Myles Dread wins MVP at Gonzaga Classic
Every year, Gonzaga College High School in DC hosts an annual 8-team tournament called the Gonzaga DC Classic. Two years ago, Penn State's Roman Catholic boys (Carr, Stevens, and Bostick) defeated the host team to win the event in 2015. This past weekend, Penn State signee Myles Dread led his Purple Eagles to the title with three straight double-digit wins. Dread drew rave reviews from national analysts for his stellar three-point shooting during the week, including 247's Evan Daniels and Rivals' Corey Evans. There were many, many tweets about the event that praised Dread for scoring his 1,000th point and taking home MVP honors.
— Gonzaga DC Classic (@GonzagaClassic) December 11, 2017
— Gonzaga DC Classic (@GonzagaClassic) December 9, 2017
— WashPost HS Sports (@WashPostHS) December 13, 2017
If there was any doubt about his game due to an average 3-star rating, Dread continues to outproduce that mark at the highest levels of both AAU and High School ball. While fellow classmate Prentiss Hubb (top-50, 4-star Notre Dame signee) is out for the year with an ACL injury, Dread is determined to help Gonzaga defend their WCAC title this year. They are already ranked No. 17 nationally by MaxPreps after a strong start to their season.
Other Notes from DC Classic
While Dread was MVP, there were other targets at Gonzaga's DC Classic that Penn State has their eyes on. Gonzaga actually defeated Roman Catholic 71-53 in the championship on Sunday in front of Pat Chambers. Penn State has already offered the Roman duo of 2019 wing Seth Lundy and 2020 Lynn Greer, who both made the All-Tournament team, but it was Gonzaga point guard Chuck Harris who caught Chambers' eye. After besting Greer in the championship, Chambers offered Harris to give the 2020 prospect his first high major scholarship.
Bolton goes for 40
Checking in on another Penn State signee, Rasir Bolton had himself a night on Monday against Shooting 4 Greatness Academy (you gotta love the pop-up prep industry).
Rasir Bolton Penn St. Commit put up 40 points 7 assists & 7 rebounds in last night win pic.twitter.com/EEQOvByt58
— Team Loaded AAU (@teamloadedaau) December 12, 2017
Massanutten Military Academy dropped a tough one to Putnam Science Academy over the weekend for their first loss of the season, but they're now 13-1 on the young season. Their schedule breaks for the holidays, but Penn State fans in the Lehigh Valley will want to save this date - 1/28/18. Bolton and Massanutten will face Cam Reddish (arguably the top player in the country) and Westtown at Parkland High School as part of another Hoop Group Showcase.
Oscar Tshiebwe Has Monster Debut for Kennedy Catholic
On the western side of the state, Penn State has two major targets for their 2019 class at Kennedy Catholic. Over the summer, the staff offered both Maceo Austin, a 6'4 guard, and Oscar Tshiebwe, a 6'9 big man from Congo who also played with Team Loaded during AAU. Both players took visits to PSU during football season, but now they're focused on defending their single-A state title. Considering they play in the lowest PIAA classification, the talented juniors will wreak havoc all season long, but fortunately their school's been approved to jump to the highest classification next year. For example, Tshiebwe went for 29 points and 18 rebounds in his first game against First Love Academy this past weekend.
Oscar Tshiebwe / vs First Love 12-9-2017
29 points 18 rebounds
Kennedy Catholic class of 2019
Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa nativehttps://t.co/0F2RM0FCKR @Oscartshiebw pic.twitter.com/D4eR0RIZCQ
— Zachary Simmons (@ZS_WorldMission) December 10, 2017