Around The Nation: Barksdale Leads G.W.

AROUND THE NATION – Most of the country remains fixated on football but not us. Sure, it's early but we've got the inaugural "Around The Nation" cued up already. We begin the rundown with a first-hand account of sophomore C.J. Barksdale.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – was in the house watching a talent-laded Danville (Va.) George Washington team upend Smith Tuesday night.

The reason for the roadie was G.W. sophomore C.J. Barksdale. The 6-foot-7 Barksdale didn't disappoint. The athletic power forward with a huge wingspan scored 23 points on 11-for-12 from the field. He hauled in seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

Barksdale (2011) is a future's stock. His athletic attributes, combined with a body and frame that he'll grow into have him firmly on the high-major radar. Wake Forest had an assistant in the house evaluating him last night. A series of short hooks and fine touch around the cup were impressive. He's got a pair of teammates – Paul Stone and Daniel Clark – that are worth monitoring.

Nevada may have done it again? Could the Pack be responsible for another late bloomer? Maybe since Devonte Elliott, all 6-foot-10 of him, had a big time triple-double this week. Elliott scored 17, boarded 18 shots and sent back 11 as Paramount won 61-52 over Temescal Canyon.

Devin Booker and Union swept away Broome 89-68. The senior big man dropped 22 points.

Briarcrest senior Leslie McDonald scored 23 points and George Mason-bound teammate Johnny Williams 14 as their team beat Harding 45-38.

It was blowout city for Manassas and senior Reggie Buckner. The Ole Miss signee hit up Northside for 20 points en route to an 82-46 thumping.

Panther Creek beat Holly Springs by 33 as Auburn signee Earnest Ross went for 29 points before taking a front row seat.

Hurricanes signee Garrius Adams scored 29 points as Middle Creek upended East Chapel Hill by seven. Teammate Tom Tankelewicz went for 20 in the win.

Strake Jesuit senior Joey Brooks (Notre Dame) didn't score in the first quarter against St. Thomas. He did, however, pump in a game-high 27 points during the next three stanzas. Teammate Tim Frazier wasn't bad either as he made 11 of 12 free throws and netted 21 in the win.

Mount Tabor ripped Trinity 101-64 this week. Yale signee Mike Grace had 25 points and 7 assists. C.J. Harris netted 23 to go with 7 boards and 6 assists. Unsigned senior wing Josh Hicks scored 19.

Also worth noting was the 42 points and 13 rebounds UK signee Jon Hood amassed Tuesday evening.

Can you say no contest! Brandon Knight's Pinecrest team is 2-0 after taking apart Coral Spring Charter 66-29. In what was likely an abbreviated stay in the game, Knight hit for 29 points.

White Station standout Joe Jackson got it done in the second half against Houston. After the break, the junior point man scored 23 of his 29 points to power his team's 89-75 victory. Sophomore perimeter ace Andre Hollins scored 17 and unsigned senior Farrakhan Hall had 14 and 13 boards. Houston was led by Todd Mayo, O.J.'s brother, who scored 22.

Langston Galloway's Christian Life team upended Bellaire 67-33. One would figure the junior's services weren't needed in the fourth quarter and he finished with 19 points, which included four 3-pointers.

Crane didn't need a Herculean effort from Crandall Head in its 71-43 dismantling of Harper. The junior guard tossed in 16 points, 8 boards and 5 steals for the Cougars.

Harrison Barnes and his Ames team won 66-34 Tuesday night in its season opener over Urbandale. Barnes pumped in 16 points and the son of Iowa State coach Greg McDermott, Doug, tallied 16 as well. Drake recruit Reece Uhlenhopp scored 11 points.

Provine got ready for its weekend tilt with St. Benedicts by squeaking out a 78-75 win over Meridian. Emery Kelly scored 23 and junior Jalen Courtney kicked in 22 points of his own.

Northside featured forward Casey Prather but it wasn't enough as Liberty won 76-69. Prather, however, did his part as he erupted for 41 points. Prather had 16 rebounds and five steals in the setback.

LaQuinton Ross led Murrah with 19 points as it smoked Piney Woods on Monday 79-49.

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