Battle of the Bridges: Varsity Game Rundown

Deondre McWhorter

There were a host of talented prospects that participated in the Battle of the Bridges in Sellersburg, Indiana this past Saturday. The BOTB annually pits the top prospects in the city of Louisville against the best players in Southern Indiana. has the rundown on the game's top performers.

Deondre McWhorter, C, Moore – McWhorter was the biggest player in the game on Kentucky's side. As a 6-foot-8 interior prospect, he has a nice body and a sturdy frame. He possesses decent quickness for a big man and showed the ability to finish well around the rim. McWhorter often used his height and wingspan to block several shots and alter several more throughout the game. He was very active around the offensive glass, including a tip-in over 2 defenders in the second half, and also had the highlight of the day when he threw down a two-handed dunked on three Indiana players off of an inbounds pass.

Desmond Brown, G, Central – Brown had a solid day all around while taking home the MVP honors in the game. He is unselfish and possesses good point guard skills on the offensive end. Brown's solid ball handling allows him to get into the lane and make things happen, as he did on numerous occasions in this contest. Defensively, the 5-foot-9 Brown is able to play aggressively on the ball while applying serious pressure to opposing guards.

Tony Kimbro, SF, Jeffersontown – Kimbro possesses a variety tools that were on display Saturday. The 6-foot-5 wing is smooth with the ball in his hands and makes things look easy. He finished strong at the rim on several nice drives and was also impressive in the passing game. As one of the most versatile players in the state, the 3-star Kimbro has a nice looking stroke and a good touch around the hoop. He also has the ability to do it on defense when he puts his mind to it, shown by a block in which he pinned the ball to the backboard on an opponent's shot.

Armon Marks, G, Eastern – Marks is a very smooth lefty who had one of the best performances of the day. He has a good jump shot, as evidenced by an impressive step-back 24-footer, and a nice touch from the free throw line. At 6-foot-3, Marks has a good handle and seems to glide when he has the ball in his hands. He had several coast to coast drives that led to easy lay ups or wide open dishes to his teammates. He is an aggressive player that showed he is not afraid to step in and rebound in traffic when needed.

Jermaine Jackson, F, Iroquois – The 6-foot-4 Jackson was one of the leading scorers in the state of Kentucky last season. He finished with 9 points on Saturday and had a positive impact on his team in other ways as well. He's a physical player on the court who showed the ability to play solid defense and pull down rebounds in his area. He had a nice steal and dish to Kimbro for a lay up on one play and showed a nice touch around the rim in close on another. Jackson has a knack for getting to the free throw line and was able to convert on a couple of occasions.

Martez Harris, G, Seneca – Harris is a 6-foot-1 guard who was extremely active on both ends of the court in this contest. His 14 points, which led the way for the Kentucky squad, were highlighted by a dunk and a foul that brought the crowd to its feet. He made several shots in the paint and was able to convert from the free throw line. Harris is a good athlete and showed a competitive side by playing aggressive defense when the game tightened up.

Brandon Whitlock, F, Iroquois – Whitlock was one of the most impressive players in the varsity game. At 6-foot-5, he is a good looking prospect with excellent athleticism. Whitlock rebounded well on both ends and blocked a handful of shots - including two rejections on one sequence in the second half. Offensively, he had a nice and-one drive and finger roll and was also effective from deep as he nailed two three pointers.

Jacob Simpson, G, Pleasure Ridge Park – Simpson is a nice looking prospect with good size at 6-foot-4. He showed decent athleticism on a follow up put back in the lane and also had a steal and pass for a lay-up on the break. Simpson was able to get to the basket with both hands and knocked down a three pointer with good looking form on his jump shot.

Harry Cross, PG, Jeffersontown – Cross is a 6-foot-2 point man with good handles and an unselfish attitude. He knocked down a mid-range jumper early in the contest, but looked to pass first on most occasions. He was able to pick up a couple of assists before leaving the game early with a chest injury. Recommended Stories

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