A few of the folks who turned heads on Sunday. NOTE: I was at SMCC all day Sunday, so this is not a complete list.
Dustin Cole (2014, Bonny Eagle/MBNation)
Cole played his first games since June, as he was forced to miss all of July due to injury and illness. To say he didn't miss a beat is a dramatic understatement, as he scored 46 points in his first game against Greely, helping Bonny Eagle win by 20. His well known ability to beat any defender off the dribble was once again on full display.
Zach Gilpin (2014, Hampden/MBNation)
Gilpin put on an amazing show for the defending state champions against the Wolverines at SMCC in what was definitely the game of the day. With Hampden trailing by as much as 20 points in the second half, Gilpin went on a tear, hitting shots from everywhere and getting to the rim at will. After Hampden came all the way back to tie the game, Tanner Hyland of the Wolverines hit a shot from the corner to put his team back on top, only for Gilpin to come down and hit a contested three from the left wing with about 15 seconds left to tie it back up. The Wolverines would go on to win 54-53, but Gilpin's heroics very nearly helped Hampden, who only had six players, steal a victory against a team of prep school kids.
Nick Gilpin (2016, Hampden/MBNation)
Just as impressive was the play of the younger Gilpin. The 6-2 point guard was able to penetrate at will against the Wolverines and create offense. To do this as effortlessly as he did against kids who are two or three years older than is the mark of a major college prospect. He is also an outstanding defender who can lock down whoever he is guarding (usually the other team's point guard).
Simon Pitman (2014, Wolverines/MBNation)
Pitman was a menace on both ends of the floor, scoring from any spot on the floor and displaying the ability to defend both the point and the wing. His versatility and hustle will make him a key player for Bridgton Academy this upcoming season and will go a long way towards landing him a scholarship.
Liam Densmore (2015, Deering/Yellow Jackets)
While a tad undersized, the lefty combo guard Densmore certainly turned heads at SMCC on Sunday while playing for both Deering and the Yellow Jackets, a club comprised of kids from the greater Portland area. Already known in southern Maine for his ability to shoot the ball, he was also able to penetrate with his dribble on a regular basis, especially against Mt. Ararat in his fourth game of the day (playing for the Yellow Jackets).
Shyheim Ulrickson (2016, Mt. Ararat/MBNation)
The tireless point guard was among those who played four games on Sunday. He was actually at his best in the final game of the day, getting to the basket and scoring over people at will and dribbling through and around defenders as if they were pylons. As a freshman, Ulrickson was named first team all conference, starting every game for Mt. Ararat and leading the Eagles to a state tournament appearance after a 2-16 season the year before.
Isaiah Bess (2014, Hampden/MBNation)
Not for the first time, Bess' all around game, complete with contested three point shots and loud dunks, had the gym buzzing. For Hampden, he was able to take charge when his teammate Zach Gilpin went out in the second game with a leg cramp, playing a little at the point and assuming the role of primary scorer.
Tanner Hyland (2014, Wolverines/MBNation)
The sharpshooter knocked down a bunch of shots on Sunday, none bigger than his go ahead three pointer from the corner with about 20 seconds left against Hampden. Look for Hyland to start at point guard for Bridgton Academy this winter.
Patrick Conley (2014, South Portland)
One of the most improved players in the state of Maine, Conley looks to step into the void at South Portland left by the departed Tanner Hyland. Conley is an outstanding pure shooter, knocking them down whether he is wide open or a defender is flying at him.
Lew Jensen (2015, Edward Little)
Jensen is a cold blooded shooter who is at his best in clutch situations. Standing at 6-5, he poses a matchup nightmare at the high school level because of his ability to shoot over people as well as from 25 feet. Jensen, a product of an excellent program and system at Edward Little, should make a relatively seamless transition to college basketball when the time comes. On Sunday he was the best player for a very good EL team, helping the Red Eddies win their games against Nation 2 and South Portland.
Mike McDevitt (2014, Greely)
Arguably the best high school big man in the state of Maine, the 6-8 McDevitt scored 26 points against Bonny Eagle and 25 more against Brunswick on Sunday. McDevitt has the ability to shoot from the outside, score underneath, and rebound his position very well. He is coming off an outstanding July for Maine Athletic Club (MAC), regularly posting double doubles.
Jordon Holmes (2014, Messalonskee)
Holmes is a little undersized, but makes up for it with a solid handle and an excellent jump shot. He had a good showing against Deering and more than held his own against Nation 1. Holmes will be the point guard for a very good Messalonskee team this upcoming season.