Nwankwo up and down in holiday tourney

Davis Nwankwo's Georgetown Prep competed in the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational and finished third in the eight-team event. They went 2-1 in the tournament, falling to eventual champion Oak Hill.

Davis Nwankwo played well, but he was not dominant. That was left to his teammate, Georgetown bound Roy Hibbert. Nwankwo is playing solid, but one scout told us that he hasn't played up to his potential all season long. One family friend suggested that the stress of his recruitment has been weighing on him all season.

"His troubles at home have affected him (on the court)," said the friend who wished to remain anonymous. "He's really stressed out over it. He still wants to go to Arizona, but his father is adamant about Davis going to Stanford."

Nwankwo has long favored the Wildcats, but his parents are enamored with the educational opportunities in Palo Alto. The disagreement has led to a ton of stress for the young man. The Wildcats would still like to sign the 6-9 forward, despite adding Ivan Radenovic and even though they will regain the services of Isaiah Fox for another season. Nwankwo still likes Arizona, but is considering a number of other schools. Miami, Georgia Teach, Georgia and Virginia Tech are all making a late push for a spring signing.

While Nwankwo has not played up to his capabilities, he has played well enough, especially on a team that has a load of talent. In addition to the 6-8 Nwankwo, Georgetown Prep also features the 7-2 Hibbert and 6-9 Ariss Williams.

Nwankwo's club started out the event with a win over a pesky Garner squad. Hibbert was the difference with 28 points, 10 boards and five blocks. Garner got great guard play and was within three with a minute to play, but could not get any closer.

Nwankwo scored 10 points, his only double figure scoring game of the event.

Oak Hill proved to be too much for Georgetown. Oak Hill cruised to a 67-41 win. They held the three Georgetown big men to a combined 24 points, 11 of which came from Williams. Nwankwo had just four points, but pulled down eight rebounds.

Georgetown rebounded in their final game. They wrapped up third place with a 59-50 win over Shelden of Sacramento. Hibbert rebounded with 20 and 15. Sheldon featured Duke-bound DeMarcus Nelson, a player who once considered Arizona. Nelson had 14 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Nwankwo scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds. He added a pair of steals to lead Georgetown. He averaged just 7.7 points a game in the event.

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