National HS Hoops Festival: Day Two

Cheick Diallo

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- On day two of the National High School Hoops Festival, it was Our Savior New American's Cheick Diallo that stood out because of his shot blocking ability.

Zacarry Douglas, PF, National Christian Academy – The future Delaware Blue Hen put up a strong effort against Our Savior New American, who was loaded with shot blockers in the paint. Douglas likes to face up defenders and attack. He has good hands and touch around the rim, but he'll also patrol the paint looking for rebounds. Douglas picked the right level and can make an impact at Delaware. He reeled 12 boards (seven offensive) to go with his 21 points.

Michael Nzei, PF, Our Savior New American – The sophomore forward uses his athleticism to impact the game for Our Savior New American. Nzei is a 6-foot-7, 195-pound power forward that runs the floor and blocks shots. He was active throughout the contest and was especially effective as a rebounder, as he pulled in a game high 13 rebounds. He also scored 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

Martinas Geben, C, St. Maria Goretti – There were a number of college coaches at DeMatha to check out this 6-foot-9, 235-pound bruising big man. He's especially skilled for his size. He has great hands, can maneuver some in the post and is capable of shooting jumpers out to the three-point stripe. He battled foul trouble against Paul VI, but still managed 10 points (4-for-6 shooting) and four rebounds.

Cheick Diallo, C, Our Savior New American – OSNA has a new shot blocking sensation. Last year it was Chris Obekpa who protected the rim, this time around it's 6-foot-9 Diallo. He's long, quick off his feet and tremendous athlete. Throw in some nice timing and he's a special shot blocking talent. He made it tough for National Christian to score around the basket and contested everything that entered the paint. He finished with 13 blocks to go with six points and six rebounds.

Marcus Derrickson, PF, Paul VI – Glenn Farello's biggest weapon went for 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win over St. Maria Goretti. It wasn't Derrickson's most efficient game from an offensive standpoint (6-for-16 shooting), but he certainly showed why he's so highly regarded. The 6-foot-7 forward hit a pair of threes, attacked from the high post and showed great touch around the basket. He was also active on the glass and grabbed five more rebounds than anyone else in the game.

*Senior combination guard Isaac Fleming was National Christian Academy's second leading scorer on Sunday. Fleming, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, scored 17 points and also grabbed nine rebounds.

*According to Eric Jacklitch, Cheick Diallo has scholarship offers from Villanova, Arizona, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Washington and Oregon. Kentucky and UCLA have shown interest.

*Martinas Geben claims scholarship offers from George Washington, George Mason, Fairfield and Towson.

*Tom Crean and a pair of assistant coaches were at the event on Sunday to evaluate Marcus Derrickson.

*Thad Matta and an assistant stopped by DeMatha to see the nation's best player – Andrew Wiggins. They were also going to see Kameron Williams in the championship of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic.

The only other head coach spotted on Sunday was Samford coach Bennie Seltzer. Assistants from Pittsburgh, Villanova, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Liberty, Virginia, Delaware, Cincinnati, SMU, Holy Cross, Richmond, Longwood, Robert Morris, Maryland and Memphis were also in the gym.

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