Heritage Vs. Holly Springs
This was a fun game to watch. Through the first half Holly Springs was hanging tough, despite playing without 6’9” junior Kadin Shedrick. Holly Springs guard play with 6’3” junior Matt Willadsen and 6’ junior Garrett Phillips did what they could, but in the end Heritage was just too much.
Heritage’s senior combination of Jarren McAllister and Jayden Gardner turned it on in the second half and (especially Gardner) were tough for Holly Springs to defend. While Holly Springs had the lead at halftime, Heritage went up 10 by the end of the 3rd quarter and pulled away in the 4th.
Heritage – 76
Holly Springs - 59
6’6” 2018 Jayden Gardner (East Carolina)
As with most times out, Gardner did what he wanted on the floor here. He was a bully close to the basket and showed great timing defensively. Gardner finished with touch around the basket and seemed to snatch every possible rebound.
Final Stats: 25 points, 14 boards, 5 blocks
6’3” 2018 Jarren McAllister (Virginia Tech)
McAllister is a supreme athlete who uses his springs to finish at the rim and get to the free throw line. In the second half, when McAllister was able to get in transition and stretch his legs a little, is when he shined brightest.
Final Stats: 18 points, 8 boards, 4 assists
6’7” Unsigned Senior Dow Dunton
Dunton did all of the big guy work down low. He is a very strong, 2-handed rebounder and with good strength and athleticism. He defended well on the block and showed athleticism and timing when blocking shots. Dunton didn’t look to score much, but when he did he attacked through contact to finish with two And-1s. We think Dunton is a scholarship level player.
Final Stats: 6 points, 11 boards, 4 blocks
6’ 2019 Garrett Phillips
Phillips was the consistent force for Holly Springs, throughout the game. Heritage seemed to have trouble containing him, especially once he got going with his jump shot. Phillips is a gritty type of player who plays with great swag. He gets where he wants off the bounce and is able to finish with soft touch on his jump shot. This could be a full on break out season for Phillips.
Final Stats: 17 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 boards
6’3” 2019 Matt Willadsen
Willadsen is a jack of all trades type of guard. He plays with great toughness and is comfortable both on and off the ball. Willadsen has great size and length for his position. He showed good anticipation on defense and passed the ball very well. Willadsen is a multi-sport guy and we are not sure where he is getting recruited at those schools, but in basketball he is certainly someone schools should look in on.
Final Stats: 14 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals
6’3” Unsigned Senior Erik Alvey
Alvey is a long and athletic wing, he plays great downhill and finishes close to the basket with explosion. He is a good defender, blocked a few shots, and he is a strong rebounder as well. Alvey has worked his way into being a college level player, he should be looked at (and recruited) as such this season.
Final Stats: 17 points, 9 boards, 4 blocks