vicious windmill dunk to close out DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
on Monday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic was one of the most cold-blooded moments I've ever witnessed in a big-time high school basketball game. And I mean that in the best way possible.
When the space presented itself, you knew Muhammad's finish was going to be special – but not that special. The moment occurred directly in front of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and put the nail in No. 3 DeMatha at the end of a great game.
Did I mention it also brought Muhammad's point total to 37?
The performance will definitely go on his National Player of the Year resume tape. The 6-foot-6 senior wing at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
is averaging over 30 points and nine rebounds per game this season, big numbers for a team that features at least five other future Division I basketball players plus Notre Dame football commitment Ronnie Stanley
* Grant Jerrett
grew on me in Springfield. The La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.)
big man and Arizona signee is a long
6-10 and has been incredibly productive for every team he has played for since his sophomore year.
* Jared Wilson-Frame
of Windsor (Conn.)
was the best freshman I saw. At 6-4 and around 190 pounds, Wilson-Frame has a mature build and plays on the perimeter with savvy and confidence. Stephen Zimmerman
, a highly-touted 6-10 frosh at Bishop Gorman, had some nice moments despite limited minutes against DeMatha.
* I'm going to sit on this one for a few months until our updated player rankings come out in April/May, but leaning toward Nerlens Noel
over Jabari Parker
in the battle for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2013. Parker is ridiculously special, but Noel's ability to be a game-changer on the defensive end is once in a decade-type stuff. The Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.)
big man effectively eliminated Class of 2012 No. 2 prospect Mitch McGary
from the equation for Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
in a great game Sunday. Head coach Jason Smith and Brewster got the win, however, thanks to a clutch performance by Florida State signee Aaron Thomas
* There's been a lot of debate about the performance of New Zealand import Steven Adams
at the Hoophall Classic. From a scouting perspective, he was perhaps the most highly-anticipated prospect at the event. Unfortunately, he never got in a groove after taking a bump to the head in the first half and finishing with just five points and four rebounds. Adams, listed at 7-0 (I'd say 6-11), is headed to Pittsburgh next season. He's about as athletic as they come at that size and has only been playing the sport competitively for a handful of years. He's got a big future ahead of him if he wants it.
* Tony Parker
of Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
is another big man who drew mixed reviews after scoring just six points on 1 of 7 shooting in a loss to St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
. I'll give the 6-8, 260-pounder a pass. St. Anthony's ability to execute Bob Hurley's defensive vision was a thing of beauty. Every time Parker touched the ball he was immediately swarmed by three Friars.
* UNLV-bound guard Katin Reinhardt
of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
was so hot against Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
he had to put on the three goggles (see Google Images or click here
). Reinhardt hit 13 of 19 field goal attempts in a blowout win over CTK and drilled nine 3-pointers. The future Runnin' Rebel plays with the kind of swagger that has to drive opponents crazy.