Around The Nation: Dec. 13

O.J. Mayo and Patrick Patterson put on a show (bet that won't happen again this year, yeah right!) and a huge crowd was on hand. Here's the latest high school report Around The Nation!


  • O.J. Mayo and Patrick Patterson played in front of 2,000 fans and gave the folks their monies worth Tuesday night. Huntington spanked Nitro 94-46. O.J. Mayo hit them up for 31 points, 8 assists, 5 boards and 3 steals. Patrick Patterson went for 22, 11 and 6 blocks. Now for the recruiting news: in attendance was Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Florida's Billy Donovan, Virginia's Dave Leitao, Kentucky's Tubby Smith and West Virginia's John Beilein; now that's a crowd! Patterson scored his 1,000th career point in the first half.
  • Some freshmen just have that feel and Bryon Allen seems to be one of those guys. The DeMatha rookie banked in a shot with 16 seconds left to give the Stags a 51-49 win over rival Gonzaga. DeMatha has been missing Austin Freeman who sprained his foot in a pre-season game and Chris Braswell has yet to play for the team this season; he did not travel with the team. Tyler Thornton led Gonzaga with 14 points; Allen had 8. Jerai Grant had 8 boards and 5 blocks.
  • Virginia signee Jeff Jones keyed a Monsignor Bonner win Tuesday night. Bonner edged Cardinal Dougherty 72-70 behind a big night from its Top 100 rated senior. Jones pumped in 23 points to lead the victors. Dougherty was paced by Kahil Mumford who scored 28.
  • Akron signee Steve Swiech had a big evening for Elizabeth Forward. He converted a big play with 8 seconds remaining for a 61-60 win over Hopewell. Swiech finished with 30 points.
  • Idris Hilliard's 26 points weren't enough as The Hun School fell to St. Benedict's Prep 69-52. Leading the way for the Gray Bees was John Holland who scored 21 while Rashad Bishop and Chris Smith netted 17 each.


  • The heavy hitters were in the house Tuesday night as Briarcrest fell to St. George's 52-50. Among the head coaches in attendance were Tennessee's Bruce Pearl, Memphis' John Calipari and Arkansas' Stan Heath. The attraction? St. George's junior Eliott Williams and Briarcrest sophomore Leslie McDonald. The junior converted a 3-point play with 12 seconds to go to lift his team to its first win over Briarcrest in school history. Williams finished with 17 while McDonald scored 18 of his own.
  • Charlotte Latin improved to 8-2 on the season as it pasted Forestview 63-51 Tuesday night. Sophomore forward David Chadwick again led the way for Jerry Faulkner's club with a game-high 22 points.
  • Freshman Jerell Eddie of Cannon School was the high-scorer as his team won easily over Northside 82-38. Eddie accounted for a team-high 23 points.
  • Durham Southern took care of Jordan 64-50 behind the steady play of Miami-signee Julian Gamble. The power forward led the way with 27 points as the team improved to 4-1. Jordan junior Justin Watts scored 8 of his 18 points in the final period.
  • The boys from Norcross High got after it Tuesday night. Norcross hammered South Forsyth 58-38 behind 19 points from Gani Lawal. Al-Farouq Aminu had 17 and Tony Neysmith 13 for the winners.
  • Here's a name to pay attention to: Richard Howell. The 6-foot-7 sophomore helped Central Gwinnett best Towers 75-57. The forward prospect, which is likely to receive a lot of interest as the season expands, scored a team-high 21 points.
  • On Monday night, Romero Osby had the attention of Alabama's Mark Gottfried and Kansas' Joe Dooley. He didn't disappoint. Osby scored 26 points as Northeast defeated Kosciusko 80-61. Osby fought through foul trouble in the contest to finish with 6 boards and 3 blocks.
  • Ty Walker, a junior at New Hanover, had one of his most impressive outings of the season Tuesday night. New Hanover walloped Jacksonville 77-54. The 7-footer scored 18 points and blocked 12 shots for Linc Lyles team.


  • Austin Daye, a Gonzaga signee, helped Woodbridge win a game this week during play at the Irvine Tournament. Daye scored 25 points for the winning Warriors.
  • The big game out West is this Friday when Clint Chapman and Kyle Singler get it on in Oregon. Singler, through his first 2 games has averaged 31.5 points. How good is he? Well, there are 300+ reserved seats for South Medford game, according to The Mail Tribune and all of them are sold out.
  • Despite foul trouble plaguing Drew Gordon, Archbishop Mitty survived against Bishop-O'Dowd. They got the road win 61-52 even though Gordon played 23 minutes. He recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks as the team improved to 4-0.


  • Hales Franciscan center Josh Crittle scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as his team downed Fenwick 56-47. Assistant coaches from Marquette, Wake Forest, Stanford and Wisconsin were on hand eyeballing Crittle and junior Matthew Humphrey.
  • Senior Corperryale Harris went to work in overtime and helped Redford remain undefeated as it bested Cooley 66-59 in OT. Working hard in the extra set, Harris scored 8 of his game-high 34 as Redford pulled away to earn its second win of the season.
  • Durrell Summers was at it again. Redford Covenant went unchallenged by New Haven and won 78-39. In the process, Summers went off. He scored 38 points and had 10 rebounds as his team improved to 3-1 on the season.

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