Wildcat recruits on display in playoffs

A host of Wildcat recruits were in playoff action over the weekend. For the most part the teams with players the Wildcats are courting got big wins and will move on, but even those who fell to defeat went down fighting.

Chase Budinger has said all along that he was more focused on a CIF championship than looking ahead to next year in Tucson. It looks like he wasn't lying as the senior win drained four threes on his way to 37 points in La Costa Canyon's 95-60 win over Rancho Bernardo. Fellow San Diegan and future Wildcat Jamelle Horne was not so lucky. Horne scored 18 of San Diego High's 39 points but it was not enough. Only three of Horne's teammates got on the scoreboard and Eastlake cruised to a 52-39 win.

Another 2006 signee advanced in the playoffs. Nic Wise scored 12 as Kingwood downed North Shore 52-44.

Top prospect Gary Johnson scored 29 points as his Aldine squad beat Elsik 69-65.

Jerryd Bayless scored 34 but he could not overcome a balanced attack by Mountain Pointe. Bayless was the lone St. Mary's player in double figures while four Mountain Pointe players had 10 points or more. Bayless scored 34, 42 and 41 in his three previous games.

Harper Kamp scored 15 as Mesa Mountain View advanced in the bracket with a 70-55 win over Cesar Chavez.

HORIZON 66, CALIPATRIA 43 2008 center prospect Jeff Withee led a balanced attack with 11 points as Horizon beat Calipatria 66-43. 10 players scored for Horizon, with eight netting between five and nine points. Withee was the only player on his team in double figures.

Duke bound Taylor King had 33 points and 11 rebounds while future Wildcats Alex Jacobson scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Mater Dei beat Capistrano Valley 74-57. Kamyron Brown also had 10 points and 12 assists in the win. Chad DeCasas netted 17 points for Capistrano Valley (19-10). Mater Dei, the region's top seed will play No. 5 seeded Loyola next.

2008 stud point guard Brandon Jennings had 26 points for second-seeded Dominguez as they downed Mayfair 60-43.

Drew Viney and Sean Williams get the recruiting headlines but it was Riley Johnson and Kertd Elisaldez who each scored 15 points in a road win over Simi Valley. The Spartans get Brandon Jennings and Compton Dominguez next.

The Holiday brothers have established themselves as two of the better players on the West Coast, but many feel that Jrue, the younger of two, is the better prospect. That may play out but junior Justin led all scorers with 33 points and 22 rebounds as Campbell Hall beat St. Bernard 74-59. Jrue still played well adding 19 points and 15 rebounds. Next up for the Vikings is third seeded Gardena Serra.

2008 point guard Larry Drew scored a career-high 29 points in Taft's 71-54 win over Silmar. Drew hit 13 of 15 free throws in the win and will now take on Westchester in the City Championship. Westchester upset Chase Stanback and Fairfax to advance to the game.

With Bayless and Horne already on board, it looks doubtful that the Cats will go after Artesia's James Harden, but the talented 2007 wing had 27 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a win.

The Cats may or may not make a run at Oxnard's Omondi Amoke, but the wing had 30 points and in a 57-52 win over Perris (19-9). Oxnard will play Thousand Oaks in the semifinals.

Isaiah Rusher has to still prove he's a high D-I recruit. A lot of teams are showing the big man some interest, but he looks better coming off the bus than he does on the floor. He only scored 11 while his Bellaire teammate Jai Lucas scored 24 in an 82-63 win over Clear Lake.

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