Elijah Brown, SG, Mater Dei: It was a tale of two halves for Brown in the morning game. Shots just weren't falling for him in the first half, but he quickly turned things around in the second. He hit a catch and shoot three, a pull-up midrange jumper and made some really nice drive and dishes for assists. It would be good to see Brown attack the rim more when the shot isn't falling, but when he's hot he can put up points in a hurry.
Brown had a pretty good second game against Our Savior New American, hitting a high level floater, making some really nice passes and of course displaying his outside shot. The senior has made some clear strides in his game and will have the option to go to a high major program, if he wants to.
Dakarai Allen, SF, Sheldon: While he struggled with foul trouble and ended up fouling out with six minutes to go in a close game, Allen did a lot of good things against Morgan Park. He was getting to the basket and either scoring at will or drawing the foul. He rebounded well, blocked shots and made some perfect passes to teammates for assists. Allen has added a floater to his game, which he confidently hit in the first half. There's a long list of ways he affects the game and showed many of them on Friday.
Kyle Davis, SG, Morgan Park: Davis made it his mission to get to the basket on Friday against Sheldon and he had no problem doing it. While he added in a floater and made some nice plays on defense, his speed going to the basket was too much for Sheldon and he seemed to get to the left side of the rim whenever he wanted to.
Billy Garrett, PG, Morgan Park: For the most part, the shots weren't falling for Garrett against Sheldon, but he still played hard and made some nice passes to teammates and defended well. Garrett did score by getting to the line, hitting a floater and a three, but with many of the shots not falling, he found other ways to help his team win.
Stanley Johnson, SF, Mater Dei: Johnson played well in a blowout victory over Bishop O'Dowd. His midrange jumper has been on point all tournament and Friday morning was no exception, as he hit a contested pull-up from the baseline and stepped in from the three-point line and nailed a pull-up 15-footer. He also played hard, rebounded well – including some offensive rebounds for putbacks - made some good passes in transition and finished around the rim. He concluded his Friday morning game with a catch and shoot three.
In the second game, Johnson continued to have his way from midrange. He hit two big time step back jumpers from about 15-feet out, was all over the defensive glass, used his strong frame to play tough defense and didn't make life easy for defenders trying to stay in front of him.
Josh Cunningham, PF, Morgan Park: This kid was a beast on the glass on Friday early afternoon, fighting for boards on both ends of the court. While his hustle, length and athleticism allowed him to rack up rebounds, he also was able to convert them for putbacks and used his motor to block shots on defense. He was a big part of his team's victory over Sheldon.
Lamont Walker, SF, Morgan Park: Like Cunningham, Walker made a strong commitment on the glass and came up with several rebounds on both sides of the court. At the end of the first half he secured an offensive board and put it back in at the buzzer. His positioning and effort in the paint allowed him to score some easy baskets under the rim.
Dorian Pickens, SG, Pinnacle: The three-point shot wasn't falling for Pickens and he had some shots blocked in the paint, but he was dominant everywhere in-between. Pickens was drilling everything from midrange, hitting one pull-up jumper after the next. He scored on floaters and fade-aways, while also playing unselfish basketball and making some nice passes. He has a high basketball IQ and almost led Pinnacle to an upset win over Bishop Gorman.
Ivan Rabb, PF, Bishop O'Dowd: A kid that usually plays well above his age, Rabb struggled a bit against Mater Dei. His footwork and athleticism allowed him to get his shot off whenever he wanted in the paint, but the difficult attempts he usually makes just weren't failing. Rabb did a nice job of playing hard the entire game and did rebound and block shots, so when the shots weren't falling he still found a way to help his team.
In Rabb's second game of the night he bounced back very strong. He nailed a fade-away midrange jumper and showed his athleticism on a backwards dunk in transition as well as a one-handed rebound in which he skied well over the rim. Rabb played hard, blocked shots, defended and cleaned up around the basket. It was a pretty impressive showing.
Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman: It was a simply dominant performance for Zimmerman against Pinnacle. First off, he made some just terrific passes, not only in the paint but also pinpoint outlet dishes for assists. He was all over both the defensive and offensive glass, snatching every rebound he could. On offense when he attempted to score he usually either converted or got to the line, finishing with contact. He played hard defensively and wasn't only rebounding but contesting and blocking shots. It was a big time game for the sophomore center.
Cheick Diallo, C, Our Savior New American: This kid was an absolute beast around the basket against Mater Dei. He used his length and explosive athleticism to grab rebounds well above the rim and either finished lay-ups or got to the line. He showed he can step out and hit the midrange jumper and also flashed a right hook. On defense he attempted to block everything. It was definitely an impressive display for the sophomore.
Leland Green, SG, Redondo Union: The young scorer played very well against Bishop O'Dowd on Friday evening, aggressively attacking the basket in transition situations. While he had an impressive midrange jumper and floater, it was Green's speed in the open court and confidence attacking the basket that was especially impressive.
Kassoum Yakwe, PF, Our Savior New American: Just a freshman, Yakwe showed some serious potential on Friday night against Mater Dei. The long athlete gets off the court quickly and tries to block everything on defense. He had some ridiculous rebounds and while he missed some jumpers, he has a high release and it's a shot that will eventually be very difficult to guard. There's a ton of upside here.
* Bishop Gorman's 2014 point guard Noah Robotham did a nice job against Pinnacle creating for teammates, as usual. He had some really nice passes, including a great look to Stephen Zimmerman for an alley-oop dunk.
* Unsigned senior Rashad Muhammad had his floater working against Pinnacle. He played hard and hit some outside shots but that floater is becoming a definite weapon for him. He has no offers now, but that will definitely change soon.
* Mater Dei 2013 point guard Jordan Strawberry had a very strong day running the show for his team, both creating for teammates and scoring when the opportunity presented itself.
* Saturday night's championship game will be between West Coast powers Mater Dei, which defeated Our Savior New American and Bishop Gorman, which knocked off Morgan Park in overtime of the semifinals.