Houston Forward Times

07 January 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Fonde Hall of Fame Games a Big Success

The Fonde Hall of Fame Games were a huge success this past weekend. The showcase is a two-day, eight-game high school showcase, with each game named after a former legend that played in the prestigious Fonde summer league. Greats such as Otto Moore, Major Jones, Purvis Short, Rickie Winslow, Dave Lattin, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy and Moses Malone, all had games named in their honor, which featured tremendous talent from Texas and from other parts of the country. This event was directed under the leadership of former NBA star John Lucas. 

The Games featured great teams and players with marquee match ups. The most talked about game was the Calvin Murphy Game where Euless Trinity faced off against St. John’s School from Houston. Both teams featured nationally ranked recruits. St. John has Justise Winslow who is currently committed to Duke University and is ESPN #14 ranked player in the nation. Trinity has Miles Turner who is undecided at the moment but is ESPN #2 ranked player in the nation. 

Fonde Games

Justise Winslow’s St. John’s team edged the Myles Turner-led Trinity squad 51-49 in overtime on Saturday in the high school hoops showcase at the legendary Fonde Recreation Center.

Winslow scored 34 points and added 16 rebounds with four steals. In two games at the Fonde showcase, the future Duke Blue Devil averaged 31.5 points and 19.5 rebounds. Even with all the points scored, it was his assist to Trey Lewis that led to the clinching bucket. Then, on the defensive end, Winslow blocked the last-chance shot attempt by Trinity.

 This was a battle of two top-10 national recruits. Winslow is headed to Duke. Meanwhile, Turner is Rivals’ top uncommitted recruit. The seven-footer had 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks.

“Really, our defense at the end won us the game,” Winslow said. “So I’m really proud of the way our guys fought and I’m glad we got the win.”

On defense, the 6-6 Winslow actually had to guard the 7-0 Turner - two top recruits, regardless of size or usual position, going head to head.

 “He’s a special player,” Winslow said. “Seven feet tall. He can shoot the three. He’s going to be great wherever he decides to go to school next year. Hopefully, it’s Duke, but he’s a special player. Hats off to Trinity and Myles. They played us tight.”

The respect was mutual. “I felt our teams matched up well,” Turner said. “Justise is great. He’s really strong, gets to the bucket well, and hopefully I can be his future teammate, but who knows?”

Other players that are worth mentions are Christian James of Bellaire, Qyemah Gibson of SOYLA, JC Washington of Yates, Chris Howell of Rufus King, Jeff Robinson of Kinkaid, and Jamal Williams of Episcopal.