Two teams that are state title contenders in Florida squared off this week and it was Orlando Olympia holding off Winter Park 66-60. UAB signee Dexter Fields rallied the troops in the final period and finished with 23 points. Western Kentucky athletic forward William Green finished strong as well and ended with 11 points. With all eyes – and defenders – on Winter Park stud Austin Rivers, the son of the Boston Celtics coach was limited to 19 points.
Leslie McDonald didn't play for the tie. Against Evangelical Christian, McDonald pulled up and smoked a 3-pointer, giving Briarcrest the 48-47 win. The UNC signee finished with 20 points.
One of the nation's best unsigned seniors, forward Jamil Wilson, scored 13 points as his Racine Horlick team easily outpaced Bradford 59-42. Texas, Oregon, Michigan State and Marquette are the contenders.
There were numerous MLK Day events, including one in Seattle where much of the state's top talent took part. Washington Huskies signee and No. 2 ranked point guard Abdul Gaddy fell to Bellevue; Gaddy had 15 points, eight boards and four assists. Scout.com's No. 2 junior center, Josh Smith, recorded 15 points and 18 rebounds for Kentwood. Elite sophomore Tony Wroten of Garfield had 20 in a loss. Louisville-bound senior was also good for Franklin. According to news reports, coaches from Washington, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Nebraska were in town.
One of college basketball's future stars, Tampa Sickles John Henson, flirted with a triple-double this week. The North Carolina signee and current No. 3 prospect in Scout.com's Top 100 had 16 points, 12 boards and seven blocks in a lopsided 29 point win. Henson, a move-in from Texas, has Sickles undefeated in league play and 15-4 on the year. Amazing how a 6-10, unexpected off-season addition can alter a team's outlook!
Senior Terrell Vinson, who recently asked for his release from Loyola Marymount, had it cooking for St. Frances. The senior forward scored 34 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as his team defeated Mt. St. Joe's 83-76. Junior Eric Atkins led St. Joe's with 27 points.
Vinson asked to be let out of his letter of intent with LMU when head coach Billy Bayno stepped down.
Lake Clifton and junior Will Barton are now No. 1 according to the Baltimore Sun. Their first challenge as top dogs came against Dunbar. The Lakers took down the Poets 68-29 behind 21 points from Will and 19 from brother Antonio Barton. Will Barton is a Scout.com Top 50 prospect.
Chicago Foreman and junior guard Lavonte Dority took down Von Steuben 64-43. Dority accounted for four assists, five rebounds and 22 points.
Sophomore guard Wayne Blackshear (No. 8, Scout.com) led the Curie Condors over Harper 63-54 this week. Blackshear chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
A pair of big time sophomores from Mississippi played this week. Brandon and big man Tyler Adams defeated Meridian 72-67 Tuesday night. Adams scored 22 points and Meridian wing Rodney Hood countered with 18 points. Meridian had been the top-ranked team in the area.
Newspapers out in Oregon are referring to Jordan Tebbutt as a "phenom." OK, so that remains to be seen but with Arizona State and Oregon State sniffing around early, he's got our attention. Apparently, he's 6-4 and getting lots of pub.
John Wall is considering Kansas along with a host of other programs. Earlier this week, it was reported that a contact between Wall and Bil Self might constitute an NCAA infraction. Basically, on his way to speak with Word of God's coaches, Self bumped into Wall, said he couldn't talk and told the guard he had a good game. …
The final ballots for the McDonald's All-American game are due this week. Voting members have been asked to "seed" the teams and slot the top 20 players for the game. …
Be on the lookout, especially at the C-USA and A-10 level for Winter Park junior big Adam Jones. Against Olympia, the 6-7 power forward had 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. …