High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 5)

The weekend was good to the Cardinals, Avery Bradley continues to step up, and the 2009 class still has 11 Top 100 players left. We'll get you caught up on their recruitments in this edition of the Notebook.

Big Weekend For Cardinals

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals had three 2009 signees (Stephan Van Treese, Rakeem Buckles and Mike Marra) and one 2010 commit (Justin Martin) in Freedom Hall for their win over the Kentucky Wildcats.

Shortly after the game they scored two more verbals.

Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor, both sophomores at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North, gave Pitino the word before they left the building.

Chandler is a 6-foot-11 center that has shown his potential and ability on the AAU circuit, but hasn't gotten his chance at the high school level because he's sitting behind Van Treese and 2010 Kentucky commit Dominique Ferguson.

Taylor, on the other hand, is already making an impact at L.N. and is likely the teams leading rebounder. Despite being a 6-foot-6 post prospect, he's a superb, tough athlete that can score it inside.

The Cards also had highly touted 2011 recruit Marques Teague, of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike, in the house for the game, as well as 2010 local standout Ge-Lawn Guyn, of Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County.

Sleeper For Player of the Year

It's hard for a player to sneak into the National Player of the Year race at the high school level, but it appears that Avery Bradley is doing just that.

Ranked No. 10 overall by Scout.com, Bradley, a Texas commit, is a guy that built his reputation on toughness, defense and his ability to score it from mid-range better than anyone in the country.

Now, on a national stage at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, the senior guard is having a tremendous season, despite limited shot attempts and minutes because of the loaded squad he plays on.

"I think there may be a legit argument that Avery has been as good as there is since mid-summer," Findlay assistant Todd Simon said. "He's able to dominate in multiple facets of the game. He's as good of an on ball defender as I've seen at this level and he's a prolific scorer that attacks the rim with vengeance."

Through 12 games, Bradley is averaging just 14 shots a game, which is good for 21 points a contest, to go with 5 rebounds and nearly three assists. Bradley is shooting 63-percent from the field and a blistering 60-percent from three.

He may not get the award, but the 6-foot-2 guard out of Tacoma (Wash.) is certainly making a strong case and is playing as good of ball as any senior in the country.

Class of 2009 Reset

First lets preface this by saying, after the guys in our Top 100, there isn't a lot left in the class of 2009.

There is, however, 11-percent of Scout.com's Top 100 still available and five of the top seven prospects in the class are uncommitted. Among those are Derrick Favors, John Wall, Renardo Sidney, DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson.

Favors, the nation's top recruit has his list of schools down to Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. The 6-foot-9 power forward said last week at the T-Mobile Invitational that he'll likely wait until his season ends to make his decision.

Wall's recruitment is about as confusing and mind boggling as it gets. His former AAU coach is at Baylor, but there's still Duke, Miami, Memphis, Kansas and North Carolina State firmly in the mix. He was on Duke's campus this weekend.

Much like Wall, Cousin's situation is quite interesting. He's opened up his recruitment and schools like Memphis, Louisville, Washington, North Carolina State and Alabama have reached out to him. If Mike Davis is still at UAB at years end, the Blazers will be tough to beat, but we are hearing Memphis is quite strong as well.

It's hard to get new information out of Sidney's and Stephenson's camp. They keep everything tight lipped and both have been rumored to having interest playing overseas. If they stay in the states Saint John's and Kansas are in there with Stephenson, while Sidney keeps everyone guessing with his visit list. USC is the likely favorite for him.

After those Top 10 prospects the guys still on the board in Scout.com's Top 100 are Angus Brandt, Terrence Boyd, Eric Bledsoe, Kyryl Natyazhko, DaShonte Riley and Jamil Wilson.

Raising Kane?

Apparently the DeAndre Kane recruitment has taken another twist.

As of just before Christmas, Kane had committed to Seton Hall, according to Lenoir (N.C.) Patterson Prep coach Chris Chaney, but now the talented wing, originally from Pittsburgh (Pa.), has opened it back up.

The 6-foot-4 will apparently wait until the spring to make his next decision, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kane told the newspaper that he'll likely decide between Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Marquette.

Kane played his first three seasons of high school ball at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Schenley, which is also home to current Pittsburgh star DeJuan Blair.

Pangos Dream Classic

A few years ago event organizer Dinos Trigonis hit it big when he scored Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary, which was led by now NBA superstar LeBron James, for the Pangos Dream Classic

Although this year's event didn't have quite the same attraction, it was a solid event nonetheless. Among the teams in the field were nationally ranked Mater Dei, Etiwanda Dominguez and Windward.

Windward got beat by Leuzinger Lawndale behind a big effort from Jerry Evans, who went for 19 points. Future Michigan guard Darius Morris led the Wildcats. He scored 16 points, while UCLA recruit Anthony Stover went for 11 points and seven rebounds.

Dominguez, which is playing without their star player Jordan Hamilton, knocked off Etiwanda. They got a huge effort from Keala King, as he scored 21 points and hit the game winning free throws.

Mater Dei didn't need late game heroics to get a victory. They knocked off Gahr by a score of 90 to 66. David Wear's 26 points led the Monarchs, while Tyler Lamb chipped in 18 points and Travis Wear tossed in 10.


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