Cook, Dunbar On Big Stage Against Taft

Ohio State signee Daequan Cook and his Dayton Dunbar team will play before a sellout crowd of more than 16,000 on Saturday at the Scholastic Play By Play Classic at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Dunbar tackles Cincinnati Taft at 6:15 p.m., while USA Today's top two ranked high school teams, Oak Hill Academy and North College Hill, will met at 8 p.m. Plus, we have information on postseason all-star game selections. Click here for more.

A sellout crowd of over 16,000 will be on hand Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena for the Cincinnati Scholastic Play By Play Classic.

The three-game series will be topped off as USA Today's top two high school basketball teams in the country, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and North College Hill of suburban Cincinnati, go head to head at 8 p.m.

Just before that game, Ohio State signee Daequan Cook and his Dayton Dunbar team will try and keep their perfect record against Ohio competition intact as they tackle powerful Cincinnati Taft in a match-up of the top teams in the Southwest Ohio Public League. That game tips at 6:15 p.m.

The event opens at 4:30 p.m. as a pair of Kentucky teams, Covington Catholic and Ryle, will collide.

Here is a look at the event's top games as well as information on a pair of postseason national all-star games where OSU signees will be in action:

Dunbar, Taft to battle in rematch of 2005 Regional Final

Immediately preceding the NCH-Oak Hill game, Dayton Dunbar and Cincinnati Taft will tip off in a rematch the 2005 Division II regional final in which Dunbar prevailed 80-72 in an overtime thriller.

Led by guard and Ohio State-recruit Daequan Cook, Dunbar stood at 16-2 going into a Friday night game against Dayton Colonel White. Their losses were to Lawrence (Ind.) North and Ridgeway, Tenn. Cook averages 25.6 points per game.

Junior center Aaron Pogue is a force inside with 14.6 points per game and is one of the top centers in the class of 2007.

Taft, which also has a 16-2 record, is looking to avenge that season-ending loss of a year ago behind guard Heath While and forward Brandon Russ. White averages 21.8 points and 8.1 points per game while Russ is good for 9.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds.

Tyrone Bradshaw has been solid this season down low as well with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Each team has already clinched SWOPL divisional titles. Dunbar has a 7-0 record in American Division play, while Taft is 9-0 in the National Division.

Oak Hill, NCH Battle For National Prep Honors

The mythical national high school championship could be on the line as Oak Hill and North College Hill hook up.

The NCH-Oak Hill match up features some of the top high school players in the country with juniors O.J. Mayo (2005 Ohio High Man of the Year in Boys Basketball) and Bill Walker highlighting North College Hill's roster. This dangerous duo is regarded by many as the top two juniors in the country.

Mayo, who is looking to become the sixth player to claim two Ohio Mr. Basketball awards this year, has been nursing an injured foot but is expected to play Saturday. Walker had his best performance of the season without Mayo and junior center Keenan Ellis (disciplinary action) against Covington (Ky.) Holmes with 50 points and 25 rebounds.

The 6-11 Ellis, who is an integral part of the Trojan team with 11.5 points per game, was dismissed from the team this week for the rest of the season with the OHSAA tournament tipping off on Monday. Reasons for his dismissal have not been disclosed.

The storied Oak Hill Academy has produced it's fair share of basketball talent over the years and this season is no different. North Carolina recruit and point guard Tywon Lawson leads a Warriors team that boasts seven Division I-bound recruits.

Lawson averages 24.2 points per game with nine assists and 4.9 steals.

Senior center Albert Jackson has signed to play college ball for Georgia while senior forwards Jeff Allen and Landon Milbourne will compete in the ACC for Virginia Tech and Maryland, respectively.

Three players have made verbal commitments with senior guard Anthony Wright committed to Michigan, junior guard Nolan Smith verballed to Duke and junior forward Michael Beasley pledging his talent to Charlotte.

Notable Oak Hill alumni include Carmelo Anthony, Steve Blake, Ron Mercer, Jerry Stackhouse and Rod Strickland.

All-Star Game Selections Announced

Cook will join fellow OSU signees Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. of Lawrence North and David Lighty of Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in all-star action once the season is complete.

All four of them will be on the West Squad in the Roundall Classic, set for Sun., April 9, at 4 p.m. Eastern at Chicago's United Center. Conley's dad, Mike Conley Sr., will coach the West squad. CSTV will televise the game.

Here is information on the Roundball Classic:

Roundball Classic Information

The McDonald's All-American Game is set for Wed., March 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern. It will be played at Cox Arena in San Diego. The game will be televised by ESPN.

Sources have indicated that Cook will be on the West squad, while Oden and Conley will be on the East.

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