High School Basketball Notebook

Lance Stephenson is in the news again, Terrell Vinson should finally get his release this week and a pair of shooters emerge late in the process.

Stephenson Takes Surprise Visit

Over the weekend, Lance Stephenson, one of the nation's highly regarded recruits, made a surprise trip to College Park (Md.) to see Maryland's campus.

Throughout this past year many have thought that Stephenson, a 6-foot-5 wing, could possibly attempt to follow in Brandon Jennings' footsteps and spend some time overseas rather than go to college.

However, he's repeatedly denied that he'll look into going overseas. Over the weekend the Washington Post reported that Stephenson is looking at Memphis, Maryland and St. John's. Kansas has been a in the mix for him as well.

So what will Stephenson do? Well, his dramatic and drawn out recruitment could end in a variety of ways. Whether he picks any of the four schools above, he'll likely do one year in college and head for the NBA draft.

Stephenson attends the same high school -- Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln – that both Sebastian Telfair and Stephon Marbury attended when they were in high school.

A five-star prospect, Stephenson is ranked No. 7 overall by Scout.com.

Vinson Set To Get Hard Release

Terrell Vinson should soon be able to shed more light on his recruitment.

The 6-foot-7 forward told Scout.com on Sunday that he's expecting to have his hard release in hand on Wednesday. Once he gets it, his recruitment should pick up considerably.

Originally, Vinson signed a Letter of Intent with Loyola-Marymount, but with Bill Bayno resigning, the talented forward opted to look at other options. He applied for his release two weeks ago.

Vinson, who ranks No. 76 overall by Scout.com, will likely have a number of high major programs to choose from. Remember this is a guy that picked LMU over the likes of Villanova, Maryland and Georgetown.

Coaches Search For Shooters

Every season as the year goes on a handful of prospects pop up.

This year Madison (Miss.) Central standout Jeremy Adams and Skylar McBee, of Rutledge (Tenn.) Grainger, appears to the be hot names.

Despite having a rough game when a number of colleges were in attendance, Adams, a 6-foot-5 wing, bounced back and scored scholarship offers from Texas A&M and Arkansas this week. Wake Forest, Marquette, Baylors and others are also in hot pursuit

McBee on the other hand is being trailed by mid-majors at this point – East Tennessee State, Chattanooga, Furman and MTSU. But Wake Forest and Tennessee are still evaluating him.

Both prospects appear to be knock down shooters and this late in the game, it's something that a number of schools are searching for.

On Tap This Week

The Chicago Public League has a reputation as being some intense, competitive basketball.

So we are excited to see what happens in the Chicago Public League Playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. The tournament consists of 32 teams and runs through February 22 at University of Illinois-Chicago.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times this is what the schedule looks like:
Whitney Young vs. Uplift
Crane vs. Julian
Vocational vs. Al Raby
Simeon vs. Lane Tech
North Lawndale vs. Phillips
Harper vs. Morgan Park
Farragut vs. Taft
Brooks vs. Collins
Curie vs. South Shore
Robeson vs. Hope
Foreman vs. North Grand
Payton vs. Kenwood
Hyde Park vs. Harlan
Marshall vs. Orr
Von Steuben vs. Fenger
Lincoln Park vs. DuSable


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