Top performances from ranked prospects


This past weekend marked the end of the high school season, as the remaining state titles were awarded. A number of our ranked recruits suited up for the final time this year, so let's check in on how they performed. Here’s a look at the top performances of the final week of the season (March 20-24) from some of the top players in the country, ranked in our ESPN 100, 60 and 25.

Class of 2013: ESPN 100

No. 4 Aaron Gordon, PF

Gordon’s bid for a third straight state title came to a halt in a 50-45 loss to Mater Dei in the Open Division state final Saturday. Gordon recorded 22 points and 20 rebounds in his final HS game but also turned the ball over nine times.

No. 6 James Young, SG

Young scored 18 points but his high school career came to an end on Tuesday night in Rochester’s 54-49 Class A state quarterfinal loss to Detroit Southeastern.

No. 16 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF

The senior finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in Chester’s 62-53 win over St. Joseph’s Prep on Tuesday in a Class AAAA state semifinal. Despite 12 points and 18 rebounds from Hollis-Jefferson, Chester was denied in its bid for a third straight state title on Saturday, falling 63-47 to Lower Merion.

No. 22 Rysheed Jordan, PG

Jordan had 18 points and nine rebounds in Vaux’ 83-66 Class A state semifinal win over Math, Civics and Sciences on Tuesday. He poured in 32 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in an 83-63 title-clinching win over Johnsonburg on Friday.

No. 27 Tyler Roberson, PF

Roberson finished with a double-double – 19 points and 10 rebounds – as Roselle Catholic captured its first New Jersey Tournament of Champions title on Tuesday night with a 65-49 win over St. Joseph’s.

No. 56 Brandon Austin, SF

Austin scored 14 points as Imhotep Charter advanced to the state championship with a 56-54 win over Donegal on Tuesday. He led Imhotep to the Class AAA title on Friday, netting 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 54-45 win over Archbishop Carroll.

No. 80 Wes Clark, PG

Clark managed 17 points despite battling a knee injury in Romulus’ 93-91 Class A state quarterfinal win over Detroit Pershing. He went for seven points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four steals as Romulus advanced to the state finals with a 76-67 win over Grand Rapids Christian on Friday. His 12 points, five assists and three rebounds led the Eagles to the state title on Saturday in a 61-49 win over Detroit Southeastern.

No. 96 Kentan Facey, PF

Facey went for a triple-double on Friday (19 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks) in Long Island Lutheran’s 73-55 State Federation semifinal win over Abraham Lincoln. He had 16 points and seven boards on Saturday but Lutheran fell to Christ the King 73-64 in the Federation final.

No. 99 E.C. Matthews, SG

Matthews poured in 27 points on Tuesday night as Romulus advanced to the Class A state semifinals with a 93-91 win over Detroit Pershing. He exploded for 37 points on Friday in a 76-67 win over Grand Rapids Christian. Matthews helped the Eagles win the state championship on Saturday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 61-49 victory over Detroit Southeastern.

Class of 2014: ESPN 60