In what was one of the most highly anticipated games of the high school season, Milton knocked off Wheeler, the defending 7-A state champions, by a score of 90-77. Both teams rosters feature highly ranked and college-bound prospects, and all of them showed off their talent level on Saturday night.
· Milton point guard Bruce Thornton was the star of the show for the Eagles in the win over Wheeler. The Ohio State commit’s stat line of 29 points (11-15 FG’s), 8 assists and 4 rebounds tells you all you need to know about the control he had on the game. He’s always been a terrific floor general, but he’s starting to turn the corner as a scorer as well, particularly with his three-point stroke. He’s one of the top guards in the 2022 class nationally.
· Joining him in the backcourt, Kanaan Carlyle also had a great performance for Milton. He pumped in 25 points and showed off his ability to score at all three levels. He’s one of the top guards in the 2023 class nationally.
· Lastly for Milton, LT Overton was the anchor inside for the Eagles. His 12 points were important, but it was his work on the glass that made the biggest difference as he had 7 rebounds on both ends for a total of 14 giving him another double-double. While a dominant force on the hardwood, Overton is also considered one of the top football prospects nationally in the 2023 class with offers from top programs all over the country.
· Leading the way for Wheeler was senior wing Kaleb Washington. The Dayton signee, a consensus top 100 prospect in the 2021 class, finished with 22 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. As he continues to get stronger and put on weight, he’s going to be a really good player at the next level.
· Wheeler point guard Isaiah Collier, a teammate of Carlyle’s on TSF Mack’s 16-under team, also put on a show. The sophomore guard finished with 21 points to go along with his 9 assists. Collier is one of the top guards in the 2023 class with his size for the point guard position at 6-foot-3 along with his court vision and always improving scoring ability.
· Florida Gulf Coast-bound forward Ja’Hiem Hudson had a productive night in the paint for Wheeler. He tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds tonight. Hudson has always been known as a force inside, and he certainly showed that tonight, but he also confidently knocked down a three-pointer tonight off a pick-and-pop. That’s added value that Michael Fly’s staff will be excited to have next season.