For the first of likely many games, future Mountaineers Chase Harler, Brandon Knapper, Maciej Bender, and Sagaba Konate teamed up in the Scott Brown Memorial Classic in Beckley, WV on Saturday night.
In the guard dominated game, the group, playing for the Crossroads Chevrolet All Stars, fell in 2OT to Employer's Innovative Network 133-129.
The game featured several high-major recruits, including Curtis Jones (committed to Indiana) and Jethro Tshisumpa (committed to Arizona State.)
The MVP of the game was someone very familiar to WVU fans. Levi Cook, a West Virginia native and former Mountaineer commit, scored 24 points to earn the honors. Cook committed to DePaul earlier this week.
Here's a quick rundown of how the WVU commits performed:
Harler scored 18 points on 5-10 shooting and went 3-7 from three. He had a team-high 6 turnovers.
Knapper had a strong game, scoring 21 points on 8-17 shooting with 7 assists and 3 turnovers. Knapper was one of the smallest players on the court and likely the fastest.
As mentioned above, the game (like most all-star games) was dominated by the guards. Bender didn't have very many opportunities to showcase his skills but produced when given the chance. He finished with 12 points on 6-10 shooting and 8 rebounds. At the end of regulation, Knapper made a nice move into the paint and dumped the ball off to Bender for the game winning layup, but Bender wasn't able to handle the pass. Bender will need to be more aggressive at the next level.
Konate, who won the dunk contest before the game, spent much of the evening battling with Levi Cook. The two exchanged words a couple different times and did some extra shoving in the paint. Konate is definitely a high energy player and a great athlete. He finished the game with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
I wanted to quickly mention the play of Morgantown High's Kenzie Melko. The 6'4 guard is committed to Fairmont Senior but his play tonight was on par with every player on the floor. I'm surprised he didn't pick up any D1 offers.
Huntington's Tavian Dunn-Martin, committed to Akron, also played well, and is definitely not shy. Dunn-Martin had 33 points on 12-28 shooting and 9-23 from three.