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Past 5 Classic MVP Winners

November 27, 2008 3 comments
Every tournament MVP so far has been a member of the championship team.
The top three NBA prospects out of this group of MVPs are Ty Lawson, James Harden, and Jrue Holiday (in no order), better NBA prospects have played at the Classic (ex. Demar Derozan, Brook Lopez) but didn’t play well enough to win a championship or garner MVP Honors.
2003 – Tywon Lawson (5’11” 185) – Bishop McNamara 
Lawson won the Classic MVP as a sophomore at Bishop McNamara, before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year when he was named an All-American. Ty Lawson is now the blazing fast point guard for the #1 team in the country, the UNC Tarheels featuring NCAA POY Tyler Hansbrough. The junior ball-handler has averaged at least 10 ppg and 5 apg, although he was bothered by a nagging ankle injury throughout last season. He is close to full-strength this season and was just named MVP of the Maui Invitational Tournament which UNC won by beating Notre Dame. 

2004 – Matt Bouldin (6’5” 214) – ThunderRidge
Matt Bouldin also won the Classic MVP as a junior, and returned with his ThunderRidge Colorado team during his senior year, but with much less success as they didn’t even reach the semifinals in a loaded 2005 field. He now plays shooting guard and small forward for a talented #10 Gonzaga team, the heavy favorite to win the West Coast Conference, and a team looking to make an major impact in the NCAA tournament. Last year he averaged 13 ppg. He starts alongside reigning WCC MVP Jeremy Pargo and skilled big men Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt.
2005 – James Harden (6’4” 218) – Artesia
Harden won the Classic MVP as a junior member of a stacked Artesia team with Derek Glasser (ASU, then a senior) and Malik Story (Indiana, then a sophomore) that beat out rival L.A. area school Westchester for the title. Harden exploded onto the NCAA scene as a crafty shooting guard last year during his freshman season at Arizona State, with 18 ppg and 5 rpg, and was named to the 1st Team All Pac 10 squad, along with fellow Classic alumni Brook Lopez (San Joaquin Memorial, Stanford) and Ryan Anderson (Oak Ridge, Cal). This year he has been on many preseason All-American lists, and will look to lead ASU deep into the NCAA tourney.
2006 – Justin Holiday (6’6” 180) & Jrue Holiday (6’3” 200) (CO-MVPs) – Campbell Hall
Justin was a senior and his little brother Jrue was a junior when the became the first and only Co-MVPs in Classic history. They led a sound Campbell Hall team that played great defense and had solid fundamentals. Justin is now a sophomore at Washington and teammate of San Joaquin Memorial alum and Classic 2005 Dunk Champion Quincy Pondexter and Crenshaw graduate and 2006 Classic Dunk Champion Darnell Gant. So far he has seen little playing time under coach Lorenzo Romar. He racked up 13 points and 25 rebounds during his freshman season. Jrue returned with Campbell Hall for a 1 game showcase at the Classic his senior year, where they avenged their only loss from his junior season and beat St. Andrew’s Prep School. Jrue now starts as a freshman at UCLA (with top PG Darren Collison and JW North and Classic alum Malcolm Lee), and is expected to be a big contributor this year as they try to defend their Pac 10 title and return to the Final Four. He is the one of the best all-around guards in the nation, because of his stellar defense and rebounding. So far this season he has averaged nearly 10 ppg. He has also stressed the fact that he expects to return to UCLA next year, and does not plan on being a “1 and Done” prospect (unlike his L.A. area guard counterpart, Demar Derozan who many expect to leave USC after his freshman year and be a Top 5 overall NBA draft selection).

