Around The Nation: Dec. 9

AROUND THE NATION – Man, there were some big numbers being put up in recent days. J.T. "Sniper" Terrell went big. So did G.W. Danville power forward C.J. Barksdale who posted an impressive double-double.

DANVILLE, Va. – The Dudley-G.W. Danville series is turning into one of the region's finest. Both state powers from bordering areas, each features strong talent and GW Danville's place was packed with fans Tuesday night. GW didn't lead until there were five minutes left in the 4th but held on for the 69-62 win.

Two Danville juniors led the charge. Power forward C.J. Barksdale scored 10 second half points and pulled down 16 boards in the final two quarters. He finished with a monster line of 20 points and 21 rebounds. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest attended the game. Barksdale is a weight program away from hitting his stride.

Stone came off the bench and sparked his team. He rained five 3-pointers for 21 points, most coming in the second half.

Dudley's P.J. Hairston scored 53 points his last time out over the weekend and started out scintillating until foul trouble forced him out of action the entire second quarter.

Hairston, a North Carolina commitment, came into the game averaging an astounding 38 points a contest. He finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman Jaquel Richmond is a name to remember for the Panthers. The 6-foot guard already has a nice mid-range pull-up and the confidence to be a player down the road.

Iowa signee Ben Brust dropped 43 points on Lake Forest but it wasn't enough as Mundelein fell 84-77 in overtime. In the second quarter he scored 20 of his team's 23 points.

West Charlotte received the state's best transfer in the form of J.T. Terrell and the future Demon Deacon lit up Butler for 42 points. West won 93-88 in double-overtime. Butler's Anthony Stitt scored 17 in the loss and junior guard Marcus Burton went for a career-high 40.

Kentwood lost Tuesday night to Federal Way, the No. 1 team. However, Kentwood's loss could be significant as its standout big man went down in the second half. According to the Seattle Times, Smith landed awkwardly on his right leg and may need an MRI.

North Central's backcourt is coming together nicely. North Central dumped Lawrence Central 87-58 behind 19 points from Purdue signee Teronne Johnson and 15 from sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. D.V.R. had knee surgery and missed the first month of the season.

Jackson Provine recently bested cross-town rival Murrah, 83-54. Leading the way was LSU signee Jalen Courtney. LaQuinton Ross scored 11 for Murrah but was saddled with foul trouble. Courtney pumped in a game-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and shot 8-for-10 from the line. On Tuesday night, Courtney scored 19 to lift his team to an 8-point win over Forest Hill. Andre Stringer scored 26 for Forest Hill.

Jereme Richmond scored 20 for the Waukegan as it held on to defeat Glenbrook South 68-48.

Nequa Valley's Dwayne Evans scored 22 points and had 16 rebounds in his team's 74-48 win over Bolingbrook. Evans signed with St. Louis in the fall.

Xavier's Jay Canty scored a team-high 28 points as Oak Ridge beat Cannon School 70-58. Virginia Tech signee Jarell Eddie had 26 of his own for Cannon.

Jonathan Graham was big for Calvert Hall as it beat Milford Mill 65-56. Graham, the son of a former Terrapin standout, scored 23 points, including 10 in a row during the second half.

Ian Miller scored 16 points and Kadeem Green 12 as United Faith held off Charlotte Christian 70-62. UVA signee Akil Mitchell dumped in 25 points and South Carolina commitment Anthony Gill had 21.

The pundits out West feel like Deonta Burton is an under recruited player. After sitting out as a transfer last season, Burton wound up as the MVP of the Westchester tournament.

Atlantic Shores defeated Churchland 78-72. Brandon Britt, a William & Mary signee, went for 31 points.

Ben Hazel scored 22 points as Good Counsel knocked off Georgetown Prep 78-59. Hoyas signee Markel Starks scored 21 in the loss.

Ballou unsigned senior wing Dante Holmes scored 21 as his team beat KIMA 56-45. George Mason signee Jonathan Aldredge scored 13 points.

Montverde Academy recently scored a big win over Providence and seniors Stacey Poole and Patric Young. Junior Steve Moudou Missi scored 15 points while Jumail Jones and James Bell went for 14 and 12. Poole was the high scorer with 22 and Young added 10 before fouling out.

Another day at the office for J.P. Tokoto. The Menomonee Falls soph scored 19 points and led his team to a 56-36 win over Milwaukee Marquette.

Sophomore guard Braxton Ogbueze scored 20 points as Vance pasted Independence 77-54. Junior Marquis Rankin chipped in with 12.

Welcome to the club, Deshaun Thomas. The Ohio State signee is now one of Indiana's top 10 all-time scorers. He dumped 43 in a 96-60 win over Mishawaka Marion. He slid past former Hilltopper Anthony "The Rifleman" Wiinchester. Thomas has 2,297 points and trails No. 1 Damon Bailey who has 3,134.

For a guy with three fouls to step in and take two charges – on the road – is big time. P.J. Hairston did just that, trying to help his team win. Those are big time plays. …

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