Derek Smith Invitational: Sunday Recap

This past weekend kicked off the inaugural Derek Smith Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky. The event featured local programs in addition to talented teams from all over the country. Below, Austin Denney has a breakdown of Sunday's action, which started off with a great showing from the hosting team against one of the nation's best.



Prolific Prep vs. St Xavier

It was an early start for the Crew from California, and it showed. Derrion Reid inserted himself early and often in this game as he started with 4 of the first 5 for the Crew and a game-high 22. Reid at 6’7” showed strong perimeter skills on both ends, and was able to use his impressive frame to rebound and finish in the paint. The Crew woke up late in the second quarter, taking a 12-point lead on a Tyran Stokes dunk, but a smack of the backboard would land Stokes with a Technical Foul. The technical allowed the Tigers to get back within 5 late in the second quarter, and within 8 at halftime.

Jeremiah Jackson, a 6’4” athletic SG for the Tigers, showed he could compete on both ends against one of the nation's best. Jackson was active on the defensive glass while also being tasked with slowing down the impressive wings of Prolific Prep. Jackson has an impressive frame and elite athleticism at 6’4” and used every bit of that to compete on the glass against a much bigger Prolific Prep team. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to 3 early in the second quarter, but that was as close as they’d come. The Crew made a point to ramp up the defensive intensity in the 3rd quarter and they extended their lead to as many as 17. It was a great performance from the Tigers who showed a lot of heart behind Jeremiah Jackson and Will Hanke, but fell short against one of the nation's best Prolific Prep, but not without having them sweat a little in a single-digit win.


Frederick Douglass vs St Frances

Frederick Douglass’ first and only game at the Derek Smith Invitational was a good one. Armelo Boone started off the game hot as he added the first four points for the Broncos. He had an impressive 16 points in the first half, flashing his shot from behind the arc along with a relentless attack of the rim. Boone finished with 19, and had a tough time getting going against St Frances’ Box and One defense. Demarcus Surratt took things over from there, finishing with a game-high 21. He showed range beyond the arc, found open teammates, and finished a vicious poster in the second half. Very bright future for this young kid!

St Frances was led by Josiah Cannady, a 6’1” guard in the 2026 class. He really flashed the ability to shoot from behind the arc, and get to the rim and finish through contact as. he finished with 12 points. Camren Fleming and Donovan Flamer really attacked the glass for St Frances and created a ton of second-chance opportunities. Their offensive rebounding and second-chance points kept St. Frances in the game, but in the end wasn’t enough as Frederick Douglass pulled it out.


Seneca vs Bilingual Christian Academy

Bilingual Christian Academy out of Florida came ready to play in this one. Nayvin Perez and Adiel Lopez really dominated this game on both ends. They were in passing lanes, pressuring ball handlers, and caused havoc in full-court pressure, but it wasn’t just the defensive end, they got it done offensively too. Neither settled for many jump shots, instead use their size and elite athletic ability to get in the lane and finish over the smaller Seneca team.

Quel'Ron House had another great game at the Derek Smith Invitational, the 6’1” guard, can get wherever he wants on the floor, and has the elevation on his jump shot to get off shots against longer and taller defenders. House had himself a weekend and should be on college teams radars. He finished with 21, as BCAT beat Seneca 94-68.


DeSales vs Shabach Christian

The Colts from Desales got tested by a tough Shabach Christian team. Damone King and Brady Cummings both led the Colts in scoring with 17 a piece but in different ways. King showed a strong ability to attack the rim against bigger defenders which led him to the free throw line many times. Brady Cummings is a sharpshooter, and you have to tag him at all times as a defender, if he’s left open the shot is falling. He also showed very high basketball IQ with his cuts into the lane off Will Gibson post-ups. Gibson showed elite vision in the post, finding cutters for the layup, or swinging the ball to the opposite side of the floor. Desales plays a fun style of basketball.

Shabach was led by Neiko Mundey a 6’3” guard in the 2026 class. Mundey showed a great outside shot, along with the ability to get downhill and find shots for his teammates. He was a phenomenal competitor, and I’m very excited to see where this young man is headed. He finished with a team-high 15, but it wasn’t enough as DeSales defeats Shabach 59-54.

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