FORT MYERS, Fla.- Behind the inside duo of Dakari Johnson and Devin Williams, Montverde (Fla.) Academy cruised into the finals of the City of Palms Classic.
Johnson has shown well at City of Palms.
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly just couldn't muster up any resistance to the inside onslaught of Montverde, losing 76-51.
A West Virginia recruit, Williams, who has put together a strong tournament. rang up 17 points while Johnson matched him in points while pulling down 17 rebounds and blocking seven shots. Johnson gathered that same amount of rebounds the prior night against Chicago Whitney Young.
On the outside, Florida recruit Kasey Hill put up 10 points and both five assists and five turnovers.
Roschon Prince was the one bright spot for Long Beach Poly. A natural scorer whose game is ready to translate to the Pac-12 as an USC recruit, Prince worked his way to 22 points.
Holding down the middle against Johnson and Williams wore down Oregon recruit Jordan Bell. Although he couldn't make the impact he is used to making, Bell was still as active as usual registering 11 points, five rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists.
Lone Peak Rolls
It was the tale of two halves. Highland (Utah) Lone Peak High School withstood the aggressive athletic onslaught of Memphis Southwind, going into the half down 31-30 to Southwind. In the second half Lone Peak went to a zone, Southwind forgot to get back on defense and the rest is history as Lone Peak wins 67-52.
2014 four-star prospect Tyler Haws (BYU) was the game high scorer with 24 points. Along with his clutch shooting, he provided Lone Peak with five rebounds, three steals and four assists.
Nick Emery leads the Lone Peak attack.
Senior guard Nick Emery (BYU) controlled the action with his savvy ball handling and passing while also knocking down key tough shots. He finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Senior big man Eric Mika (BYU) started slowly but came on strong for 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Missouri recruit Johnathan Williams III played a strong game for Southwind. The slender 6-8 forward used his quickness against Mika and scored numerous buckets on the move off of one foot. He scored 22 points for a team high and also had nine rebounds and three blocks.
Marquette recruit Jajuan Johnson had a great first half but disappeared behind the Lone Peak zone in the second half. He finished with 15 points on a poor shooting night. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Jahlil Okafor - The game came a lot easier for Okafor against Omaha Central than it did against Montverde's Dakari Johnson the night before. Okafor used his size and mobility to put up a game high 23 points on 11-14 shooting. The skilled big man also snagged 11 rebounds and had four assists.
Akoy Agau - The Louisville recruit took early advantage of Okafor's reluctance to leave the paint and hit three of three from behind the arc in the first half. Agau didn't have such success inside the arc, only making one of four shot attempts. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
Nick Billingsley - The rangy small forward for Omaha Central both attacked the basket and made shots from behind the arc on his way to 15 points.
Mile Reynolds - The junior guard came up big again for Whitney Young. He made 5-6 shots from the field, 3-3 from there and 2-2 from the line for 15 points.
Rondae Jefferson - It all came together for the five-star Arizona recruit against Lake Wales (Fla.) High School. Going 11-13 from the field, Jefferson scored 27 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out five assists. Jefferson is a very similar player to current Wildcat Solomon Hill.
Douglas Brooks - The senior shooting guard put on a strong scoring performance throughout the event. Against Chester High he pumped in 32 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and behind the arc. Brooks also nabbed five steals. If Brooks can qualify academically, he is a mid to high major option.
Brannen Greene - The good news on the Kansas recruit is that he has a beautiful shot with deep range. He has length, a good dose of athleticism and a lot of upside. Bad news is that his Tifton (Ga.) Tift Co. lost 59-43 to Callaway (Miss.) High, Greene only had two rebounds and he had zero assists to six turnovers.
Tadric Jackson - The 2014 four-star guard had an efficient scoring game for Tift Co., scoring 17 points on 7-13 shots. The lefty even did his best Mark Jackson imitation by scoring on back to the basket post moves.
Malik Newman - The top prospect in the 2015 class went for 21 points on 50 percent shooting while also grabbing 10 rebounds.
Marcus Derrickson - The 2015 power forward had been quiet at the City of Palms until he registered a double/double of 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 64-47 win by Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI over Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep.
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