Two days after falling in a game against Monsignor Bonner, Olympic High (NC) and VCU signee Josh Banks returned with a bigger performance against Dulaney (MD). Banks poured in 36 points with 19 in the first half and 17 in the second half while shooting 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the field. He also racked up six rebounds, two assists and a steal in an efficient performance from the floor. On Day 1, Banks put up 29 points against Monsignor Bonner. So far, he's showed off his ability to get to the rim and shoot in the midrange effortlessly.
2021 guard Jaden House makes up just half of the Middleburg Academy backcourt and they're quite the lethal ones. House posted 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting against Western Branch (VA) to take home a bracket championship for his squad. He also dished out two assists and snagged three rebounds.
House didn't hesitate to get to the rim and didn't settle very often for anything less than that as he played a big role in his team's 30-17 outburst in the fourth quarter. He'll be one to watch in Virginia's 2021 class with offers already from Georgetown, James Maidson, Howard, Mount St. Mary's, Old Dominion and Stetson.
St. Charles forward Max Brooks came out like a man possessed in St. Charles' game against Gaithersburg on Day 2. The UMass-Lowell commit posted 24 points, nine rebounds and five steals in his team's 75-73 overtime victory over the Trojans and a lot of it had to do with Brooks' presence on the floor.
Seven of Brooks' rebounds came on the offensive end and he had a number of big dunks and rim-rocking alley-oops to go along with that to set the tone. He's a high energy guy with a huge motor and bursts to the rim with his length. It will be interesting to see how his game develops over the season. When he's not dunking, he'll need to improve on his finishing touch around the rim.
In 2017, it was Cole Swider heading to Villanova. In 2018, Brycen Goodine was heading to Syracuse. This year's prized recruit for St. Andrew's School is Myles Wilmoth, who's headed to Butler University.
The Butler commit was serviceable in his team's route of St. Maria Goretti with 12 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. He didn't try to overdo things while using his size to his advantage on the hardwood. The 6-foot-9 forward runs the floor well and is just scratching the surface on his ability to impact the game in the paint and on the perimeter.
The Gaithersburg Trojans didn't get the result they wanted on Day 3, falling to St. Charles 75-73 in overtime but 2021 guard Jao Ituka continued to show why he's an unsung leader on the floor. Ituka finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal as he showed off his ability to do whatever it takes to stay in the game. 2020 wing Chris Kouemi had 26 points as well while shooting 6-of-9 from behind the arc.
Ituka had three made 3-pointers and shot 9-of-18 from the field, but in the end, it wasn't enough, though he still finished the day as a top performer. For now, his only offer is from South Alabama but that's likely to change going forward.
Beckley Prep IJN's Robertas Jonaitis was impressive in their big victory over San Felipe (PR) to open the 2019 Governor's Challenge. Jonaitis finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals as he led the way on offense for his squad. He went 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 0-of-2 from 3-point land. As his 3-point shot comes along, he'll be a versatile wing prospect to keep an eye on at 6-foot-5. Right now, he holds an offer from Alderson Broadus.
Piedmont Classical and Monsignor Scanlan (NY) found themselves in a back and forth battle all game long on Day 3 of the 2019 Governor's Challenge. In the end, Evan Joyner, North Carolina A&T commit, played the role of the hero. He scored the game-winning bucket as time ticked down and proved to do enough to get a victory in the end 79-77.
Joyner put up 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Bobcats, showing off his versatility as more than just a "big man" on Day 3. He was an efficient 5-of-7 from the field as well as he did his part to ensure his team got a victory.
Chris Kouemi was another standout performer for the Gaithersburg Trojans on Day 3. The 2020 wing put up a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds while making six 3-pointers on the day for the Trojans. Kouemi was aggressive in finding his open spots on the floor and did well to take smart shots, finishing 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 from behind the arc. There's a reason why colleges have become intrigued with his improved skill set in recent months.
2022 wing Noah Batchelor is starting to come into his own for Glenelg Country School. He came up big in his team's 50-49 victory over Seton Hall Prep (NJ) with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
With just 1.3 seconds left on the clock and his team trailing by 2, it looked like things would finish with a different result before Batchelor drained a 3-pointer from the wing, fading away. Batchelor only finished with 12 points in the game but his 3-pointer proved to be enough at the end to lift his team to a victory.
New Era Jaguars forward Rico Lang was a matchup problem all game long for Havre De Grace on Day 3. Lang finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds in the 67-57 victory as one of the top performers to close out the day.
At 6-foot-7 and 287 pounds, Lang did a whole lot more than roam the paint, showing that he could step outside the 3-point line and knock down 3's. He went 2-of-5 from 3-point land and 12-of-22 from the field in his team's victory.