High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 8)

In our inaugural issue of the High School Basketball Notebook we'll tie up some loose ends from the Hoopfest and take a look at some of the top performers from the weekend.

Marshall County Hoopfest Wrap Up


Despite a loaded field, the Hoopfest lacked excitement at times. With that said there were still plenty of strong performances during the two-day event in Benton (Ky.).

Among the biggest surprises was Lexington (Ky.) Catholic's Vee Sanford's 29-point effort. Momentum has been building around the talented senior and he made the most of his opportunity at the Hoopfest.

The 2010 class had a strong presence and Scout.com's top two prospects were in the field. Tristan Thompson went for 18 in each of his games, while Jared Sullinger, who has gotten himself in shape, went for 23 points in his lone game.

Myck Kabongo led the way for the 2011 class. The sensational underclassman has a strong grasp of his team and has a terrific feel for the game and the point guard position. Another lead guard, Deville Smith, impressed on-lookers with his quickness and ability to fill the lane.

School Lists From The Hoopfest
The past few weeks have been good to Cory Joseph. He's heard from Louisville, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, Memphis, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Connecticut, Villanova, Arkansas and UNLV.

Following a come from behind win Julian Washburn said he's hearing from Texas, UCLA, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State, USC and Texas A&M.

New York native Doron Lamb has been a high level recruit for quite some time. He said the entire Big East is after him, as well as Kansas, Kentucky, Clemson and Memphis.

St. Benedict's wing Mike Poole said he's already heard from Connecticut, Kansas, West Virginia, Memphis, Oklahoma State, USC and Seton Hall.

Vee Sanford said initial contact has been made with Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Dayton and SMU. The 6-foot-3 guard said Bradley and Miami (Ohio) have offered him a scholarship.

Joe Jackson is already a prime target for schools in the south. The big time scorer said Tennessee, Arkansas, Memphis and Mississippi have all made an early impact on his recruitment.

Deville Smith, of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway, has already heard from a number of high major programs. He mentioned Arkansas, Baylor, Memphis, MSU, Mississippi, Kentucky, USC and UCLA.

DTLR High School Hoops Festival


While majority of the national media and scouts were at the Marshall County Hoopfest, there was quite an event going on in the D.C. area. The DTLR Hoops Festival consisted of high-level prospects like Maalik Wayns, Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall.

With Roy Williams looking on Bullock and Marshall squared off late Saturday night. In the end it was Marshall and O'Connell that won 71-64. Marshall scored 11 points and Larry Savage chipped in 16. Bullock went for 17.

Behind a 17-point effort from Talib Zanna, Bishop McNamara came away with a 17-point win over a loaded St. Frances squad. Terrell Vinson paced St. Frances with 13 points, while Greg Lewis mustered up eight in the loss.

There was also the battle of the catholics at the DTLR Hoops Festival, as Paul VI Catholic took on Roman Catholic. Led by Erick Green, Paul VI got the 60-55 win. Green scored 20 points. Villanova commit Maalik Wayns went for 18 in the loss.

Another one of the big games at the Festival was National Christian Academy and St. John's. NCA ended up pulling out a 28-point win and got a big effort from Ayobeji Egbeyemi, as he went for 23 points. Pitt commit Dante Taylor had 14 points in the win.

DeMatha also got a win in the event. Sophomore standout Quinn Cook lead the way for DeMatha scoring 26 points and tossing out seven assists. LaQuinton Ross scored 37 for Murrah in the loss.

Atlantic Shores


This four game event featured plenty of star power, as guys like Steven Pledger, Andre Dawkins, Marshawn Powell, James McAdoo and Michael Gbinije took the floor.

Atlantic Shores led by Pledger's 34 points and his eight three-pointers knocked offer The Miller School. Andre Dawkins also chipped in 15 points. Miller was led by Arkansas commit Marshawn Powell and talented 2010 product Mychal Parker, as each scored 17.

Michael Gbinije, a talented 2011 prospect, scored 21 points, but it wasn't enough for Christchurch to get a win against Tallwood, as they fell 99-67.

Fellow 2011 prospect James McAdoo put up big numbers in Norfolk Christian's win over Cox. McAdoo put up 23. Cape Henry defeated Hanover in the final game by a score of 56-42.

