The CFSB Marshall County Hoopfest is one of prep basketball’s most prestigious events. For over twenty years the small town of Draffenville, Kentucky has attracted fans from from all over the state, as well as college coaches from all over the country. It plays host to some of high school basketball’s best teams and players every year on the first weekend of December, and is part of The Grind Session, a circuit of elite high school basketball events throughout the Winter. Over 300 players who have participated in the event have gone on to sign Division 1 scholarships, and over 50 have gone on to play in the NBA. Among those players is Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose all of whom have had all-star careers.
This year’s event followed suit and again hosted some of the best prospects from around the world. Bol Bol (son of former NBA center Maunte Bol), Kyree Walker, Jaemyn Brakefield, and Keldon Johnson, just to name a few, are all widely considered five star prospects by national recruiting analysts. Apart from those players, many other three and four star prospects participated in the Hoopfest, as well as a number of other players who will go on to sign Division 1 scholarships.
The event is broken down into five sessions. The first being played on Thursday, the second being played on Friday, sessions three and four are played on Saturday, and the fifth session is played on Sunday. The CFSB Marshall County Hoopfest is part of The Grind Session, a circuit of elite high school basketball events throughout the Winter. Whistle 2 Whistle was able to attend this year’s Hoopfest and recapped all the games involving teams from The Grind Session.
Victory Rock Prep (FL) 59 vs. Sunrise Christian (KS) 55
In the opening session of the Hoopfest, Sunrise Christian and Victory Rock Prep faced off in the final game of the night. Sunrise was able to jump out to a 23-11 lead early in the second quarter after a long three from Jordan Turner, a class of 2019 small forward. Starting the second half, Sunrise was able to build onto their lead behind the play of 2020 center, N’Faly Dante. Dante seemingly grabbed every board to start the third quarter and scored 8 of his 12 points in the frame. Yet, the early dominance wouldn’t hold as Victory Rock was able to roar back and take the lead in the fourth quarter behind the strong play of the game’s MVP, Michael Durr, a 2018 South Florida commit. He finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds. 2018 guard, Kolton Mitchell, also added 8 points for Victory Rock, six of which came from the three-ball.
Oak Hill Academy (VA) 84 vs. Hamilton Heights Christian (TN) 63
Oak Hill dominated this game from the jump behind the play of David McCormack, Keldon Johnson, and Keyontae Johnson. Keyontae, a Florida commit, seemed to be involved on nearly every scoring play while he was on the floor. He played with extremely high energy on his way to 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in his MVP performance. Kansas commit, McCormack, contributed 20 points and Kentucky commit, Keldon Johnson, added 16. One of the lone bright spots for Hamilton Heights was the play of their 7’1″ center, Uros Plavsic. He lead the team in scoring and was able to put the ball in the hole in a variety of ways, scoring from the post, behind the three-point line, and even hit a ten-foot turnaround jumper.
— Overtime (@overtime) December 1, 2017
Findlay Prep (NV) 67 vs. Orangeville Prep (CAN) 48
Bol Bol was as good as advertised for Findlay Prep in this game. He notched a stat line of 20 points and 9 rebounds, while showing how skilled he is offensively. Bol, an Oregon commit, scored well from the post and also showed a consistent jumper. Teammate TJ Moss also chimed in with 7 points and 3 assists. The majority of the scoring load for Orangeville Prep came from Michigan commit, Ignas Brazdeikis, as he scored 28 of his team’s 46 and also added 12 rebounds.
Prolific Prep (CA) 77 vs. Tennessee Prep Academy (TN) 71
In a much more competitive game, Prolific Prep was lead by 2018 big man and game MVP Jordan Brown. He finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds, as he dominated the post for Prolific. 2019 guard, Antavion Collum hit three three-pointers late for TPA, but it was not enough, as he finished with 21 on the night. Teammate Tyrese Patterson also added 23 points and 4 assists.
St. Benedict’s Prep 64 (NJ) vs. Huntington Prep (WV) 55
The most impressive performance of session two was turned in by St. Benedict’s, Lester Quinones. The 2019 guard was unconscious from deep, hitting 8 three-pointers on his way to a 38-point performance. Precious Achiuwa also was big for St. Benedict’s, using his athleticism to disrupt Huntington Prep’s offense, and scoring at the rim as he finished with 17 points. Huntington Prep played an extremely balanced offense tonight, but was led in scoring by one of 2020’s top prospects, Jaemyn Brakefield. He finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
— Overtime (@overtime) December 2, 2017
Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 82 vs. Victory Rock Prep (FL) 77
2020 guard Kyree Walker lived up to the hype coming into tonight’s game with Victory Rock Prep. He went off for an easy 28 points, scoring from deep, off the drive, and on the mid-range pull-up jumper, while playing limited minutes in the second half after tweaking his ankle. Demarius Jacobs was there to pick up the slack though for Hillcrest as he scored 20 points of his own. Madut Akec finished with 18 points for Victory Rock, and Kuany Kuany also added double figures.
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