High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 14)

This week was full of news, as North Carolina continued to reel in highly rated prospects. There were also few big time performances, but none better than the triple-double Kenny Frease recorded.

Stars Play Well At Super Six

Some of the best talent in the New York/New Jersey area took the floor at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The games: Mt. Vernon beat Paterson 66-60, St. Patrick defeated St. Raymond's 64-56 and St. Benedict knocked off Rice 55-52.

Kevin Jones, who has signed to play with West Virginia, was terrific for Mount Vernon, as he went for 25 points and 18 rebounds in the win over Paterson Catholic.

St. Patrick was led by future Kansas forward Quintrell Thomas. The 6-foot-7 big man scored a game-high 25 points. Darryl Bryant led the way for St. Ray's, as he went for 17 points in the loss.

Despite sitting out the entire first quarter, Samardo Samuels was able to put up a double-double against Rice. The Louisville bound big man scored 14 points and snagged 13 rebounds in the win. Kemba Walker scored 18 points in the loss.

Carolina's Roll Continues

What Roy Williams has done the past 10 days is somewhat incredible. The Hall of Fame coach picked up his 5th recruit in the span on Sunday, when Dexter Strickland announced for the Tar Heels.

Strickland Picks The Heels
"UNC has taken so many quality commitments in the last few weeks that you're on full alert for the next one," Dave Telep, of Scout.com, said. "Then just when u think they're done; boom they strike again. Its one thing to acquire commitments it's another to do so with bonafide high-major talent and size."

The commitment spree kicked off on January 3rd when John Henson gave the Heels a verbal commitment. Then just a day later the Wear twins made their decision to attend UNC known.

With the dust from the three commitments settling, Reggie Bullock, of Kingston (N.C.) High, picked the Heels on January 9th. Just four days later, Strickland made his pick during a press conference at Madison Square Garden.

This gives the Heels four commitment for the 2009 class and two for the 2010 class. Kendall Marshall, of Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell, is the other sophomore committed to Carolina.

OSU Recruits Shine During Classic

The National City Classic lost some of it's luster when Delvon Roe went down for the season and Pe'Shon Howard transferred to Oak Hill, but the event still featured star power with guys like B.J. Mullens, Yancy Gates and William Buford.

The Gates/Mullens was a much-anticipated match up between two of the best in the state. Withrow got the 58-57 win and was led by Gates' 25 points. Mullens recorded 16 points and 19 boards.

With out Roe on the court, St. Edward didn't have anyone to counter Toledo Libbey's William Buford. The Ohio State commit tallied 26 points and T.L. got the 72-58 win.

Jared Sullinger had a big night in the National City Classic as well. The Ohio State commit went for a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds in Northlands 62-40 win over St. Francis DeSales.

Scotty Hopson got revenge Friday night, as the 6-foot-6 wing scored 25 points and recorded 13 rebounds in a 70-66 win over Jon Hood's Madison North Hopkins team. Hood, a 2009 prospect, went for 23 points and 15 rebounds. Last year University Heights fell to Madison North Hopkins by double digits.

Delwan Graham, Chris Singleton and Pierre Jordan helped lead Dunwoody to a pair of victories in the MLK Classic this past weekend. On Saturday they beat Lee 78-59 with Graham leading the way with 25 points.

Kenny Frease recorded a triple-double Saturday night against Youngstown Mooney. In Perry's 59-33 win, the Xavier signee scored 29 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 11 shots.

Rashanti Harris continued his strong play this past weeked. The 6-foot-9 big man went for 20 points in New Hope's 87-64 win over Tupelo. His teammate, Dale Hughes, went for 20 points as well.

With the help of Isaiah Armwood's 19-point outing Montrose Christian managed to get a 64-58 double-overtime win over T.C. Williams. Terrell Vinson chipped in 16 points in the victory.

Tilton received big time performances from UConn commits Jamal Coombs and Alex Oriakhi. Coombs went for 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Oriakhi scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and swatted 6 shots.

Hardrick Gets Double-Double
Norman High placed third in the Bishop McGuinness Classic, as they beat Carl Albert 57-46 on Saturday. Kyle Hardrick, an Oklahoma commit, recorded his seventh double-double of the year when he went for 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Putnam City defeated Putnam City North 73-61 in the championship game of the Putnam City Invitational championship game. Xavier Henry, Scout.com's 3rd ranked prospect, led the way with 30 points.

Lawrence North won the Marion County Tournament over Warren Central this past weekend. Stephan Van Treese had 11 points in the 56-53 victory and Dominique Ferguson chipped in 8 points.

Christian Watford led Shades Valley to a 60-53 victory over Huffman on Friday night. Scout.com's 42nd ranked prospect led all scorers with 19 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Dalton Pepper's went off for 27 points against Abington on Friday. Pepper's big night helped Pennsbury pick up a 70-43 win.

Villanova commit Maalik Wayns, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard, put up 19 points in Roman Catholic's 53-52 win over Monsignor Bonner.

In just his third game back from an injury, Brandon Knight helped Pine Crest beat Boca Raton 73-46 on Saturday. The talented sophomore point guard scored 13 points and tossed out 16 assists in the win.

Neumann-Goretti got a 59-49 win over West Catholic on Friday. Tony Chenault, a talented sophomore point guard, led the way for the Saints, as he scored 21 points, including 12 in the third quarter.

Jared Sullinger went for a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds in Northland's 62-40 win over St. Francis DeSales. Sullinger, who is already committed to Ohio State, recorded a double-double prior to halftime.

It appears that DeShaun Thomas will completely demolish Bishop Luers' scoring record. The 6-foot-6 forward became the schools all-time leading scorer during his 33-point effort in a 64-42 win over Northrop.

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