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April 12, 2015Archives, BasketballKentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic

MVP’s White: Donovan Mitchell- Purple: Thomas Bryant

Louisville, KY April 12, 2015 (Analyzed Sports)

Future Hoosiers Versus Future Cardinals

It was a nice crowd for the 42nd annual, Kentucky Derby Festival Classic game on Saturday night at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The game featured 20 of the best 2015 high school boys basketball players in the country. The Purple team featured Indiana Hoosiers’  recruits Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, and OG Anunboy. As for the White team it consisted of four future Louisville Cardinals in Donovan Mitchell, Ryan McMahon, Raymond Spalding, and Deng Adell.

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Austin Grandstaff #33

In the 1st half the White team seemed totally disinterested in the game as they trailed the Purple Team  77-61 at half time. The Purple team was led by the tremendous outside shooting of future Ohio State Buckeye, Austin Grandstaff, who nailed 4/9 of three-point attempts in the 1st half. Grandstaff led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Thomas Bryant with 11 points. The White Team was led by future Maryland player, Diamond Stone with 10 points and Donovan Mitchell with 10 points as well.

The halftime festivities were headlined by the three-point shootout. Notre Dame recruit, Matt Ryan, would be the winner with 21 points, followed by Stone with 20 points, and McMahon with 19 points. The slam dunk contest would include some notable judges in former U of L players LaBradford Smith and Peyton Siva, as well as former University of Kentucky basketball player Derek Anderson. Donovan Mitchell practically stole the show scoring perfect scores on all his dunks and running away with the slam dunk championship crown!

The 2nd half became more competitive as Mitchell started to pick things up for the White Team in the 3rd quarter defensively. He received help from future UCLA player, Prince Ali who scored 6 points in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter would be come even more competitive as the White team looked to takeover defensively and forced six turnovers from the Purple Team. The White team  would lead briefly in the 4th quarter, but the Purple Team would make crucial plays at the end to win in it 127-119 and are Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Champions.

Indiana versus Louisville Recruits: As I pointed out earlier there were four U of L recruits on the White team and three Indiana recruits for the Purple team. The U of L recruits led by Donovan Mitchell with 21 points, combined for 50 points in the game. Deng Adell had 20 points followed by Spalding with six points and McMahon with three points. Deng Adell and Mitchell also combined for ten steals in the game and 13 rebounds. “I love these guys already” , said Raymond Spalding about his future teammates.

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Thomas Bryant with the slam.

The three Indiana recruits combined for 43 points led by Thomas Bryant with 19 points, who also was the MVP. OG Anunoby had 14 points, followed by Juwan Morgan with 12 points. They also combined for 13 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. The ability of Thomas Bryant at 6 ft. 10 230 lbs to stretch the floor could be a huge problem for defenses, as he hit 3/6 of his three pointers. Anunoby and Morgan thrive off getting to the basket and are both 6 ft. 7.

Players from other Schools Who Stood Out:

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Matt Ryan

Ohio State will lose a great player to the NBA draft in D’Angelo Russell, who was a fantastic combo freshmen guard, but they have some really nice players coming in. Austin Grandstaff is a 6 ft. 5 knockdown shooter who can make plays off the dribble as well. Also Daniel Giddens at 6ft. 10 240, is a wide body on the inside and displayed the ability to run the floor. Another recruit that stood out was Matt Ryan of Notre Dame, who at 6 ft 8 220 can really shoot the basketball. Ryan made 4/5 of his three-point shots and was the Three point champion. Lastly the future Maryland recruit Diamond Stone at 6 ft.10 250 displayed his ability to shoot the ball from deep tonight as well. However Stone seemed disinterested on defense but considering the circumstances of tonight’s game I am not sure if that’s something that he shows consistently. Still this was only just one game and college basketball is a totally different animal, that being said all of these players have a lot to prove.


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