Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (1/17)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Lincoln, the defending Division II state champions who entered the game with a 14-1 record, ranked first in the section, third in the state and 15th in the nation, showed its wares, posting a 61-42 victory over La Jolla High. Senior co-captain Norman Powell scored 20 points, while sophomore guard Javonte Byrd added 16 and sophomore co-caption Tyree Robinson 14 to lead Lincoln, which won its fifth straight and improved to 3-0 in the league. La Jolla Patch 1/11


Bishop Gorman’s Shabazz Muhammad flew down the court on a fast break and went over a defender for a forceful dunk. Never one to be outdone, Sierra Vista’s Viko Noma’aea took the ensuing inbounds pass, rocketed down the floor and zigzagged his way through the Gorman defense for a how-did-he-do-that layup. This is what happens when two of the best players on two of the best teams in Las Vegas go up against each other. In what is certain to go down as one of the most entertaining high school basketball games of the year, Bishop Gorman rallied past host Sierra Vista for an 85-71 victory Monday night. Las Vegas Sun 1/11

In the Trinity League, Xavier Johnson scored 25 points and Katin Reinhardt added 17 points in Santa Ana Mater Dei's 79-45 win over Anaheim Servite. LA Times 1/12

High School Hoop diary-keeper Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev.) moved up a couple of spots in the top 10 thanks in part to his impressive early-season exploits, as well as the absence of former No. 2 prospect Quincy Miller (High Point, N.C.), whose season-ending knee injury dropped him out of the rankings. Fellow HSH diary-keeper L.J. Rose (Houston, Texas) checks in at No. 32. Dime 1/13

DeAndre Daniels, the one-time Texas Longhorn recruit, is reportedly looking to finalize paperwork in order to enroll before the start of the second semester... but where he'll attend school is still kind of a mystery. The top rated 2011 recruit not to have committed to a school is reportedly deciding between the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats - after Texas fell off his radar - and is leaning towards moving to Lawrence, KS. If Daniels does decide where to go before the start of the next round of classes, his intention is to enroll, but not suit up, before joining the team as a full member next fall. Big 12 Hoops 1/13

The dribble-drive offense-- something all top recruits look to be apart of in college. But specifically, junior Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman HS, Nev.) wants to play in the dribble-drive, as he has continuously expressed his will to play in the offense. Nothing was different when I talked to him. "Coach Calipari has the dribble-drive and that's what I want to play in. My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA, and Cal can do that." This explains the recent "surging" of Kentucky to the top of list. That isn't all of it though. "They (the coaches) are just staying in contact with me and that goes a long way. I talk to the assistants a lot," he explained. "I could really see myself playing there."Muhammad think a lot of the program as well. "The basketball program is one of the most prestigious in the country. Right now, I compare my game to Kentucky's and see how I could fit in. I would love to play there." However, there are other teams that have the interest of Muhammad too, just like other recruits. "Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, UNLV, and some other teams are on my list right now (in no specific order)," Muhammad said. He also went on to say "I have yet to drop anyone from my list." But right now, he does have favorites. Three in fact. "UCLA, Kentucky, and Duke" sit at the top of Muhammad's list right now. Nation of Blue 1/13

Franklin standout Anrio Adams was scheduled to leave Friday to enroll at South Kent School in Connecticut. South Kent is the school current University of Washington players Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning attended. "I'd like to think he's a high-level D-I player," said Darryl Hennings, who coaches Adams' AAU team, Seattle Rotary. "He can score really well. He's a phenomenal athlete, has the prototype two-guard body for higher-level basketball and he's pretty confident in himself. I think he can handle himself against any competition level. "He has his faults like most kids 16 years old, but he's not one of the top 60 in the country for nothing." The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, rated No. 60 on the ESPNU Super 60 list of the nation's top juniors, averaged 23 points in five games with the Quakers this season. Seattle Times 1/14

St. Anthony (N.J.) 75, Dematha Catholic (Md.) 25; Scouts and fans got less from St. Anthony (N.J.) studs Myles Mack and Kyle Anderson than expected Saturday. Not because the pair didn’t perform, but because they spent much of the second half on the bench as the Friars cruised to a 75-25 win against DeMatha Catholic (Md.). Rutgers-bound Mack finished with 28 points (11-14 FGs, 6-7 FTs) in just 21 minutes. Mack is undersized at 5-10, but he's an efficient scorer. Anderson didn't light up the box score, but he has a solid build and handled well for a 6-8 wing while grabbing five boards in 20 minutes. 1/15