Dwight Howard dominated the high school and AAU seasons for the last couple of years and on Friday night at the adidas/EA Sports Superstar game, he kept doing what he does best. The No. 1 player on the Rivals150 led the KG Superstars with a triple double and the 149-127 victory over the T-Mac Superstars at Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
Howard was sensational in his triple double performance (19 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists), earning MVP honors. The probable top three NBA Draft selection was perfect, going nine for nine from the floor. A handful of NBA scouts were scattered about the orange seats at UT, scribbling more notes about the promising youngster.
Darius Washington, the No. 29 player on the Rivals150, didn't hurt his standing as one of the top offensive players in the nation, scoring a game high 30 points. The Memphis-bound guard also added eight assists and six rebounds.
He and Howard had an entertaining segment in the second half. Howard skied for one of his trademark, two-handed dunks over everyone on the floor. Not to be out done, Washington caught the inbounds pass and took it coast to coast for his own two-handed flush, awaking the somewhat quiet crowd.
Not to be forgotten, Virginia bound point guard Sean Singletary had a fabulous game, scoring 24 points. He also captured nine rebounds and four pretty assists. The No. 55 player on the Rivals150 will be a nice addition for the Cavaliers and gives the ACC school a heady, true point guard with a bright future.
While Duke was advancing in the NCAA tournament, future Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson was giving a preview of what’s to come. The all time leading scorer in California history scored 20 points on solid jump shooting and aggressive drives to the basket. The No. 18 player on the Rivals150 also added six rebounds.
Marshall Brown, the No. 59 player on the Rivals150, had a tremendous first half, scoring all over the floor. The future Missouri Tiger had 17 points on seven rebounds. He’ll give Quin Snyder a ton of versatility over the next four years.
In settings like the adidas/EA Sports Superstar game, many top recruits like to fill up the scoring. But many players don’t necessarily like to get on the floor for loose balls. Future Auburn Tiger Toney Douglas does. The No. 74 player on the Rivals150 was all over the hardwood and got the respect he earned on the offensive end, scoring 14 points.
As per all-star game tradition, there were a number of rim-rocking dunks and the best one of the night went to Arizona signee Mohamed Tangara. The No. 64 player on the Rivals150 drove right down the middle of the lane and power dunked it over skyscrapers C.J. Giles and Joakim Noah.
Howard had the best block of the game late in the third quarter when Missouri bound Brown came down the lane and challenged the big man. But Howard had none of it. The 6-foot-10 superstar met Brown at the rim and stopped Brown, the ball and the rotation of the earth. Impressive.
KG Superstars 149
Sean Singletary 24, DeMarcus Nelson 20, Dwight Howard 19, Bryce Taylor 15, Jawann McClellan 15, Robert Kurz 14, Jackie Butler 10, Dion Dowell 9, Ramel Bradley 8, Mohamed Tangara 7, Garrett Temple 6
Darius Washington 30, Marshall Brown 17, Toney Douglas 14, Kyle Lowry 14, Josh Smith, 13, Juan Diego Palacios 11, Jackie Butler 11, Al Horford 6, C.J. Giles 4, Damion Harris 4, Joakim Noah 3
We will have more from the adidas/EA Sports Superstar game coming over the next couple of days.