By LARRY VAUGHT
Fans coming to the Kentucky Lake Showcase at Marshall County next weekend are going to see some of the nation’s top high school players.
Start with P.J. Washington of Findlay Prep. The 6-8 power forward has signed with Kentucky. Go to guard Gary Trent Jr. of Prolific Prep. He’s a Duke signee. Then there is 7-footer DeAndre Ayton of Hillcrest Prep, who has signed with Arizona.
But if you are looking for a potential rising star to watch, pay attention to four-star forward Darius Days of The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.).
The 6-7 Day turned some heads when he scored 35 points against Prolific Prep and 35 more against Hillcrest Prep in the same weekend.
Some who have watched games in the Grind Session this season believe that Days is as good, or better, than any junior they have seen play this year.
He has scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Memphis and more. He’s had interest from other schools like Florida, Louisville, Florida State, Providence and Wake Forest.
Days is ranked in the top 50 of some recruiting rankings in the 2018 class.
He’s always been able to post up and has been a consistent mid-range shooter. He has improved his 3-point shooting. His ballhandling and passing are considered areas by some that he must continue to improve.
He’s also been able to defend multiple position because of his length and lateral skills. Recruiting analysts also like the way he can get inside and finish through contact or be a physical rebounder.
The Rock will play Sunrise Christian (Kansas) at 6 p.m. CST Feb. 17 and then face Hillcrest Prep at 8 p.m. CST on Feb. 18.
Washington and Findlay Prep will Hopkinsville Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. CST and then take on Tennessee Prep at 6:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 18.
Prolific Prep and Hillcrest Prep will face each other Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. CST.