Top Performers


Jon Graham, of Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall, went for 17 points and five blocks to down Milford Mill. Graham also had help from fellow forward Damion Lee, who scored 20 points in the win.

Isaiah Philmore and his crew at Bel Air (Md.) John Carrol had a good weekend. They knocked off Perry Hall by a score of 85-32. Philmore dropped 19 points in the blow out win.

2010 standout Eric Atkins put up a strong effort in Baltimore (Md.) Mount Saint Joseph's win over St. John's-CP. Atkins, a 6-foot, 170-pound lead guard, put up 23 points in the 14-pointer.

Just a day after impressing on lookers at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Jeremy Jones, of Chicago (Ill.) Simeon, went for 33 points in a 74-69 loss to Chicago (Ill.) Thornton was paced by Trevell Rivers' 10-point, 14-rebound game.

George Marshall, a high major 2011 point guard, started his sophomore season off on the right foot, individually anyways. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 17 points, but Chicago (Ill.) Brooks still lost their first game of the season.

Marcus Jordan and Anthony Johnson weren't going to let Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young lose two days in a row. After falling to Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's at the Hoopfest, they defeated Chicago (Ill.) Homewood Flossmoor in the Public League Shootout and the two each chipped in 17 points.

Led by Stephan Van Treese and Dominique Ferguson Lawrence North beat Marion this weekend. Van Treese went for 21 points and 12 boards, while Ferguson added 20 points. N.C. State commit Scott Wood put up his best effort scoring 33 points in the loss.

Cincinnati commit Chane Behanan helped Aiken to their first win over the season on Saturday. The 2011 product scored 23 points in a 82-68 win over Shroder. On Friday he scored 21 in a loss to Taft.

There was a showdown in the Florida this past weekend. Orlando Christian Prep battled Winter Park. Led by Keith Clanton's 24 point OCP got the win. Florida commit Austin Rivers did all he could for WP, scoring 25 points, including five three-pointers.

Vander Blue's junior season is off to a great start. The Wisconsin commit buried six three-pointers and scored 27 points in a 74-33 blow out win over Regents.

Fresh off his commitment to UCLA, Mike Moser scored 25 points in a win on Friday. Grant knocked off Clackamas by a score of 62-57.

Bradley Beal might have had the best weekend out of anyone. The sophomore standout went for 52 points on Friday night. Beal scored 26 in the fourth quarter. He's averaging 29.3 points per game on the season.

On Tap This Week


The 37th annual Ocean View Tournament of Champions begins on Monday. The tournament includes 23 teams and is loaded with Division I prospects. Among the top players in attendance will be Anthony Brown, Kevin Johnson, Dwayne Polee and Michael Snaer. Here's a link to the tournaments website: Ocean View TOC.

On Thursday a pair of high school basketball games will be on national television. The first match up has lost some of its luster. Bishop McGuinness and Putnam City will square off. The game was scheduled to put Daniel Orton and Xavier Henry against each other, but Orton won't play due to a knee injury.

Following Bishop McGuinness and Putnam City, Duncanville (Ill.) High and Brooklyn (N.Y) Lincoln will go head-to-head. This will match up Roger Franklin, Shawn Williams and Perry Jones against Lance Stephenson and James Padgett.

Then Saturday there will be a big event in Champaign (Ill.). The Shootout at the Hall has a strong field for the third consecutive year and has a University of Illinois feel to it, as four (Jereme Richmond, Meyers Leonard, Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand) Illinois commits will play in the event.

The Shootout at the Hall field consists of Robinson, Rock Island, Peoria Manual, Peoria Central, Waukegan, Warren, Sterlng, Centennial, Mahomet-Seymour, St. Thomas More, Olympia, Chicago Curie, North Lawndale, Chicago Crane.

The Circle City Challenge of Champions will also take place on Saturday. The event, which will be held in Indianapolis (Ind.), will showcase a handful of high major prospects like Stephan Van Treese, Dominique Ferguson and DeShaun Thomas.

The team lineup includes Southport, Hauser, Indianapolis Howe, Marion, Brownsburg, Perry Meridian, North Central, Lafayette Jefferson, Lawrence North and Bishop Luers.

For more here's the events website: Circle City.


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