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SRO crowd, including scouts, sees Prime Prep top Triple-A Academy
It was an early-season matchup of cross-division opponents, but Friday night’s contest at Triple-A Academy had every feel of a playoff game.
A number of high-profile recruits were watched by a litany of college coaches and scouts in attendance — including Baylor coach Scott Drew and SMU coach Larry Brown — with a standing-room only crowd, as Prime Prep Academy defeated Triple-A 82-68.
“We played terrible, but a good win against a good team,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “We definitely have to get a whole lot better if we’re going to compete for the national championship or anything like that. But we got a win, so I’ll take it.”
Emmanuel Mudiay, a five-star recruit at point guard who signed with SMU on Wednesday, was slow to start, traveling the first time he handled the ball, missing his first job shot and committing a shooting foul before he scored his first point. But a deep 3-pointer near the 4:40 mark in the first quarter sparked some rhythm. He finished the half with 9 points.
“I expect more out of [Mudiay],” Forsett said. “If he’s going to be the top player in the country, he’s got to give me more than that.”
Prime Prep turned on the highlight reel in the third quarter to spark a second half surge. Mudiay slammed in a lob pass, stole the ball on Triple-A’s next possession and threw an alley-oop to sophomore shooting guard Terrance Ferguson for a 12-point lead.
Triple-A got within 5 points early in the fourth quarter when shooting guard King McClure dunked on an uncontested fast break. But Prime Prep sophomore shooting guard DeShawn Williams — who hit on 5-of-6 attempts from behind the arc in totaling 17 points — answered with back-to-back 3-pointers, leading to the pull-away victory.
“That’s what [Williams] is supposed to do,” Forsett said. “He can really shoot the ball. He kind of pulled us out of this one.”