COP: Day One Rundown

Nick Emery

Ft. MYERS, Fla. -- Nick Emery, Eric Mika and Dakari Johnson had big outings during the opening round of the City of Palms Classic held at Bishop Verot High School.

Dakari Johnson, C, Montverde – It was an efficient day for Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 235-pounder. He went 11-for-11 from the field and finished with 23 points. He also grabbed 10 boards. Johnson is one of the best rebounders in the 2013 class, and while he wasn't playing against a team with size, he owned his area, like he should. Offensively he scored with both hands around the rim and showed off his tremendous touch in the paint.

Kasey Hill, PG, Montverde – In a blowout win against the host school, Hill wasn't required to do too much. In 20 minutes of action, Hill went 6-for-7 from the field, scored 13 points and tossed out four assists. Hill has an extra burst from a speed standpoint and is an impressive all around athlete. In transition, Hill is especially fun to watch as he gets to the tin in a hurry, finishes well in traffic and is also liable to drop off a sick pass to a cutting teammate.

D'Angelo Russell, SG/PG, Montverde – Much like Hill, Russell didn't get a ton of burn due to the big victory, but when he was in, he was effective. Russell hit three three-pointers, all of which came off the catch. Russell also showed off his tremendous passing ability. He tossed out four assists, three of which came in transition to a running Devin Williams. A true combination guard, Russell can fill a variety of roles on the court. He also added four boards.

Jordan Bell, PF, Long Beach Poly – One of the best athletes in the 2013 class had the Bishop Verot gym in a frenzy with his shot blocking performance against Omaha Central. The 6-foot-6 power forward protected the rim, swatting away eight shots. Bell has his limitations on the offensive end, but he used his energy to get put back opportunities and rebounded the ball nicely. He recorded seven offensive boards and added seven more on the defensive end. He finished with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Roschon Prince, PF, Long Beach Poly – A hard playing forward, Prince is productive. He plays a tough brand of ball and fights hard in the paint to reel in rebounds. Prince is a bully around the basket too. A solid athlete with a strong body, Prince is a physical driver that finishes well through contact. He scored 14 points and added eight rebounds in Long Beach Poly's three-point win.

Eric Mika, C, Lone Peak – Perhaps the most physical post player in the 2013 class, Mika set the tone in the paint against Callaway right away. He pursued the ball off the rim with aggression and used his strength to carve out good position. Offensively he can finish with either hand, has a hook shot and patrols the paint looking for offensive boards. He finished 8-for-8 from the field and scored 22 points. He also added six boards and two blocks.

Nick Emery, SG, Lone Peak – It doesn't take long for Emery to heat up. He did just that in the second half nailing a handful of off the catch jumpers then burying a fading three in the corner. He doesn't need much space and his range extends well past the three-point line. On top of that, he's an underrated passer with good vision. Emery finished with 19 points. He was 7-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-11 from behind the three-point arc.

*Kansas signee Brannen Greene went for 26 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field. He was 3-for-6 from three and hit nine of his 10 free throw attempts in Tift's second day win over Eagle's Landing.

*In a blowout win over Prestonwood Christian, Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind standout Johnathan Williams scored 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting, plus added eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

*Jajuan Johnson went 8-for-17 from the field on his way to 20 points in Southwind's Wednesday win. He hit four of his seven three-point attempts.

*Lipscomb signee Payton Hulsey tossed out 11 assists and turned it over just twice in Southwind's 38-point victory. He also added seven rebounds and five points.

*Callaway sophomore Malik Newman scored 17 points against Lone Peak, but he struggled from the field, as he finished 5-for-17.

*In a major upset Lake Wales knocked off Paul VI in the late game on Wednesday. Douglas Brooks scored 23 points and added seven rebounds in the win.

*Dakari Johnson told reporters after his big game that he's down to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown. He hasn't set up any visits.

*North Carolina State has been aggressive with their pursuit of Julius Randle. Assistant Orlando Early was at the City of Palms to watch the five-star recruit, despite him being out with an injury.

*A pair of assistants from Georgetown watched five-star center Dakari Johnson on Wednesday. He recently reclassified to the 2013 class.

Other assistants spotted: Hofstra, Florida Atlantic, Missouri, Old Dominion, Kansas, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, South Florida, BYU, Georgia, Central Florida, LSU, TCU and Drexel.

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