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Giles makes his case

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SPRINGFIELD,MO.--Oneofthebesthighschooltournamentsinthecountry,theBassProTournamentofChampions,gotofftoastrongstartattheJohnQ.HammonsArenaonthecampusofMissouriStateonThursdaynight.Thenearly7,500fansthatpassedthroughweretreatedtoaparadeoffive-starplayersthatincludedthelikesofHarryGiles,IvanRabb,MalikMonk,LonzoBallandV.J.King,whiletraditionalpowerOakHillcompletedahugecomebackwin.
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EvenifThonMakerwasn'tlookinglikehewasgoingtomakeamovetotheclassof2015,theracefortheNo.1spotintheclassof2016wouldbeanopenone.Thursdaynight,currentNo.2HarryGilesofHighPoint(N.C.)WesleyanChristianhadhisopportunitytomakeacaseformovinguponebigspot.
A6-foot-10powerforward,GilesiscertainlyastrongcontenderfortheNo.1ranking,andthefive-starshowedwhyonThursdaynightwhilerackingup17points,12reboundsandfourassistsina63-55winoverBentonville(Ark.)High.

Gilesisafineathletewithlongarmswhoisveryquickoffhisfeetaroundtherim.Hecanrunthefloorlikeamuchsmallerplayerandhecanleadthefastbreak.Heisanexcellentpasserfromthepost,makesmedium-rangejumpshotsandhasallofthephysicaltoolsanybodycouldwant.
Whatstandsoutmostarehishands,whichareunbelievablygood.Hesnatcheseverythingthatgetsnearhimandhedoessowithforce.Typically,whenyouthinkaboutguyswhogoandattackandsecurethebasketballyouthinkaboutbig,burlygruntsandnotguysbuiltlikeGiles.But,hishandsareeliteandbecauseheissosecurewiththeballheisabletoplaythroughcontactandmaximizehishighskilllevel.
AmajortargetofthelikesofDuke,Kentucky,Kansas,NorthCarolina,WakeForestandmanymore,Gilesactuallylookslikeasortofyoung,modernizedversionofWakecoachDannyManningbecauseofhisabilitytomakeplaysoutonthefloor.
HisvisittoLexingtonwasfirstanditwasagoodone.
Gilesisnoone-manshow,though,andhisWesleyanteamisfulloftalent.ComboguardKweParkercontinuedtoshowthathe'smuchmorethanjustanathletewhoplaysbasketball.The6-foot-1junior,whocurrentlyranksNo.53intheclassof2016,backeduphisloftystatusandshowedanevolvinggame.Atrulybreathtakingleaper,Parkeralsohasstupendousquickness,isamuchimprovedballhandlerandhasbecomeverydangerouswiththepull-upjumpshot.
FollowinginthestepsofhisfatherRandolphChildress,whospentseveralseasonsintheNBA,WakeForestboundjuniorpointguardBrandonChildresscanplay,too.Thesix-footerisadeadlythreepointshooterwithagreatfeelforthegame.Anotherjuniortokeepaneyeoutforis6-foot-5southpawshooterJalenJohnson.Johnsonisveryslender,buthehasapictureperfectlookingjumpshot.LikeParkerandGiles,he'sanaboveaverageathletewhocanreallyplayabovetherimintransition.
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Five-starsmallforwardV.J.Kingisthefirsttoadmitthathe'sgottenofftoabitofslowstartaftermovingfromOhiotoFairfax(Va.)PaulVIforhisjunioryear.However,theNo.18playerintheclassof2016lookedlikehewasstartingtogetcomfortableonThursdaynight.

Everyplayerinaslump(ifyoucancallKing'sstartaslump)needsanightfilledwitheasybucketstogettheirconfidencegoingandKinggotthatduringa65-34winoverSpringfield(Mo.)Parkview.Thankstoseveraleasydunks,strongtakestotherimandgenerallysavvyplay,Kingledhisteamwith18pointsandfivereboundsinjust23minutesofaction.
"I'vejustbeenfocusingongettingtothebasketmore,"KingtoldRivals.com."WhenIgetsomeeasybucketsfirstthenIcangoouttothemidrange."
"WithateamlikethatIjustfocusedongettingtothebucketandtheyweren'tstoppingmesoIjustkeptondoingit."
Ontherecruitingfront,KingsaidthatConnecticut,Kansas(headcoachBillSelfwatchedonThursday)andKentuckyhavebeenfrequentvisitors.HealsolistedFlorida,Louisville,MarylandandN.C.StateandmentionedthathehopestofitinvisitstoKentucky,LouisvilleandFloridaduringthespring.
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ThegamebetweentraditionalpowerMouthofWilson(Va.)OakHillandChinoHills(Calif.)Highwasawildtaleoftwohalves.LedbyUCLAboundfive-starjuniorpointguardLonzoBall's18point,10rebound,sevenassistandsixblockfirsthalf,ChinoHillsbuiltaleadthatballoonedtoasmanyas14points.

