Academy National Invitational

Day two of the Academy National Invitational is in the books and Gary Johnson and his Aldine High teammates stole the show. The sophomore forward made a case for being the best player in Houston with a big-time performance on Wednesday night.

Day two of the Academy National Invitational is in the books and Gary Johnson and his Aldine High teammates stole the show. The sophomore forward made a case for being the best player in Houston with a big-time performance on Wednesday night. Scoreboard National Bracket

Arlington Country Day 66, Montverde 44

Reserve Christian 49, Southern Lab 45 (OT)

Christ the King 79, Westbury 53

Westchester 63, DeMatha 54

Texas Division

South Garland 65, Bellaire 54

Fort Bend Marshall 59, Westfield 47

Alief Taylor 70, Cypress Ridge 50

Aldine 52, Kingwood 33

Class of 2005

Terrel Harris, 6-5, WG, SR, South Garland - The lanky Oklahoma State-bound wing is a model of versatility, scoring 19 points, grabbing 5 boards and coming up with 5 steals as South Garland knocked off Bellaire.

Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, 6-7, WF, SR, Montverde - The UCLA-bound Cameroon native plays hard all the time and just finds a way to get things done. He's athletic, active and finished with 16 points and 5 boards. Will need to improve his perimeter shot.

Martellus Bennett, 6-7, F, SR, Alief Taylor - The one-time commit to Miami for football is now supposedly open, but this could be more of a ploy for attention than anything else. However, Duke and Georgia Tech have both shown serious interest on the basketball side of things – and Miami is still heavily in the mix for both sports. Oh yeah, Bennett finished with 22 points in a 70-50 win against Cypress Ridge.

Class of 2006

Josue Soto, 5-11, G, JR, Arlington Country Day - Played as well as we've seen him. Made shots and played under control for almost the entire game. Went for 23 points and was efficient from beyond the arc and also driving to the basket.

Nigel Munson, 5-11, PG, JR, DeMatha - Soto wasn't the only point guard in the junior class to come up big. The cat-quick Munson displayed a terrific floor game which included an array of passes and an ability to get into the lane and finish in traffic.

Jeff Allen, 6-7, BF, JR, DeMatha - Active on the offensive glass and also possesses a nice touch in the paint. Athleticism will make him attractive to some high-major programs.

Dale Vanwright, 6-6, WG, JR, Bellaire - The wing struggled with his shot, but he wasn't the only one on his team. Vanright finished with 13 points and 5 boards, but was 4-of-12 from the field. Good body, but needs to step up his play in order to be a Big 12 caliber player.

Trent Boone, 6-3, WF, JR, South Garland - Still in the process of making the transition from being an inside player to someone who can play on the perimeter, Boone plays much bigger than his 6-3 frame. He'll be a good D-1 player for someone because of his toughness and versatility.

Franck Patrick Ndongo, 6-7, WF, JR, Montverde - Kevin Sutton is losing plenty of his international talent after this season, but Ndongo should be the cornerstone next season. Long and athletic, his shot wasn't falling – but he has good form and is strong enough to get to the basket and finish.

Darris Santee, 6-8, BF, JR, Marshall - Was nearly invisible. He prefers to play on the perimeter and coasted through the game, finishing with 6 points. The former Hightower star, who transferred prior to the season, can knock down the 3-pointer – but he needs to get stronger and be more aggressive.

Nic Wise, 5-10, PG, JR, Kingwood - The Arizona-bound floor leader got his teammates involved, but was unable to get on track. His shot just wasn't falling and finished with just 3 points on 1-of-8 shooting. Dished off a handful of assists.

Class of 2007

Gary Johnson, 6-7, BF, SOPH, Aldine - Didn't play nearly all of last summer due to a knee injury, but he's making up for lost time. Had 16 points, 9 boards and a trio of blocks in leading Aldine to the upset over nationally ranked Kingwood. Johnson was a force on the boards, lets the game come to him and can step out and knock down shots from mid-range. A definite high-major guy in the class.

Jai Lucas, 5-10, PG, SOPH, Bellaire - Not exactly his best performance as he was unable to lead Bellaire to a win for the second straight day, but he still possesses terrific leadership skills. Makes those around him better, but needs to get stronger.

Isaiah Rusher, 6-9, BF, SOPH, Bellaire - One of the top sophomores in the country, but based largely on potential. He doesn't get a look of touches in the paint despite working hard for position, but there's a reason: His hands aren't quite up to par just yet. However, he has a chance to be a big-time player.

Mike Singletary, 6-5, WF, SOPH, Kingwood - Scored all five of his field goals within about four feet. Needs to work on his perimeter shot to keep defenders honest, but is athletic and is active on the glass.

Notes: Reserve Christian led 14-0 after the first quarter, but Southern Lab fought back and forced overtime before losing in the extra frame. … Christ the King senior wing Niko Scott is out after suffering a burst appendix earlier in the month. Westchester 6-6 senior forward Kenny McClary is New York Knicks rookie Trevor Ariza's brother. … Westfield 6-3 junior Pierre Beasley is still getting into basketball shape after missing the first month of the season while quarterbacking the football team to the state title game. He had just 3 points in Westfield's loss to Marshall. … Christ the King was led by junior Larry Davis' 19 points. … Louisville-bound big man Amir Johnson played in his first game in more than a year. He sat out the first part of this season due to a knee injury.

Recruiting Tidbits: Santee said he's been offered by Arizona and Texas A&M and that Florida and Cal are also showing interest. ``I want to be able to play right away wherever I go," Santee said. "Right now Arizona is probably my leader because of the way they play and the players they recruit, but I'm still trying to weight my options." … Vanwright, said that Baylor, Colorado and Texas A&M as well as Illinois and Georgetown, are those that are involved. Vanwright's biggest asset is his versatility. … Adam Walker, a 6-8 senior power forward at Christ the King, lists Hofstra, Marist, Long Island, Quinnipiac and St. John's.


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