The 2019 Governor's Challenge has a number of standout performers on day 2. Here's a look at some top standouts.
2021 Guard Jacobi Wright was a smooth operator as a passer, rebounder and scorer for Legacy Early College in their opening game of the Governor's Challenge against Neumann-Goretti (PA). Wright finished with a game-high 22 points go along with seven assists, four rebounds and a steal. The 6-foot-2 guard has the ability to play with and without the ball in his hands. He was 5-of-11 from the field as the Lions won a close one 66-62. Wright has offers already from Winthrop, College of Charleston, Elon, Tennessee Tech and DePaul while drawing interest from South Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, Tulsa, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Another smooth operator on Day 2 of the 2019 Governor's Challenge was 2022 point guard Jayden Pierre out of Elizabeth High School. He racked up 18 points, seven assists and two rebounds in a 65-62 victory over Olympic. He's a 6-foot wiry guard that wants to make plays and get to the rim. He was an efficient 8-of-11 from the field with a 1-of-1 from the 3-point arc line, showing off his strengths scoring in the midrange and in the paint. Pierre is a hot name already with offers from Florida, Rutgers and Robert Morris.
Tyreese Watson showed off his versatility in an 82-75 win over Dulaney (MD) as he posted 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds in their victory. Watson was all over the place, literally, for the Lions in an interesting game from start to finish. Monsignor Bonner opened a big lead early in the game but led by 2021 star Dulaney guard Ryan Conway (20 points), they came back to tie things up to start the fourth quarter. Watson's game-high performance came in key moments and he showcased his ability to score on all three levels. The underrated guard holds offers from Rider and California (PA).
Cortrey Fontaine was one of the local standouts on Day 2 for the Crisfield Crabbers in their victory over Sussex Tech. Fontaine showed an all-around feel for the game for his size and finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. He's an unsigned senior wing with versatility for his size at 6-foot-8. He didn't force things and handled the ball often coming down the floor when he got defensive rebounds. He's a player that brings a ton of energy on both ends and flies around the floor to make plays.
The Father Henry Carr Crusaders were back once again, traveling all the way from Canada for the Governor's Challenge with a new crop of talent. This year's stock riser is 2022 forward Noah Ngamba. Ngamba put up a double-double in his team's opening victory over St. Maria Goretti with 18 points and 11 rebounds in an 80-67 win. 12 of his 18 points came in the second half against St. Maria Goretti. After the first half, things remained close with the Gaels leading 33-32, but Ngamba stepped up big time on the offensive end and on the glass to turn things around in the second half.
The Neumann Goretti Saints were without 2020 forward Che Evans Jr., due to injury but 2021 guard Chris Evans was a problem on the 3-point arc, making six 3-pointers for Neumann Goretti in their game against Legacy Early. He was stellar with 20 points, scoring off the catch and off the dribble from behind the arc while going 6-of-11. Things remained close and time after time, Evans stepped up to hit big shots and keep his team close. He's a 6-foot-2 guard that teams should track in PA's 2021 class.
Liberty Heights Institute (NC) has become a staple team in recent years at the 2019 Governor's Challenge and this year's early standout was 2020 guard/wing Kahari Rogers. Rogers went 3-of-5 from behind the arc and nearly perfect from the free-throw line at 7-for-8 to finish with 16 points along with nine rebounds and three assists against a tough Balboa (CA) squad. He was one of three players that scored in double-figures while leading his team in points. As a team, they shot 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from behind the arc. Rogers has the size and versatility to play the guard spot but guard forwards and posts on the opposite end with his length. So far, he holds offers from North Carolina A&T and Hofstra.
Thomas Edison High School found themselves in a battle against Winston Churchill (VA) but senior guard Jared Clawson answered every time they scored on offense. Clawson finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals while shooting 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. He had some big offensive rebounds down the stretch as well as some big shots inside the paint to lift his team to a 66-62 victory. They led by just a point after three quarters. Clawson is drawing interest from Christopher Newport and William & Mary University.
Winston Churchill didn't get a victory on Day 2 but the play of 2020 wing Jomo Goings was one of the reasons they were in the game. Goings finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the four-point loss. Six of his rebounds came on the offensive end. He's got underrated length at his position at 6-foot-3 and won't hesitate to shoot at volume when given opportunities. He didn't have his best shooting game from the perimeter, either, at 2-of-7, but he took some good shots within the offense off the catch and off the dribble. He's an unsigned senior to keep an eye on out of Maryland.
Bishop McNamara has quite the rim protector in their wheelhouse with 2022 forward Favour Aire. Aire finished with four blocks along with eight rebounds for his squad in a defensive battle against Piedmont Classical. At 6-foot-10, he holds the potential already to emerge as a top prospect in his class and holds offers from IUPUI and Rutgers. As his offensive game comes along, he'll be one to keep an eye on.