In this week’s Recruit Roundup, we have updates on Penn men’s basketball recruits Tony Bagtas, Matt Howard, Dave Winfield Jr. and Dylan Jones as each player’s high school nears the end of its regular season before playoffs begin in the coming weeks.
5-foot-11 Guard Tony Bagtas: Bagtas dominated on senior night for Westlake High School (Ga.), scoring 32 points to lead Westlake to a 71-53 victory on Feb. 8 over nearby Langston Hughes High School. Westlake moved to 21-4, including 9-1 in its region, as it heads into the regional tournament next week. After the game, Bagtas’ coach, Darron Rogers, had nothing but good things to say about the senior guard.
“Tony’s a four-year starter for us at point guard, and he’s our catalyst,” Rogers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He can do it all. He’s going to Penn so you know he’s intelligent and has basketball smarts. He can score the basketball, but tonight I was glad to see him show his toughness, too. He went to the hole and made some tough baskets tonight.”
6-foot-4 Guard Matt Howard: Howard came up with a game-high 21 points to lead A.C. Flora (S.C.) to a 69-57 win in their regular season finale again Dreher High School on Feb. 5. Flora finishes the season 15-9 with a 5-2 record in conference. With Lower Richland losing on the same day, Flora ends the year tied for its conference title, but will take the No. 2 seed in next week’s playoffs.
6-foot-9 Center Dave Winfield Jr.: Winfield saved the best for last this season as he put up one of his strongest performances of the year in his final game. He had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a losing effort for Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) against rival Los Angeles Loyola, 56-52, in double overtime. Winfield scored baskets at the end of both regulation and the first overtime to keep Harvard-Westlake in the game, but Loyola, led by 11 points from Miles Cartwright’s younger brother, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, ultimately won the game.
6-foot-7 Forward Dylan Jones: The Village School (Texas) neared the end of its regular season as well this week. Jones scored ten points in a blowout victory against Christian Homeschool Sports Ministries, 79-43. The Village School jumped out to a 33-4 lead after just one quarter of play and held on for an easy victory. The team remains undefeated at home this season and will look to defend that record as it has two more games scheduled at home this season.