Around The Nation (Jan. 11)

As we toured the country via newspapers on the internet, it looked like the best game in the country Tuesday night was the tussle between Brandan Wright and Tyler Smith. Join us as updates on the latest hoop action from both coasts and in between.


  • Brandan Wright, the 6-foot-9 No. 4 prospect in the junior class according to, scored 33 points as Brentwood Academy bested Giles County in front of 2,000 fans. Wright stepped up and knocked down the game-winning free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Meanwhile, No. 49 senior Tyler Smith of the home team finished with a team-high 31 points.

  • South Gwinnett stormed past and outmanned Parkview team in Tuesday night action outside Atlanta. Currently the nation's top-ranked senior prospect, 6-foot-1 Louis Williams, paced South Gwinnett with 25 points in his team's 34-point drubbing. Backcourt mate Mike Mercer also had 24.

  • Colleges looking for a shooter take note. Unsigned senior wing guard Billy Humphrey lit up West Forsyth for 26 points. Dacula won the ballgame 62-49. Humphrey will receive mid and high-major attention until the end of the spring period and is easily one of the best shooters remaining in the country.

  • Junior wing Jodie Meeks and senior power forward Daniel Emerson combined to score 50 points (25 each) Tuesday night as Norcross beat Centennial 81-46. Emerson signed on to play with Western Kentucky next season.

  •'s No. 49 junior was in action Tuesday night in Atlanta. Javaris Crittenton, a prime SEC and ACC recruiting target, helped Southwest Atlanta Christian zip past Washington 64-35. Crittenton had a game-high 23 points.

  • Nationally underrated center Alade Aminu ( No. 50) scored 10 points in Stephenson's 66-55 victory over Tri-Cities.

  • Reserve Christian's aggressive scheduling continued as it dropped a game to Bishop Rummel Tuesday night 79-65. Rummel junior wing Dwight Lewis went off for a game-high 39 points. Future Baylor Bear, junior Demond Carter, was held pretty much in check with 16 points.

  • Senior guard J.P. Prince was the sparkplug to a White Station win over Bartlett, 64-33. The 6-foot-6 point guard, ranked No. 29 in the country, scored 20 points.

  • In one of the higher scoring games in the country Tuesday night, Memphis Mitchell took down Hamilton 101-100. Thaddeus Young, the No. 8 ranked junior in the country per, continued to score it at a big time rate. The 6-foot-7 Young rang up 33 points.

  • Sophomore guard Brock Young led Raleigh Broughton with 26 points as it ran its record to 11-3. Broughton bested Leesville Road 64-50. Leesville junior guard Charles Boozer, the brother of current Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, scored 12 in the loss. Young came into the game averaging 17 points. He shot 7-for-12 from the field and 11-for-14 from the line.


  • Rice won a pretty good tussle against Xaverian Tuesday night in the Big Apple 61-56. Junior point guard Edgar Sosa led Rice with 22 points as Rice kept its perfect record intact. Junior Curtis Kelly, the No. 12 ranked prospect in America, chipped in with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Pittsburgh-bound guard Levance Fields had 14 points for Xaverian.

  • The name Bobby Shannon has been popping up a lot lately and Tuesday night, the Potomac (Md.) High junior helped his team to a 73-66 win over Crossland. The 6-foot-5 Shannon came into the game averaging 26.1 points and finished with 19. Senior forward Donte Cunningham got his season average with 20 points; he also had 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.


  • Micah Downs (No. 13, had himself a huge night Tuesday but it wasn't enough as Juniata fell to Lake Washington 72-61. Downs, a future Jayhawk, erupted for 34 points on 12-for-28 shooting. Ryan Staudacher, Lake Washington's perimeter ace, poured in 25 points for the winning side.

  • In action Tuesday night in Arizona, junior combo guard Lawrence Westbrook had himself a big time scoring night. Though Chandler dropped the game 89-83 at the hands of Mesquite, Westbrook rung up 57 points.

  • You think Lorenzo Romar is ready to get Jon Brockman on campus or what? Tuesday night against Lake Stevens, which Snohomish handled 70-58, Brockman was up to his usual tricks. The No. 15 prospect in America went off for 44 points to help seal the win.

  • Future Husky Martell Webster, who will improve on his No. 9 individual ranking, scored 29 points as Seattle Prep dumped West Seattle 78-39. Webster didn't need much scoring help but No. 10 junior Spencer Hawes chipped in with 16 points of his own.


  • UNC signee Tyler Hansbrough and the Poplar Bluff Mules have played an aggressive schedule this season but on Tuesday night, they dropped a game 68-65 to Memphis Fairley. Senior Reggie Owens of Fairley scored 23 points and Hansbrough was his usual reliable self with 29 points.

  • Top 10 sophomore Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-10 rock solid big man triggered a 10-point win by Bloomington Jefferson in Minnesota high school action Tuesday night. Jefferson downed Lakeville 52-42 behind Aldrich's 22 points.

  • Hillcrest High rolled past Lincoln Way 72-47 Tuesday night and guess who was the big gun? That's right, Marquette signee Jerel McNeal ( No. 51) had another all-state type of evening. McNeal poured in a game-high 25 points to go with 11 steals.

  • Bobby Frasor (No. 35, sat out Brother Rice's 66-48 win over Sandburg Tuesday night. The UNC-bound Frasor, a combo guard, was sidelined with muscle spasms in his back. They are being careful with his return to action.

  • Deshawn Sims, the No. 17 junior in America according to, posted a double-double in Pershing's 78-46 win over Kettering. The 6-foot-7 Sims collected 13 points to go with 10 rebounds.

  • Paul Williams, a freshman for Detroit Renaissance, had a big stat line Tuesday night in a 43-31 win over City. Williams had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Not bad for a member of the Class of 2008.

  • Durrell Summers, a promising sophomore out of Detroit, scored 14 points as DePorres ran its record to 8-0. DePorres knocked off Divine Child 49-45.

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