Inthesecondhalf,though,OakHillcontainedBallandthingschanged.True.hefinishedwith22points,12reboundsand13assists,but10ofhis12turnoverscameinthesecondhalfashewasflusteredbyaswarmingOakHilldefenseintomakingairmailpassesandmistakesoffthedribble.CombinethatwiththecoldshootingofBall'ssophomorebrother,LiAngeloBall,whowentjust9-34fromthefield(5-21onthreepointers),andtheconditionswereripeforOakHilltotakeadvantage.
That'sexactlywhattheydid,asfive-starseniorsmallforwardDwayneBaconandseniorpointguardTerrencePhillipsledthemtoan86-77victory.
TicketedforFloridaState,the6-foot-6Baconwasrelentlessinhisattackoftherim.Agoodathletewithstrength,heusedhishopsandphysicalitytobarrelapathtotherimandgottothefreethrowlinewhenhecouldn'tfinish.Heendedupwithagame-high32points.
Playinginfrontofhisfutureheadcoach,KimAndersonofMissouri,the5-foot-10Phillipsnearlyhadatripledoubleofhisown.Despiterelativelycoldshootingfromthefield(4-12FG),Phillipsmadetheplayshisteamneeded,wasapestondefenseandgottothefreethrowlineandregularlyconvertedduringa19point,ninerebound,sevenassistandfivestealouting.Currentlyunranked,thethree-starpointguardhaswedgedhiswayintotheconversationforthefinalRivals150fortheclassof2015.
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Five-starjuniorshootingguardMalikMonkClickHeretoviewthisLink.wasgoingtoneedanearepiceffortifhewantedtohelpBentonvilleknockoffWesleyanChristian.Thefreakishlyathletic6-foot-4shootingguardcertainlytried,butanoffshootingnight(12-31FG)wouldn'tallowhisteamtogetavictory,eventhoughhedidrackup26points,16reboundsandthreeassists.Thoughhedidn'tshootataterriblyefficientclip,itwasgoodtoseeMonksoactive.Aftersettlingearlyfordeepjumpers,hemadeaconcertedefforttoattacktherim.Hisplayontheglasswasalsoimpressive.Withhisexplosivefirststep,abilitytocreateoffthedribbleandoffensivecreativity,MonkhassomeSteveFrancistohisgameanditisgoodtoseehimplayinattackmodeinsteadofhoistingdeepjumpers.ArkansasClickHeretoviewthisLink.headcoachMikeAndersonClickHeretoviewthisLink.wasonhandtoseehisNo.1recruitingpriority.
2015'sNo.7playerIvanRabbClickHeretoviewthisLink.wasabitsluggishinOakland(Calif.)BishopO'Dowd's58-42winoverWaynesville(Mo.)High.Aftergoingscorelessandwithoutareboundinthefirstquarter,Rabbturneditupabitinthesecondtoendupwith10pointsandsevenreboundsheadedintothehalf.InfrontofthepreviouslymentionedBillSelfandUCLA'sSteveAlfordClickHeretoviewthisLink.,Rabbfinishedwith15points,11rebounds,threeblocksandsixturnoverswhilemaking6-13fieldgoalattempts.
Playing in front of his future head coach, Tom CreanClick Here to view this Link., IndianaClick Here to view this Link. commit and Rivals150 power forward Juwan MorganClick Here to view this Link. of Waynesville had an injury scare. The 6-foot-8 senior bumped knees with a Bishop O'Dowd player and went down in a heap. Though he was unable to return to the game in which he had notched five points and two rebounds through 13 minutes, Morgan told Rivals.com afterwards that his knee should be fine and that he doesn't expect to be sidelined too long.
In addition to head coaches Steve Alford, Kim Anderson, Mike Anderson, Tom Crean and Bill Self, Rivals.com spotted assistants from Louisville and Wake Forest on Thursday night.
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