Around the Nation: Dec. 15

Brad Beal

AROUND THE NATION - High school basketball is up and rolling everywhere now. All across the country there were some nice performances, but what will be most fun is watching players from certain areas battle for individual and team honors, and that has already begun in a big way.

In St. Louis there is heated battle going on between B.J. Young and Brad Beal to see who will be the city's leading scorer. Right now the two are separated by less than a point. In a weekend win, Beal recorded 37 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Tuesday night Young tried to match that impressive stat line with a 27 point, eight steal, and six assist performance.

Future Michigan State Spartan Brandan Kearney got his season started off the right way with a 25 point, six rebound, five assist, and four steal performance as Detroit Southeastern rolled to a 68-57 win.

Expected a fierce battle in Ohio for the Mr. Basketball award between Cincinanti Withrow wing Aaron Thomas and Columbus Northland floor general Trey Burke. Both had strong performances this week. Burke went for 32 points in an 81-62 victory while Thomas scored to the tune of 27 points as the Tigers rolled to a 67-55 win.

Jabari Brown is picking up right where he left off in the summer. The Oakland (CA) High School standout scored 31 points, but his team lost over the weekend by the score of 67-63.

The Washington Huskies are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Tony Wroten and with good reason. Wroten had back-to-back 20-plus point games as his Garfield High School team cruised to a pair of victories.

One of the hottest scorers in the nation is Trevor Lacey. Lacey had a slow game by his standards, he was averaging 43 points per game, when he poured in 32 while points grabbing 10 rebounds in a 61-42 win over the weekend.

Sam Thompson is healthy and continuing the strong start to his senior year. The future Ohio State Buckeye scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked four shots as his Whitney Young team won 62-49.

Mycheal Henry has been a do it all player at Orr (IL) High School the past two seasons, and that isn't stopping anytime soon. Though Orr lost, Henry managed a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards.

Expect absolutely huge numbers out of Kyle Wiltjer this season, and he is off to a good start. Wiltjer went for 27 points in a 66-34 Portland Jesuit victory.

The Memphis Tigers were ecstatic when Adonis Thomas decided to stay home to play his college basketball. For now Tiger fans will just have to look on as he does work in high school. Thomas scored a cool 24 points in a 71-55 White Station victory.

With Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski looking on, Miller Grove (GA) standout Tony Parker had a dominant game recording 20 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks as his team went on to win 85-44.

J.P. Tokoto is showing why so many schools are interested in him. The junior had an impressive 27 points as his Menomonee Falls team won 59-37.

His team reached the century mark and Shaquille Cleare was a big reason why. Cleare went for 27 in limited minutes as his team won 100-45.

Arlington Grace Prep keeps on rolling this season and Isaiah Austin is a huge reason. The defensive stud got it done blocking shots and then also scored 19 points in a hard fought 71-65 victory.

Ravenscroft (NC) High School has yet another big time player. Anton Gill is going off this season, and racked up 32 points in a big weekend win by the score of 73-48.

Kennedy Meeks just keeps getting better and better. Big Meeks is in shape and playing well. He recorded 14 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks leading his team to a 51-40 victory.

DeSoto (TX) High School is led by upperclassmen, but don't sleep on sophomore Matt Jones. Jones was the leading scorer with 27 points for DeSoto on Tuesday night in a dominant 67-37 win.

Bruce Weber, Tom Crean, and an assistant from Purdue were all present in Evansville, Indiana to watch Jaquan Lyle. The super freshman didn't disappoint as he recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as his squad rallied late for a 74-65 victory.

P.J. Thompson is a good looking point guard from Indianapolis. The floor general was solid by scoring 14 points and dishing out numerous assists in a triple overtime win.

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