Dec 31, 2011 1:51 AM EST
Newark Memorial defeated Woodland Hills Taft 55-49 in the third place game of the 2011 Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Newark lost to eventual champion DeMatha in the semifinals by a score of 64-49, though the score was 41-38 at one point in the third quarter.
Casey Norris of Newark Memorial scored a game-high 23 points.
"He's a gritty, seasoned, four-year guy," said Newark head coach Craig Ashmore. "He carried us for a while when we weren't finishing as we should have been. I'm very proud of him."
Dec 31, 2011 1:43 AM EST
DeMatha beat Windward 74-64 to win the 2011 Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Jerami Grant, a 2012 commit to Syracuse, was named Tournament MVP.
James Robinson led DeMatha in the title game with 18 points. Robinson will attend Pitt in the fall.
Junior BeeJay Anya had 13 points in a supporting effort for DeMatha.
Windward upset Aaron Gordon's Mitty team and Woodland Hills Taft, the best team in the Los Angeles area, to reach the championship.
Dec 30, 2011 10:38 AM EST
Shabazz Muhammad became the leading scorer in Bishop Gorman history on Thursday.
Muhammad scored 22 points to surpass C.J. Watson's total of 1,640.
Bishop Gorman defeated Lakota East 76-38 in the Beach Ball Classic.
Dec 25, 2011 11:41 AM EST
Mac Irvin, an influential summer hoops figure in the Chicago area, died on Saturday.
The exact cause of death was not immediately known, but Irvin had been fighting diabetes.
Duke assistant Jeff Capel was among the first to Tweet about Irvin's death.
"RIP to Mr. Mac Irvin," Capel Tweeted. "A mentor to so many. You will be missed!"
Countless elite prospects have spent summers playing for the Mac Irvin Fire. The most recent 17-and-under team featured Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward who is regarded as the nation's No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013.
Dec 23, 2011 10:23 AM EST
Jarnell Stokes, a five-star power forward from Memphis, announced that he would play for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.
Stokes is a consensus top-15 player in the incoming college class of 2012.
Stokes also considered Memphis, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.
"I have spent a lot of time in prayer about what to do, and I believe that the University of Tennessee is the right place for me," Stokes told ESPN. "I am excited about the future at Tennessee. I am going to work as hard as I can to fit in with my teammates and learn the system as quickly as I can to help the team."
Dec 22, 2011 3:43 PM EST
Shabazz Muhammad is looking at Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and UNLV.
USC, the alma mater of Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, is apparently out, as is Texas A&M.
“I narrowed my list down actually to six,” he said at the City of Palms Classic. “I think it was a good thing for me to narrow them down to six because a lot of schools were calling that I wasn’t really interested in. So now I can stay grounded on the court and get ready and go through the season.”
Dec 22, 2011 10:52 AM EST
Florida-bound Michael Frazier scored a game-high 19 points, making 8-of-11 field goals with a team-high 11 rebounds in Montverde's 92-80 win over Reserve Riverside Academy in the third place game of the State Farm City of Palms Classic.
Frazier had struggled in his previous three Classic games.
“My teammates, they kept my head up,” Frazier said. “They gave me confidence and helped me get out of my slump. The thing is, I was still rebounding and playing defense, so I wasn’t hurting my team. Defense is something I take pride in. We’re a defensive-minded team, and Coach (Kevin) Boyle is a defensive-minded coach. He has helped me raise my game.”
Dec 22, 2011 10:23 AM EST
Mater Dei sophomore Stanley Johnson was given the assignment to guard Bishop Gorman's Shabazz Muhammad on Wednesday. Johnson is one of the top 25 members of the incoming college class of 2014.
Johnson held Muhammad to just two points in the first half.
“Shabazz is a great player,” Johnson said. “He is always moving. The coaches told me in the morning that I would be covering him, and I got a little timid. But I was just physical and tried to get him off his game.”
Muhammad finished the game with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, though many of those points were scored after Mater Dei had built a double-digit lead.
Dec 22, 2011 9:58 AM EST
Nerlens Noel could reclassify and become a member of the incoming college class of 2012. Noel is currently a high school junior.
“Yeah I’ve heard that one,” Noel said of the rumor. “I’m not gonna do that though. I’m 90 percent sure that I won’t reclassify. But the fact that those coaches think I can play now, definitely gives me even more confidence on the court.”
Syracuse, Providence, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and Connecticut are considered the leaders for Noel.
Dec 22, 2011 9:55 AM EST
Nerlens Noel is averaging 7.5 blocks per game to go with 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for Tilton.
“I try and swat their shots even further into the stands or down the court,” said Noel. “To be honest, it makes me feel a little disrespected.”
Noel is a top-3 player in the incoming college class of 2013.
Noel blocked six shots, scored nine points, dished out six assists and snagged 17 rebounds in Tilton’s 80-50 win over Friends Central (Philadelphia) Monday.
“Nerlens is just all over the place,” said Friends Central forward Amile Jefferson, a senior who is ranked No. 24 in ESPN's Top-100. “He contests every shot and you’ve got to be aware of where he is at all times. He’s not the biggest guy on the court, but he plays like it.”
“Blocking shots is all about timing,” Noel said. “It doesn’t matter how big and strong a guy that I have to guard is, I know how to time blocks really well. You get your shot blocked a few times and you’re gonna start pump-faking. Then I’ve got you.”
Memphis, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are the expected finalists for Jarnell Stokes.
Shabazz Muhammad is the No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2012, while Julius Randle is ranked No. 3 in the class of 2013.
Dec 17, 2011 | Rivals.com
Shabazz Muhammad is widely regarded as the No. 1 player in the 2012 class.
Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Mitty.
The Skyline High (Oakland, CA) boys basketball team outlasted Santa Teresa (San Jose, CA) Thursday in the first round of the Granada (Livermore, CA) Holiday Classic, winning 97-94 in six overtimes.
Julius Randle says that he has discussed teaming up with some of the other top recruits from the 2013 incoming class, most notably Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon.
Dec 09, 2011 | Eagle-Tribune
Syracuse and North Carolina appear to be the early leaders for Noah Vonleh.
Dec 07, 2011 | Fort Bend Sun
"The kid is so fluid right now it's amazing," Bush coach Ronnie Courtney said of Cameron Ridley.
Robert Smith, head coach of Simeon, didn't feel like his team played to the lofty expectations that have them ranked No. 1 in the country by several polls.
Andrew White is approximately a top-50 recruit in the class of 2012.
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