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2014 Primetime Shootout: Guards Star On Saturday
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:20 AM CT, Mon February 10, 2014)
Robert Johnson won two MVP awards at the Primetime Shootout.
Robert Johnson won two MVP awards at the Primetime Shootout.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Roselle, NJ (Future150) -- Big name teams and prospects took the floor on Saturday at the 2014 Primetime Shootout at Roselle Catholic High School (NJ), where several players stood out to Future150 staff. Here is who we enjoyed watching the most...

Tyus Battle, 2016 G, Gill St. Bernard's (NJ): It is easy to see why Syracuse, Villanova and several other high major programs have made Battle a priority. The 6-foot-4 guard is a fearless attacker who loves to play physical basketball. He led his team to a 50-37 victory on Saturday, winning MVP honors while scoring 21 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line.

Robert Johnson, 2014 SG, Benedictine (VA): Arguably the most impressive prospect of the day, the future Indiana Hoosier led his team to a huge victory over St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) 81-75. He won MVP honors for his team after scoring 30 points, including six triples. After his performances this weekend, it's hard for us to argue that he's not the best long range shooter in the 2014 class.

Myles Powell, 2016 SG, Trenton Catholic (NJ): The breakout performer of the weekend was the 6-foot sharpshooter. In the upset of the day, Trenton Catholic (NJ) took down St. Anthony's (NJ) 51-50 behind 27 points and MVP honors from Powell. Not only is he an elite shooter, but he is excellent while playing off the ball and creating shooting space for himself. Expect offers to start rolling in for him soon.

Mahir Johnson, 2014 G, Chester (PA): It's hard to believe that the 6-foot-1 shooter is getting limited interest at this point from low major programs. He has had an impressive senior season and has produced every time we have seen him play. On Saturday, he took home MVP honors for the Clippers after scoring 21 points, including four triples. 

Karl Towns, 2014 C, St. Joseph's (NJ): It is a rarity in high school basketball to see a 7-footer with the perimeter skills that Towns possesses. He excited the crowd on Saturday with his skillset, leading his team to a 91-57 win over Pace Academy (NC). Along the way, he dazzled the fans with big dunks, long range bombs, and impressive blocks. He finished the day with 21 points.

Luis Santos, 2015 PF, St. Raymond's (NY): A big man flying under the radar, Santos had a huge game Saturday night, leading his team to a 79-41 win. He finished the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks & three assists. The bruising post player has soft hands and thrives on physical play inside. Seton Hall has offered him, while he is fielding interest from Rutgers, St. John's and Villanova.

Gods Power Ogide, 2014 C, Pace Academy (NC): The 6-foot-10, 250-pound bruiser had an effective game on Saturday, even in a blowout loss. He is excellent at creating space for himself on the block and knows how to maneuver his body in order to shield himself from the defender. He is also a fearless rebounder and plays with intensity at all times. He won MVP honors for his team after scoring 14 points. 

Markis McDuffie, 2015 SF, St. Anthony's (NJ): One of the most tantalizing prospects nationally in his class, McDuffie is surging recently. A legitimate 6-foot-7, he has the skills to play anywhere from the shooting guard to power forward positions on the floor. Seton Hall and Fordham have offered, and high major programs such as SMU are beginning to hop on board with his recent play. Smart move on their part.

Josh Bailey, 2014 SG, Benedictine (VA): The 6-foot-4 wing had an excellent showing this weekend, scoring 21 points on Saturday, including five triples. He plays much like his teammate Robert Johnson, a strong wing with excellent perimeter shooting skills. He can also handle the basketball a bit as well. Has all the looks of a low major sniper right now.  

Arnaldo Toro, 2016 PF, St. Benedict's (NJ): Expect to see the 6-foot-9 power forward in our updated national rankings in a few weeks. The Puerto Rican big man has excellent footwork and skills in the post. He is developing rapidly, looking vastly improved from when I saw him just last month. On Saturday, he posted a monster performance, finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and the MVP award for his team.

Breein Tyree, 2016 PG, St. Joseph's (NJ): The 6-foot guard gets limited touches on his senior laden team, but it's easy to see why division one programs are beginning to take notice of him. He has elite athleticism and is smooth with the ball. He also has good ball skills and plays well without the ball in his hands. Richmond, Holy Cross, Loyola & Monmouth have already offered. The question is; who is next?

Chinanu Onuaku, 2014 C, Riverdale Baptist (MD): Louisville is getting an excellent big man in the 6-foot-10 beast. He has all the tools to be an excellent college center and plays with passion on both ends, which is a dangerous combination. In a losing effort Saturday, he had 10 points, 16 rebounds & five blocks.  


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