SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –
Judging from the capacity crowd at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College, it was very clear which game was the highlight of Sunday's slate at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.
The standing-room only crowd piled in to see Andrew Wiggins
, the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2013, and Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
take on No. 7 Noah Vonleh
and New Hampton School (N.H.)
The game's must-see attraction didn't disappoint as the 6-foot-8 undecided Wiggins scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to key a 56-47 Huntington Prep victory.
"He makes you pay in every situation," said New Hampton head coach Peter Hutchins. "I was impressed with how he went after the glass."
Vonleh, who was matched up with Wiggins early on, was slowed by foul trouble and spent much of the first half on the bench. He picked up his third foul with just four seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"We were disappointed," Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford said. "I feel bad for (Vonleh) to be in foul trouble on such a big stage. We wanted to face their best."
His absence took its toll on New Hampton, which struggled to stay within striking distance of Huntington Prep – ranked No. 6 in this week's Academy Top 10 rankings. But midway through the fourth quarter, the Huskies found themselves down by just two points following a pair of Vonleh buckets.Xavier Rathan-Mayes
answered with less than two minutes to go with a big 3-pointer that extended the Huntington Prep lead, which was never relinquished. Rathan-Mayes, a Florida State signee, scored 12 points despite injuring his leg in the second half.Travis Jorgenson
, a Boston College target, picked up much of the slack for New Hampton, leading the team with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. Tory Miller
, who's received offers from Arkansas, Creighton, Minnesota, Missouri State, Nebraska and Wichita State, added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) 63,
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 51
Syracuse signee Tyler Ennis
, ranked No. 33 in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100, scored 16 points and recorded four steals to lead St. Benedict's, which improved to 17-0.
"You have to give Montrose Christian credit," St. Benedict's head coach Mark Taylor said. "We had a chance to blow things up but they hung in there and battled. They're a disciplined team and have to be the best non-ranked team in the country."
St. Benedict's – No. 3 in MaxPreps.com's Academy Top 10 rankings – held the lead throughout and got it to 17 at one point but the resilient Mustangs simply wouldn't go away. The Gray Bees' led by nine after one quarter but couldn't put Montrose Christian away until late in the fourth quarter.
"We knew that it was our goal to get the tempo going," Taylor said. "To win, we needed the game to be pushed and when it mattered, we were able to do that."
Baylor-bound Ishmail Wainright
, a versatile 6-6 senior, helped keep Montrose Christian in contention throughout. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"He's tough," Ennis said of Wainright. "He's such a good defender and one of their main pieces."
Montrose Christian's Mark Williams
, a 6-8 senior forward with interest from Dayton, Kent State, Robert Morris and Western Illinois, scored a game-high 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
For St. Benedict's, Michael Young
No. 90 in 2013, a Pittsburgh signee, scored 16 points while Jonathan Williams
and Denzell Taylor
contributed 10 and 11 points, respectively. Taylor will play next year at Old Dominion. Highly-ranked sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe
added eight points and four rebounds. Tilton School (N.H.) 71,
Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, Vt.) 67
When Tilton came to the Hoophall Classic last year, it was very clear which player was the most talented. Nerlens Noel, now starring at Kentucky, was the marquee player in one of the event's most anticipated games.
This year, it was also very clear which player everyone came to see when Tilton took the floor. Wayne Selden
, a Kansas signee, showed off his athletic and versatile repertoire in the Rams' 71-67 win over Vermont Academy to kick off action on Day 4 at the 2013 Hoophall Classic.
Selden, the focal point of the Tilton offense --- and the Vermont Academy defense --- scored 24 points and seven rebounds, along with a pair of extra efforts as he went catapulting over a table on press row trying to save a ball from going out of bounds minutes before falling and banging his head on a photographer's chair. It's that effort, joined with talent, size and athleticism that makes Selden a complete player.
Selden gained much momentum in the recruiting process last year as a junior, playing alongside Noel on a very talented Tilton team. The two were also teammates on the AAU circuit, playing for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, winning the top-level Elite Youth Basketball League in 2011.Chester Victor
was also impressive for Tilton. The 6-1 sharpshooter buried four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points. He was 11-of-19 from the field. Terance Mann
, a rising target of Boston College, Providence and Iowa, added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Vermont Academy was powered by Richard Williams, who poured in a team-high 19 points. Florida International signee Daquein McNeil
had 16 points, six rebounds and 3 assists while Marcel White added 12 points and five boards.Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) 88,
South Kent School (Conn.) 55
Syracuse commit Chris McCullough
scored a game-high 21 points and added five rebounds as Brewster cruised by South Kent. The 6-9 junior threw down numerous dunks that wowed the Springfield College crowd and propelled the Bobcats early on in the easy victory.
The forward was an efficient 8-of-12 from the field and added three steals on the defensive end.Kevin Zabo
, a target of a number of top schools, including Georgetown, Iowa, Villanova and West Virginia, contributed 16 points and five rebounds in the Brewster win. Former Huntington Prep star Elijah Macon
, who received interest and offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, and USC before opting to prep another year, added 12 points and four boards. Macon had previously committed to play at West Virginia and is planning on keeping his commitment after this year at Brewster.
Xavier signee Kamall Richards
led South Kent with a team-high 14 points and eight boards. Reggie Agbeko, who has offers from Siena, Robert Morris and St. Peters, was a monster on the glass, pulling down 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive boards.