Around The Nation: Paulus Shines

<b>AROUND THE NATION –</b> "Big Al" Jefferson put in more work last night as he hung 62 points on an outmanned team. Meanwhile in Detroit, Darryl Garrett and Malik Hairston were working hard.

SOUTH

Prentiss (Miss.) High 6-9 senior power forward/center Al Jefferson, who has signed with Arkansas but may bypass college for the NBA, scored 62 points, grabbed 22 boards and blocked 11 shots in a 101-74 win over Magee High. Memphis GM Jerry West and at least eight other scouts were in attendance to watch Jefferson, who has yet to be held to less than 30 points this season. (Jeff Goodman)

According to the Greensboro News & Record, North Carolina signee JamesOn Curry was among 49 students arrested Wednesday morning on charges of peddling drugs. On Tuesday night, Curry scored 47 points as Eastern Alamance blew out Graham.

John Carroll is on a bit of a hot streak. The team has now won an impressive 25 games in a row to close out the year. Led by Top 50 point guard Ron Steele, John Carroll pasted Ramsay 93-73. Steele had one of his finest games of the season as the Alabama signee scored 35 points, had 11 rebounds and almost completed the triple-double with 7 assists.

Glen Davis and Baton Rouge University set out to prove they deserve the No.1 ranking in their class. The 23-3 Cubs extended their win streak by besting Christian Life 65-51. Led by the 6-8 Davis, a Top 20 player in his class, the Cubs rode their star. Davis scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds.

Robert Dozier, ranked No. 75 in our pre-season Top 100, helped lead his team to a 24-point win Tuesday night. The 6-8 Dozier led the charge as Lithonia defeated Douglas 76-52. The unsigned Dozier, who is a Georgia lean, scored 20 points in the victory.

Junior shooting guard Louis Williams, a 6-3 Georgia commitment, helped South Gwinnett to a good win. In a 75-56 win over Collins Hill, the high-scoring guard pumped in a game-high 35 points.

Norcross (24-0) remained undefeated as it beat Georgia power Berkmar 87-70 in action Tuesday night. Unsigned senior power forward Wynton Woods led all scorers with a game-high 32 in the loss.

When it comes to Class of 2005 prospects in Georgia, Mays High power forward Rashad Chase is one of the best. The power forward scored a game-high 28 points as Mays defeated McNair 68-51.

Talented sophomore winger Anjuan Wilderness had a big night as his Dunwoody (GA) High team knocked off Chamblee Tuesday evening. Wilderness, an athletic standout, scored 20 points in his team's win.

Giles County, one of the top teams in the state of Tennessee, was in action Tuesday evening. Giles County drilled Lawrence County 83-53. Top 15 junior Tyler Smith scored a team-high 15 points in the win.

David Palmer is coming around, slowly but surely, from an early season injury. The 6-8 Antioch (TN) High junior had 16 points and went 6-for-6 from the line but Antioch fell to Stratford 70-64.

Potential Top 25 junior Jamont Gordon was in action again Tuesday night. The swingman led a charge that saw Nashville Glencliff knock off Whites Creek 59-56. Gordon went for a team-high 17 points.

MIDWEST

Senior shooting guard Darryl Garrett had one of the biggest evenings of his career Tuesday night. The Eastern Michigan signee went off for 41 points in a 72-57 win over Finney. Detroit Denby is now 15-0 on the season. Garrett also had 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Farragut's 86-70 win over Marshall Tuesday night was a costly one. Sophomore guard Chris Singletary left the game with a sprained ankle. Meanwhile, Farragut power forward Ollie Bailey ensured the win. The 6-7 Bailey, a Rutgers signee, had 26 points. Farragut improved to 20-2.

Junior guard Jerel McNeal came up big in Hillcrest's 79-74 win over Rich Central. The 6-2 standout hit for 33 points in the game, including 16 straight in the fourth quarter.

Junior combo guard Bobby Frasor, a standout at Brother Rice, turned in a good game Tuesday night. Frasor led the charge as Brother Rice soundly defeated Laurence 57-36. The uncommitted junior went off for 21 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 3 3s in his team's 10-0 3rd quarter run. Brother Rice is 18-1 on the year.

