Coast 2 Coast Hoops’ AK Murthy was at Bishop Gorman High School for the Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase presented by Pangos. The event pitted Findlay Prep against the Bishop Gorman Gaels and select players including Mater Dei’s Katin Reinhardt. Here is a recap of the notable performances of the night.
Katin Reinhardt, 2012, UNLV- Reinhardt was invited to play alongside the Bishop Gorman players and he put on a show for a raucous pro-Rebels crowd. Reinhardt was arguably the player of the game, chipping in 25 points and scoring from all three levels. He was clearly in the zone as he fed off the crowd, which erupted every time he made a play.
Overall, Reinhardt looked as good as we’ve seen him and he was fearless going against a very talented Findlay Prep team. Reinhardt’s handle was tight and he used numerous moves to break down his defender, which usually resulted in a bucket or assist. We know that Reinhardt is a talented scorer, but he was truly clicking on all cylinders throughout the game. Whether it was from the three point line, off midrange fadeaways, or with floaters in the teeth of the defense, Reinhardt found ways to score and was Gorman’s best offensive option.
For UNLV fans, the play of the game came after Reinhardt hit a three pointer late in the second half to give Bishop Gorman its first lead. On the way back down the court Reinhardt lifted his jersey to reveal a UNLV shirt, which took the crowd to its peak volume. Ultimately Reinhardt and Bishop Gorman came up just short, as Findlay Prep prevailed 81-80.
Anthony Bennett, 2012- As usual, Bennett was quick, powerful, and athletic. He had several highlight reel dunks off the fast break, off tip ins, and even one off a baseline inbound play. Gorman did not have a player that could keep him from doing damage in the paint, and as a result Bennett scored easy buckets all night.
Though Bennett is a talented shooter and has surprising perimeter skills for a player of his bulk, we didn’t see any of the long range jumpers or face up moves that make Bennett such an incredible prospect. None of the Findlay players could get their outside shot going in the second half and Bennett was having his way around the hoop, so there’s a good chance he was just sticking with what was working. He didn’t showcase it tonight, but defenders will have to respect Bennett’s jump shot on the next level.
Brandon Ashley, 2012, Arizona- Though he was the highest rated player on the court, Ashley had a quiet night. He had a few nice plays in the post, but did not seem to settle into the game and take over like we’ve seen him do so many times.
Still, Ashley got fired up by Demetris Morant and Ben Carter’s physical defense and asserted himself more late in the game when the score became close. The whole Findlay team seemed to be on cruise control after opening up a 20 point lead early in the game, but when Gorman made a furious comeback it brought out the best in the Findlay players.
Ben Carter, 2012- Carter is a solid, fundamental player and his consistency and even keel were critical to Gorman’s comeback. Carter showed great touch and timing around the basket while hitting timely jump shots. He also converted at the free throw line and ended the night with 22 points and a provided a toughness that Gorman needed against a more highly rated Findlay front line.
Matt Willms, 2012- Willms doesn’t get as much publicity as some of his Findlay teammates, but he had a great performance. A 7-footer with great mobility, Willms scored numerous times in the post and caught nearly everything that was thrown his way. While he clearly needs to add muscle to his narrow frame and he had a couple turnovers under pressure, if Willms can consistently display good hands he will be a weapon in the post. Overall, it was an impressive night for the center from Leamington, Ontario.
Demetris Morant, 2012, UNLV- Morant has always been known as a defensive presence, and he was exactly that during the showcase. Morant had a few nice blocks but more importantly he frustrated a very talented Brandon Ashley on numerous plays. While Morant is clearly an elite defender, he needs improvement on the offensive side of the ball. There were a few plays on which Morant couldn’t convert around the basket, but these are issues that can be shored up with repetition and confidence.
Dominic Artis, 2012, UCLA- Although Artis is the only pure point guard on the Findlay Prep roster, he didn’t play much as Nigel Williams-Goss, Amedeo Della Valle, and even Winston Shepard handled point duties. In his brief time on the court Artis didn’t really get his shot going, which was his biggest weapon during the summer AAU circuit with the Oakland Soldiers.
Winston Shepard, 2012- Shepard had a good all around game, as he usually does. He scored a couple baskets inside, passed effectively in the half court, and was able to bring the ball up the court on a few possessions. As his handle improves, Shepard is showing all the tools to be a point forward at the next level.
Notable absences from the game were 2012 Bishop Gorman players Shabazz Muhammad and Rosco Allen, who were both nursing minor injuries.