This cruise around the nation unearthed an MVP performance by Thaddeus Young in Arkansas and a big game by sophomore Greg Monroe down South. Plus, we've got coverage from the Capital Tip-Off Classic.
The Rumble on the Ridge crowned a champion on Saturday night. Memphis Mitchell, led by tournament MVP Thaddeus Young, took down Northside High and Perry Stevenson 79-77.
Young, who played extremely well the entire tournament as he played with passion and aggressiveness, hit for 31 points and 11 rebounds in the title game. Teammate Brandon Powell dropped in 21 points of his own. Northside was led by Stevenson who had 15, 11 and 5 blocks in one of his trademark stat-stuffing performances. In a consolation game, George Goode had 29 and 14 for Raytown South.
Greg Oden needed to play just 20 minutes in Lawrence North's 72-49 whopping of Brebeuf Jesuit. Oden used his time wisely going for 16 points and 11 rebounds. The two-time defending state champs are off to another strong start to their season.
Jonathan Scheyer and Glenbrook North are riding quite a streak. Last year's Illinois state champions have run their unbeaten streak to 28 games. North defeated Lake Zurich 83-46. The future Blue Devil accounted for a game-high 35 points and scored 27 of them in the first half. Scheyer strung together quite an impressive stat line: 35 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.
Two Chicago area power programs met over the weekend and Proviso East survived in a big time matchup with St. Joseph. Proviso East won the game 66-64 behind Jacob Pullen's 28 points which included 6 3-pointers. The win gave Proviso East the St. Charles East tournament championship. Illinois-bound center Brian Carlwell fouled out in the game but managed to score 16 and nab 7 boards. St. Joe's was led by potential Top 100 junior Evan Turner who netted 24 points to go with 9 rebounds.
Butler High defeated B.C. Rain High School for the championship of the Circle C/Pepsi Classic in Alabama. Foul trouble limited future UVA forward Johnnie Lett as he was restricted to just 2 points. Lett also had 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the setback.
Jeremy Nash took home the title and the MVP hardware that goes with it at the Stagg Tournament. Nash's Marist team defeated Stagg 67-58 and Nash hit for 12 points and half a dozen rebounds for the Victors.
Schaumburg fell to Thornton in Illinois as Joevan Catron worked it out in the 53-43 win. Catron, a rugged power forward, netted the double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Thornton.
Junior guard E'Twaun Moore was part of East Chicago's 17 point win over Bethel Christian. Moore accounted for 19 points in his team's 67-50 victory. Moore's team is now 2-1 on the year.
Scout.com Top 10 sophomore Greg Monroe had a monster game over the weekend. The Gretna (La.) Cox 6-foot-9 stud scored 17 points, had 17 rebounds and blocked 7 shots in his team's 75-64 victory over Reserve Christian.
CAPITAL TIP-OFF CLASSIC
Brock Young, a 5-foot-10 junior point guard out of Broughton High in Raleigh, N.C., scored 28 points to lead his team past Greensboro Page 74-66 in the showcase game at the Capital Tip-Off Classic. Young shot 9-for-16 from the field and dropped 6 assists. More importantly, he became a one-man press break as Broughton pulled away in the 3rd quarter then held on for the win.
One of the top guards in the state of North Carolina in 2007, Young is likely to receive quality mid-major attention this season. Page was led by ODU-bound guard Marsharee Neely who scored 21 points on 9-17 from the field.
Wakefield High defeated Greenville Rose behind 16 points from Navy-bound wing Scott Brooks. Rose was led by point guard Raheem Smith who had 19 and 5 boards. Smith is hearing from High Point, East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington. Numerous junior colleges, according to his coach, like Hutchison, are on him as well. …
Other standouts from the event were Shelton Carter, a power forward out of Page who is headed to Charleston Southern, Carter, an energy guy at 6-5, could be multi-positional at that level. … Spencer Greenway of Cardinal Gibbons played in the post during his team's win and he's a guard. The adidas Top 10 camp veteran and current junior, will hear strongly from low and mid-major programs who follow his progress. …
Rocky Mount has a 5-8 freshman who starts and is a player for the Gryphons. Alonzo Sharpe has a presence at the point and is worthy of keeping tabs on down the road. …