December 2011 Basketball Wiretap

Newark Memorial Takes Third Place In 2011 Torrey Pines Holiday Classic

Dec 31, 2011 1:51 AM

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." 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Casey Norris, High School

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DeMatha Wins Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, Jerami Grant Named MVP

Dec 31, 2011 1:43 AM

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.

Frank Burlison/Burlison on Basketball

Tags: Jerami Grant, James Robinson, Syracuse Orange, High School

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Muhammad Passes C.J. Watson To Become Leading Scorer In Bishop Gorman History

Dec 30, 2011 10:38 AM

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.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, C.J. Watson, High School

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Summer Hoops Figure Mac Irvin Passes Away

Dec 25, 2011 11:41 AM

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. 

CBS Sports

Tags: High School, NCAA

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Jarnell Stokes Commits To Tennessee

Dec 23, 2011 10:23 AM

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."

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tags: Jarnell Stokes, Arkansas Razorbacks, Florida Gators, Tennessee Volunteers, Memphis Tigers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Muhammad Considering Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, UNLV

Dec 22, 2011 3:43 PM

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.”

ZagsBlog.com

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA

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Michael Frazier Busts Out Of Slump With 19 Points, 11 Boards

Dec 22, 2011 10:52 AM

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.”

News-Press

Tags: Michael Frazier, Florida Gators, High School, High School B-Ball IQ

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Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson Limits Muhammad To Two First Half Points

Dec 22, 2011 10:23 AM

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.

News-Press

Tags: Shabazz Muhammad, Stanley Johnson, High School, High School B-Ball IQ

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Noel Could Reclassify For Class Of 2012

Dec 22, 2011 9:58 AM

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.

ESPN

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Duke Blue Devils, Connecticut Huskies, Georgetown Hoyas, Louisville Cardinals, Providence Friars, Florida Gators, Kentucky Wildcats, Syracuse Orange, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, High School Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Nerlens Noel: Blocking Shots All About Timing

Dec 22, 2011 9:55 AM

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.” 

ESPN

Tags: Nerlens Noel, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, High School B-Ball IQ

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Jarnell Stokes To Announce College Decision On Thursday
Memphis, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee are the expected finalists for Jarnell Stokes.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Shabazz Muhammad Scores 42 In Matchup With Julius Randle
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.

Jody Demling/Courier-Journal

Shabazz Muhammad Narrows List To Four
Shabazz Muhammad is widely regarded as the No. 1 player in the 2012 class.

Rivals.com

Gordon, Mitty Defeat Newark Memorial 60-40
Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Mitty.

RealGM Staff Report

California Bay Area High School Teams Go Six Overtimes To Decide Game
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.

Contra Costa Times

Randle Talking To Parker, Gordon About Playing Together
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.

Harrison Sanford/Five-Star Basketball

Noah Vonleh Likes Syracuse, North Carolina
Syracuse and North Carolina appear to be the early leaders for Noah Vonleh.

Eagle-Tribune

Texas Commit Ridley Goes For 52 Points, 25 Rebounds, 6 Blocks
"The kid is so fluid right now it's amazing," Bush coach Ronnie Courtney said of Cameron Ridley.

Fort Bend Sun

Jabari Parker Increases Aggressiveness In Simeon's Opener
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.

Chicago Sun-Times

Andrew White Commits To Kansas
Andrew White is approximately a top-50 recruit in the class of 2012.

KU Sports

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