High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 3)

This week's High School Basketball Notebook is filled with tidbits from around the country. ESPN released their TV schedule, Hopson speaks and Lance Stephenson sprained his ankle. We cover all that and more in this weeks notebook.

ESPN Released TV Schedule

Starting this week ESPN will begin showing high school match ups on their network. This Thursday (December 6th) Campbell Hall and St. Edward will go head-to-head at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Campbell Hall is led by Scout.com's 3rd ranked prospect Jrue Holiday, while St. Ed's has a pair of Division 1 prospects in Delvon Roe (No. 9) and Tom Pritchard.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

Dec. 13th – St. Benedict's vs Oak Hill Academy

Dec. 29th – Houston vs The Nation (two games) – Match Ups TBD

Jan. 15th – American Heritage vs Monsignor Pace

Jan. 21st – Spalding Hoophall Classic (three games) -- Archbishop Mitty vs Holy Cross -- St. Ramond vs Taft -- St. Anthony vs Scott County

Feb. 9th – Prime Time Shootout (two games) -- Rice vs Lincoln -- St. Patrick vs Oak Hill Academy

Feb. 21st – St. Benedict's vs Montverde -- St. Anthony vs American Christian

Witherspoon Takes Visit


Witherspoon Visits UK
After putting up 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win at the Commodore Classic in Lexington, Ky., Wesley Witherspoon divulged a new list. He mentioned Virginia, Memphis, Clemson, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and George Washington. Witherspoon claimed everyone on his list has offered.

Dave Leitao, of Virginia, and Tracy Webster, of Kentucky, watched him Saturday night. Prior to his game against June Buchanan he visited Kentucky for their game against North Carolina. Witherspoon isn't in a rush to make a college decision.

Hopson Wants To Take More Visits

In case you missed it, Scotty Hopson, who is ranked No. 11 by Scout.com, spoke about his recruitment this past weekend at the Commodore Classic. The 6-foot-6 wing, who committed to Mississippi State last October, but didn't sign during the early period, said he could take some visits.

"I'm still committed to Mississippi State, but I'm looking forward to the recruiting process," Hopson said. "I think I want to take a few more visits."

On Friday, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville were all in the building to see Hopson play. Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie was in attendance.

Stephenson Gets Hurt

Scout.com's 5th ranked prospect, Lance Stephenson, sprained his ankle during a scrimmage against Bishop Laughlin. The Lincoln standout is questionable for his season opener at Jefferson on Tuesday, according to the NY Daily News, who spoke with Lincoln assistant Kenny Pretlow.

"It's up in the air if he'll be able to play Tuesday," Pretlow said. "If I had to guess now I would say no, but knowing Lance he's going to push hard to. I'm not a doctor, but icing it (yesterday, today and tomorrow) and he could play. We'll see."

Lincoln is scheduled to play in a shootout in Louisville next weekend, which also includes American Christian and IMG Academy. According to sources, Stephenson plans on taking a visit to Louisville while he's in town.


Evans Goes For 50
The best prospect still available in the 2008 class, Tyreke Evans, went off against Summit Prep on Saturday evening. Evans, who is still considering Memphis, Louisville, Villanova, Texas, Seton Hall and Connecticut, scored 50 points in American Christians win.

Future Buckeye Walter Offutt threw in 21 points in a Warren Central's 24-point win over Perry Meridian.

Virginia signee John Brandenburg went for 20 points in De Smet's 18-point victory over Gateway Tech. Jesse Perry led the way for GT with 15 points.

Darius Miller went for 31 points on Friday night and 34 on Saturday in pair of victories for Mason County. On Saturday against Tates Creek, Miller attacked the basket and threw down one of the best dunks of the early season. Tates Creek senior Michael Sparks went off for 44 in the contest.

Scotty Hopson, who is ranked No. 11 overall by scout.com, only recorded 8 points in the first half on Friday against Tates Creek. The second half was a different story as he put up 24 points on his way to an easy win and a 32 point night.

Despite losing to Simi Valley 79-76, Paul George, of Knight High, went for an impressive 35 points and 11 rebounds. George, a Pepperdine signee, drained six three-pointers in the contest.

Two of the best programs in Indiana matched up Saturday, as Marion and Lawrence North went head-to-head. Led by N.C. State signee Julius Mays' 26 points, Marion scored an 8-point victory. Talented junior Stephan Van Treese put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Lawrence North.


Stewart Goes For 21
County rivals went head-to-head in Marietta, as Wheeler and McEachern matched up on Satuday. Sophomore Phil Taylor led the way, as Wheeler managed to get an 87-78 win over the Indiana. Junior Ari Stewart went for 21 points, DeQuan Jones chipped in 15 and Richard Howell had 11. For McEachern, Trae Golden and Darrius Garrett each put up 19 points.

Staying in the same area, Whitfield Academy scored a 12-point victory over Marietta. Whitfield got a balanced effort from their three stars. Cameron Baskerville put up 16 points, Brandon Reed had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Colin Reddick snagged 14 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Kenny Boynton hit a handful of free throws in crunch time to help secure a 74-71 victory for American Heritage. Boynton went for a game-high 31 points against Pine Crest. Ray Taylor chipped in 18 points and 5 assists.

Boynton and Taylor's AAU teammate Keith Clanton, a 6-foot-8 junior, scored 13 points and snagged a ridiculous amount of rebounds (22) in Orlando Christian Prep's 76-55 victory over Daytona Beach.

Renardo Sidney led Fairfax to the Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament Championship on Saturday. Sidney was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and went for 25 points and 15 rebounds in the championship game.

The Wear twins, of Mater Dei, went up against AAU teammate Jerime Anderson, of Canyon, in the Taco Company Invitational Championship game Saturday afternoon. Despite Anderson going for a game high 25 points, Mater Dei picked up a 19-point victory. David Wear led the Monarchs with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Andy Brown chipped in 18 points, while Travis Wear put up 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley are a heck of a duo for Bellarmine Prep. On Friday night the two combined for 56 of their teams 76 points in an 11-point win over Curtis High. Gaddy, who is an Arizona commit, led the way with 29 points.

Josh Smith, of Kentwood, went 1-1 this weekend. On Friday Smith put up 15 points in a 20-point win over Lake Washington. Then on Saturday Smith scored a game high 30 points in a 3-point loss to Renton.

Doc Rivers has one son at Georgetown and it looks like he has another son that could one day play college basketball. Austin Rivers, a freshman at Winter Park, went for 23 points, including four three-pointers, in a win over Lake Brantley.

Antiquawn Beckham, of New Hampton Prep, received a bunch of calls following the National Prep Showcase. He currently claims offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa, Witchita State, Ball State, Ohio, Bradley, Santa Clara, Colorado State, Chatanooga and Louisiana Monroe. Fordham, St. John's and UAB have been in touch as well.


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