High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 17)

There's lots to talk about this week, as Oak Hill went down again and they have another big match up on Wednesday. We'll also take a closer look at the state of Illinois in this weeks notebook.

Oak Hill Goes Down…Again

Oak Hill suffered their first loss of the season against St. Benedict on national television a week ago. Then on Saturday they took their second loss in a row to Ed Davis and his Benedictine squad, despite Brandon Jennings going for 40 points. Davis went for 25 in the 73-72 victory.

It doesn't get any easier for Oak Hill, as they play an undefeated Duncanville team on Wednesday. Duncanville is led by a pair of talented 2009 prospects Shawn Williams and Roger Franklin.

Then the Warriors will head to Los Angeles and to Houston. In Houston they'll play on national television again.

Holiday Tournaments

Scout.com has been on the road the past two weekends and it's about to be a third, as we'll head to a handful of events starting on Wednesday. Our schedule before Christmas is set, as we'll cover three events.

  • City of Palms – Dec. 18-21 (DT)
  • Amare Invitational Classic – Dec. 19-22 (ED)
  • Chick-Fil-A Classic – Dec. 23 (DT)

    After Christmas we'll hit the road again starting on December 26th, as there are a bunch of quality events to cover. We'll have our schedule posted in next weeks High School Basketball Notebook.

    The State of Illinois Is Loaded

    After spending the weekend in Illinois, we've come to the conclusion that the state of Illinois is loaded with talent and among the best in the state is Jereme Richmond.

    Head Has Big Weekend
    In the Shootout At The Hall this past weekend he displayed an extremely versatile game, but also showed some toughness and an ability to take smaller defenders into the post. He also rebounds and block shots with ease. We love Richmond's ceiling and if he continues to play the way he did on Saturday, he won't have any problem staying in the top five in his class.

    Prior to this weekend we knew Richmond was good, but we didn't know how good Crandall Head was. The brother of Houston Rockets guard and former Illinois standout, Luther, was impressive in his game and showed he's deserving of some attention.

    To go with those two there's also a bunch of other underclassmen that are talented. Here are a few to keep an eye on: Chris Colvin, Anthony Johnson, Marcus Jordan, Brandon Paul, Joseph Bertrand, D.J. Richardson, Nik Garcia, Diamond Taylor, Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw.

    Weber And The Illini Are Headed In The Right Direction

    Being able to recruit talented in-state prospects is a plus for every school and it helps if there's a lot of talent within your state. The past few years the Illini have missed out on a bunch of in-state guys. It appears those days could be over.

    They already have three commitments from 2009 prospects (Paul, Bertrand and Richardson) and also have 2010 phenom Jereme Richmond, of Waukegan, on board as well.

    If that kind of in-state success can continue, there's not doubt that Illinois will be competing for Big Ten titles in the near future, as they will certainly have a bunch of prospects to choose from.

    Fabulous Freshmen

    Although we don't know much about the freshman class, there are a bunch of names popping up this year. Wayne Blackshear, Mike Shaw and Anthony Wroten are three names we've heard the most.

    Michael Gilchrist, of St. Patrick's, is drawing a lot of attention too, as is Callaway High standout LaQuinton Ross, who is probably a name that many are already familiar with, as he participated in LeBron's camp this past summer.

    Some other prospects to keep an eye on are Marques Teague, Austin Rivers, LeBryan Nash, Kyle Wiltjer and Michael Gbinjie.

    At the end of the first quarter Brad Tinsley, of Oregon City, had just 4 points, but the Pepperdine commit turned it up and finished with 40 on Friday during a 74-55 win over Canby.

    Mike Rosario and Lance Goulbourne were the two prospects that headlined the St. Anthony/Hun game. Rosario went for 22 points for St. Anthony, who won 72-45. Goulbourne went for 19 points.

    The Paterson Catholic versus St. Raymond's game was taken over by a Truck, Darryl "Truck" Bryant to be exact. He led St. Ray's with 22 points and helped them get a 12 point victory. He had plenty of help, as Omari Lawrence went for 17 points. Jordan Theodore scored 12 in the loss.

    Behind a big effort by Oscar Bellfield (19 points), Westchester beat Jrue Holiday and Campbell Hall by 25 points to win the Ocean View Tournament of Champions. Holiday scored 18 in the lose.

    Although he wasn't playing in the championship game in the Ocean View TOC, Demar DeRozan had a heck of a performance in the fifth place game. The Southern California signee put up 45 points, including the winning bucket, as Compton beat Serra High 74-73.

    Despite losing to Redlands 70-54, Jerime Anderson, of Canyon, scored 32 points and snagged 11 rebounds in the championship game of the Irvine World news Classic.

    Painter Goes For 15
    Deshawn Painter, who is ranked No. 8 overall in the class of 2009, led Booker T. Washington to a 60-58 victory over Petersburg. The 6-foot-9 power forward had 15 points in the win.

    Pennsbury standout Dalton Pepper had a big game against Penn Wood during the Main Line Play by Play Classic. Pepper went for 31 points and helped push Pennsbury to 8-0.

    Mater Dei won the North Orange County Boys Basketball Championship this weekend and all three of their 2009 big men shared the MVP (David Wear, Travis Wear and Andy Brown). They beat M.L. King 64-57 in the final. Travis Wear scored 15 points in the championship.

    Peyton Siva, a standout at Franklin, continued his tear this weekend. He went for 29 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds against Mark McLaughlin and Inglemoor. McLaughlin led Inglemoor with 23 points.

    Atlantic Shores held off Princess Anne due to a big effort by Andre Dawkins. The talented shooting guard exploded for 34 points in the 75-62 win.

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