The Kentucky Elite Shootout was a pretty good night of pre-season basketball which included a Kentucky recruit, several division 1 assistant coaches, and maybe the best sophomore in the state of Kentucky.
Let’s begin with the Kentucky recruit, which was Huntington Prep’s Montaque Gill-Caesar. The 6’6″ forward finished with 13 points as Huntington Prep beat St. Louis Christian 64-43. Orlando Antigua was at the event last night as many think Gill-Caesar is a prime candidate to reclassify to 2014 and commit to Kentucky.
Here is a look at Gill-Caesar:
There were also several other coaches in attendance, including Oregon, West Virginia, Northern Kentucky, Marshall and NAIA’s University of Pikeville.
Oregon was said to be in attendance for Huntington Prep’s JaQuan Lyle #5, and as you can tell from these game highlights, he definitely can fill it up.
The evening started off with a very competitive game as 22 Feet Academy beat homestanding Perry Central 80-75.
Western Kentucky signee Justin Johnson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds, but the talk of the game was of sophomore point guard Braxton Beverly.
The Perry Central floor leader finished with 30 points on 10-12 shooting and dished out 6 assists. Beverly is as cool as he is strong with the basketball, making drives to the basket when needed, and knocking down shots from the perimeter when given the chance. It is hard to believe he is only a sophomore and if he was a couple inches taller he could be a top 100 recruit. Still, he will make a college coach very happy one of these days.
Here is a look at 22 Feet Academy’s win over Perry Central:
The middle game of the evening was Thomas Nelson vs. Cordia. The main headline of this game was who didn’t suit up to play for Cordia.
The Lions are waiting on the KHSAA to rule on the eligibility of at least 5 transfers, which include point guard Felix Frimpong, 6’8″ small forward Fritz Lucien, and 6’7″ forward Malik Hines.
I did hear at the event that Frimpong and Lucien will both be on the court by mid-December, but there is no word on Hines’ status.