High School Basketball Notebook (Mar. 23)

Kentucky's future recruits parents speak, Holmes scores a state title and the Academic All-American Classic Rosters's have been announced. The Notebook discusses all of that and more!

TV Station Calls Kentucky's Recruits Parents


The Kentucky faithful are restless, there's no question about it.

Message boards and call-in shows have been booming with talk about Billy Gillispie and whether or not he'll be around next year or not. One Lexington (Ky.) TV station even took it as far as calling Kentucky's 2009 signees parents.

Kentucky's 2009 class consists of Daniel Orton, a five-star prospect, Jon Hood, a top 40 prospect and three-star standout G.J. Vilarino. All threes fathers were on WKYT's sports show Saturday night.

Billy Gillispie is 39-26 through two year at Kentucky. Last year he led them to the first round in the NCAA tournament and was named the SEC Coach of the Year. The Cats are still alive in the NIT. http://www.wkyt.com/sports/headlines/41641132.html

Holmes Gets KY State Title


After being featured on ESPN and in USA Today Sandy Hook (Ky.) Elliott County became the crowd favorite to win the 2008-2009 Kentucky Sweet 16 title.

Elliott County's first round game was even watched by a Sweet 16 record crowd of over 21,000 people. But things didn't work out the way the Lions wanted, losing in the semi-finals of the Sweet 16 against Covington (Ky.) Holmes.

Holmes, who is led by Ricardo Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson and Elijah Pittman, went on to knock of Louiville (Ky.) Central 67-63 in double overtime in the championship to win their first state title in front of more than 15,000 fans at Rupp Arena.

Pittman led Holmes in scoring with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jeremiah Johnson went for 13 points and eight rebounds, while his brother, Ricardo, picked up the MVP honors for averaging just over 13 points and eight boards throughout the tournament.

Stephenson Gets 4th Straight City Title


Lance Stephenson has now done something that neither Stephon Marbury nor Sebastian Telfiar could accomplish at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln -- win four straight City Title's.

Over the weekend Stephenson, the nation's 7th ranked prospect, went for 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-56 win over JFK in Madison Square Gardens in the PSAL championship game.

Following the win, Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, touted his senior, who also holds the state scoring title, which was briefly held by former Lincoln standout Telfair.

"He's No.1, he's definitely No.1 right now," Morton told Ian Begley of the NY Daily News. "He's got the scoring championships; he's got the four city titles. ... I don't know what else they can do."

Maryland's James Padgett also played a big role in the championship, as he added 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Wilson vs Maymon In Wisconsin


Jeronne Maymon, of Madison (Wisc.) Memorial, was close to winning a state title his junior season, and now he's got one.

Up against Racine (Wisc.) Horlick in the WIAA Division 1 state title game, Maymon, who was recently named Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball, was the difference in the 56-41 win over a Jamil Wilson led team.

Marquette-bound Maymon went for 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but he had some help. Wisconsin commit Vander Blue added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Horlick's Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward, was strapped with foul trouble the entire night and finished with just nine points.

Academic All-American Classic Roster Announced


Robert Icart is getting together some of the best high school seniors that exceed on the court and in the classroom.

Over the years there have been a number of post-season all-star games for high school seniors, but this event is different. It focuses on grades and athletics. The Academic All-American Classic features 25 prospects with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The first year event will take place on May 9th at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario (Calif.) and is expected to be televised.

Academic All-American Classic Roster
Bak BakCalifornia
Andrew BockCreighton
Andy BrownStanford
Justin CobbsMinnesota
Jack Cooley - Notre Dame
Brandyn Curry – Harvard
Nolan DennisMemphis
Jordan FinnAir Force
Tyler HawsBYU
Keegan HornbuckleColorado
Tyler HoneycuttUCLA
Donovan Kirk – Miami
Brendan Lane – UCLA
Trent LockettArizona State
Carlos LopezUNLV
Mike MarraLouisville
Anthony Marshall – UNLV
Leslie McDonaldNorth Carolina
Peter McMillan – Cornell
Kelly Olynyk – Gonzaga
Glenn Rice Jr. – Georgia Tech
DaShonte Riley - Syracuse
Anthony Stover - UCLA
Malcom Washington –Pennsylvania
C.J. Wilcox – Washington


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