Huntington Prep Vs. NLP Recap And Standouts
Published by Ali Ahmed on February 18, 2012
The Huntington Prep Express (Huntington, WV) arrived at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus Friday evening and tip off their much anticipated game against Next Level Prep (Oakville, ON). This game marked the second meeting between both teams since Huntington’s 81-48 blowout win back in October.
Huntington started off the game blazing with a series of deep three-pointers from their marksman Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Senior forward Elijah Macon had his hands dirty as he cleaned up many missed shots and had his way in the paint for most of the game. Huntington capped off their strong first half with a thunderous one hand slam from Macon and the team nursed a 44-41 lead heading into the half. Huntington Prep looked to ramp up their defense and raised their offensive attack a notch higher. The #1 ranked 2014 prospect Andrew Wiggins exploded in the second half with a series of triples and powerful slashes to the rim. His 4-point play midway in the second half seemed to be the catalyst for his teammates. On the other hand, Nazareth Long suited up for Next Level Prep and had a sensational second half including two clutch triples and a heavy load of his points of good drives to the net. Huntington remained poise for the remainder of the game and defeated Next Level Prep with a score of 100-86.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes (2013, 6’3, G, Huntington Prep) – Rathan-Mayes had a terrific game and showed the crowd why he is such a highly touted prospect and earning some high major interest. His shooting touch is outstanding and can be deadly if left unguarded. Rathan-Mayes was extremely hard to guard because of his great ability to use screens and pull-up off the dribble. When he isn’t shooting, Rathan-Mayes can read the defense and quickly make his way to the rim for an easy deuce.
Andrew Wiggins (2014, 6’7, F, Huntington Prep) – Wiggins was sensational for most of the game and proved to the crowd that he was deserving to be on top of his 2014 class. Wiggins is an athletic beast who can shoot the midrange shot consistency and success. Wiggins was lighting the opponent from deep as he managed to connect on a pair of three-pointers during his onslaught.The star 2014 forward showed his versatility as he rebounded the ball efficiently and gave his team second chance points off offensive rebounds. He added a highlight reel dunk in the first half and almost capped off his night with a roaring dunk over the opposing centre in the second half but was fouled hard.
Negus Webster-Chan (2012, 6’6, F, Huntington Prep, Missouri Signee) – Webster Chan had a solid night as he showed why he slated to play for Missouri Tigers next fall. He showed extreme combo-guard abilities as he handled the ball with precision and had his fair share of scoring, especially from the perimeter. Webster-Chan is a great midrange shooter and can stretch the defense out and pack them in paint in any given situation. Great pickup for Missouri.
Nazareth Long (2012, 6’3, G, Iowa State Signee) – Long unexpectedly suited up for Next Level Prep and was the driving force behind NLP’s success on offense all game. It seemed as though Long did it all as he shot the ball well from deep and used his great ball handling skills to catch his matchup off guard on his way to the basket. Long has superb court vision and decision making by knowing exactly where to place the right pass and when to shoot the ball.
Jordan Fray (2012, 6’2 G, Next Level Prep) - Fray did not back down from competition one bit. He was very aggressive through out the game, using his upper body strength to attack and finish around the basket. Other than drives to the hoop fray did some other good things on the floor, rebounded pretty well at his size and position, defended and knocked down a few jumpers.
Mohamed Rage (2012, 6’10 C, Next Level Prep) - Big man is fairly new to the game of basketball but did not disappoint us in our first look of him. He is long, has solid ball IQ and always had the right intentions. Made some eye catching moves on the low block offensively and mixed it up on the other end challenging shots at the rim and getting his hands on rebounds. He does have ways to go in his all around game but the potential is evident.
2013 C Tanveer Bhullar and 2012 Missouri bound forward Stefan Jankovic made solid contributions to Huntington Prep’s win with finishes around the rim. Jankovic earlier in the process and Bhullar later in the game.