This weekend, several Kentucky signees and targets were among the dozens of top prospects to take the floor and compete in one of the top annual high school at one of the highest-profile events of the season: the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, MA.
Three of Kentucky’s signees – Brandon Boston Jr., Devin Askew, and Lance Ware – to go with targets such as Cliff Omoruyi (2020), Moussa Diabate (2021), and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (2022), among others, all put forth impressive performances against the likes of former UK targets and other big-name recruits such as Cade Cunningham, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Green, and Sharife Cooper.
Here are just a few of the highlights and stats from the weekend:
2020 five-star guard Brandon Boston Jr. of Sierra Canyon participated in two games, with the future Wildcat dropping 17-plus points in both outings.
The first was a victory over Dominican HS out of Wisconsin, with Boston finishing with 17 points on 7-14 shooting to go with ten assists.
His biggest highlight, though, came in this #SCTop10-worthy dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother, Alex.
BJ BOSTON WITH THE POSTER pic.twitter.com/VF0rC4EgMz
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 19, 2020
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2020
Here are all the complete game highlights:
He followed it up with 20 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Duke signee Jeremy Roach and his Paul VI squad on Monday afternoon.
And yes, as you may have seen all over your social media feeds and on ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was also in attendance.
Here are the highlights:
In a crushing last-second defeat, 2020 five-star guard Devin Askew managed an impressive 20 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and three steals, to go with a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
Check out KSR’s highlights from the event:
HIGHLIGHTS: Devin Askew finishes with 20 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and three steals in the 2020 HoopHall Classic with John Calipari on hand pic.twitter.com/ACFL69ja7r
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 21, 2020
Matched up with the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2020, Evan Mobley, four-star forward and UK signee Lance Ware dominated the competition, finishing with MVP honors in an 18-point, 14-rebound, four-steal, one-block effort.
Ware’s teammate and 2023 star DJ Wagner – son of former Memphis star and John Calipari product Dajuan Wagner – also showed why he will almost certainly wind up at Kentucky if the one-and-done rule doesn’t keep him from heading straight to the league in several years.
Check out the highlights of Ware thoroughly outplaying Mobley, along with Wagner putting on a show, below:
While he didn’t receive a full-game highlight tape, 2020 four-star center and major UK target Cliff Omoruyi still managed 14 points (7-9 shooting) to go with nine rebounds in a loss to open the event.
This backdown, spin, and finish, though, tells you all you need to know about the 6-foot-11 center’s progress and how important he will be in Kentucky’s recruiting efforts moving forward:
— Hoophall Classic (@HoophallClassic) January 18, 2020
2021 five-star center Moussa Diabate, along with 2022 top-ten prospects Brandon Huntley Hatfield and Jarace Walker, put forth several impressive performances for IMG Academy throughout the weekend:
Well done to all future (and potential) Wildcats on their performances at the HoopHall Classic this weekend.