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2022 West Chester Big 64 Day One Standouts (Sept. 24)

09/26/2022, 1:00pm EDT
By CoBL Staff

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)

The West Chester Big 64 took place on Saturday and Sunday as more than 130 teams competed at the university’s Hollinger Gymnasium and Student Recreation Center along with the Glen Mills School.

CoBL had staff on hand for most of the action in the evening and afternoon at the Recreation Center and Hollinger on Saturday. Here’s who stood out to the CoBL staff:

Ike Alozie (2026 | Patrick School, N.J.)
Alozie made waves this summer with the NJ Scholars and playing with Camden during the Philly Live periods in June, scouts and coaches instantly intrigued with the muscular youngster with a well-rounded game that belied his freshman status. Now at the Patrick School for his freshman year, Alozie looked plenty comfortable in an 11-point win over Archbishop Carroll, getting the starting nod on a deep roster at the Patrick School, which broke off from the NJSIAA two years ago and plays a national prep schedule. He scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, knocking down two of his four 3-point attempts and getting into the lane for a couple mid-range jumpers.

Qudire Bennett (2023 | Plymouth Whitemarsh)

Plymouth Whitemarsh 2023 Qudire Bennett combined for 50 points in his two games at the Big 64 on Saturday. (Photo: Owen McCue/CoBL)

There couldn’t have been many other players who had a better Saturday than Bennett. He poured in 25 points in a win over Roosevelt (Md.) to begin his day and followed with another 25-point outing in a one-point loss to Fairfax Christian (Va.). Bennett lit it up from deep with a combined 10 threes in the two games. He also muscled his way on the boards for some hard-earned putback points and showed off some pull-up ability in the midrange and a floater as part of his offensive arsenal. Bennett’s games is unique because he isn’t quite a guard or forward but his shooting ability and effort help him produce every time on the floor in a way that positively impacts his team's winning.

Machi Chester (2024 | Gwynn Park, Md.)
A 6-2 guard, Chester had his shot working for him in a 55-39 win over Downingtown West, knocking down his first three outside shots en route to a 17-point outing; he also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists in an all-around strong outing. A newcomer to the Gwynn Park rotation after transferring in from Bishop O’Connell (Md.), Chester has an NJIT offer in pocket with interest from mid-to-high-major types, and it’s easy to see why; his outside shot is high-arcing and smooth, and even his couple misses were only off by an inch or two, and he’s got a heads-up floor game with the ball in his hands.

Nick Coval (2024 | Parkland)
Coval had an excellent day for Parkland and scored 23 points in a 53-48 win over Coatesville. The 6-1 junior guard got any shot he wanted and capitalized often. He passes with purpose, is confident with the ball, is lethal from three, and is fearless when attacking the rim. Coval created shooting space off the dribble and showed his quick release. He is a good athlete that defends well and never takes possession off. When Coatesville went on a late run and cut Parkland’s lead to three, Coval demanded the ball, drilled the game-clinching three, and walked back to the huddle with some swagger. We didn’t have eyes on the performance, but also dropped 33 points (four threes) in a loss to Phelps School earlier in the day.

Donovan Fromhartz (2025 | Downingtown West)

Downingtown West 2025 Donovan Fromhartz neared a double-double against a talented Gwynn Park (Md.) squad on Saturday at the Big 64. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Fromhartz acquitted himself quite well even in a losing effort to Gwynn Park (Md.), productive all game long in piling up 19 points with nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end. The 6-5 sophomore wing also added in three blocked shots for good measure, an indication of his overall effort on both ends; Fromhartz has a non-stop motor, and that helps him be an excellent second-chance guy, with a couple put-backs of his own and his teammates’ creation. He’s also a solid outside shooter, though he only hit one in this game, and is strong through contact to get to the hoop.

Jovani Galarza (2023 | Fairfax Christian, Va.)
Galarza scored 22 points in a win over Downingtown West and added another 15 in a win over Plymouth Whitemarsh, leading his team in scoring in both victories. The 6-3 guard has a beautiful shooting stroke and showed that off from both two-point and three-point range. He wasn’t just a shot maker however as the stocky guard did some damage inside as well, whether that was driving to the hoop or cleaning up the offensive glass. Galarza was in control and showed off some shiftiness to get himself to the basket. Despite having the hot hand for Fairfax he didn’t force anything, making the right play/extra pass.

Jacen Holloway (2023 | Devon Prep)
Holloway, a recent Army commit, seems to put on a show every time the CoBL staff is in attendance. The 6-4 wing/guard absolutely took over with 22 points in a 42-30 win over Cheltenham to start his day. He began the effort by hitting from the outside, scoring his first nine points from deep (four totals threes in the game). Then came a fadeaway in the lane and after that some bully ball rumbling his way through contact to finish in the hoop. The Tide’s offense started slow before Holloway took over and it was apparent the rest of the team fed off his energy.

