Around The Nation: Dec. 16

AROUND THE NATION – Tom Crean was in attendance as junior small forward Branden Dawson does what he does best: rebound!

Jackson Northside dropped a close one to Hillcrest 85-78. Gators signee Casey Prather scored 32 points in the loss.

Two future Gamecocks tangled this week with R.J. Slawson coming out on the winning end 49-45. Slawson scored 11 points and Bruce Ellington netted 24.

West Virginia signee Noah Cottrill made his Logan debut a memorable one. The senior scored 29 points and dropped 13 dimes in the 103-71 win over Man.

Keith Appling pumped in 35 points and Juwan Howard 19 as Pershing smacked Osborn 103-64.

Kansas State signee Will Spradling scored 31 points as South beat Troy 55-49. Spradling shot 8-for-18 from the field and connected on four 3-pointers.

Seniors Jay Copeland and Devante Gardner scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, as King's Fork rocked Nansemond River 78-67.

St. John's beat O'Connell 71-63. UNC recruit Kendall Marshall led O'Connell with 15 points.

Cory Joseph led Findlay Prep with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists as it beat visiting Christian Life Center 96-80.

In a game featuring a host of DI prospects, West Charlotte defeated North Meck despite losing star J.T. Terrell in the second quarter. Terrell was ejected after throwing an elbow. Julius Hamilton and Jacoby Davis shared 30 and Terrell's brother DeMaurice came off the bench to net 12. Bernard Sullivan and Carlin Bremner scored 21 each for North Meck. Virginia's Tony Bennett attended the game as well as assistants from Virginia Tech and Charlotte.

P.J. Hairston hit his average – 33 points – Tuesday night. Dudley beat Smith by 27. Hairston also had five rebounds and senior point guard Brennan Wyatt served up 12 dimes.

Wayne Blackshear's tremendous season continued Monday night. The Morgan Park junior hit for 40 points again as his team won by a digit over Harlan. More impressive than the points this season has been the boards. He had 21 Monday night.

Junior guard Jarion Henry netted 21 points as Kimball bested Arlington Grace Prep 59-46. Isaiah Austin scored 6 in the loss.

On Saturday night, Indiana's Tom Crean went to watch one of the best rebounders in the country. Branden Dawson delivered to the tune of 18 boards as Gary Wallace beat Howe 75-68. Dawson also scored 20 points.

After watching Maryland commit Terrence Ross over the weekend, its clear he's about 60 slots too low in our rankings. Ross did not ink with the Terps early and that's cause for minor concern. Actually, whenever a commit doesn't ink it brings about questions.

We know other schools are trying to see what his status is. Maryland, to its credit, has been present at his games and is doing all it can to solidify the pledge. Ross did not wish to talk about his recruiting at the National Hoops Festival only saying that he remains committed.

Cherryville junior Terry Whisnant became a member of an exclusive club at his school. Whisnant pumped in 40 points and it gave him 1,000 for his career. Whisnant stroked six 3-pointers in the game. …

Ian Miller is a baller and he's got a guy working with him who knows a thing or two about playing at a high level. Good story on the FSU signee.

A new story on Harrison Barnes and his story.

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