Around The Nation: Jan. 14

AROUND THE NATION – There's been a lot going on from coast to coast. This installment of "Around The Nation" includes a 65-point effort from a Missouri State signee, a new sophomore from Wisconsin and an update on high-scoring Brandon Knight.

Derrick Favors dumped 30 points in three quarters as South Atlanta rolled. According to one newspaper report only three people know his decision and they aren't telling. The colleges haven't been told in advance of Wednesday evening's decision.

Glenbrook North was done it by its counterparts from the South led by Notre Dame signee Jack Cooley. Cooley pumped in 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Late last week, Xavier Henry dropped a 40 spot in Putnam City's win over PC North. Henry indicated he's not 100% but hey, 40 is 40 any day, any way.

Matt Vogrich and Lake Forest (16 points) hung on to down Lake Forest Academy and Angus Brandt 44-43. Brandt, one of the best unsigned bigs in the country, had 14 and 11.

Last weekend, Missouri State signee Jerome Jones had the game of his life. His 65 points in overtime helped Miller Career Academy beat rival Gateway Tech. Jones made 28 of 34 free throws in the 115-111 win. Get this. During the game 131 free throws were attempted and 11 kids fouled out!

Clearly, Talib Zanna is one of the most improved big men in the country. He had 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks against Gonzaga. However, Ian Hummer scored 17 to lead Gonzaga past McNamara. Zanna is averaging 15.9 points and 14 boards.

This game had plenty of drama. At one time, Crane's Crandall Head was rumored to attend Whitney Young and coach Tyrone Slaughter was suspended for illegal contact. On Tuesday, Head's 10 points and 10 boards were no match for Young's Ahmad Starks (18 points). Seniors Marcus Jordan and Chris Colvin combined for 15 points in the 4th quarter.

Utah signee Marshall Henderson lit it up for Bell Tuesday night. Henderson made seven 3-pointes and finished with 36 in his team's win over Colleyville Heritage.

The battle for supremacy in the state of Texas is two months from being settled but Cedar Hill dealt Duncanville another loss Tuesday night.

Bradley Braves signee Jordan Prosser had a big one Tuesday night. Prosser scored 26 points to go with 10 boards and seven blocks in Eureka's 60-33 trouncing of Fairbury Prairie Central.

LaSalle signee Aaric Murray came up short against Penn Wood 80-67. Murray had 14 points and 14 boards. Penn Wood has a promising young center named Shawn Oakman who had 7.

DeShaun Thomas is now three points shy of being the all-time leading scorer (1,821 points) in Allen County history. His next time out he'll pass Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy. However, on Tuesday night his 35 points weren't enough as Snider knocked off Leurs.

Joe Jackson can score, we all know that. On Tuesday night, White Station defeated Germantown 89-62 as Jackson dropped 10 assists. Sounds like White Station has it working on offense.

Keith Appling, one of the best juniors in Michigan, led his Doughboys (best high school nickname we know) past Denby 86-41. Appling dropped a game-high 32 points. Senior Derrick Nix had 12 and 15.

Atlantic Shores, led by Andre Dawkins 26 points. OU signee Steven Pledger dropped 18 and Clemson signee Donte Hill scored 10 in defeat.

Mount St. Joe's two-headed monster of Riley Beaumont and Eric Atkins was at it again. Atkins led the way with 20 as the Gaels dumped Spalding 60-44. Beaumont had 17 and is hearing from Mt. St. Mary's, Loyola and a host of Patriot teams.

Terrence Jones and Jefferson blew out Marshall. Jones went for 24 points in his team's easy win.

One of the under the radar teams, or so it seems, is San Antonio Madison. Forward Stephen Baird scored 20 points Monday night in his team's 61-44 win over Roosevelt.

James Bell dropped four straight free throws as Montverde Academy held off Groveland South Lake 48-41.

Vance-Hopewell is turning into one of the city's best rivalries in a long time. The Charlotte schools did battle Monday night with Hopewell coming out on top 48-44. Despite a proliferation of talented guards, it was a big man who stole the show for Hopewell. Forward DeMon Brooks had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Brandyn Curry finished with 10 points, 9 boards, five assists and two steals for the victors. Vance's tandem of Daryl Traynham, Marquis Rankin and Jacoby Davis was held to 13 points total.

Pinecrest has two losses this year, both at the hands of Dillard. On Saturday night, Brandon Knight's 41 points weren't enough to stop Dillard from getting the 74-73 win. Knight tried to rally with 18 in the final period. Knight had 23 in Tuesday's win.

Big games for two juniors. United Faith and FSU guard Ian Miller dropped 41 points. He was countered by Corey Raley-Ross who hit for 36 in the same game for Gaston Day. UF won 87-77.

Trevor Releford, the brother of KU freshman Travis Releford, scored 24 points to lead Bishop Miege past Blue Valley North 63-55.

Josh Smith wasn't needed too much as Kentwood smoked Tahoma 60-29. The big fella chipped in with 19 points.

Larry Bradley? Ever heard of him? Well, it looks like the Wauwatoosa East soph is ready to break out. In a win over Brookfield Central Friday night. He sat out most of the early season per transfer rules and is now hitting his stride.

As if Tony Wroten didn't have enough to worry about already. The sophomore guard injured his ankle in the first quarter (after scoring 10) against Woodinville. Wroten's averaging 20.6 points in five games.

It wasn't a league game but sophomore Paul Honigford will take it. The power forward scored 19 as Garaway beat a husky Tusky Valley team.

Westchester Country Day is 15-0 and wing man Deuce Bello had his way with Carolina Friends. Bello dumped a game-high 24 in the 21-point thrashing.

Indy Pike got 13 from Marques Teague but it wasn't enough to prevent Franklin Central's coach from getting his 400th career win.

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The Florida Gators were out Tuesday night evaluating a prospective point guard. Eric Bledsoe of Birmingham was watched by a Gators assistant as his Parker team beat Ramsey 70-54.

Miami signee Garrius Adams became the leading scorer in Middle Creek history last week. Adams, a three-year starter, ended the week with 1,367 points.

Threats of violence keep spectators out in a key Detroit matchup.

Kinston star Reggie Bullock is going to miss potentially a month with a stress reaction, his local paper reported.

The Nike Hoop Summit is heading to Portland.

Strake Jesuit's Joey Brooks is named boys area player of the week in Houston. His team is unbeaten at 21-0.

St. John's in Milwaukee seems to be loading up.

Props to Tony Freeland. The DePaul signee, according to a newspaper story, has his act together in the classroom!

Pet Peeve: after spending the entire season watching games and cruising newspapers I've come to the conclusion (not exactly rocket science) that maybe five players in America average double-digit assists. If you're going to fudge assist numbers, better have the ammo to back it up. We're going to be extra skeptical going forward. …

The Sun Times commented that Marcus Jordan mentioned Toledo and Oklahoma in his recruiting process. … Check this out: super soph has a leader. LaQuinton Ross says watch out for the Orangemen. …

"Former West Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte Bobcats guard volunteers as an assistant at North Meck. Wears nice suits to games, too."

  • an observation by Charlotte Observer writer Langston Wertz

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