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Jennings and Evans still tearing it up

Dec. 13, 2007

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Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans continue to put up big numbers, while Greg Monroe and Jrue Holiday get in the act last weekend.


It was a week with some big numbers as Evans was joined by Peyton Siva, Josh Benton, Catalin Baciu, Brad Redford and C.J. McCollum, who all joined the 40-plus club, while Xavier Gibson and Ralph Sampson had triple-doubles. Here's a look at some of the past week's top performers:


As we reported over the weekend, 6-foot-1 Arizona signee Brandon Jennings, our No.1 senior, put up another huge game, scoring 36 points and handing out eight assists as his Oak Hill club won an 83-62 decision over Hales Franciscan (Chicago). He had the crowd buzzing in the fourth quarter and was treated to a standing ovation from the 4,500 in attendance. Plus for good measure, about 100 autograph seekers rushed the floor to get the Warriors floor leader's signature.




But not to be outdone, 6-foot-4 Tyreke Evans of American Christian, our No. 3-rated prospect, flirted with the 50 mark again, scoring 46 points on 18-of-27 shooting from the field in a win over IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). He is certainly making a statement that he needs to be in the conversation when you talk about 2008's top prospect. He is going to visit Memphis after Christmas, and then will take a second and official look at Louisville. He is also considering Villanova, Texas, Connecticut and Seton Hall.


Not to be left too far behind, 6-foot-10 Georgetown signee Greg Monroe from Helen Cox (Gretna, La.), our No. 2 senior, went on a tear, scoring 29 points and pulled down nine boards in a 60-56 win over Destrehan to win the Newman Invitational Tournament. Unlike the guards, Monroe has to rely on his teammates to get him the ball to create opportunities. He definitely took advantage of their support this past weekend to win the tourney's MVP.


Our No. 6-rated senior, 6-foot-3 UCLA signee Jrue Holiday of Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.) had a huge week with 31 and 39 points in two tough losses to St. Edward's (Lakewood, Ohio) and J. Serra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). He was stellar in both and showed why many on the West Coast feel he is the nation's top scoring guard.


Another name that is re-emerging from the J. Serra squad is recent 6-foot-3 junior transfer Demetrius Walker, who finished with 35 points in Serra's 85-72 win over Campbell Hall. He was once among the elite in his class and the move seems to be re-energizing his game.


Sweet shooting 6-foot-3 Iowa signee Anthony Tucker from Minnetonka, Minn. had a huge night versus Roseville in his squad's 101-61 victory, going off for 32 points and 10 assists while knocking down seven threes. He should fit right into Iowa's new offense as a freshman.


No. 24-rated senior and 6-foot-8 Nevada signee Luke Babbit from Galena High (Reno, Nev.) scored 34 points in his team's 63-59 win over Reno High. He also did an excellent defensive job on 6-foot-8 Olek Czyz, holding him to single digits in the win.


No. 44-rated senior and 6-foot-11 Florida State signee Xavier Gibson from Northview (Dothan, Ala.) recorded a triple-double in his team's 86-73 victory over Enterprise. He scored 34 points, pulled down 13 boards and swatted 12 shots.


No. 48-rated senior and 6-foot-3 Texas signee J'Covan Brown from Port Arthur, Texas, scored 36 points, but it wasn't enough as his club lost a tough one to Yates (Houston, Texas).


No. 50-rated senior and 7-foot Clemson signee Catalin Baciu from Veritas Christian (Fletcher, N.C.) went off big-time, scoring 41 points and pulling down 19 boards in a recent 82-68 victory over Asheville, NC High.


No. 59-rated senior big man and 7-foot Xavier signee Kenny Frease from Perry (Massillon, Ohio) flirted with a triple-double, finishing a strong outing with 30 points, 10 boards and six blocks in Perry's win over St. Vincent-St. Mary's (Akron, Ohio).


Our No. 67-rated senior, 6-foot-9 Terrance Henry from Carroll (Monroe, La.), had a big game in his club's 85-76 win over Jonesboro. He finished with 27 points and 12 boards in the victory.


No. 77-rated senior and 6-foot-11 Minnesota signee Ralph Sampson Jr. from Northview (Duluth, Ga.) had a huge triple-double game, going for 31 points, 20 boards and 10 blocks in his club's 68-61 win over Marietta Walton.


Quick and explosive 5-foot-11 point guard Eric Evans from Northwestern (Detroit, Mich.) scored 25 points, handed out seven assists and then picked his opponents for seven steals in a 71-55 win over Detroit Crockett.


Six-foot-3 Dayton signee Paul Williams from Renaissance (Detroit) had a huge night in his squad's 78-57 win over Douglass (Detroit), going for 30 points and 11 rebounds. He scored from beyond arc and off the dribble.


Six-foot-5 New Mexico signee Phil McDonald from Cypress Springs (Houston, Texas) went off for 30 points in his club's 81-50 victory over Strake Jesuit (Houston).


