HSBN: Mater Dei Wins; USC Has Big Weekend

This week's Notebook takes a peak at Mater Dei's win, Wake Forest's new pull, South Carolina's recruiting weekend and the possibilities at Memphis.

Mater Dei Wins Big One

Two of nation's top high school teams – Mater Dai and St. Benedict -- squared off in the Nike Extravaganza in California this past weekend.

Mater Dei entered the big match up undefeated and they escaped the showcase game of the all-day event with a convincing 12-point win over a Tristan Thompson squad that now holds a 19-2 record.

North Carolina signee David Wear scored a game-high 18 points, while UCLA commit Tyler Lamb chipped in 17 for the Monarchs, who now sit 24-0, including a tournament championship at the prestigious City of Palms event.

Tristan Thompson, the top 2010 prospect and a Texas commit, scored 14 points for the Gray Bees, who lost their second consecutive game. Last week they took a hit from St. Patrick.

Wake Forest Scores Top 75 Junior

February has been a slow month for basketball commitments.

The draught ended on Saturday when Melvin Tabb, a junior standout at Raleigh (N.C.) Enloe, gave Wake Forest a verbal commitment, while on campus for an unofficial visit to Winston-Salem (N.C.).

"It's been something that has been on my mind for a while," Tabb told Scout.com. "Wake Forest was always my top school, but it just felt right. The feeling was right so I had to go with it."

Tabb, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, is a four-star prospect with a considerable amount of athleticism and an impressive face up game. He' ranked No. 73 overall in Scout.com's 2010 rankings.

With Tabb's commitment, Wake Forest now has three verbals in the 2010 class. Tabb joins a pair of four-star prospects in Philadelphia (Pa.) St. John Neumann standout Tony Chenault and Burlington (N.C.) Cumming product J.T. Terrell.

Underclassmen Weekend At South Carolina

Darrin Horn isn't wasting much time at South Carolina.

The first year Gamecock coach has USC in great position to make the NCAA tournament at 17-5. Off the court, Horn is doing a great job as well. This past weekend USC had a number of underclassmen on campus for their match up with Georgia.

Recruits spanning four classes made their way to Columbia (S.C.) for the game. Lakeem Jackson, a USC signee, was in the building, as was 2010 product Kadeem Green.

There were a host of 2011 prospects including Jacoby Davis, Enoch Hood, Tony Menton, Jervon Pressley, Marquis Rankin and Ron Trapp. Braxton Oguzueze, a 2012 product, also made the trip.

Calipari Working On Best Class?

John Calipari can flat out recruit. There's no question about it.

His 2007 class consisted of the future No. 1 draft pick Derrick Rose. Last year he brought in Tyreke Evans, a future NBA player, and in 2009 he's already got the top shooting guard -- Xavier Henry -- in the fold. But he's not done.

If things fall in place for Calipari he could take home his best recruiting class. To go with a commitment from Henry, he has Letter of Intents from Nolan Dennis, a four-star prospect, and a pair of JUCO standouts – Darnell Dodson and Will Coleman.

But what could make Memphis' class his best ever, are the possibilities of adding John Wall, the nation's top lead guard, and DeMarcus Cousins, a top 10 prospect.

Wall has made it clear that at this point his recruitment is wide open. Memphis, as well as Baylor, Miami, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina State are in the mix. While Cousins, a former UAB commit, has been adamant that Memphis is his leader at this point.

Things would obviously have to fall the right way, but if Memphis were to land both, then Calipari would have strung together two guys that are rated No. 1 at their positions and a guy in Cousins that is rated as the No. 2 center.

The next question would be: Is there enough shots to go around?

On Tap This Week

New Jersey is the place to be this coming weekend.

The Prime Time Shootout has a loaded lineup that consists of Oak Hill, St. Patrick, St. Anthony, Hotchkiss School, St. Benedict's, Lincoln, Montrose Christian, Rice and many others.

The action gets started on Saturday and runs through Sunday at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton (N.J.).

10:30 AM – Our Savior New American (NY) vs. Life Center Academy (NJ)
12:00 PM -- Timber Creek (NJ) vs. St. Raymond's (NY)
1:30 PM – Bishop Loughlin (NJ) vs. Union (NJ)
3:00 PM – Rice (NY) vs. Rancocas Valley (NJ)
4:30 PM – Mountain State Academy (WV) vs. St. Benedict's (NJ)
6:00 PM – Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Westchester (CA)
7:30 PM - St. Anthony's (NJ) vs. Hotchkiss School (CT)
9:00 PM - St. Patrick's (NJ) vs. Oak Hill Academy (VA)

10:30 AM - Pennington Prep (NJ) vs. Montgomery (NJ)
12:00 PM - Elizabeth (NJ) vs. Christ The King (NY)
1:30 PM - Trenton Catholic (NJ) vs. Carmen Sol (PR)
3:00 PM - Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Linden (NJ)
4:30 PM - Montrose Christian (MD) vs. Shabazz (NJ)
6:00 PM – Trenton Catholic (Girls - NJ) vs. John F. Kennedy (Girls - NY)
7:30 PM - Trenton Central (NJ) vs. Nichols School (NY)
9:00 PM – St. John Vianney (NJ) vs. North Hunterdon (NJ)

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