2007 – Reggie Moore (6’1” 180) – Rainier Beach
Moore led a very fast paced and high flying, but fundamentally sound Rainier Beach team to a championship in a very tough field under coach Mike Bethea. He and Aaron Dotson combined for a strong backcourt combo that no other team could match. Fast with the ball in his hands and blessed with a deep roster of talented players to distribute the ball to, Moore flourished at the point throughout the Classic. He scored 22 points and had 12 assists in Rainier Beach’s 77-67 win over Storm Warren’s (LSU) Richwood Tigers (LA) in the final game. Moore is a streaky shooter and although small he is very strong, but regardless didn’t receive enough attention as many scouts feel he deserved from major Pac 10 programs and committed to Fresno State. He was also named MVP of the season, when he led “The Beach” to a Class 3A State title and a 29-1 record. Eventually though, Moore decided to take his game to a 1 year prep school instead of Fresno State, in hopes of getting a scholarship offer from a better basketball program.
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Josh Smith InDepth Analysis

Josh Smith, likely the best player in this year’s tournament, is the top ranked player in the class of 2010. He first dunked as a 6’4” seventh grader, but now as a 6’10”  270 pound eleventh grader he is just coming into his own after a breakout on the summer circuit. Supposedly projected to be 7 feet tall, his weight has fluctuated, or at least has been reported anywhere from 230 pounds to 310 pounds. Born in 1992, this 16 year old has soft hands and is very explosive around the basket. He has the size, strength and basketball fundamentals to be a game-changing force at the next level. A decent shooter with soft touch around the basket, he is a powerful dunker and a big body in the paint. The best player out of the Seattle area since Martell Webster, Smith plays for the Kentwood High School where he has started since his freshman year and plays for the Seattle Rotary club team. He has offers from most top programs such as Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Texas, and Stanford but has not committed anywhere nor has he even made a list of his top schools. He has unlimited potential at this point because he is still growing and can still add muscle and tone to his frame. The Classic will be a great opportunity for him to solidify his rankings against quality competition and multiple scouts will be here to witness it.

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Rivals Top 150 2009 with MP Christmas Classic Affiliations

#5. Jordan Hamilton, SF 6’7” 210 lbs, came to the Christmas Classic as a top ranked sophomore with the Dorsey Dons, now is the best small forward in the nation and an elite scorer leading a powerhouse Compton Dominguez team. He is taking his 5 star talents to play for Rick Barnes at Texas next year. 

#7. Kenny Boynton, SG 6’2” 187 lbs, came to the Christmas Classic as a freshman where he started for the Ely Tigers, now is the second ranked shooting guard in the nation for American Heritage. He is a five star player and has an impact jumpshot, which he will take to Florida next year in hopes of bringing Billy Donovan more NCAA Tournament glory.
#29. Tyler Honeycutt, SF 6’7” 185 lbs, will come to the Classic with his Sylmar this year after shooting up the prospect rankings with a major breakout on the summer circuit. UCLA picks up another 4 star recruit in Honeycutt.
#60. Junior Cadougan, PG 5’11” 185 lbs, came to the Classic last year with his high flying Christian Life team as a junior and was the only non-senior to make the All-Tourney 1st Team. A 4 star rated player who is very smart passer and tough leader who will attend Marquette next year.
#89. Aaron Dotson, SG 6’4” 180 lbs, came to the Classic as a junior and as a sophomore with the Seattle-area dynasty, Rainier Beach. Made the All-Tourney 2nd Team last year, a bouncy high waisted athlete who shoots well, can penetrate, and plays very composed, he will attend LSU next year.
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Ranked Teams at the Classic

Taft (Woodlands Hills, CA) is ranked as the #26 team in the country by ESPN, and is ranked as the #7 team in the Western Region by ESPN.

Last year, they went 27-4 but they lose their All-American PG Larry Drew, who will play for UNC this year. Justin Hawkins (UNLV) and 6’5” forward Terran Carter will lead this year’s team.
Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, CA) is ranked as the #16 team Western Region by ESPN.
After losing their team leader and PG Jrue Holliday, the Gatorade POY and a former Christmas Classic MVP, from a 31-5 team last year, the Vikings turn to senior forward Keegan Hornbuckle and junior forward Deuce Johnson.
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November 22, 2008 3 comments

Welcome to the unofficial blog of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic. We’ll be posting more information shortly. Check back to this blog for the latest news and information.

Go to the official website for brackets, team/player profiles, schedules, etc….

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