Andre Dawkins, a 6-foot-4 wing man from Atlantic Shores Christian (Virginia Beach, Va.), went for 32 points in his team's 92-62 routing of Portsmouth Christian.


One of the top shooters in the Midwest, 6-foot-1 Xavier signee Brad Redford from Frankenmuth, Mich., went off for 47 points, making an astounding 12-of-14 from beyond the arc in a 92-77 win over Flint Southwestern.


Kyle Goins, a 6-foot-1 wing from Marysville, Ohio, had 33 points, including nine threes, in his club's 69-67 victory over Olentangy Liberty.


Six-foot-5 Chris Johnson from Brookhaven (Columbus, Ohio) led his club to a 70-51 victory over Linden (Columbus). He hit 10-of-12 shots to finish with 27 points.


Another Ohio prep who had another big night is 5-foot-11 junior combo C.J. McCollum from GlenOak (Canton). He faces double and triple teams every night and had 32 points versus Lake High. He has been on fire with a season high of 54 points highlighting his play last month


Six-foot-5 Marquette signee Nick Williams from Leflore (Mobile, Ala.) had 36 points and 10 boards in his team's win over St. Jude (Mobile).


In a real shootout, 6-foot-6 Alex Grimsley from Batesville scored 34 points and pulled down nine boards in his club's 73-59 win over Brownsburg, Ind. But game-high honors went to 6-foot-7 Miami (Ohio) signee Joseph Mavunga, who finished with 36 points in the loss.


Six-foot-7 Wesley Witherspoon from Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) continued his solid play with a 27-point effort in his team's 61-43 victory over Alcovy. He is taking his time to decide on a school and lists Texas, Memphis, Clemson, Colorado, Alabama, Oregon, Virginia and Tennessee among the schools he likes.


One of the top unsigned shooters in the senior class, 6-foot-5 Chris Babb from Arlington, TX Oakridge, had a big night recently, scoring 29 points in his team's 82-44 win over Harvest Christian. He has Kansas State, Mississippi, Tulsa and TCU as his leaders.


Six-foot-2 Jeff Davis from Eastern Randolph, NC  went for 36 points, including four threes, in his club's 74-69 loss to Southern Lee.


Six-foot-9 Dayton signee Josh Benton from Dayton, OH Dunbar had a huge week, going for 48 points versus Columbus Brookhaven, then following it up with 29 in a tough loss to Columbus Northland. Unfortunately his efforts weren't enough to offset 6-foot-3 junior Devon Moore, who finished with 26 points, and 6-foot-9 sophomore and Ohio State commit Jared Sullinger, who added 23 points. Sullinger is also a hot prospect, going for 24 points and 12 boards versus Brookhaven this week as well.


Our No.1-rated junior, 6-foot-9 Derrick Favors from South Atlanta, went for 29 points, 16 boards and nine blocks in his squad's 80-46 victory over Clayton, GA.


Six-foot-3 Supo Sanni from Homewood-Flossmoor, IL scored 25 points and had 15 boards in his team's upset of Chicago Whitney Young.


Six-foot-6 junior power forward Daniel Stewart from Philadelphia, PA Neumann-Goretti had 23 points and 10 boards as his club knocked off Baltimore St. Frances 62-57 this past weekend. He's one to watch this season based on what those who've seen him are saying.


One of the top young big men in the Midwest, 6-foot-9 junior Stephan Van Treese, had a stellar game over the weekend, scoring 22 points and pulling down 17 boards in a Lawrence North (Indianapolis) 79-71 victory over Jefferson (Lafayette, Ind.).


Six-foot-9 junior Deshawn Painter from Booker T. Washington (Norfolk, Va.) led his team to a 61-57 victory over Norfolk Granby, scoring 24 points, pulling down 16 boards and swatting six shots.


Another Virginia junior, 6-foot-4 Donte Hill from Norfolk Collegiate, scored 26 points and added 14 boards in his team's 65-52 victory over Norcom.


Six-foot-7 sophomore Jereme Richmond led his team with 31 points as Waukegan knocked off Niles West by a 62-52 margin last week. But he wasn't the game's leading scorer, as Niles West's 6-foot-5 junior Nick Garcia led the way with 35 points.


Six-foot-1 Peyton Siva was on fire at the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge going off for 45 points, including six threes, in his Franklin (Seattle) squad's 95-91 win over Rainier Beach. Six-foot-1 Reggie Moore led Rainier Beach with 30 points.


Six-foot-5 freshman phenom Tony Wroten led his Garfield (Seattle) squad to a 62-52 win over Kentridge, scoring a game-high 26 points and grabbing 10 boards in the win.


Delvon Roe, a 6-foot-7 Michigan State signee from Lakewood, Ohio, is out for the season with torn cartilage in his knee.


And in other news, 6-foot-4 point guard Bud Mackey has transferred to Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and will be eligible to play this week. He originally is from Kentucky and had signed with Indiana before being charged with drug possession.


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