Around The Nation: Seniors Jan. 8

David Lighty is averaging 20 points this year for Villa Angela-St. Joseph. That's great news as he appears to be strong after last season's knee injury. Here's a look at what some of the best seniors have done the past few days.

Information compiled from various national newspapers

  • David Lighty, one of Ohio State's prized recruits, is averaging 20.7 points for Villa Angela-St. Joseph. In his last game, a 65-57 win over St. Peter Chanel, Lighty for 28 points including 15 of his team's last 17 points.
  • Mount St. Joe's held serve and moved to 17-0 with its weekend win over Towson Catholic 56-55. The Gaels, led by Louis Birdsong (George Mason) held Syracuse-bound junior forward Donte Greene to a season-low 8 points. Birdsong delivered a big second half bucket and a dozen points. Maryland commitment Dino Gregory accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds while Towson Catholic junior Malcolm Delaney dropped in a game-high 19.
  • Montrose Christian won a big game against Herndon and Scott Reynolds 71-57. Montrose was led by's No. 2 prospect, Kevin Durant who scored a game-high 20 points to go with 10 boards. Reynolds, an OU addition, was held to 18 points on a cold shooting night that saw him go 7-for-24 from the field.
  • Spencer Hawes' first game back from an ankle injury was an easy win. Seattle Prep dominated Eastside Catholic 72-38. The nation's No. 2 center and future Washington Husky scored 18 points in his return to the court.
  • Providence signee Jamal Barney got it done against Gwynn Park as his Southwestern team prevailed 58-49. The guard hit for a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds. He had 15 points in the first half and Southwestern is now 8-2.
  • One of the hot names on the recruiting scene is guard Patrick Beverley out of Chicago Marshall. Beverley's team captured a tournament victory over Von Steuben as Beverly hit for 36 points in the title game win. Reports are that Illinois, DePaul and Missouri have watched this one-time Toledo commitment play in the last week.
  • Memphis Mitchell, playing in another tournament, defeated Civic Memorial in St. Louis this weekend 80-46. Georgia Tech signee Thaddeus Young, one of's highest rated small forward prospects, scored a game-high 31 points.
  • Brentwood Academy continued its winning ways. Brandan Wright led a steady attack with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Wright, a UNC signee, recorded 6 blocks.
  • A crowd of 3,500 watched St. Anthony's win a battle with Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey. The Friars won the contest 47-45. N.C. State signee Dan Werner scored 32 points to go with 13 rebounds.
  • Ishmael Smith, a Wake signee, has hit a little growth spurt. The senior point guard led his squad past North Mecklenburg 71-58. Central Cabarrus took advantage of the fact that North Meck's stud forward Jamie Skeen was out with an injury. Smith, a speedster, scored 24 points.
  • A pair of talented guards – one a senior and one a junior – went at it this weekend. When it was over, Buena Vista defeated St. Mary's 57-53 as the senior, Tory Jackson, went for 39 points. Jackson signed with Notre Dame early. Meanwhile, junior point guard Kalin Lucas scored 30 points of his own after recently committing to Michigan State.
  • DePaul signee Will Walker, a Top 100 recruit, hit 7 3-pointers in Bolingbrook's 79-52 shellacking of Homewood-Flossmoor. Walker went for 16 points in the 3rd quarter of the contest.
  • Future Wolverine Deshawn Sims got it done as Pershing defeated Southwestern in Detroit 62-51. After making 13-for-18 from the field, Sims finished up with a game-high 29 points.
  • Syracuse signee Mike Jones, a senior forward, led Lower Richland past Keenan 59-52. The forward had a huge game posting 22 points, 12 boards and 8 blocks.
  • Leuzinger's Russell Westbrook has put together some high-scoring games this season. Recently, he had a biggie. Leuzinger took out Carson 81-65 behind 51 points and 14 boards by Westbrook. His team is now 14-1.
  • Brian Zoubek and the defending state champs from Haddonfield beat Collingswood 68-52. The Duke signee hit for 23 points. He's scored 23, 28 and 19 in his last three outings.
  • Andrean High School took down Munster 54-53 behind senior center Luke Harangody. The future Fightin' Irish center scored 20 points and hit a key bucket late in the game to help his team get the win.
  • Jennings High senior wing Sanjay Watts led his team past Triad 71-68. The unsigned senior scored 18 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 assists.
  • B.C. Rain sprung the upset of Escambia as it took home the 49-45 win. Virginia signee and power forward Johnnie Lett led the way with a game-high 23 points.

    "He's the best all-around player in the state, and I've seen everybody play," St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said. "The thing I love about Danny is that there are kids in the state that have talent but they don't bring it every day. Danny brings it every day."

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