Led by MVP Harry Giles‘ 26 points and 14 rebounds, High Point’s Wesleyan Christian beat Canada’s Orangeville Prep 78-75 on Tuesday in the championship game of the John Wall bracket at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh. The 6-foot-10 Giles is the No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2016, one spot behind Orangeville Prep 7-footer Thon Maker, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out on a post up with less than three minutes left. Junior guard Jamal Murray, who is being recruited by N.C. State, scored 19 points and had game-tying 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer.
Pope John 74, Miami Norland (Fla.) 56: Senior forward Moustapha Diagne had a double-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks to lead the Lions (4-0) on Monday. Junior guard James Scott had 25 points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Jeremy Rodriguez totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. Senior guard Damien Rance pulled down 10 rebounds.
Malik Beasley had a game-high 21 points and Kobi Simmons scored 19 to lead the Knights to a win over Scott County as St. Francis reached the consolation championship. The Knights (12-3) started the game on a 19-5 run and never looked back. The Knights outscored the Cardinals 38-20 inside the paint and outrebounded them 43-25.
Najee Clayton, a 6-3, 215-pound three-star safety from Paramus Catholic in New Jersey, recently showed up on Penn State’s radar. Syracuse and Rutgers also are interested. Austrian Robinson, a 6-6, 255-pound three-star defensive end from Pawling, New York, is being recruited by Maryland, among others.
The Thomas Bryant ship hasn’t sailed quite yet, but the writing on the wall is getting louder and louder. The radio silence from his camp regarding IU’s involvement in his recruitment is one thing, but when the only updates on him are quotes about UK’s late surge in his recruitment and pictures of him cozying up to Syracuse fans at the Carrier Dome, it’s hard to remain optimistic.
Our Savior New American 59, Haverford School 54: Lamar Stevens scored 22 points to accompany 11 rebounds, and Shawn Alston added 21 as the Fords (6-6) gave the New York power all they could handle. Cameron Reddish scored 11 points for the Fords before leaving with an injury late in the third quarter as the Fords’ big three accounted for all their points.
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