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<b>AROUND THE NATION –</b> JamesOn Curry became all-time leading scorer in the state of North Carolina on Tuesday. In other action, two big time head coaches were in Detroit and Penn Charter lost in Philadelphia.


It was a big night for 6-3 senior guard JamesOn Curry of Eastern Alamance. The UNC-bound shooting guard gunned down the state record for points in a career. His 41-point effort on Tuesday in a win against Southern Alamance vaulted him past Lawrence Clayton who set the record in 1959. Curry scored his 2,759th point with 6:15 left in the third quarter of his team's win as he became the most prolific scorer in the Tar Heel State history.

Portland (TN) High got back to its winning ways with a 72-39 waxing of Macon County. The team's star, 6-7 small forward Corey Brewer, wasn't needed much in this one and scored just 11 points coming off a 30+ point effort in last week's KMOX Shootout.

In his final game before his team heads to the City of Palms Classic, 6-9 senior forward Walter Sharpe helped Birmingham Parker get a win. Parker took it to Tuscaloosa County 53-30behind 12 points from Sharpe. Parker is now 12-2 on the season and opens play Thursday at the City of Palms.


Penn Charter of Philadelphia, which looked to be one of the nation's Top 25 teams, took a hit on Tuesday. Abington Friends guard Aron Cohen, an underclassman, made a free throw late in the game to give his team the 69-68 upset over PC.

Virginia-bound 5-11 point guard Sean Singletary paced Penn Charter with a game-high 23 points.

Episcopal Academy cruised to a 66-52 win over West Catholic in Philly action on Tuesday. Episcopal was led by sophomore guard Wayne Ellington who scored a game-high 27 points. Sophomore guard Gerald Henderson, the son of the former NBA player of the same name, scored 15 in the win as well.

6-2 junior guard Greg Paulus of Syracuse (NY) Christian Brothers is on the verge of breaking the scoring record at his school and could be within striking distance of Kenny Anderson's state record 2,507 points one day.

Paulus should break the school mark Wednesday evening in a game against Oswego. He already has 1,330 points. The two-sport star already committed to Duke.

Top ten prospect Rudy Gay led Archbishop Spalding past a game St. Albans team 69-58. The 6-8 Gay, headed to UConn, scored 21 points in the game. St. Albans was led by Rutgers signee Manny Quezada (5-11, PG) who accounted for a game-high 24 points.

Josh Thornton, a 5-11 junior guard out of Camden (DE) Caesar Rodney, scored 30 points as his team pasted Seaford 88-61. It is the second straight game the junior has toppled the 30-point mark. He connected on 5 3-point field goals in the game. Dave Dickerson an assistant from Maryland and Sean Kearney, an assistant from Notre Dame, were in attendance.

Canadian native Theo Davis had a monster game in leading Bayside (NY) Cardozo past Bayside High Tuesday night. Cardozo won the game 76-63 as the 6-9 Davis, just a junior, recorded 24 points and 16 blocks.

Bronx (NY) St. Raymond's made short work of McClancy Tuesday night. NC State signee Gavin Grant paced the Ravens with a game-high 26 points. 6-4 Seton Hall signee Brian Laing of St. Ray's pumped in 24 and 5 boards in the winning effort.

6-10 senior Andre Blatche led Henninger past Bishop Ludden 66-53 on Tuesday night. The unsigned senior pumped in 30 points, including a 3-pointer as his team improved to 4-0 on the season.

Burlington (NJ) Life Center scored an easy win Tuesday night as they drubbed Derean Institute 87-61. 6-9 Nebraska signee Aleks Maric had a big time game. The native of Australia scored 24 points to go with 17 boards in the win as he continues to look like a fine future Husker.

Danny Hurley's St. Benedict's took down the Hun School of New Jersey on Tuesday night. Future UNC Tar Heel J.R. Smith, a 6-5 winger, scored 29 points for the Gray Bees in the victory.

Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln senior guard Sebastian Telfair was expected to sit out Tuesday night's game against Telecommunication. He's still nursing a sore ankle after last week's ESPN tilt with Orlando Edgewater. Earlier in the week, Lincoln bested FDR as 6-8 junior Antonio Pena went for 20 and 13. Telfair is expected to return Thursday against Sheepshead Bay.


