The Slam Dunk to the Beach showcase featured some of the nation’s best going up against each other at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware. Some notable prospects such as Naz Reid (Top 20 junior), Brandon Slater (Top 40 junior), Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Villanova Commit), Aaron Thompson (Pitt Commit), Keith Williams (Cincinnati Commit), Isaiah Washington (Minnesota Commit), Nick Richards (Kentucky Commit), Mo Bambo (Top 5 Senior), Jalek Felton (UNC Commit), Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit), Cam Reddish (Top 10 Junior), Bourama Sidibe (Syracuse Commit), Tyler Polley (UConn Commit) and many other nationally recognized players were all on display throughout the the three-day event.
Below are some news and notes on this year’s Slam Dunk to the Beach showcase:
ARCHBISHOP WOOD WAS THIS YEAR’S SLEEPER TEAM
The Vikings came down to Slam Dunk to the Beach with little to no buzz which led to many heads being turned at the event. In a matchup against nationally ranked powerhouse Roselle Catholic (NJ), the Vikings made 13 of 22 treys in a 83-72 win. Leading Wood is senior point guard Collin Gillespie, a 6’1 sharpshooting scorer who averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist throughout two games. Gillespie, who made Slam Dunk to the Beach All-Tournament Team, holds offers from Drexel, Maine, Albany, Rider and recently picked up one from Hofstra. Junior wing Tyree Pickron, a 6’3 slasher with an improving outside shot, nailed five treys in the win over Roselle. Senior combo guard Matt Cerruti also was deadly from beyond the arc throughout the week, shooting 62% from the key.
BISHOP LOUGHLIN DUO LEADS IN TWO CLOSE VICTORIES
Bishop Loughlin’s Keith Williams and Markquise Nowell were the fuel in the Lions’ wins over Baltimore Poly Tech (MD) and Paul VI (VA). Williams, a Cincinnati commit, exploded for 32 points while shooting 50% in a close win over DMV powerhouse, Paul VI. The 6’5 explosive wing averaged 29 points and 8 rebounds in both wins while being selected to the All-Tournament team. The 5’8 super quick Nowell was also came up big in the Lions’ win over Paul VI, where he scored 14 points in the second half after going scoreless in the first. Nowell, who also had 10 assist in the win, currently holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Minnesota, Rutgers, Seton Hall and a few others.
WESTTOWN HAS SLAM SESSION IN WIN OVER GRAY COLLEGIATE
In a buzzer-beater win over Gray Collegiate (SC), Westtown’s Mo Bamba caught a pass from a teammate to lay the ball up with a couple seconds left on the clock. The 6’11 Bamba, who is a top 5 player in the 2017 class, finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in the 70-68 win. But what had fans on their feet all night was the highlight-reel dunks from Bamba and teammates Brandon Randolph (Arizona commit) and Jake Forrester. The most exciting dunk came at the end of the third quarter where Randolph threw down a nasty one-hand slam on a defender at the buzzer, causing a roar in the crowd. Forrester, a 6’9 athletic forward that can hit the mid-range jumper, finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
ST. BENEDICT’S CRUISE THROUGH VICTORIES
The Gray Bees looked very comfortable in wins over Sagemont (FL) and Gray Collegiate (SC) throughout the week after defeating both teams by double-digits. Junior wing Matthue Cotton, a 6’5 athletic wing that can score in a variety of ways, averaged 22 points throughout the weekend while sophomore wing Precious Achiuwa went for 21 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Gray Collegiate. Senior Najja Hunter, a high energy wing with good slashing skills, also played well throughout the event, averaging 14 points and 6 assist in two games.
PAUL VI JEREMY ROACH WAS TOP FRESHMAN AT EVENT
The 6’2 Jeremy Roach was excellent in his Slam Dunk to the Beach debut where he averaged 20 points throughout the event. A quick guard with solid leaping ability, Roach was often found attacking the lane and finishing on strong layups while also connecting on a few treys. In a loss to New York’s Bishop Loughlin, Roach finished with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist, displaying that he will one day play for a high-major program.
FELTON’S 39 WAS TOURNAMENT’S MOST POINTS SCORED
UNC commit Jalek Felton was untouchable Wednesday night against Westtown School, finishing with 39 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist. The 6’3 guard nailed 7 of 9 treys in the game and could be found trading explosive, jaw-dropping dunks with the Westtown team on the night. Although Gray Collegiate fell short with a buzzer-beater coming from Mo Bamba, Felton showed the fans what to expect next season as he will suit up for Roy Williams Tar-Heels team, where his uncle Ray Felton once helped lead the team to a national championship.
TOP SCORING LEADERS
Keith Williams – 29.0ppg
Jalek Felton – 25.5ppg
Isaiah Washington – 23.0ppg
Matthue Cotton – 22.5ppg
J’Yare Davis – 22.0ppg
TOP REBOUNDING LEADERS
Nick Richards – 15.0rpg
Mo Bamba – 12.5rpg
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree- 12.0rpg
Randy Rickards – 12.0rpg
Naz Reid – 11.0rpg
TOP ASSIST LEADERS
Brandon Randolph – 7.0apg
Aaron Thompson – 6.0apg
Markquise Nowell – 6.0apg
Najja Hunter – 6.0apg
Cam Reddish – 5.5apg