Recruits advance in playoff action

<b>BASKETBALL RECRUITING</b> While No. 9 <b>Louisville</b> is busy preparing for a C-USA regular-season showdown against Charlotte tonight, three Cardinal recruits - <b>Terrence Williams</b>, <b>Bryan Harvey</b> and <b>Amir Johnson/b> - continue to help their teams advance in the playoffs.

Louisville-bound Terrence Williams, an athletic 6-5 forward, scored 11 points to help Rainier Beach defeat Hanford 56-41 in the first-round of the Washington Class AAA state playoffs Tuesday.

Williams, who will play in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic next month, and Rainier will face Kennedy today at 3:30 in second-round action.

Considered one of the nation's top 50 prospects, Williams averaged nearly 22 points per game this season. He's seeking the second state title of his career after helping Rainier to the 2002 title.

Harvey was recently
invited to participate in the
EA Sports Roundball Classic

Another Louisville-bound prospect, 6-5 guard Bryan Harvey of Compton (CA), scored a game-high 19 points earlier this week in a 57-54 victory over Capistrano Valley in the CIF Southern Section II-AA semifinals to advance to Saturday's secional final against Pasadena at the Pond.

Harvey averaged nearly 20 points and 8 rebounds this season has led the Dons to a 23-5 record.

And 6-9 Amir Johnson, recently named to the McDonald's All-American squad, scored a game-high 21 points to lead top-seeded Westchester to an 86-65 victory over No. 4 Cleveland to advance to the L.A. City Section final. Johnson, who signed with Louisville last fall, also blocked five shots.

The Comets, ranked No. 8 this week by USA Today, will face Duke-bound McDonald All-American Jamal Boykin and Fairfax next Saturday for the City title at the Forum. Fairfax beat Freemont 80-78 in overtime in the semi-finals.

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