WHEELING, W.Va. – Montverde Academy (Fla.)
made it a clean sweep of Chicago on Saturday night at the Cancer Research Classic while continuing its quest to be called the best high school basketball team in the United States.
After beating Windy City powerhouse Whitney Young
at the City of Palms Classic last month, Montverde Academy crushed Jabari Parker
and three-time defending Illinois Class 4A state champion Simeon
82-53 at Wheeling Jesuit University's McDonough Center.
Montverde Academy entered the contest ranked No. 3 in MaxPreps.com's Academy Top 10. Simeon is No. 7 in the Xcellent 25 traditional high school rankings.
"We've had really good chemistry and nobody really cares who scores," Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Boyle said. "Nobody cares who's MVP of a game or tournament."
The Eagles (15-0) trailed early after Parker – a recent Duke verbal commitment – hit his only two 3-pointers of the game while being defended by 6-foot-8 Devin Williams
, who will join Bob Huggins at West Virginia next fall.Kasey Hill
, a five-star point guard headed to Florida, decided to do something about that.
"They got off to a good start, it looks like Parker is Parker again," Boyle said. "Kasey comes over to me, at 6-foot, and says, ‘I want to guard him.' He has seven quick points. After that, he (Parker) was basically invisible the rest of the half.
"You take away the 12-4 start and I think it was a 37-point game."Dakari Johnson
– who committed to Kentucky on Saturday – recorded team highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds for Montverde Academy. Williams added 15 points, standout junior D'Angelo Russell
14 and Hill contributed 13 points and five assists.
The Eagles went on a 28-10 second-quarter tear and cruised from there.
Parker finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but also had four turnovers. Edward Morrow was the only other Wolverine to finish in double figures with 10 points.
In addition to victories over Whitney Young and Simeon, Montverde Academy also has lopsided wins over Xcellent 25 No. 2 Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
and No. 3 Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
on its resume.
"The best team we've played by far is Whitney Young," Boyle said. "They're the second-best team in the country, in my opinion. I haven't seen Findlay (Henderson, Nev.)."
The Florida powerhouse still has contests with nationally-ranked Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
and Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
on the schedule.Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 65, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 59
Villanova signee Kris Jenkins
notched 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Purple Eagles (12-2) past California's defending Division IV state champions.
Gonzaga connected on 16 of 20 attempts from the free throw line and shot nearly 50 percent from the field for the game.
California signee Jabari Bird
had 22 points to lead Salesian.DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone, N.J.) 64
Junior guard Corey Henson
had 25 points and North Carolina State signee BeeJay Anya
added 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead DeMatha (6-3) past Gill St. Bernard's (3-4).
Virginia Commonwealth signee Jairus Lyles
handed out eight assists for the storied WCAC program.Jaren Sina
, who is headed to Northwestern, led all scorers with 29 points for the Knights. Freshman phenom Tyus Battle
contributed 17 in a losing cause.Whitney Young (Chicago) 78, Neumann-Goretti 49Jahlil Okafor
put up 32 points as Whitney Young (11-1) dominated Pennsylvania's defending Class AAA state champions. Okafor, a 6-10 junior regarded as the top 2013 prospect in the land, connected on 14 of 18 field goal attempts and also blocke three shots.
Ranked No. 4 in MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25, the Dolphins also received 19 points and seven boards from junior forward Paul White
and 10 points and six rebounds from junior wing L.J. Peak
John Davis recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints.
St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) 70, Wheeling Park (Wheeling, W.Va.) 43
Notre Dame signee Stephen Vasturia
collected 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals and St. Joseph's
Prep stepped up the pressure in the second half to run away with a 70-43 victory over local team Wheeling Park (2-4) in the day's first game.
The Hawks (8-2) forced 17 turnovers and turned a 16-point halftime lead into a 28-point spread entering the fourth period.Miles Overton
, a shooting guard who has signed to play at Wake Forest, had 21 points, three assists and three steals without a turnover.Luke Saseen
had 10 points and Ryan Reinbeau
eight points and six boards for Wheeling Park.