Michigan class of 2018 signee Brandon Johns dominated in his team’s opener, scoring 33 points. Fellow signee Ignas Brazdeikis also continues to shine … that and more in our weekly commitment update.
Johns notched 33 points, nine rebounds (all after halftime), two assists, seven steals and two blocked shots in a 67-58 win over DeWitt.
From one of our subscribers at the game:
“[Johns] looks a legit 6-8. If you want to squeeze 6-9, then maybe … where Johns has continued to grow is weight. He is jacked. “He ended the night with 33 and 10, and did so in the flow of the game. He took/hunted plenty of shots, but not close to overshooting. He scored in transition, dribble drives, deep threes, rebounds and putbacks, etc. His handle is much better than [Michigan frosh Isaiah] Livers (per my friend that knows hoop and watched Livers). The game itself was muddy, and Johns had no problem getting physical back.”
East Lansing next plays at Jackson Friday night.
Brazdeikis continues to shine. He followed up one great tournament with another, averaging 30 points at the Marshall County Hoopfest.
Brazdeikis and Orangeville Prep will play Thursday against Huntington (WV) Prep at the fifth annual Bojangles’ Bash at Ridge View High School.
Castleton scored 17 in his opener and followed up with 24 and 11 in two more Rotary Tip-off Classic games. Father Lopez lost to Edgewater, 54-43, in a semifinal game of the 41st annual tournament at Winter Park High School.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
“Colin is a tough inside presence,” said Edgewater coach Jason Atherton. “Defensively, he’s tough. We told our kids to keep attacking them. Our goal was to speed the game up a little bit.”
Castleton scored seven points in the first quarter to stake Father Lopez to a 12-9 lead. His bucket midway through the second quarter gave the Green Wave a 21-13 lead, and he had 14 points at the half.
Castleton scored 11 in a 39-37, third-place game win over Boone.
Nunez scored 24 for St. Thomas More in a four-point loss to powerhouse Brewster. St. Thomas More was reportedly missing three players due to injuries and closed to within two twice, but couldn't complete the comeback.
"We made a couple of mental mistakes in the last seven or eight minutes and we missed a few foul shots," head coach Jere Quinn said. "We had chances to extend the lead. I can't complain about the effort. ... We'll get better. Everybody is finding their role."
DeJulius is averaging 30 points in three exhibition games. The latest: