Grayson Allen: After making a strong impression last week at the City of Palms event, the future Blue Devil and his Providence High teammates are in Myrtle Beach this week at the Beach Ball Classic. Allen and his team began the event two days after Chirstmas with a 32 point victory over Socastee (S.C.) High. Playing less than 10 minutes, Allen scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Things got tougher on the next night as Providence was able to rally for a four point win over Moeller (Ohio) thanks to Allen's 30 points and seven rebounds. Away from the games, Allen also won the event's dunk contest with this show-stopper:
Tyus Jones: Ever since losing to Jahlil Okafor on ESPN on December 12th, Jones has been on a mission to extract revenge on his future opponents. It seems to be working as the future Blue Devil has helped his team to wins of 32, 25, 31, and 24 points. In those four contests Jones has averaged 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game.
Jahlil Okafor: Much like Allen's Providence team, Okafor's Whitney Young squad has been traveling extensively this year. This time theory are in Oregon for the 2013 Les Schwab Invitational. In the event's first game, Okafor went for 23 points (11-of-14 from the field) and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes as the Dolphins won by 40. Next up was a tighter game against Oregon's Churchill High. Okafor was matched up against undecided, 7-1 senior Matt Hayashi. It was a total mismatch as Okafor shot 16-of-20 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 40 points and 16 rebounds. He also fouled out his opponent in just 13 minutes. The third game would be the last for the Dolphins as Seattle's Rainer Beach High rallied for a seven point win. In the loss Okafor was still dominant, scoring 28 points (12-of-16 from the field) and grabbing 13 rebounds. He played the entire 32 minutes in each of the final two games.
Justise Winslow: Winslow, the reigning Gatorade Texas State Player of the Year, and his teammates will be playing in John Lucas' Fonde Hall of Fame games event in Houston later this week against Rufus King of Milwaukee, Wis. The game, called the "Rickie Winslow Legends Game" is named after Justise's father who played in the NBA and for Houston's Phi Slama Jama team(s).
Luke Kennard: The 6'5 wing guard joined Allen at the Beach Ball in Myrtle Beach this week and put on a show in the opening round. Against South Carolina's Mullins High School, Kennard shot 16-of-27 from the field (5-of-9 from the perimeter) en route to 45 points and nine rebounds while playing 29 of 32 minutes. Unfortunately for Franklin High, Kennard was held in check against New York's Bishop Loughlin as the Northerners held the five star prospect to just 3-of-11 shooting from the field. Kennard finished with 15 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action in a 25 point defeat.
Diamond Stone: The Blue Devils dropped in early in the weekend to watch Stone in action. The five star big man was impressive against Catholic Memorial, scoring 33 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as Dominican rolled to an easy win on December 28th. The previous day, however, Dominican fell to Rice Lake by 14 points (56-42). Stone shot 9-of-20 (0-3 from 3pt) from the field to finish with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Chase Jeter: Jeter and his Bishop Gorman teammates are joining Okafor and his group at the Les Schwab Invitational. In the opener Jeter was perfect from the field (6-6) en route to 17 points and five rebounds in just 16 minutes of action as Bishop Gorman rolled to a 25 point win. Things weren't too much tougher in the next round as Gorman rolled to a 15 point win with Jeter recording 14 points (6-of-8 FG) and five rebounds.
The third game of the series was an eight point win that required a 17 point rally by Gorman in the third quarter to earn a tough victory over West Linn (Ore.) High. Jeter struggled against West Linn, hitting just one of five shots to finish with three points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
Tyler Dorsey: Dorsey led his St. John's Bosco squad to the Visitmesa.Com Invite in Mesa, Arizona this week. After dropping the first two games, the Braves rebounded to win their final two contests. In the initial game against Corona del Sol, Dorsey scored 26 second half points, but it wasn't enough for Bosco to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit. Bosco dropped the second game by two to Mountain View despite 22 points and nine rebounds from Dorsey.
Bosco got on the winning side of things in the third game against Gilbert, winging by 18 points behind 32 points and four rebounds from Dorsey. The final game saw Dorsey go for 27 points and six assists as Bosco pulled away from Houston Christian, 79-57.