Homewood-Flossmoor 68, Oak Hill 67 Arlington Country Day 64, Poplar Bluff 56 Hales Franciscan 57, Bellville Altoff 55 Carbondale 62, White Station 59 Westbury Christian 67, North Broward Prep 60 Webster Groves 53, Louisville Fairdale 48 Jefferson City 51, Santa Rita 32
Julian Wright (2005), SF, HF: It's been quite a year for Wright. First the Peach Jam title and now the Oak Hill upset. Wright's thunderous dunk, his team's resilience and a series of Oak Hill miscues put Homewood-Flossmoor in position to win the game. With 7 seconds remaining, Wright was fouled and went to the line to sink the game-winning free throws that sealed the upset.
He finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds as the consummate team player stepped up and guided his boys to the biggest win of the young high school season. This is one of those guys you can't judge by the numbers because he's the kind of player who makes the extra pass, retrieves the loose ball and finds a way to positively impact a basketball game. Plus, he's a shot-out-of-the-cannon athlete in the open floor.
Tyler Hansbrough (2005), PF, Poplar Bluff: What can you say about Tyler that hasn't already been written? Against a deeper ACD squad, Hansbrough battled every single possession. It was a brutally physical game in which he went up against 7-foot-2 kid in Jason Bennett and fought his way to 34 points and 11 rebounds. As ACD rotated guys on him, Hansbrough kept working inside until he finally was slowed in the second half. This guy is a max effort kid who hates losing and this one was tough for him to swallow.
Tywon Lawson (2006), PG, Oak Hill: There was a time in the first half when the spotlight shown brightest on Lawson. He finished with 21 points and 6 assists in a tough setback. In the end, Oak Hill turned it over late and took some quick shots which contributed to H-F's run in the final quarter.
J.P. Prince (2005), PG, White Station: The future Wildcat will have better days. White Station was in total command of this one until turnovers and ill-advised shots doomed them late and sent it into overtime. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds which certainly are respectable but J.P. still has to hone his offensive game from the outside in order to be a future scoring threat in college.
Josh Tabb (2005), SG, Carbondale: His trademark is slashing to the basket, and as someone astutely pointed out on press row, he prefers the baseline action. He's got energy and bounce inside and should be a guy the Salukis can count on for four years.
Manual Cass (2006), PF, Carbondale: The junior did the dirty work Carbondale and was rewarded with the game MVP trophy. He's a mid-major candidate who is a good leaper and had 18 points and 8 rebounds on Saturday.
Josue Soto (2006), PG, ACD: He had his trademark floater working today and led his team with 23 points and 7 assists and they needed every last one of them against the Hansbrough-led Mules.
Jeremy Barr (2005), C, Westbury Christian: The man with the biggest hands in high school basketball played the man with one of the biggest bodies in high school basketball (Sutton, N.Broward Prep). The individual matchup really never materialized but Barr topped all big men with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Get him the ball at close range and he'll stuff it home. He's effective within a 5-foot radius of the hoop.
Jimmie Sutton (2005), C, North Broward Prep: 12 points and 8 rebounds for the man with some of the biggest arms on the high school scene. Sutton will be one of the bigger bodies to enter college basketball next season. He'll finish around the basket and if he can learn a go-to-move he'd be better for it.
Jeremy Felton (2007), PF, Althoff: He's a new name that emerged out of the event. A power forward that produced on a national stage to the tune of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Kevin Lisch (2005), PG, Althoff: The Billikens could wind up with one of the better steals of the year in Lisch. He's got the intangibles, toughness and stroke from the outside that translate well to the game of college basketball. He had 17 and 7 assists in a loss but mark it down: he's going to be a nice player at St. Louis.
Nate Minnoy (2005), SF, Hales Franciscan: Minnoy looks a little heavier than he was last summer but the game hasn't changed much. Saturday was a tough day from the perimeter for his as he struggled to 19 points but shot just 37%. Regardless, he was tough on the boards with 11.
Eric Jones (2005), SF, Webster Groves: 23 points and 13 rebounds isn't a bad effort at all. He's a strong bodied wing player whose top asset is his body and his strength. He'll need to improve his perimeter game but he's a kid who'll sign mid-major.
8th grader Kenny Boynton scored 9 points and was on the floor during crunch time of his team's loss on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 Boynton is definitely a prospect. He's enrolled at North Broward Prep this year. … Look for Jimmie Sutton to earn his minutes next year at Florida as a rebounder and rejector. … Memphis has plenty of young talent and we wrote about DeAndre Bynum last summer. The 6-foot-4 White Station wing guard has a scorer's game and next year this will be his team to carry. …
Oak Hill coach Steve Smith will preach a number of things to his young team this week. One of them will be shot selection and the other deals with Kevin Durant. You can bet Smith will ask him to become more aggressive in the Oak Hill offense. … White Station small forward Colin Cunningham is going to Holy Cross and that makes sense because he's a fundamentally solid player who makes shots. …
Kevin Lisch's jumper is tough to block because of his high release as he gets a lot of air under his shots. … Junior Jason Bennett blocks shots in a stationary position and right now that's his calling: hands up, deterring would be drivers. …
News & Notes
UNC coach Roy Williams flew in after his team's win over UK to watch Hansbrough, Durant and Lawson. … Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins was in to see Durant as well. … Bill Self popped in to catch the Julian Wright Show. ….
Bolivar Central's Willie Kemp said that Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Memphis. … The smallest guy we've seen inserted into a game so far this season was Fairdale's Josh Thompson who is generously listed at 5-foot- 5 and a whopping 94 pounds. …
Tywon Lawson said that Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are the slight leaders for his services at this point. … Westbury Christian center Obi Ikeakor is not playing in this event and is likely done for the season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL. …
North Carolina State assistant Larry Harris was in attendance watching Lawson again as the Pack is making its push. … Jeremy Barr says that Southern Cal is in a position of strength in his recruitment. He said that the Trojans, Colorado, Arizona State and Oklahoma State have all offered. … Chris Lowery, the first-year Southern Illinois coach, was in attendance watching Tabb. …
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