Camden Hurst (2023 | Lancaster Mennonite)

Lancaster Mennonite 2023 Camden Hurst was one of the top scorers at the Big 64 on Saturday. (Photo: Owen McCue/CoBL)

Hurst couldn’t quite lead the Blazers to victory, but his scoring output kept the Blazers tight in losses to Bishop Eustace (N.J.) and Lower Merion. Hurst started his day with a 17-point outing against Bishop Eustace then exploded for 27 points in the loss to the Aces. Hurst scored in a variety of ways, knocking down threes when left open, pulling up in the midrange or more frequently finishing through and over defenders in the lane. His scoring prowess also opened up his playmaking as he made a few nice dishes on the drive for easy buckets.

Robbie Logan (2023 | Unionville)
The senior guard impressed with his jump shot and went 4/5 from three-point land, scoring 12 points in a double overtime loss to Holy Cross Prep (NJ). Logan’s off-ball movement allowed his teammates to find him open on the perimeter. He also attacked the glass and pulled down two rebounds. Logan took on ball-handling responsibilities for the Longhorns, dribbling with a sense of authority and confidence. The 6-0 guard has an excellent feel for the game and knew when it was best to push the pace or slow things down.

Muhsin Muhammad (2024 | Friends Central School)
The junior transfer from Germantown Friends School played aggressively on both ends of the floor. The 6-4 guard has really good length at the guard spot and uses that in his advantage in a variety of ways for FCS. He has a smooth jump shot and soft touch around the rim and was able to protect the paint and turned great defense into easy offense, causing steals for easy transition buckets. During his second game against Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.), Muhammad scored 16 points and recorded a block and steal. 

Fazl Oshodi (2024 | Friends Central School)
The 6-3 combo guard made a significant impact for Friends Central against Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.). Oshodi scored 11 points and recorded two assists, a rebound, and a steal. The junior knocked down open threes, broke down opposing defenders with his superior handle, slashed through the lane and finished at the rim. He has excellent vision and found his teammates for open shots. His hands were always active on the defensive end as he looked for easy-scoring opportunities. Oshodi recently received his first D-I offer from Radford University.

Shane Pendergrass (2025 | Gwynn Park, Md.)

Gwynn Park 2025 forward Shane Pendergrass showed off his upside in a win over Downingtown West at the Big 64 on Saturday. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Gwynn Park has a number of future Division I prospects on the roster, and Pendergrass has as high an upside as any of them. The 6-8 wing led his team with 22 points in the win over Downingtown West, showing off an intriguing and impressive array of talents. He hit three of his four 3-point attempts, with a nice high release point, and also finished at (and above) the rim, including a floater and several other finishes that showed good natural touch and feel around the basket. Still needs to add muscle and fill out his frame, but there’s a lot to like here.

Teddy Pendergrass III (2023 | Lower Merion)
With a large chunk of the team’s rotation missing, including Penn commit Sam Brown, Pendergrass rose to the occasion in both of the Aces games on Saturday. Pendergrass, the grandson of the late Philadelphia soul singer, poured in 21 points (five threes) in a loss to Middletown (Del.) to start his day then followed with 19 points (four threes) in a win over Lancaster Mennonite to finish it. Pendergrass showed beautiful form and a quick catch and release on the long ball. He also guarded 90 feet forcing quite a few turnovers leading to easy buckets for Lower Merion.

Malcolm Wrisby-Jefferson (2023 | Phelps School)
The Brown commit looked the part of Division I recruit in wins over Parkland (17 points) and Cheltenham (15 points). Jefferson displayed his range with a trio of triples apiece in each victory, knocking them down off the bounce in the win over Cheltenham. A 6-4 shooting guard, Jefferson used his long arms to finish in the lane — both around and over defenders. He converted contested buckets with both his left and right hands and looked comfortable driving on either side of the lane. With a young, but extremely talented Lions team this season his presence in the backcourt alongside Saleem Payne will be vital for the team’s success.

Honorable Mention
Zaki Alston (2023 | Sankofa Freedom), Reid Belcher (2024 | Friends Central School), Joseph Baldwin (2023 | Fairfax Christian, Va.), Ty Bevins (2023 | Gwynn Park, Md.), Colin Bowman (2023 | Friends Central School), James Brenner (2026 | Unionville), Joey Callahan (2023 | Bishop Eustace, N.J.), Chase Coleman (2024 | Plymouth Whitemarsh), Dean Coleman-Newsome (2023 | Archbishop Carroll), Tacko Fawaz (2025 | Patrick School, N.J.), Amon Fowlkes (2025 | Coatesville), Joseph Gerbasio (2023 | Parkland), Justin Harper (2023 | Wildwood Catholic), James Ianelli (2023 | Bishop Eustace, N.J.), Iman Jackson (2023 | Shipley School), Carson Kasmer (2025 | Lower Merion), Ty Kocak (2023 | Pennsbury), Gyasi Miller (2024 | Shipley School), Zach Neff (2023 | Christopher Dock), Saleem Payne (2023 | Phelps School), Justin Powell (2023 | Shipley School), AJ Washington (2024 | Christopher Dock), Ian Williams (2026 | Archbishop Carroll), Nasir Williams (2025 | Sankofa Freedom)

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