Delk twins creating a hoops stir

Richard and Reginald Delk have blown up nationally on the recruiting scene since March and continued to do so this past weekend in Houston at the Kingswood Classic.

HOUSTON – When it comes to SEC schools and others in the Mid-South there may be no hotter names right now than the Delk twins.

Reginald and Richard Delk, who led Jackson (Tenn.) North to a step away from a state title, have not started generating buzz for the Mid-State Ballerz Elite on the AAU circuit and have drawn huge crowds this weekend for the 10th annual Kingwood Classic.

Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Memphis are just a few of the schools that were front and center for their games on Saturday with 6-4 point guard Richard and 6-5 shooting guard Reginald not disappointing as their team finished 3-1 before being eliminated late Saturday night.

"They are playing their butts off right now, that's for sure," Midstate Ballerz Elite head coach Jeremy Schulman said. "They weren't getting a whole lot of interest before the state tournament, but they just blew up there by taking it to three straight Mr. Basketball finalists and making it to the final game.

"Now they have come into AAU and it's just continuing to build," Schulman added. "Richard Delk has won two straight MVPs at the two tournaments we have been at and Reginald has had 28, 32 and 18 out there tonight. "They are great kids," Schulman continued. " If you called them on Saturday night they would probably be watching a movie with their family or doing their homework for Monday."

Besides one being slightly taller than the other, the twins are slightly different in their games as well.

"Richard is a combo guy, one that can run the one or the two while Reginald is more of that pure shooter," Schulman said. "They make a great combination. Richard is also my lock down defender. He is the guy we put on our best defender."

The pair, who are nephews of former Kentucky star and current NBA player Tony Delk, will both attend the Nike All-American Camp this summer and also planned to go to the same college.

Arkansas, with head coach Stan Heath bolstering the program with two straight banner recruiting classes, is certainly in the mix according to Richard.

"I been watching them since my uncle was playing them," Delk said. "They have always had a pretty good program and I really like Coach Heath. It is close to home and is a school we really like and are thinking about a lot."

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Clearly the biggest buzz in the Westfield High School main gym on Saturday came when Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Peyton and Kareem Rush strolled in to watch Kareem's little brother Brandon play.

After losing their first two games in pool play, the Celtics have come back to get into today's quarterfinals by winning the past two.

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Harvey Perry, a 6-5 guard Arkansas is known to have interest in, will definitely attend Brewster Academy and be in the Class of 2005 instead of signing with someone this spring.

"There are a lot of schools that are coming after Harvey now and want him to come on board now, but I am a man of my word and I am going to send him to Brewster and let things play out there," Harvey Perry, Sr. said on Saturday.

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Kansas City Keys point guard Marcus Walker had an awards ceremony and his flight Saturday morning was delayed by weather.

But the 6-2 guard, who had 45 points in one half this season, was able to make the last four minutes of his team's first game of the day. He punctuated his arrival by putting in the game winning lay-up at the buzzer to down Arizona Team Bibby 54-53.

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The New York Gauchos, who have been around as an organization for 30 years, rallied Saturday night right before midnight to grab its fourth win in as many games.

Jesse Sapp, a 6-4 Gauchos guard from Maryland that Arkansas is recruiting, was one of the stars of that comeback.

" Our coaches do a great job and we are so proud to wear the Gauchos uniform that we just put everything we have into playing hard and playing the right way," Sapp said. "We struggled a little bit, but we were not going to be denied."

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