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#1 Montverde, Justin Bibbs Lose First Game of the Year

Montverde Academy, ranked #1 in the nation at 18-0 (23 straight wins overall), lost for the first time this season to #7 Curie HS (SW Chicago) on Monday afternoon by a 73-69 score.  Montverde led by 10 in the 4th quarter but Cliff Alexander took over the game.  The #1 PF recruit (#3 overall) according to ESPN scored 30 points, had 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks, including several thunderous jams.  Alexander is headed to kansas next year.

Virginia Tech signee Justin Bibbs had 7 points on the game on 3/5 shooting.  The lefty was 1/2 on 3-pointers for the game.  He played just half the game and logged only 5-and-a-half minutes in the second half, including just 2 in the fourth quarter.  Montverde does feature 7 D1 signees this year including D’Angelo Russell (the #1 SG going to ohio state) and have the #4 overall player for next year’s class.  So Bibbs isn’t exactly the featured cog in their lineup.

Bibbs has a weird stroke on his 3s (sort of flings it and from what I could tell his elbow wasn’t in), but those are things he can work on next year.  I kind of like that he isn’t “the man” for Montverde.  Likely that means he’ll be more humble and hard-working than guys that have been BMOC their whole high school career.  Bibbs is listed at 6’5″ and while he’s not that tall (no one is as tall as listed), he does have good size for an off-guard or wing player at VT.  He’ll be a tad short though to play small forward and I’m sure that’s why many sites list his as a shooting guard, which is where I’m sure he’ll end up.  He is not a point guard, though.

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