DeMatha Gets 1 Point Victory Over Chaminade and #1 Player in Class of 2016 in NHSHF

In this weekend’s National High School Hoops Festival their were many dream match-ups, both team wise, and player wise.  One of the most anticipated match-ups was DeMatha versus Chaminade, who features the #1 player in the class of 2016, Jayson Tatum.

The game certainly lived up to the billing where Tatum was spectacular, showing off his whole offensive arsenal. Tatum has an NBA ready body and has the complete package, one that makes him virtually unstoppable.  His footwork was from another planet, and his handle for a guy his size, 6’7”, was splendid.  There wasn’t a thing he couldn’t do out there, but host DeMatha found a way to gut out a one point victory.  Sophomore DJ Harvey drew the assignment of guarding Tatum for the majority o the game, and given the difficult task, did a pretty good job.

Markelle Fultz continued to impress, this time on the national stage with lots of eyes on him.  Harvey had a nice offensive game, playing well offensively from the perimeter and in the slashing game.  For the first time this year Nate Darling didn’t reach double figures, but the Stags were able to find production from other spots.  Point guard Terrell Allen scored 13 points and forward Thomas Bruce chipped in 7 to go with Fultz’s 16 and Harvey’s 12.

Tatum finished with a game high 24 points on 9-19 FG and 6-6 FT.  He also had a game high eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

The whole event put on by Keith Stevens and Team Takeover was a wild success, as the gym was packed at DeMatha for more then 12 hours of basketball on Saturday and 8 hours of basketball on Sunday.  And this wasn’t just any basketball.  This was hands down, some of the best basketball in the country, against the elite basketball that the DMV had to offer.  Four games were streamed online by DMV Stream, tons of national media were in attendance, and plenty of top major college coaches attended.