Boykin had very good games in the tournament. The point guard showed some good court vision and always seemed to have his head on a swivel.

Freshman Joseph Baker was very great this whole tournament. The versatile small forward showed incredible composure and was able to score from inside and outside. He’s definitely a player to watch going forward throughout his career

Cypress Lakes TX (1-2)

This team had to play a stacked High Point Christian team and a deep Wesleyan Christian team. There was only so much De’Aaron Fox could do against those two squads.

De’Aaron Fox is the quickest, most explosive player at this tournament. The Kentucky commit has improved his jump shot over the summer and has become more of a team leader. Sixth man Charles Williams was the other point of offensive support for the Spartans. Williams excels at shooting off of the dribble.

Cypress Lakes had to face some really tough competition this tournament. Their record just states how truly skilled this competition is.

Robinson (1-2)

This team has a few weapons.

Lavar Batts Jr. played well throughout this whole tournament. His jump shot is still a work in progress, but that’s because he had to change his form. He is already very good, but with more practice he will be virtually unguardable.

Jordan McKenzie was very impressive throughout this tournament. He was fearless at the rim and only took high IQ shots. A senior, McKenzie showed excellent range and the ability to be an off-guard at the next level

Wesleyan Christian (2-1)

No Harry Giles? This is one of the more balanced teams. Not many high school teams have the luxury of putting five offensive weapons on the court at the same time. They ran into a very tough Arlington Country Day roster that defended them pretty well. This team’s chemistry shined as it was pretty clear that this team has been playing together for a long time.

Kwe Parker and Brandon Childress held it down in the backcourt and showed just how experienced their team actually is. Jalen Johnson showed his athleticism down low as this team was very good scoring wise. Michael Buckland is a knockdown shooter who always seems to know how to get open.

The new guys were David Caraher and Brendan Austin. Both of these guys showed that Wesleyan is a much deeper team than people think.

Carlisle School (VA) (1-2)

This team only had eight players and the three best players on their team are two sophomores and a junior.

Shakur Daniel and Rasir Bolton were the offensive leaders, with Gabe Osabuohien cleaning up the glass.

This team has pieces but the youth and depth issues just got the better of them in this tournament.

Virginia Episcopal School (2-1)

With Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones and Justice Kithcart on the squad, you have a chance against almost anyone. Running into a defensive-minded team like Arlington Country Day was a tough matchup for the Bishops, but Virginia Episcopal was firing on all cylinders in their other two games.

Justice Kithcart is one of the quickest guards in the country. Kithcart is also lethal in transition and is able to have the body control to avoid major contact, but still draw contact at the rim. He’s like Josh Newkirk with a jump-shot.

Sacha Killeya-Jones is one of the most skilled big men in the country. Like I said before in the preview, he isn’t an above the rim prospect like Adebayo, but Killeya-Jones showed the complete package and was able to get a bucket at any time.

Another impressive player for the Bishops was Kevin Quinn. Quinn was able to use his size to be able to get easy baskets around the rim and step out and hit jumpers. This was a complete team.

Arlington Country Day (2-0)*

It wouldn’t be a HSOTInvite without an out-of-state team whose bench chanted defense the whole time.

This team is very balanced. It has some of everything: shooting, length and defense.

Sharpshooter Theé Adonis and slasher Luguentz Dort led the way to a degree, but this was a team effort all across the board. This team is well coached, and Shaun Wiseman’s intensity is the reason for it as his intensity on the sidelines fuels the entire team.

This was not the most exciting team to watch, but the Apaches were efficient and had a good tournament overall.

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