In an exciting opening weekend we saw several great performances from some known talents, and some new names. Let's take a look at who shined the first weekend:
Austin Grimes- Player of the WeekWeek 1 MVP: Austin Grimes- Sophomore SF from Aiken
- Austin was dominant in his Aiken debut this weekend. Friday, in a loss to Taft he scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Saturday, in a win against Shroder he looked even more comfortable out there and recorded 19 points to go with 13 rebounds. When Austin is aggressive he is nearly unstoppable; he is simply too strong, too athletic, and too skilled to be guarded. If he can continue to make an impact on the glass then Aiken should have a good year. Expect Grimes to keep putting up scoring numbers as he becomes more comfortable playing with his new teammates.
- The Sophomore Class: This is class is just so talented and deep. Here are the top performers, besides player of the week Austin Grimes. These guys are just getting started.
- Woodward's Trent Donald, a PF, scored 23 against Withrow then followed that up with a solid performance in a win over Hughes.
- Devin Williams a PF from Withrow went for 18 and 12 against Woodward.
- Kevin Johnson a PG from Summit scored 24 against Reading.
- Josh Davenport was effective in his Moeller varsity debut with 6 points and 10 boards.
- DJ Wingfield scored 13 in his Lockland debut.
- Monty Boykins of Lakota West scored 16, Corey Wise of Hamilton scored a dozen, Ramar Hariston of Northwest scored 17, Sterling Gilmore of Walnut Hills had 12, Princeton's Dorian Jordan scored 12, Bryan Porter of Colerain had 10, and Middletown's Jalin Marshall had 10.
Orlando Berry Jr.
- Orlando Berry Jr: Much like Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Orlando is known as a traditional pass first point guard; but this season it's time for both of them to put points up. Berry scored 15 in a win against Aiken and followed that up with 18 against West High; leading this loaded Taft team in scoring is very impressive. Taft was the most dominant team of the weekend with two blow out wins against solid CMAC competition.
Tyonte RobertsonTyonte Robertson: The freshman got off to a pretty good start, scoring 8 on Friday and then 12 on Saturday. Considering the two opponents that is very impressive. Tyonte really hit his stride against Shroder and dominated the point guard matchup. Give him a few more games to adjust to the varsity style and then watch out!
- Jalen Billups: The only player for Shroder that was effective against Aiken. Jalen scored 19 points and was active on the glass, he probably had double digit rebounds. Jalen is really skilled on the block with his foot work, particularly his double pivot move to get by shotblockers.
- GCL Veterans: None of these performances are too surprising because they come from guys that are used to filling up the stat sheet. First for LaSalle, junior PG Josh Lemmons scored 18 points while Brandon Neel scored his usual 21. For Moeller senior Alex Barlow poured in 21 points, Barlow was more of a glue guy last year but it looks like he has the green light as a senior. Roger Bacon got a pair of great outings as Jabriel Coaston went for 20 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Byrd scored a career high 27.
- Under the Radar Juniors: Three guys from lesser known hoops programs put up big numbers this weekend. Paul Woodson of Clark went for 18 points and 12 rebounds, Paul is a terrific athlete and plays with a great motor. Deontez McGee of Norwood had 21 points; 'Tez is a great shooter that can fill it up when he gets going. Darrin Harris of Mason scored 20 points for The Comets in their first game; Harris is a versatile PF that can step out and shoot or post up.
- Sycamore: After suffering through a long season the Aves got off on the right foot this year with a convincing 11 point win over traditional powerhouse Indian Hill. Add in that Coach Moss of Sycamore spent several years at the Braves head coach and the win should feel even sweeter.