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December 23, 2010

City of Palms Classic eye-catchers

MORE: Gilchrist's turn | Rivers has huge night at City of Palms | Gordon shines at City of Palms

Rivals.com took in the bulk of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Here are a half dozen eye-catchers who were pivotal in leading their teams to the final four of the event.

City of Palms Classic Eye-Catchers
Gilchrist highlights
SF, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick - Signed with Kentucky
He is certainly the glue and the motor for the championship winning St. Patrick team. The constants for Gilchrist are intense defensive and aggressive rebounding. In this tournament Gilchrist also knocked down jumpers and worked his way towards the rim for scoring opportunities.

SG, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick - Signed with Western Kentucky
Several perimeter players hit timely shots for St. Patrick, but Gordon brought the consistent scoring punch throughout the tournament. A steely competitor like Gilchrist, Gordon drained shots from deep and continually got to the rim, finishing or drawing fouls, in transition.

Scott highlights
PG, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton - Signed with Ohio State
The Milton team is loaded with high major talent, but it is the composed and physical play of Scott at the point that drives the Milton attack. Scott hit timely pull-up jumpers, got to the rim in scramble situations and deftly distributed the rock to his teammates. He was also an opportunistic defender, coming up with some critical steals.

PF, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton - Signed with Georgia Tech
Royal has been accused of being too much of a finesse player, but he balanced out his skilled play with some toughness in the paint. When he had the advantage in the post in either height or quickness, Royal capitalized. He also hit shots and handled the ball well on the perimeter as a "go-to" performer for Milton.

Rivers highlights
SG, Winter Park (Fla.) - Signed with Duke
There isn't a more electrifying scorer in the 2011 class than Rivers. There were times in the tournament when he was simply unguardable. Rivers also showed the ability to be a physical rebounder, savvy distributer and steady defender. A lot of air came out of the bubble after Winter Park's heartbreaking semifinal loss, but overall Rivers had a strong tournament.

SG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei - 2014 Class
Mater Dei needed a perimeter player to step up and make three-pointers, and Aaron was up to the challenge. The freshman was fearless as a shooter. He also defended the post for Mater Dei and showed promise as a scorer off the dribble once he gets stronger. Aaron along with freshman teammate Stanley Johnson have a bright future ahead of them.

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