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Florida High School Hoops

Posted by Marcus on December 16, 2008

There are some great high school basketball players in Florida, and of course you’ve probably heard of Gators commit Kenny Boynton (PG, 6’2″, 2009) and Brandon Knight (SG, 6’3″, 2010) but here is the Miami Herald’s rundown of recent action:

This list is basketball only, the original story includes other sports as well.


• Brandon Knight, Pine Crest, boys’ basketball: Knight had a game-high 35 points, including a spectacular put-back dunk, and nine assists to lead reigning class 3A state champions over district rival American Heritage.

• Kenny Boynton Jr., American Heritage, boys’ basketball: Boynton erupted for 28 of his team-high 32 points in the second half but Patriots’ comeback attempt fell short against Pine Crest.

• Bryan Bynes, Boyd Anderson boys’ basketball: Bynes tied teammate Martavious Irving for a game-high 18 points in home victory against reigning 5A state champion Dillard.

• David Jean Jacques, Blanche Ely, boys’ basketball: Jacques had a team-high 21 points in a road victory against previously undefeated Deerfield Beach.

• Alicia DeVaughn, South Broward, girls’ basketball: DeVaughn had a triple double — 26 points, 24 rebounds and 12 blocks in victory against Cypress Bay.

• Lauren McGraw, Dillard, girls’ basketball: McGraw had a career-high 19 points, including five three-pointers, in road victory over previously unbeaten Nova.

• Sandra Garcia, American Heritage, girls’ basketball: Garcia had a game-high 26 points and 18 rebounds in victory over reigning 5A state champion Baron Collier.

• Savian Buchanan, Fort Lauderdale, boys’ basketball: Buchanan had a team-high 20 points in win against Olympic Heights.

• Erica Wheeler, Parkway Academy, girls’ basketball: Wheeler had 17 points and six assists to help reigning 3A state champions beat Community School of Naples on the road.


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Kenny Boynton Can Score

Posted by Marcus on December 2, 2008

Future Florida Gator point guard Kenny Boynton (PG, 6’2″, 2009) can do more than just handle the rock. He can also put the ball in the hoop, as evidenced by his recent 42 point performance. Billy Donavon has to be excited about getting Boynton, and he should fit right into the Florida fast break nicely.

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St. John’s Makes Room for Lance

Posted by Marcus on November 24, 2008

Will Lance Stephenson end up at St. John’s? It would be a big recruiting win for them if he did, but it also points to the fact that a lot of schools just aren’t interested in the sideshow. St. John’s is ready for him, however, and is making sure they have a scholarship for him:

…Roberts indicated that if another recruit – presumably he meant city star Lance Stephenson of Lincoln High – chooses the Johnnies, something will happen to accommodate him.

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Take-Two’s Top 21 High School Basketball Players

Posted by Marcus on November 21, 2008

The 2008 2K Sports New York State High School All-Star Team has been announced and there are a lot of familiar names to anyone who follows basketball recruiting:

* O.D. Anosike, St. Peters HS (Staton Island, NY), Senior
* Taran Buie, Bishop Maginn HS (Albany, NY), Junior
* Jamel Fields, Albany Academy HS (Albany, NY), Junior
* Tobias Harris, Long Island Lutheran HS (Brookville, NY), Junior
* Jabari Hinds, Mount Vernon HS (Mount Vernon, NY), Sophomore
* Sean Johnson, Christ the King HS (Middle Village, NY), Senior
* Sidiki Johnson, St. Raymond HS (Bronx, NY), Sophomore
* Dane Miller, Rush Henrietta HS (Henrietta, NY), Senior
* James Padgett, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Jayvaughn Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin HS (Brooklyn, NY), Junior
* Will Regan, Buffalo Nichols HS (Buffalo, NY), Junior
* Lamount Samuell, Boys & Girls HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Durand Scott, Rice HS (New York, NY), Senior
* Russell Smith, Archbishop Molloy HS (Queens, NY), Senior
* Shane Southwell, Rice (New York, NY), Junior
* Keith Spellman, Thomas Jefferson HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Lance Stephenson, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Shaquille Stokes, Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY), Sophomore
* Brandon Triche, Jamesville de Witt HS (De Witt, NY), Senior
* Chaz Williams, Bishop Ford HS (Brooklyn, NY), Senior
* Sherrod Wright, Mount Vernon HS (Mount Vernon, NY), Senior

Several players still available for college recruiters in this list, probably most notably Lance Stephenson, followed by Will regan. But take a look at Shane Southwell (SF,6’5″,2010), a player out of New York who is sure to garner some interest.

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Xavier Henry Chooses Memphis

Posted by Marcus on November 19, 2008

One of the top uncommitted players in the 2009 class has been Xavier Henry (6’6″,SG/SF,2009), but that’s no longer true as Henry has decided to play his college ball at Memphis. The recruiting battle had come down to Kansas and Memphis, with Henry finally deciding to go with the Tigers.

Henry’s brother C.J. already is a freshman on this season’s Memphis team.

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Florida Gators Land 2010 Recruiting Prospect

Posted by Marcus on November 18, 2008

Billy Donavon, having just landed one of the top point guards in the class of 2009, are now working on the class of 2010. Patric Young, a 6’8″ power forward out of Jacksonville, FL, has made a verbal commitment to the Gators and should be able to jump right into the fast paced game played in Gainesville.

Young is an athletic and explosive player who should see improvement by the time he lands in a Gator uniform.

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Three Big Time Recruits will Wait Until Spring

Posted by Marcus on November 8, 2008

The latest on three big names in the class of 2009 will wait until spring to decide their basketball recruiting fate.

Derrick Favors, Michael Snaer and Xavier Henry have all stated that they won’t make up their minds on college until after their senior season.

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Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Posted by Marcus on October 12, 2008

Oak Hill will play Patterson school in a scrimmage this coming Tuesday (Oct 14) at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir, NC.

Derrick Favors to visit NC State

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) will visit NC State on the weekend of October 18, continuing to give the Pack a shot at landing him.

Thomas Robinson moved by Kansas rings

Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009) says that what clinched his decision to commit to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks was the ring ceremony he attended:

“To meet all the pros who came back for that ceremony was big. I felt it was home for me, seeing all the special players there,” Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said Friday morning.

He was referring to Jayhawks Jacque Vaughn, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Wayne Simien, Darnell Jackson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, as well as assistant coach Danny Manning, who all have NBA experience.

This is a huge recruiting advantage that schools like Kansas, UCLA and UNC have. Going to a UNC late night event, you will see Stuart Scott, or maybe even Michael Jordan. I sat two rows behind Julius Peppers a couple of years ago, and at a Wake Forest football game two weeks ago, Tim Duncan was on the sidelines (along with former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom). Kansas and UCLA also have so much star power that it really makes an impression.

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Jordan Hamilton to Texas

Posted by Marcus on October 10, 2008

Basketball recruiting in the state of Texas has taken a solid turn.

The Texas Longhorns locked up star basketball recruit Jordan Hamilton (SF, 6’7″, 2009), who made his announcement Thursday on ESPNU.

The California high school player had also been considering Kansas, UConn and Syracuse.

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Basketball Recruiting & The NY All Star Game

Posted by Marcus on October 9, 2008

Nathan Blue (what’s up, Nathan!) writes about the rosters for the Jim Couch Reunion Game, coming October 18th at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx:

Players committed: Durand Scott, Tobias Harris, Jason Morris, Sherrod Wright, DaShaun Wiggins, Lance Stephenson and several other top players.

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