Around The Nation, Dec. 7

Breezing through the country we found a number of strong scoring outbursts. Down in Florida, Nick Calathes was at it again while across the country, Isaiah Thomas hit for 52 in Washington.

  • Fresh off a super performance at the Marshall County Hoop Fest, Jon Scheyer stayed hot. The Glenbrook North standout and Duke signee dropped 31 and 9 on Deerfield. The state champs won the ballgame 68-57 and are presently ranked as the top team in the state.
  • The big game of the week is Thursday on the ESPN network when Greg Oden matches wits with future Buckeye Daequan Cook. In Dayton Dunbar's warm up, Cook led the way with 17 points. Dunbar beat Jefferson 83-56.
  • Jodie Meeks, a Kentucky signee, led high-regarded Norcross past Chattahoochee 83-51. The 6-foot-3 Meeks scored a game-high 26 points. Junior Gani Lawal, a Top 20 prospect, poured in 24 points. Reports indicated that Georgia sent an assistant to watch Lawal.
  • Wolverines signee Deshawn Sims was outstanding in his team's 15-point win over Kettering. Pershing won the game 59-44 as Sims erupted for 24 points and 16 rebounds.
  • Spencer Hawes is now averaging 22.3 points for the season. The 6-foot-11 senior center out of Seattle Prep was again the catalyst of another easy victory. Prep flew under the radar to take out Chief Stealth 81-54. Hawes dropped in 28 points for the winning crew.
  • Unsigned senior wing Sanjay Watts is having a big time season. On Tuesday night, the 6-4 wing scored 19 points but Chaminade beat his Jennings team 56-54. Regardless, the numbers Watts are putting up should be worthy of note by mid-major programs. He's averaging 38.7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists a game. Last season he averaged 21 points and was an all-metro selection.
  • Brandan Wright's high school career is motoring right along. The Brentwood Academy power forward led his team past Martin Luther King 68-46 Tuesday night. After nearly posting a triple double over the weekend, Wright could do no wrong in lifting Brentwood Academy to 3-1 on the year while scoring 23 points.
  • Braham's unbeaten streak has been extended to 59 games. Led by the Dahlman Brothers, Braham routed Pine City 108-51. Junior Noah Dahlman was the leading scorer with 32 points and future Spartan Isaiah Dahlman dumped 28 points in the win.
  • Top 100 prospect Phil Nelson, a future Husky, was in action on Monday night. Nelson's McNary team dropped a contest to Churchill 56-41. The strong perimeter shooter hit for 21 points in the loss.
  • The boys from Episcopal Academy continued their winning ways by taking out Germantown Friends 61-35. The big guns – Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson – again propelled the Churchmen. Ellington scored 14 and Henderson 12 in what one could assume were abbreviated roles in the blow out.
  • Cornhuskers signee Ryan Anderson put in work Tuesday night for Rainier Beach in Seattle. His team rocked Bishop Blanchet 62-43 to even its record to 1-1 on the season. Anderson trumped all scorers with 25 points for the winners.
  • Tuesday night marked the return of Detroit King guard Ramar Smith to the hardwood. The 6-foot-3 guard led King past Detroit Northern 76-48. The unsigned senior guard scored a game-high 18 points and King is 1-0.
  • Monday night in Dallas saw South Oak Cliff defeat Lancaster 66-39. Scout.com Top 15 prospect Darrell Arthur was the second leading scorer on his team as he hit for 14 points.
  • Louisville signee Jerry Smith and Wauwatosa East dumped Milwaukee Lutheran Tuesday evening. The wing guard scored 26 points as his team won the contest 77-64. Smith did most of his damage in the first half when he scored 21 points.
  • Wisky signee Trevon Hughes put up a strong number in St. John's 70-54 victory over Greenfield. Hughes, one of the best point guards in the nation, scored 27 points to lead his team
  • Obi Muonelo turned in a complete effort as Santa Fe took down Putnam City North 66-61. Muonelo, a strong wing who is headed to Stillwater, hit for 28 points, 17 coming in the second half. Muonelo also did his work on the boards to the tune of 11, made 9-of-20 from the field and in 8 free throw attempts, missed just one.

