Marshall County Hoopfest: Day 1

Andrew Wiggins

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. -- Andrew Wiggins, the Harrison twins and Quentin Snider managed big efforts on the first day of the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep – The top player in the country gave the sold out crowd at Marshall County High School an impressive performance Friday night. Offensively he was solid and made play after play in transition. But where he impressed the most was on the glass and on the defensive end.

Nick King got off to a hot start, so Wiggins switched on him and made it difficult for him to get clean looks at the rim. He also made his presence felt on the backboard, where he reeled in 17 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Wiggins finished 10-for-19 from the field and scoring 29 points. He also had five rebounds and five blocks.

Moses Kingsley, C, Huntington Prep – Wiggins wasn't the only Huntington Prep player producing. Kingsley, a 6-foot-9 Arkansas signee, impressed with his defense, where he protected the goal and got his hands on a handful of shots. He also cleaned up misses around the basket and finished inside. He was the recipient of a number of drop-off passes and he turned most of them into points. Kingsley finished 9-for-10 from the field and scored 19 points.

Nick King, SF, Memphis East – King came out of the gate swinging. He hit a pair of early three-pointers and then worked in another from two feet inside half court. The 6-foot-7 wing is a pretty good shooter off the catch and he's extended the range on his shot. King finished 6-for-16 from the field and scored 18 points.

Matt Butler, SG, Memphis East – Around Memphis, Butler is known for his ability to put up points in a hurry. Early on he forced the issue and struggled to get shots to go down, but once he settled down and took good shots it was easy to see why he's known for scoring. The 6-foot-3 guard shoots it well from deep, has a middle game and is capable of getting his own shot. He finished with 21 points, including four three-points on just seven attempts.

Troy Williams, SF, Oak Hill – A tremendous athlete, Williams showed off his hops in transition and in the half court on Friday. In the first half Oak Hill ran a couple alley-oop plays that Williams finished with ease. The Indiana commit is talented and when he channels that energy into attacking the basket, rebounding and defense he's pretty impressive. He finished with 16 points and five rebounds.

R.J. Curington, SG, Oak Hill – Curington put together a strong first quarter and was extremely efficient from the field, as he finished 6-for-8 on his way to 16 points. A scorer. Curington hit both of his three-point attempts and had a handful of finishes at the rim.

Andrew Harrison, PG, Travis – After a slow start from a scoring standpoint, Andrew picked it up late in the game when Travis needed him most. In a back and forth game with Ballard, Andrew began aggressively attacking the basket and went to the free throw line 18 times. He finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Aaron Harrison, SG, Travis – Aaron caught fire in the first quarter drilling three threes, including two off the bounce. A pure scorer, Aaron is tough to defend because he can pump in points in so many different ways. He's creative with his dribble and is able to get space when he needs it. Although he didn't stay quite as hot in the second half, he found his way to the free throw line 10 times and was aggressively looking for his shot. He finished with a team high 23 points, to go with five boards and three assists.

Cliff Alexander, C, Curie – With his team down 20 plus at halftime, Alexander came out in the second half fired up. He scored his teams first 13 points and was dominant in the low post. He attempted to dunk nearly every touch and finished over both shoulders in the paint. He didn't have much help, but his immense talent was clear to see. He's a tough, hardnosed post player with a big upside. He took two mid-range jump shots and although he didn't connect, his shot attempts looked good. He finished with 26 points on 12-for-14 shooting. He also added 13 rebounds.

Quentin Snider, PG, Ballard – Up against a pair of big, strong guards in the Harrison twins, Snider didn't back down. In fact, Snider took over parts of the game. He's always calm and under control. His court vision is superb and he seems to always make the right pass. His long-range jump shot is one of his best weapons, but he's also comfortable pulling-up from mid-range or dropping in a floater. The youngster handled the big atmosphere well finishing 7-for-13 from the field on his way to 28 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Montaque Gill Caesar, SF, Huntington Prep – Buzz is starting to build around Gill-Caesar, a Canada native. The 6-foot-5 wing has a strong, powerful build that he knows how to use when he attacks the basket. He took good shots and was an efficient 4-for-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 from three. Gill-Caesar, a top 25 prospect in the 2015 class, finished with 11 points.

*Florida State signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes nailed three three-pointers in Huntington Prep's 17-point win over Memphis East. If he gets a clean look at the rim there's a good chance he's knocking it down.

*Ballard's Kelan Martin had a strong second half against Travis. The 6-foot-5 forward finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. He hit a few key three-pointers and in all was 3-for-4 from behind the stripe.

*Indiana's Tom Crean was at the Hoopfest for to see Indiana signee Troy Williams, as well as 2014 big man Cliff Alexander and 2015 wing Montaque Gill-Caesar.

*North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried stopped in to see Chicago (Ill.) Curie big man Cliff Alexander.

*Assistants from Louisville, Murray State, Memphis and UT-Martin were also at the event.

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