Illinois signee Shaun Pruitt, a 6-8 power forward out of West Aurora, scored 14 points as West Aurora ran its record to 20-1. West defeated Wheaton South 53-50 Tuesday night.

Sophomore shooting guard Jonathan Scheyer helped Glenbrook to its 8th straight win. Glenbrook beat Notre Dame 46-40. Scheyer, one of the top guards in his class, scored 18 points in the win.

Go figure, it was another big night for the Detroit Renaissance duo of Malik Hairston and Joe Crawford. Renaissance ripped Detroit Communication and Arts 88-59. Hairston, one of the nation's top unsigned seniors, scored a game-high 29 points. Meanwhile, 6-4 Kentucky commitment Joe Crawford pumped in 24 points of his own as Renaissance improved to 15-0.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, one of the fastest rising guards in the junior class, had a huge night against Northwestern. In his team's 62-51 win which improved its record to 6-7 on the year. The 6-5 Douglas-Roberts scored 24 points, had 15 rebounds and 7 assists.

Super sophomore Ramar Smith led his Detroit King to a quality win over Southwestern. King won the game 87-62 Tuesday night. Smith, possibly the top sophomore shooting guard in the land, scored a game-high 26 points. King is now 10-4 on the year.

Wright State signee Lorenzo Shine got it done against Douglas Tuesday night as Rogers won the ballgame 73-61. The speedy Shine scored 23 points to go with 9 rebounds. Rogers is now 11-5 on the season. Shine is a combo guard whose quickness and scoring ability will help Paul Biancardi's Raiders.

High-scoring junior guard Marcus Walker was up to his old tricks against Rockhurst. The junior led Bishop O'Hara in scoring but the team lost 82-77. Walker went off for a game-high 35 points as O'Hara fell to 12-6 on the year.

Junior Leo Criswell, a 6-8 high-major prospect, scored 15 points in action Tuesday night. Criswell helped Kansas City Piper defeat Immaculata 60-54.

EAST

Seton Hall Prep, the No. 2 team according to the Star Ledger, defeated Morristown 74-54 Tuesday night. Leading the charge was junior guard Andrew Pusar who scored 25 points. Brandon Costner, a 6-8 power forward and member of our pre-season 2005 Top 25, had 17 points.

Greg Paulus has Christian Brothers clicking on all cylinders. The junior point guard, a member of our national Top 15, helped CBA roll 71-55 against Liverpool. Paulus, a 6-2 Duke commit, had 18 points and 10 assists. CBA extended its record to 10-3.

In action Tuesday night in Jersey, St. Joseph's defeated Brunswick 51-42. St. Joseph's junior center Andrew Bynum had a team-high 12 points in the win.

Andray Blatche, a 6-10 senior center who is having a big time year, helped Henninger defeat Fayette-Manlius 67-36. Blatche went for 17 points, a handful under his average but his team romped and ran its record to 14-1.

WEST

In his second game back, 6-6 Seattle Prep junior Martell Webster made the difference. Two weeks ago, O'Dea defeated Seattle Prep but not this time around. Prep won the rematch 48-37 as Webster led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. O'Dea junior point guard Mitchell Johnson came into the game averaging 19 points. He was held scoreless in the first half and finished with 9 for the game.

It was a typical game for Rainier Beach senior center C.J. Giles The Beach toasted Nathan Hale 71-37 as Giles had another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate junior Terrence Williams also had 17 and 12.

SOUTHWEST

Boston College signee Sean Williams did his thing Tuesday night but it wasn't enough as Mansfield Summit defeated Mansfield 79-66. The 6-8 Williams, an early signee with the Eagles, scored a game-high 28 points in the loss.

Dallas Skyline took it to Molina Tuesday night. Skyline won the game 80-58. Junior swingman Calvin Miles led the charge with 17 points. Teammate DeMarcus Miller scored 18 points and was Skyline's leading scorer. Texas A&M signee Kenneth White scored 23 points for Molina in the loss.

In action in Dallas Tuesday night, South Oak Cliff handed Kimball a 61-54 loss. Sophomore Darrell Arthur, one of the top power forwards in his class, scored 12 points.

Cedar Hill continued its outstanding season as it won again Tuesday night. Missouri signee Daniel Horton once again led the way as Cedar Hill defeated DeSoto 61-42. Horton pumped in a team-high 15 points.


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