The semifinal round of the 2022 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions had plenty of the nation's and southwest Missouri's best putting on memorable performances.
Here were the top players on Friday night:
Jadis Jones, New Madrid
Jones is only a sophomore, but he already looks like he’ll be a stud for the Eagles going forward.
He’s 6-foot-5 and has a well-rounded game. He’s a good defender on the perimeter and in the paint. Jones is also a scrappy rebounder who fights for every board on the offensive and defensive side of the floor.
He does the majority of his scoring around the rim, and that's where he’s best. He absorbs contact well and has a solid post fade and hook in his scoring arsenal.
He already has offers from SEMO and UL Monroe.
Elijah Whitley, Parkview
The 6-foot-2 guard has a deep offensive bag that provides the Vikings with a big bulk of their offense.
He’s a really good outside shooter with a smooth handle that allows him to create his own shot off the dribble.
As if that wasn’t enough, he's got more bounce than a kangaroo on a trampoline. He’s thrown down a couple of dunks in the Tournament of Champions so far, but his missed dunks are even more impressive than the ones he's converted on.
He’s not scared of any defender on the perimeter or around the rim and will always find a way to get his shot off. Drury has a good one coming.
Jordyn Turner, Nixa
Turner was held to zero points when Nixa lost to Catholic in the Blue and Gold Tournament semifinals just a few weeks ago.
He apparently took that personally.
Turner led the Eagles with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three makes from beyond the arc. He was also tasked with trying to slow down Catholic star Zach Howell — which proved to be just enough in a three-point win.
Turner is a great athlete at 6-foot-3 and he can do a little bit of everything for the Eagles. He's typically playing a role for the Eagles with stars like Colin Ruffin and Kael Combs in control — but he showed he was capable of stepping up and being the star when Nixa needed him the most.
Zach Howell, Catholic
Howell has reached the status where we start to think that every shot he throws up is going in. He's been that great while playing at JQH Arena in recent weeks.
Howell scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a pair of rebounds. Nixa really keyed in on him to make sure he wasn't the reason it lost to the Irish again — after Howell scored 33 in the Blue and Gold Tournament semifinal a few weeks back.
Howell still found a way to get his and impact the game in ways that didn't show up on the stat sheet. He's in control of the Irish, he's smart and he's going to find a way to score whether you like it or not.
Dalen Davis, Whitney Young
In a game against a star-studded Sierra Canyon team, Davis really stood out as a good ball handler and an even better scorer.
The 5-foot-11 point guard was the game's best three-point shooter and really stepped up when the Blazers limited A.J. Casey’s production.
Davis is extremely quick while handling the ball and has a quick trigger for the three-ball. Along with his scoring ability, he facilitates the offense well and is always pushing the tempo for the Dolphins.
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
Everybody should know by now that Bailey is an elite-level talent.
He's the No. 3 recruit in the 2022 class and has committed to play ball at UCLA and he's shown that talent through the first two days.
Against a highly-touted Whitney Young team, Bailey posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists.
Bailey has a knack for making extremely tough shots. His aggression on the drive forced defenders to playback and he made them pay by hitting three-pointers and stepping back into the mid-range.
He bounced back in a big way after an inefficient first game. Expect him to have another big game in the championship.
Dug McDaniel, Paul VI
While McDaniel’s assist numbers aren’t through the roof, his passing ability is uncanny.
He’s constantly throwing no-look passes on a rope, fitting passes into tight windows and always looking for his team's best shot.
The Michigan commit also has a nasty handle that he uses with a purpose. He doesn't just dribble to dribble, he’s studying his defender and trying to find the best way to get past them — something he does quite often.
He’s also crafty around the rim and does a good job avoiding defenders and getting off his shot without taking contact.
Bruce Thornton, Milton
There is so much ice in Thornton's veins that he might need to visit the doctor.
A night after hitting a 3 at the buzzer to knock out Nixa, Thornton hit big shot after big shot — although he missed the one that mattered the most, but he was impressive nonetheless.
The Ohio State signee finished with 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds. He scored all seven of the Eagles' points in overtimes and even gave them the lead on a jumper with 18 seconds left.
As time expired, he somehow got away from a pair of Paul VI defenders to throw up a desperation shot at the buzzer. Everyone in the building thought it was going in, but it bounced off the back of the rim and out.
This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Top performers from Friday's Tournament of Champions semifinals