Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Five-star Jalen Green, more show out

Eric Bossi, National Analyst
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DUNCANVILLE, Texas -- It took a little time for him to get going, but 2020's No. 3 ranked player Jalen Green delivered in front of a sellout crowd on Friday at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. He wasn't alone.

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Here's more on Green in a look at who backed up the hype and whose reps were on the rise during the opening day of action at the loaded event.

BACKING UP THE HYPE

During the 2018 Thanksgiving Hoopfest, five-star Jalen Green had the crowd on the edge of their seats from the moment he stepped on the floor. This year, he had the packed house at Duncanville (Texas) High on the edge of their seats again and while it took him a little bit of time to get going, he delivered.

One of the truly elite athletes in high school basketball, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard took over late scoring the bulk of his game high 19 points down the stretch as Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep broke open game against a scrappy and tough Lancaster (Texas) High squad.

It started when Green got in the open floor with a huge dunk and he soon followed with another on an explosive drive along the baseline. Then he hit a high degree of difficulty pull-up jumper going left after losing a pair of defenders with a nasty crossover. The name of Green's game is explosion and he's got a level of burst that few on any level of hoops have.

After, Green said that he didn't have a set top five but conceded that the programs that he's seen on visits -- Auburn, Fresno State, Memphis, Oregon and USC -- were in his main pack. Also, you can't discuss Green without bringing up all of the whispers that he could look to go overseas. He has spoken with others who have skipped college, like former five-star R.J. Hampton, but for now he says that college is in his best interest. Originally scheduled to commit on Christmas, Green said that there is currently no timetable for making a decision.

A few months at Montverde (Fla.) Academy has done wonders for Florida State bound five-star forward Scottie Barnes.

Barnes has always impressed with his instincts, feel for the game, willingness to play on both ends and motor. Early into his senior year, though, he's now added strength and is playing with an array of talent and weapons that allows him to fully showcase his passing and versatility.

In just 20 minutes of play during a big win over host Duncanville, Barnes was just two rebounds shy of a triple double during an efficient 12 point, 10 assist and eight rebound outing.

Speaking of weapons around the above mentioned Barnes, North Carolina bound Day'Ron Sharpe was a total beast on Friday night.

This guy is big, he's mean, he's physical, he has skill and he's also in possession of a pair of hands that belong in the realm of guys like Kevin Love and Jared Sullinger who have had the strongest hands we've seen in the prep ranks. If he gets so much as a fingertip or two on the ball, it's going to be his.

More importantly, Sharpe continued a trend of improving each time he hits the floor since he first hit the national scene during the spring of his sophomore year. He should be a stone cold lock for all of the major post season All-Star games and looks like a legitimate instant impact/one and done type big man.

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