  • Could he be any hotter? Florida commitment Nick Calathes, a junior combo guard, is having a strong season. Lake Howell stayed perfect as it took care of a light Seabreeze team 90-74. Calathes had 15 rebounds but the number paled in comparison to his 41 points.
  • The matchup in the northeast was in Philadelphia Tuesday night. In a game laced with talent, it was city favorite Neumann-Goretti handling Penn Charter 61-55. Senior guard Derrick Rivera dropped 21 to lead the charge while Syracuse junior commitments Rick Jackson and Antonio Jardine split 30 points. Meanwhile, it was Virginia commitment Sam Zeglinski leading his team with 24 points with a Cavalier assistant taking in the game.
  • It was triple-double time for Washington's DeAndre Liggins. The 6-foot-6 forward was instrumental in his team's 79-47 rout of Collins High. The multi-talented Liggins dropped 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 dimes in the victory.
  • O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker and North College Hill showed little mercy in their thrashing of Lockland. NCH won the game 107-65. Mayo, the nation's top-ranked junior, led the charge with 26 points as close to 1,000 fans watched. Walker, who had 5 signature dunks, hit for 21 of his own.
  • Canton Glen Oak defeated Jackson 64-50. The big producer for Glen Oak was none other than 6-foot-10 standout Kosta Koufos. In leading his team to a 3-0 start, Koufos dumped 18 points on Jackson.
  • Chris Allen was at it again Tuesday evening. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard who is rapidly becoming a high-major priority, pumped in a game-high 28 points. His Meadowcreek squad trounced Grayson 86-46.
  • Still playing with a heavy heart after losing his friend Maurice Marley last week, junior wing Tyree Graham scored 17 points but it wasn't enough as Southern Durham fell to Warren County 60-55 at home. Warren County was led by senior Eric Stevenson who scored 14 points. Emerging power forward Julian Gamble, a junior, chipped in with 20 points for Southern Durham.
  • San Antonio area junior Alexis Wangmene had his best game of the year scoring wise Tuesday night. The 6-foot-8 native of Cameroon hit for 39 points in Central's 66-62 win over Memorial.
  • Isaiah Thomas, a junior point guard at Curtis near Seattle, is having a huge scoring season. After Tuesday's 84-62 win over Puyallup, Thomas is averaging 39 points a game. In the victory he dropped a cool season-high of 52 points for the winners.
  • With a UNC assistant in the house, Eric Wallace and his crew outlasted Winston-Salem Reynolds 60-53. Wallace scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and blocked a trio of shots.
  • Junior small forward Terrell Bell and his boys from Stone Mountain got it done against South Atlanta Tuesday night. They won the ballgame 83-74 as Bell contributed 27 points.
  • Junior shooting guard Ryan Harp led Cooper High past Andrews 66-41. Harp led all scorers with 29 points and did his usual damage from behind the arc where he connected on 4 3-pointers.

  • Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon was among the observers for Schenley's 71-60 win over Allerdice. The main attraction for Schenley, power forward DeJuan Blair, coming off major knee surgery in the summer, had 14 and 10. The 255-pounder said he's at 95% strength.
  • Recently, in a game featuring a high number of displaced athletes in New Orleans, Cox outlasted Jefferson 90-70. Sophomore Greg Monroe, one of the best in the nation at his position, scored 9 points and had 7 rebounds. Jefferson was led by Nathaniel Roche, a future Louisiana-Monroe standout, who hit for 23 and 8 rebounds.

  • Akeem Richmond, one of the top freshmen in the state of North Carolina scored 11 points as Southern Lee, in its first year as a high school, defeated Chatham Central 65-51.

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