High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 10)

Showcases highlighted this weekend, but there was a lot more going on across the country. Bud Mackey has transferred, Peyton Siva hit a career high and Dominique Ferguson proved he's got next.

Mackey Transfers To Georgia

Not too long ago Bud Mackey was arrested because of a felony drug charge, now the talented 2008 guard has landed in Georgia and he's apparently living with former Duke standout Roshown McLeod.

Mackey, who was once committed to Indiana, has transferred to Stone Mountain (Ga.) Redan, which is also home to highly regarded 2009 prospect Kenny Hall.

According to the Georgetown News-Graphic Mackey, who is ranked as the 5th best point guard in the 2008 class, is expected to practice with Redan on Monday and even play on Tuesday.

Lawrence North Is Loaded With Bigs


Van Treese Hits 22
Lawrence North has quite the alumni. Recently Greg Oden and Mike Conley came out of L.N. and now the Wildcats have restocked. There roster is full of prospects and they have at least 7 guys taller than 6-foot-7.

On Saturday Stephan Van Treese looked like the best player at this stage. He went for 22 points and 17 rebounds during their win over Lafayette Jefferson. The talented 2009 prospect went after every rebound and was aggressive on the offensive end.

While Van Treese is holding court now, Dominique Ferguson, a 2010 prospect, certainly has next. The 6-foot-9 forward has loads of potential and has a wingspan that extends well past 7-feet.

To go with Ferguson, L.N. also has high major prospects in junior Jeff Robinson and sophomore Justin Martin.

Kreft Turns Things Around

If anyone is wondering what happened to Jon Kreft, the talented post prospect has turned up at Chipola Junior College. While searching the net we found a story done on the former class of 2006 prospect.

According to the story in the Sun-Sentinel, Kreft, who spent a year in jail on drug charges, has now completed probation, but still is required to take weekly drug and alcohol tests at Chipola.

Here's the story on the former Florida State commit.

Evans Continues Dominance

The 2K Sports All-American Shootout was basically the Tyreke Evans show. The 6-foot-6 guard got shots when he wanted and how he wanted, as he finished with 46 points on 18-for-27 shooting.

IMG Academy didn't have any kind of answer for the best available 2008 prospect. One thing is for sure, which ever program ends up with Evans is getting someone that flat out knows how to get buckets.

Evans mentioned after the game that he still has his same list of schools: Louisville, Memphis, Villanova, Texas, Connecticut and Seton Hall. Memphis will get a visit sometime after Christmas and he also plans to visit Louisville again.

Story Leaves Oak Hill

Malik Story, a USC commit, is no longer with high school power Oak Hill. According to a source the 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard was apparently suspended for academic reasons.

Shortly after the suspension, Story was dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Story is the second player to be dismissed from Oak Hill this year, as Willie Warren was let go earlier in the year.

Oak Hill didn't have any trouble without Story this past weekend, as the Warriors beat Hales Franciscan by a score of 83-62.


Drew Helps Taft Get Win
The final game of the Westchester Tourney matched up Taft and Westchester. Led by Larry Drew's 10 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds Taft managed to win 67-60. Bryce Smith scored 13 points, while Terran Carter put up 10 points and 11 rebounds for Taft. USC commit and sophomore senation Dwayne Polee was held to 9 points.

Cincinnati signee Yancy Gates put up 18 points and 15 rebounds as Withrow downed Aiken 84-66. Although Gates put up big numbers, Aiken freshman Chane Behanon had the game high with 22 points. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward, who also snagged 8 rebounds, is being touted as the next big prospect out of Cincinnati.

Brandon Jennings continues to impress, as he went for 26 points on 13-for-23 shooting against Hales Franciscan in the Marshall County Hoopfest on Saturday. Oak Hill won by 21 points.

Kevin Dillard was the main reason Homewood-Flossmoor was able to knock off Whitney Young at the Chicago Public League Holiday Shootout on Sunday. Dillard put up 24 points, as his squad beat the loaded Dolphins 66-55

Ralph Sampson put up one of the best lines we've seen all season on Friday night in a 68-61 win over Walton. The Northview standout scored 31 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked 10 shots.

On Sunday a heavy weight battle took place between a pair of Chicago Public Schools. Farragut led by Michael Dunigan's monster game scored a 60-59 win over Hales Franciscan. The Oregon bound senior put up 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Harvard-Westlake needed a pair of free throws from future Volunteer Renaldo Woolridge to get a win over Westlake in the Moorpark boys basketball tournament championship. Woolridge finished with 19 points.

Dion Dixon was the difference this weekend in the Crane/Glenbrook North game. The 6-foot-3 guard put up 20 points and drained a deep three-pointer with under 2 seconds left to get the 44-41 win.

Christ The King standout and Florida commit Erving Walker scored 20 points and tossed out 8 assists in CTK's 71-49 win over Wadleigh in the Big Apple Basketball Challenge.

Pepperdine commit Brad Tinsley helped Oregon City to 75-38 win over Lincoln on Friday. Tinsley, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, went for 21 points in the win. While Tinsley's squad got a win, his future teammate at Pepperdine Paul McCoy did not, as Grant fell to Sunset 65-59. McCoy finished with just 9 points.

Yates and Port Arthur Memorial went head-to-head at the Toyota Center with Yates getting a 21-point win, despite J'Covan Brown going off for a game-high 36 points. Yates was led by sophomore Brandon Peters, who went for 23 points.


Siva Goes Off
Rainer Beach versus Franklin is a big game and Peyton Siva stepped up his play during the contest. The talented point guard went for 45 points in the 95-90 overtime win in the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge. Following the game Siva told a Seattle Times reporter that, that was his highest point total in a game.

Defending 5A state champion Duncanville remained unbeaten, as they beat Madison 76-74. Shawn Williams led the way for Duncanville with 19 points, while Tommy Mason-Griffin went for 25 for Madison.

Two of the best prospects in the state of Illinois went head-to-head on Friday in the Waukegan versus Niles West contest. Waukegan is home to super sophomore Jereme Richmond, while Niles West is led by junior Nik Garcia. Richmond, who scored 31 points, led Waukegan to a 65-52 win. Garcia wasn't bad himself, as he went for 30 points, including three triples.

Flavien Davis, of Wisconsin Lutheran, helped his coach Dale Walz get his 500th career victory. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing prospect went for 14 points in Lutheran's 58-47 win over Hartford.

Tony Wroten led Garfield to a 65-52 win over Kentridge. The freshmen phenom put up 26 points and 10 rebounds in just his fourth game as a high-schooler. Remember his name because it's one you'll hear a lot about in the coming years.

Marquis Teague, brother of Wake Forest freshman Jeff Teague, is a freshman at Pike in Indianapolis and Saturday evening he played in front of an assistant from Ohio State. The younger Teague scored 10 points in Pike's 67-53 win over Arlington.


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