In this week’s Recruit Roundup, we have updates on Class of 2017 Penn men’s basketball recruits Dave Winfield, Jr., Matt Howard, Tony Bagtas and Dylan Jones. Each player’s high school began postseason play this past week.
6-foot-9 center Dave Winfield, Jr.: The Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) senior had one of his best weeks of the season, helping Harvard-Westlake win its first two playoff games. On Feb. 13, Winfield put up a season-high 16 points to help the eighth-seeded Wolverines to a blowout victory over Templeton High School, 77-46. He also added five rebounds while shooting 8-for-9 from the field. The Wolverines had to make a large trip to defeat Templeton, which is more than 200 miles away from Harvard-Westlake.
On Feb. 15, Harvard-Westlake returned home and defeated Laguna Beach, 73-60. Harvard-Westlake led the entire game after the first quarter, and Winfield provided 13 points along with five rebounds in the victory. Winfield’s squad now travels to No. 1-seeded Bishop Montgomery in the third round of the Southern Section California Division 4-AA Championships.
6-foot-4 guard Matt Howard: Howard’s A.C. Flora (S.C.) also won its first two playoff games last week. On Feb. 12, Flora escaped with a close victory against Travelers Rest High School, 68-63. Howard provided 17 points before his teammates closed out the game with free throws at the end. On Feb. 15, A.C. Flora defeated nearby Chapman High School, 81-68, behind 23 points from Howard. The victory puts A.C. Flora in the quarterfinals of the South Carolina Class AAA State basketball playoffs.
6-foot-0 guard Tony Bagtas: Westlake High School (Ga.) split its two games in the regional tournament this week. In its semi-final matchup against Tri-Cities, the school lost 73-71 despite leading by six at the half. In the consolation game, Westlake defeated Douglas County, 97-88. It now moves into the state tournament, where it will play Rockdale County in the first round.
Bagtas was chosen as Region Player of the Year for the second time in his career and was also elected to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association State All-Star game. Additionally, Bagtas is also approaching the 2,000 point mark for his career.
6-foot-7 forward Dylan Jones: Jones played two games last week for the Village School (Texas). On Feb. 12, Jones led his team in scoring with 22 points on the way to a 68-52 victory over SATCH Homeschool. Three days later on Feb. 15, Jones provided 16 points in a blowout victory over Christian HomeSchool Sports Athletics, 95-53. Village School outscored CHSA in each quarter, including a 25-6 advantage in the third quarter. The team has another game scheduled for Feb. 19.