Detroit Renaissance improved to 3-0 on the season as 6-4 senior shooting guard Joe Crawford (No. 14, TheInsiders) fueled an 86-54 whipping of Detroit Rogers. Senior teammate Malik Hairston (No. 9, TheInsiders) poured in 20 points of his own. Numerous college coaches were in attendance including Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Kansas' Bill Self, Derek Whittenburg of Fordham and Dayton's Brian Gregory. Wright State guard Lorenzo Shine, a 6-0 senior, scored 19 in the loss.

Kent State signee Isaac Knight, a forward, led Detroit Crockett to a big win on Tuesday. Crockett bested Detroit Communication and Arts 78-51. Knight had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

A pair of Eastern Michigan signees had big nights on Tuesday. In Detroit Denby's 66-60 win over Pershing, 6-4 guard Darryl Garrett pumped in 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple-double. Current high school and future college teammate Rico Harris also dropped 14 and 10 on Pershing.

6-5 junior point guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and Cass Tech fell to 0-3 on the season. Douglas-Roberts, a Top 50 prospect, had 16 in the loss. Detroit King beat them 56-55 as super sophomore Ramar Smith (No. 3, TheInsiders) pumped in 23 points. Ohio State, UCLA and Detroit were in the house watching Douglas-Roberts.

Fremnd (IL) High defeated ranked Schaumburg 71-66 Tuesday night. Schaumburg was paced by 6-5 Northern Illinois signee Zach Pancratz who scored 33 points in the loss.

Junior guard Jerel McNeal (6-3) of Hillcrest High outside of Chicago scored 20 points as Hillcrest rolled over Lincoln Way 82-50.


Tempe (AZ) McClintock defeated rival Thunderbird 57-46 out in Arizona on Tuesday. A pair of Division I signees keyed the win. Utah signee Jermaine Calvin, a point guard, stepped up with 15 points. 6-5 Gabe Freeman, a Southern Utah addition, led the way with 17.

Texas Longhorns signee Connor Atchley, a 6-11 center out of Clear Lake in Texas, led his team to a 61-58 win. Atchley, No. 89 in our pre-season list, scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds in the win.

Texas City High downed Galena Park (TX) High 64-59 on Monday. Texas signee Dion Dowell scored 26 points in his team's victory.


Seattle Franklin scored a big win on Tuesday night as it upended Roosevelt 74-58. Lyndale Burleson, a 6-3 senior guard, went off for a game-high 31 points. Burleson didn't stop there. He added 6 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals.

UNC signee Quentin Thomas, a 6-3 point guard, had another big night as his team rolled up another win in Oakland. The Oakland Tech guard led the 70-56 win over Monterey with 28 points but that was just a sampling from his stat sheet. He also had 8 assists, 11 rebounds and 8 steals.

C.J. Giles of Rainier Beach continued to show the improvement you look for in a senior big man. The 6-10 Miami signee led The Beach to an 89-37 win over Stealth on Tuesday night. In the win, Giles recorded a triple-double with 12 points, a dozen boards and 10 blocks.

6-8 Marvin Williams, a UNC signee and senior forward at Bremerton (WA) High was on the losing end of a blowout Tuesday night. Central Kitsap routed Bremerton 75-55 as Williams did his best to keep his team in it with 35 points.

6-1 junior point guard Mitchell Johnson of Seattle O'Dea lead his team to a 7-point win on Tuesday. O'Dea defeated Bainbridge 58-51. Johnson, who is receiving high-major recruiting attention, scored 23 points on 10-of-16 from the field.

Irvine (CA) Woodbridge star center David Burgess had a big game this week. In his team's 76-35 dismantling of Fountain Valley, Burgess scored 17 points. He also collected 15 rebounds in the win.

Jordan Farmar, a 6-1 point guard out of Taft High in California, scored 23 points in one of his team's wins this week. Taft took it to San Marcos as it won the ballgame 70-56.

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