Around the Nation: Devils Scouting Boateng

<b>AROUND THE NATION – </b>Jeremis Smith and Dunbar knocked off Jason Horton and Cedar Hill in one of the best games in the country Tuesday night. Here's a region by region recap of the action.


Eric Boateng, a junior center out of Middletown (DE) St. Andrew's, helped his team to a season-opening win. The native of London scored 14 points, had 9 boards and two blocks in the non-conference game.

In the stands watching the 6-9+ Boateng were assistant coaches from Georgetown and Duke. Boateng is ranked among the top dozen juniors in the country by

Syracuse Henninger, led by 6-10 senior big man Andre Blatche rolled on Tuesday. In a 60-41 win over Cicero North, Blatche was his usual self. The unsigned big man helped his team improve to 3-0 with 20 points and 9 field goals.

Mike Glick's Archbishop Spalding team was tested on Tuesday. A scrappy Woodlawn bunch eventually fell 58-51. No. 10 senior Rudy Gay, a 6-8 small forward and returning All-Met performer, went for 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Oft-injured Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 7-2 center Roy Hibbert, who has signed with Georgetown, got his season off to a good start with 25 points, 11 boards and five blocks in a 68-53 win over St. John's.

Villanova-bound senior guard Dwayne Anderson had 13 for St. John's.


Greenbrier High was 6-7 senior small forward Florida signee, was held pretty much in check. His Portland team scored just 17 points in the first half. Brewer finished 2-for-6 from the field for a grand total of 15 points.

South Gwinnett (Ga.) 6-2, 170-pound junior point guard Georgia is his leader, canned nine trifectas.

It's going to be a big season for senior guard Florida State-bound 6-3 senior is the toast of the state after last week's win over Orlando Edgewater.

Oak Hill continued its winning ways, this time in the state of North Carolina. Steve Smith's bunch annual tussle with Winston-Salem Reynolds wasn't much of a contest as the Warriors rolled it up on Reynolds 99-64. Oak Hill was coming off a pair of wins at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Senior small forward Jarhon Giddings led Reynolds with 14.

Top 20 prospect Glen Davis was on the right side of another win Tuesday night. Against Istrouma, University won 59-32. Davis powered his team with a game-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds. He scored 10 first quarter points as his team took the 19-9 lead.

UNC signee JamesOn Curry and Eastern Alamance rolled it up against Southern Alamance 112-61. Curry, on track to become the state's all-time scoring leader, went for 47 points. Once again he's posting incredible numbers in what should be a season in which numerous state records succumb to his scoring prowess.

In Raleigh, Millbrook was on the wrong end of a 77-71 score against Apex. Cameron Stanley scored a game-high 19 points.

Jose Garcia, a 6-5 junior shooting guard, led Charlottesville St. Anne-Belfield past a tough Fork Union varsity team. Garcia had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. However, the big news for Garcia came earlier in the day when he learned that he had posted an SAT score of well over 1,200.

Denham Springs (La.) 6-7 1/2, 235-pound junior forward Kentucky and North Carolina as his three top schools, also had five steals, four blocks and four assists in the win.

While Daniel Dillon had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the victorious visitors.


Junior forward-center Anthony Sparks turned 18 on Tuesday and he celebrated with a big win over Detroit King. The 6-9, 290 pounder pumped in 19 points to lead Murray-Wright past King 70-62. Sparks is a Top 50 caliber player nationally in his class. Murray-Wright made it to the state semifinals last year when Sparks was a sophomore.

6-5 junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, one of the elite underclassmen in Michigan, had a big game but his team was not able to pull out the victory.

Against Detroit Central, Cass Tech fell 72-67. The multipositional Roberts led the way with a game-high 34 points.

Malik Hairston made his presence felt and Detroit Renaissance rolled in a big way over Detroit Chadsey. In the 106-32 win, Crawford hit up Renaissance for 35 points. Crawford, a senior, remains undecided and is looking at Kentucky and Michigan.

Hairston scored 12 points for Renaissance.


It might have been the game of the night nationally as two outstanding teams locked horns in Texas. Fort Worth Dunbar, led by Jason Horton.

Dunbar won the game 70-64 as Smith went for 32 points (10-15 FG) to go with 9 boards. He signed early with Missouri signee, got 27 points of his own and was on the mark from downtown hitting 5-for-10 from behind the arc. He finished with 4 assists and 4 steals as 4,000 fans watched.


Senior guard Washington signee, went off against Kent-Meridian out in Seattle. The Kentwood guard scored 13 second quarter points and 35 for the game as his team rolled 69-46.

Miami signee, equaled the scoring of Eastside Catholic in Seattle Rainier Beach's 73-26 victory. "It's only a matter of time before he breaks out," Beach coach Mike Bethea said. Giles finished with 26 points on 10-for-11 shooting.

With Mitchell Johnson had a big ballgame. The junior point guard led his team to a 49-39 win over Nathan Hale. O'Dea evened its record to 1-1 on the season.

Johnson pumped in 22 points, including 15 in a big second half effort. He's hearing from schools like Kansas, Notre Dame and Washington to name a few.

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