Orange, CA - Adidas is in Orange County for a regional qualifier this weekend, and Prep Circuit has been in the gym covering the tournaments. Here are the highlights from an action-packed Saturday.
Dalen Terry | 6’6 2021 G | Compton Magic
Dalen Terry was all over the floor for his squad, running the point at times, playing tenacious defense and throwing down some monster dunks to get his team, and the crowd, fired up.
Makur Maker | 7’0 2020 G/F | Dream Vision
Hybrid big man Makur Maker was not only up to the challenge of playing the top-ranked prospect in the 2020 class Evan Mobley, he was dominant throughout the game, shutting down the stud Compton Magic big while contributing in every category offensively.
Bryson Stephens | 6’0 2020 PG | Gamepoint Elite
Gamepoint floor general Bryson Stephens led them to a Day 2 win over EBO 2.0 early in the day, getting heated up from deep early and continuing to assert his well on all three levels.
Bryce Monroe | 5'10 2020 PG | Team Lillard
In one of the weekend's best games, Bryce Monroe was at his best from start to finish, giving his squad the early lead and having an answer for every Team Harden bucket with one of his own or for his teammates as a result of a nifty setup.
Frankie Collins | 6’0 2020 G | Dreamvision Next
In a thrilling back-and forth battle against a strong Compton Magic Premier squad, Frankie Collins played standout ball on both ends of the floor, constantly active in passing lanes, pushing the ball in transition, and setting up his teammates with steals and blocks on the other end.
Malik Thomas | 6’4 2021 G | Compton Magic Premier
Playing out of position and against an athletically gifted team, Malik Thomas made his mark on the day scoring at will and helping facilitate the offense.
Ajang Aguek | 6’8 2020 G/F | Team Harden
Providing valuable minutes at the 2, 3 and 4, Ajang Aguek's play on both ends of the floor allowed Team Harden to get back into the game and have a chance to win at the end. He was a terror on defense, accounting half a dozen blocks, while also showing off a solid perimeter game.
Although the winner's bracket championship game between Compton Magic and previously-undefeated Dream Vision had the larger crowd and much more hype, this one was the gem of the day. Fighting off every comeback attempt by Team Harden, the Lillard boys made clutch free throws down the stretch and took care of the ball, which ultimately led them to a 55-52 victory.
While guards Bryce Monroe and Marquis Hargrove handled the perimeter and kept Team Lillard in the mix, Te'Jon Sawyer was the immovable force in the middle that Team Harden simply never had an answer for. Down the stretch when a bucket was a must-have, Sawyer at least touched the rock every time.
In arguably the most-hyped matchup of the entire weekend, explosive two-way combo guard Jaylen Clark put on an absolute show in a resounding win over Dream Vision. Getting his shot going early, he used that to set up his ferocious drives to the cup later in the game.
His hands and feet always active, his was disrupting Dream Vision's plan to get their big men involved and threw down numerous impressive dunks as well. As his jumper continues to find improved consistency, Clark will be a rapid riser in his class rankings.