St. Mark's Andrew Laczkowski (left) and Harrison Ingram (right)
Going in to Tuesday night’s matchup with Bishop Lynch, St. Mark's wing Andrew Laczkowski had yet to receive a scholarship offer from a division one program. After a 25 point and eight rebound performance that included five made three pointers, the 6’5 junior received his first offer from the University of San Diego. Heading in to halftime, Laczkowski closed the period on a personal 8-2 run which concluded with a coast to coast layup at the buzzer. He would finish the first half with 15 points. Playing alongside top 25 sophomore Harrison Ingram and top 50 freshman Colin Smith, Laczkowski is an excellent floor spacer and very active on both ends of the floor. He took advantage of smaller defenders on the interior while providing the outside cover for Ingram to dominate the paint. If this caliber of play continues, I fully expect for his recruitment to pick up over the next few months.
Harrison Ingram is one of the more mature basketball players I’ve seen at his age. The 6’7 sophomore scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out a very impressive eight assists. Exploiting mismatches, rebounding in traffic and leading the fast break are already staples in his game. However, it is his ability to recognize opposing defenses and the willingness to make the correct basketball play that jumps off the charts. Constantly double teamed in the post, Ingram was comfortable drawing defenders and delivering pin point passes with either hand. Kansas, TCU, Houston, Georgetown, Baylor, Texas A&M, Mississippi, and Stanford have already offered. The rest of the nation will be following suit should he have a strong spring and summer.
Bishop Lynch sophomore point guard Imo Essien will be one to keep an eye on as the circuit season approaches. The 5’10 floor leader struggled early with St. Mark’s interior length but was able to find his spots in the second half. A crafty ball handler, Essien was able to touch the paint, almost at will, finishing with an array of one and two legged floaters. He finished with an impressive stat line of 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in defeat. He currently holds an offer from the University of North Texas.