AROUND THE NATION – Jerryd Bayless hit for 53 points Tuesday night. Scout.com takes you through the past few days on the high school circuit.
Last weekend, two of the finest guards in Chi-Town laced them up and Sherron
Collins' Crane squad bested Jerome
Randle's boys from Hales Franciscan 88-73. Randle was the high-scorer with
32 while Collins dropped 24, 8 boards and 3 assists. Unfortunately for Hales,
they followed up the loss with another setback Tuesday night as they fell to
Fenwick 67-62. Randle had 26 in that one.
Lighty made his return to the hardwood after last year's knee injury Friday
night. The OSU signee scored 19 points as Villa Angela-St. Joseph's defeated
Euclid in overtime. Lighty took 9 months to recover from an ACL tear before
making his return. 2,000 fans took in the game.
What a week its been for Chase
Budinger. The LaCosta Canyon stud wing player scored 48 points at the St.
Louis Shootout but that figured to be just his second-highest total in the last
7 days. On Monday evening, Budinger dropped 49 points in his team's 86-83 win
over El Camino.
A matchup of Top 100 power forwards had more hype than substance as Wayne
Chism and Bolivar defeated Haywood and Jarvis
Varnado 51-41. According to the newspaper, Chism scored 10 points and
Varnado was limited to just 7; Chism is going to Tennessee while Varnado signed
with Mississippi State.
Illinois recruit Richard
Semrau had a strong performance. The face up forward hit the double-double
in Lutheran West's 61-57 win over St. Peter Chanel. Semrau hit for 25 points and
16 rebounds. The victory was Lutheran West's 29th straight regular season win.
Future Spartan Tom
Herzog turned in a strong offensive game. Flint Powers overpowered Flint
Northern 80-58. The 7-foot Herzog dropped in 24 points for the winning side.
Unsigned senior guard Leon
Freeman went off Tuesday night. The Belleville High shooting guard
spearheaded his team's 22-point win over Wayne. Freeman dropped 27 points and 10
rebounds as his team improved to 1-1.
Webster wasn't around for the end of St. Thomas's 57-32 win over Fridley.
The future Gopher left the contest with a sprained ankle after scoring 10 points
and 8 rebounds.
Episcopal Academy rolled Tuesday night in a 59-31 win over West Catholic. Gerald
Henderson, one of the Top 20 seniors in America and a future Duke Blue
Devil, led the charge with a game-high 18 points.
Hawes was done in by an AAU teammate. Seattle Prep lost to O'Dea as Jamelle
McMillan celebrated a return to the O'Dea lineup by connecting on a
controversial floater with 1.8 seconds remaining in the game. It was McMillan's
first game back since returning from a stress fracture in his right foot. The
6-foot-11 Hawes recorded 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Graves and Greensboro Dudley jumped all over Rockingham County. Graves and
Co. rung up 96 points while holding its opponent to 36 as the team improved to
4-0. Graves scored a game-high 23 points.
Bayless posted one of the highest scoring totals of the high school season
Tuesday night. In St. Mary's 83-72 win over Marcos DeNiza, Bayless went off for
53 points. The Arizona commitment connected on 5 3-pointers and scratched
14-of-17 from the free throw line.
Tucker and Saginaw Arthur Hill didn't have it going in the first half
against Lathrup. Then, Arthur Hill began pouring it on and dumped Lathrup 84-66
behind 22 points from Tucker. The 6-foot-4 junior small forward scored 15 second
Harris, a junior guard, helped Redford rock Cody 82-49. Harris had a monster
game as he posted 28 points and 21 rebounds.
Thomas' strong junior season continued as Curtis – once again – had little
problem with an opponent. Curtis took apart Beamer 71-41 as Thomas went off for
Wright didn't play his type of ball game until it mattered. With his team on
the verge of losing to Paul VI, Wright scored 7 points in the final 52 seconds
of the contest. St. John's is now 4-0 and Wright scored a dozen points.
Junior guard Kyle
Griffin scored 28 points but it wasn't enough as Germantown Academy fell
75-68 to Friends Central. Griffin's teammate, Villanova signee Andrew
Ott, chipped in with 12 points of his own.
Late last week, Chicago Simeon and Derrick
Rose had a special visitor in town. Kobe Bryant stopped by school for a
visit and a day later, Rose led Simeon past Thornton 63-57. The top-rated junior
guard hit for 20 points.
There's a new name on the southern recruiting map. Ed Davis, the sophomore
son of a former NBA player, scored 27 points, had 12 rebounds and 7 blocks in
Richmond (Va.) Hanover's loss Tuesday evening. Highland Springs defeated Hanover
72-63. Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg was in attendance scouting Davis
who is averaging 14.2 points on the season.
Williams is having a nice season at Detroit Renaissance. Tajuan
Porter is the team's leader and led them in scoring with 22 in the 60-35 win
over Henry Ford. Williams came to play and hit for 17 points of his own.
Releford had another big time effort Monday night. In an overtime loss to
Paseo by 4, the 6-foot-4 guard hit for 31 points. He was also credited with 21
rebounds. Rahmon Fletcher led Paseo with 36 points of his own.
A pair of talented underclassmen were on display in Minneapolis Tuesday
night. Sophomore Anthony
Tucker, a wing out of Minnetonka High, led the victory over Sibley, 87-82.
Tucker hit for 38 points in the win. Sibley junior Trevor
Mbakwe led Sibley with 31 points.
Puerto Rican Victor Davila continues to make a name for himself in the state
of North Carolina. The power forward out of Starmount scored 18 points in his
team's 66-45 victory over Surrey Central.
Young, according to reports, is going to miss the next 2-3 weeks. The
6-foot-8 Memphis Mitchell star has a right ankle injury. He sat out his team's
loss last weekend as Hamilton and Joe
Watkins bested Mitchell 106-95. Watkins scored 19 for the winners. … Duke
Crews had surgery on his hand to repair a broken thumb. No date has been set
for his return. … Last week, Scott
Reynolds became the all-time leading scorer at Herndon High. Reynolds has
1,497 career points and needed just one quarter into his senior season to set
the mark. …
Wright and Saginaw played Tuesday evening with Saginaw beating Traverse
City. St. John's assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was in attendance watching
Wright. Meanwhile, Tom Izzo and Tubby Smith made the trip to see junior big man