Hoops Signee and Prospect Updates Rajon MVP

<p>The high school basketball season is in full swing and we've got progress reports on Sebastian Telfair, Brian Johnson, Donta Smith, Rajon Rondo, Terrance Farley, Lorenzo Wade, and Clarence Holloway.

The high school basketball season is in full swing and several D1 prospects have been playing in various holiday tournaments around the nation. Sebastian Telfair, is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered earlier this month against Orlando Edgewater in an ESPN telvised matchup.

Another point guard, senior prospect Rajon Rondo, continues his outstanding play and was recently honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii.

MVP Iolani Classic: Rajon Rondo Here's an update on the progress of Louisville's 2004 fall signees and key available prospects.

6'10 Terrance Farley has been a double-double machine this season. Despite having flud drained from his knee earlier this month, Farley continues to show vast improvement on the court. Farley had 15 points and 12 rebounds against DeSales and came back with 12 points and 15 boards against Louisville Southern three nights later. Againsy Henry Clay in the Defenders of the Station Invitational at Bryan Station, Farley had his best outing of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds in PRP's first loss of the season. He had 10 points and 10 boards against Bryan Station in 20 minutes of action.

Telfair missed Lincoln's game against Telecommunications last week and came back to score just four points in a 68-57 loss to Sheepshead Bay before Christmas.

6'9 Brian Johnson has been rebounding the ball well in recent outings. Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds against Dr. Phillips, then came back with 17 points and 11 boards against Jamal Boykin and Fairfax (CA) in the Iolani Prep Classic. He also had 9 points and 7 boards against Lee County and 4 points, 6 rebounds vs. Mount Vernon (NY) in the finals of the Iolani Classic.

Small Forward Donta Smith has SE Illinois poised for a strong second half to the season at the semester break. Southeastern is 12-1 and Smith had 36 points, including 13 field goals, 4 threes, and 6-6 free throws in a semester ending victory over NAIA opponent Brescia. Smith and SE Illinois return to action January 3 against Moberly at McKendree College.

Top 50 shooting guard Lorenzo Wade returns to action January 8 vs. Massanutten Military. He posted 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in his last outing against New Hampton Prep (CT).

Rajon Rondo is tearing up some of the nation's best competition. Rondo, considered the nation's top unsigned point guard, was named the MVP of the Iolani Prep Classic after posting 25 points, 10 assists, and three steals against Mount Vernon in the championship game. He also had 17 points and 5 steals vs. Kapolei, 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists against Lee County in the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational. Rondo also posted 12 points, 4 assists against Josh Shipp and Fairfax.

Last but not least, 7'0 2005 commit Clarence Holloway recently posted back to back double-doubles in wins over Chicago Vocational and Hubbard. Try 10 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks against Vocational and 11, 13 and 5 vs. Hubbard.

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