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I really enjoyed watching this young fella work in the paint. Everything was fluid from the footwork to the mid-range jumper. It's not to often you see 6'11 players in high school with a fundamental interior game. He and his Wings Academy team gave a valiant effort against the undefeated #1 ranked, Oak Hill Academy, losing by only 9. They made it tough for the Warriors of Oak Hill, making them work to move to the semifinal round of the DICK'S Nationals. Govan finished with 20 and 9 boards, capping off his high school career. He will be a Hoya next year and I will say the best BIG Man recruit they got in a long time.
This kid is a 6'6 215lb monster. He has the guard skills, with exceptional handles and shooting abilities, but he uses his size well, playing big. Against Huntington Prep in the DICK's Nationals, he scored 29 points with 15 boards and 2 steals. His team did not walk away with the W, but numbers like that are hard to overlook. He is uncommitted (committed to Cal in May) but whoever lands this blue chip prospect will become an instant contender.
Even though his team, Blance Ely, didn't get the results they wanted, LQ-23 still won today in my eyes. Ely played very tough going against the powerhouse Findlay Prep, going into halftime tied, but the size difference in the paint was just too much for them In the long run. LQ-23 finished with 15, but most importantly, got his name out there. While I was sitting down at the media table, he walked up and asked if I could follow him on twitter, which led to our interview. Keep an eye out for this kid on the next level, he is very hungry and is no where near finished.
Fresh off the plane from Chicago, playing in the McDonald's All-American game less than 24 hours before, Allonzo Trier joined his team in the Big Apple to play for a National Championship. Trier was running off of a couple hours of sleep but that didn't stop him from scoring a game high 18 points, helping Findlay Prep advance to the semi-finals of the DICK'S Nationals tournament, what I like to call the NHIT. He will be heading to Arizona next year and I think he'll fit in well and will see the floor very quick in his freshman campaign.