Around The Nation: Underclassmen

Keenan Ellis, O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker were tested this weekend but came out on top in biggest matchup of the past few days. Ellis hit a game-winning shot. Meanwhile down in Atlanta, Howard Thompkins went for 51!

  • The big game nationally this weekend was North College Hill against Canton McKinley at the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic. Junior Keenan Ellis' jumper gave NCH the 69-67 win over McKinley. 8,000 people watched the game and Bill Walker (26 points) and O.J. Mayo (25) led NCH. McKinley standout Raymar Morgan hit for 24 and 7.
  • Upper Sandusky fell to Hamilton 79-70 at the Schottenstein Center Saturday night. Future Buckeye Jon Diebler, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, recently injured his back but poured in 36 points and 7 rebounds. He turned it over 10 times and shot a strong 11-for-23 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the line.
  • A heavyweight tilt occurred in D.C. this weekend and it was DeMatha Catholic besting St. John's College. Junior Austin Freeman continued his stellar play with 16 points and senior point guard Nigel Munson had 15 of his own. DeMatha won the game 62-53. St. John's junior Chris Wright, a recent N.C. State commitment, scored 35 including 6-of-7 from 3-point land in the second half.
  • Junior Derrick Rose and senior Sherron Collins dueled in Chi-Town but unfortunately it was in a consolation game at a tournament as each lost the day before. Rose's Simeon team defeated Collins and Crane 58-54. Rose had 14 points, 8 boards and 4 assists. Collins countered with 17, 8 and 3. Tim Flowers was the Simeon high-scorer with 16.
  • Illinois recruit Eric Gordon turned in another efficiently strong performance as North Central walloped Ben Davis 80-58. The shooting guard scored 29 points on 9-for-15 from the field.
  • San Antonio area junior center Alexis Wangmene went for 21 points in Central Catholic's win over Austin St. Michael. Wangmene and his team trailed by 5 at halftime before rallying for the win.
  • Kansas recruit Cole Aldrich accounted for one of the bigger post player outings of the weekend when he led Jefferson past Rosemount 47-43. The committed junior center hit for 23 points and was active with 17 rebounds.
  • Jerryd Bayless, a high-scoring Arizona commitment, torched Salpointe Catholic 94-78. Bayless, a Top 10 prospect in the Class of 2007, hit for a game-high 44 points in the win.
  • High-scoring point guard Isaiah Thomas was at it again last weekend. The sub-six-footer scored 43 points as Curtis rolled over Emerald Ridge 77-60. Thomas is leading the state of Washington in scoring.

  • Atlanta Wesleyan power forward Howard Thompkins is the proud owner of a school-record 51 points. Thompkins set the mark in Wesleyan's 74-40 win over Providence. Thompkins shot 19-for-30 from the field but that wasn't the most eye-popping stat of the game. Thompkins stroked 9 of his 13 attempts from 3-point land and pulled down 10 rebounds.
  • Highly-regarded sophomore Andy Poling had a strong outing in Westview's win over Beaverton 69-66. Poling, a slender forward, hit for a game-high 34 points in the win.
  • South Medford had absolutely no problem with its rivals from the North. South beat North 73-42 and junior Kyle Singler hit for 13 points. The team's scoring leader was 2008 guard Michael Harthun who hit for 20 points. Harthun is a prospect worth noting for his ability to play two guard slots and make 3-pointers.
  • Bishop Mitty defeated Serra High 54-40 and did so without its best prospect. Power forward Drew Gordon sat out the win after being suspended two games last Wednesday for receiving a pair of technicals during a game last week.
  • The nation's No. 2 member of the Class of 2008, Samardo Samuels, led a balanced attack as St. Benedict's took out Paramus Catholic 63-45. Samuels hit for 15 points while junior Corey Stokes had 11 and senior Lance Thomas also scored 8 points.
  • Xavier Gibson of Northview rolled up 25 points in his team's 65-45 victory of Enterprise. Gibson dominated inside to the tune of 11-for-20 from the field.

    The North Carolina Tar Heels knocked off N.C. State Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. At least two prospects were in the house watching the contest. Signed forward William Graves out of Greensboro Dudley was the senior in attendance. Junior power forward Julian Vaughn (No. 19, was the underclassman spotted. Vaughn, who is also looking at N.C. State, drove up Saturday morning after playing Friday evening. On Sunday, Vaughn headed to Winston-Salem for the Deacons game against Duke.

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