John Wall Holiday Invitational: DAY 1

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In its 45th year, the John Wall Holiday Invitational once again set the Raleigh, NC area on fire with one of the hottest holiday tournaments in the country. Consisting of 15 boys teams and 12 girls teams, from different parts of the country, the competition was fierce, and the atmosphere was electric. The day was filled with highlights and electrifying plays that got the crowd on their feet, and this was just day 1. Here’s what stood out:

 

Colton Reed steals the show…

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Colton Reed going in for 2 of his 23 points

The dynamic duo of Heritage High School’s (Wake Forest, NC) 2018 6’7 forward, Jayden Gardner & 6’4 guard Jarren McAllister, along with 2017 6’3 shooter, Colton Reed was able to defeat Southern Durham (Durham, NC) in the first game of the day. While the tenacity of Gardner and McAllister (Virginia Tech commit) kept them in the match, it was Reed’s hot hand – finishing with 23 points on 5 for 9 three-pointers – that helped Heritage seal the win. One other fatal blow for Southern was losing dynamic point guard, Antonio Daye Jr., as he fouled out early in the 4th quarter, finishing with 14 points.

 

 

 

Alex Reed steps into the leadership role…

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Alex Reed slamming one home! 

 

Garner High School’s (Garner, NC) 2017 6’4 guard, Alex Reed is continuing to blossom and step into the role of a leader for his team after they’ve undergone some changes to the roster from last year. Finishing with 20 points against Leesville in their 1st game of the tournament, Reed showed added improvement to his overall game. He’s still a high motor guy, but handles the ball better and knocks down the outside jumper more consistently. Reed also did well finishing around the basket.

 

 

 

Wendell Moore Jr. proving his the real deal…

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Wendell Moore Jr. shooting over the defense! 

Cox Mill High School’s (Concord, NC) 2019 6’6 wing, Wendell Moore Jr. proved to be more than Broughton High School (Raleigh, NC) could handle as he dropped 28 points and snatched down 16 rebounds for the win. Running the point for his team, Moore Jr. showed exceptional leadership skills, tremendous poise, and outstanding overall ability. A player that not only demonstrated that he’s an excellent point guard but can play positions 1 through 5 at the high school level. While he’s had a lot of hype following him since middle school, he’s made sure to live up to it at the same time continuously getting better.

 

 

 

Kevin Knox is as good as advertised…

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Tampa Catholic’s (Tampa, FL) 2017 6’8 W, Kevin Knox lived up to every bit of the “5-star” status that he’s been given. He and his team were pushed to the limit against Cary High School (Cary, NC), as seniors, 6’1 point guard Donte Tatum and 6’3 shooting guard Kyle Gensler left it all on the court. Throughout the game Knox scored in variety, knocking down three-pointers, finishing on fast breaks, crashing the glass on offense and getting putbacks. While it was close most of the game with Knox and Tatum going back and forth, it was the final minutes of the 4th quarter that the ignited the crowd. Down by 1 with 4.5 seconds left, Gensler missed a free throw that lead to Knox getting the ball, hurrying up the court and shooting a contested 3 pointer that banked in to win the game for Tampa Catholic, finishing with 38 points. Here’s a video Knox’s offensive onslaught from HoopDiamonds:

 

 

 

Whitfield & Dorsey lead the charge for Millbrook…

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Patrick Dorsey going in for the layup!

Millbrook High School’s (Raleigh, NC)  senior point guard, Jordan Whitfield and senior shooting guard, Patrick Dorsey lead the way for their team as they were victorious against Ravenscroft (Raleigh, NC). Whitfield, a Campbell University commit, came out aggressive from the start. He played a steady game where he attacked when he saw the opportunity or found the open man. In years past, Whitfield has always been a solid defender, but his offensive aggressiveness was questionable. Tonight showed that he has figured it out, finishing with 18 points. Dorsey is arguably one of the best shooters in the area and this night was no different. Finishing with 17 points (6 for 10 FGAs), there weren’t many times where he shot the ball and missed. Dorsey does extremely well with taking good shots and avoiding forced or unnecessary jumpers. He’s also an underrated defender, who’s able to find his way into the passing lanes and does well staying in front of his man. When these 2 are clicking, the opposition is in for a long game!

 

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