Chase Audige (above) was one of several standout future Division I players at the PSA Prep Showcase on Sunday. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
POTTSTOWN, Pa. -- If there was one spot to be on Sunday in the basketball world, you could argue that the Hill School was it.
The PSA Cardinals, a Nike EYBL program based out of NYC, held a five-game prep school showcase at the Hill School, and the coaches came out in force: John Calipari (Kentucky) and Jay Wright (Villanova) watched multiple games in the afternoon; Fran Dunphy (Temple) and Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s) were among the many local coaches in the building, along with assistants from Penn, La Salle, Drexel and many more.
We were there to take in the final four of five games, missing only Peddie’s 64-60 win over Top Flight Academy; Peddie seniors Tyler Jones and Bruce Edwards each scored 20 for Peddie in the win.
Here are our standouts from the remainder of the day:
Chase Audige (The Hill School/2018)
The uber-athletic Audige put on a show on Sunday afternoon. The 6-4 wing torched Isaiah Christopher Academy for 19 points, 12 of which came during an 18-6 run by The Hill School to start off the second half and put ICA away for good. Audige, who plays his summer ball for the PSA Cardinals, scored in a variety of ways but the most notable were his three emphatic dunks that were instrumental in putting his team ahead and giving them the win as they topped ICA by a final score of 71-53. Audige is a prospect to follow as his offer list already includes the likes of Penn, Canisius, and Rice, among many others with St. Joseph’s, Harvard and Yale also showing interest in the junior guard; he finished the game with eight rebounds and five assists as well.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance to check out Mohamed Bamba (above). (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)
Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School/2017)
The highest ranked uncommitted player in the 2017 class put on a show on Saturday. The 6-foot-11 big man with a 7-foot-8 wingspan was a force inside for the Moose in their blowout victory over St. James (Md.). Bamba finished with nine points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks with the likes of John Calipari and Jay Wright in the stands looking on. The consensus five-star recruit made his presence felt early and often after recording two blocks early on in the first quarter and throwing down a reverse jam over a St. James defender in the same frame; when he was in the game, St. James had a hard time getting anything going in the lane.
Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science/2017)
The only player in the gym who could rival the way Audige treated the rims on Sunday was Diallo, and he certainly showed why he’s regarded as the most aggressive slashing guard in the country. Though he only needed to chip in 11 points during a well-rounded Mustangs effort in a 70-50 win over Phelps -- 12 different players scored for Putnam Science -- he showed off his rim-rocking ability with a massive tomahawk in the second half. The 6-4 guard might be the most athletic wing in the country, and he made the most of it with an eight-rebound, six-assist effort in addition to his scoring.
Bryce Golden (Saint James/2018)
A physical 6-foot-8 power forward, Golden was giving up several inches to Westtown’s Mo Bamba but still held his own against the future pro, putting up 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds against a Westtown squad with a ton of height in general. A hard worker in the paint, Golden had no qualms about putting his shoulder down and muscling his way into position, and he knew how to get himself in position to work the angles and the glass. Penn State’s entire staff was there for the Saint James/Westtown game, and Golden was one of several players they offered in that contest; his blue-collar nature would certainly lend itself well to the Big Ten.
Jonah Harper (above) sealed a win for St. Luke's with a late steal-and-finish to top off a 16-point day. (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)
Jonas Harper (St. Luke’s/2019)
An energetic and enthusiastic lead guard, Harper helped lead St. Luke’s to a 54-52 win over the Hun School with a 16-point performance in the third game of the afternoon. A 6-2, 170-pound lead guard, Harper was in attack mode all game long, consistently looking to take his man off the dribble with an eye for the rim as soon as he touched the ball. He also did a good job of crashing the weak-side glass, creating a 3-point play off a tip-in to end the third quarter, and grabbing several other offensive boards as well. Defensively, he did a good job of getting in passing lane, forcing four steals -- including one that resulted in a layup to seal the game in its final second before Hun hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Tim Perry Jr. (Phelps School/2017)
The son of the former Temple standout and NBA big man, Perry has been a prospect on the radar since his freshman season at Cherry Hill East in 2012-13, but had struggled with consistency issues and always playing hard at both ends of the court. But he looks like he’s starting to embrace his role on the court doing a prep year at Phelps, and was easily the Lions’ best player on Sunday. The 6-9 forward finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds against a tough Putnam Science frontcourt, shooting 6-for-11 from the floor. With a number of mid-major programs in the building, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his recruitment start to perk up with a few similar performances.
Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/2018)
Reddish, a top-10 player in his class and five-star recruit just like his teammate Bamba, did it all for Westtown in their victory. The 6-7 point guard finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks while also being named the Most Valuable Player of the fourth game of the day. Always a strong outside shooter (he was 2-5 today), he’s become an excellent scorer off the bounce as well, with a few impressive finishes in both the half-court and on the break. Reddish impressed everyone in the stands, including the blue-blood coaches that will be hot on his trail as his high school career carries on and he becomes closer to a college decision.
Solomon Ruddell (The Hill School/2017)
Ruddell, the 7-1 big man out of Los Osos, California, was a force on the glass for The Hill School reeling in nine first-half rebounds on his way to a 13-rebound performance while also adding in nine points and a handful of huge blocks. The UC Irvine commit has clearly made strides in his game from last season, previously stationed in the paint, Ruddell has now found the ability to step out and knock down a mid-range jumper which will be a huge asset to his game in the future as he takes his game back out the West Coast next season.
Honorable Mention: Eric Ayala (Putnam Science/2018), Ahmad Biggins (Isaiah Christopher/2017), Noah Collier (Westtown/2020), DaQuan Morris (Hill School/2018), Isaiah Mucius (Saint James/2018), Brandon Randolph (Westtown/2017), Jackson Ryan (St. Luke’s/2018), Tyler Washington (Hun School/2018), Walter Whyte (St. Luke’s/2017)