The Wizards were trounced by the Raptors in the revenge game of a home-and-home, 122-83 in Toronto. Good Counsel’s Roger Mason sank four three-pointers in a 14 point effort. In the University of Maryland’s 85-75 win over Virginia, Good Counsel’s James Gist scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked two shots. Good Counsel High is located in Wheaton, Md. just outside D.C.
South Lakes’ Grant Hill scored 16 points and blocked three shots to help the Suns to a 125-92 rout of the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors in OT, aided by 13 points and six assists from Good Counsel product Roger Mason.
The Sonics downed the world champion Spurs 88-85, led by 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists from rookie Kevin Durant of Montrose Christian.
Did you know Duke players Brittany Mitch, Jasmine Thomas, and Wanisha Smith are D.C. area products? Mitch prepped at St. John’s College (with current Maryland star), Thomas at Oakton High, and Smith at Riverdale Baptist. Though Thomas starts, she is only a freshman. Smith runs the offense. The 15-5 LBD’s are ranked number 10 nationally in the AP poll.
Surprise, surprise. Must be something in the local water (see US Basketball Writers Association press release below):
HANSBROUGH, FRESHMEN HEADLINE NAISMITH CANDIDATES
Winner To Be Announced At the Final Four In San Antonio
ATLANTA (Jan. 29, 2008) – Kevin Durant has started a trend. A year after the former University of Texas phenom became the first freshman ever to win the Naismith Trophy, his feat may be repeated in 2008 as six rookies occupy spots on mid-season Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough, the lone returnee from last year’s four finalists, is joined by rookies Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Eric Gordon (Indiana), James Harden (Arizona State), Kevin Love (UCLA), O.J. Mayo (USC) and Derrick Rose (Memphis). Love was named the 2007 Naismith National High School Player of the Year. The Top 30 men’s list was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season, and the list was narrowed down from the pre-season list of 50 candidates who were announced at the beginning of the season. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year. “With the influx of talent of the freshmen class it’s not surprising to see so many young players vying for the player of the year award,” said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. “Overall, this is an extremely balanced group and it will most assuredly go down to the wire in determining a winner for the most prestigious trophy in college basketball.” Again this year AT&T will give fans an unprecedented voice in selecting the winner. Fan voting, through the power and ease of text messaging, will account for 25 percent of the selection process. This program sets the standard in college athletics for integrating fans into the voting process and providing them with more input than with any other major collegiate sports award. Beginning Feb. 9, CBS Sports’ “AT&T AT THE HALF” will feature a weekly Naismith Trophy Watch highlighting the men’s players in contention for the coveted award who have distinguished themselves throughout the season. On March 23, CBS will announce the four Naismith Trophy finalists. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until April 5. AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers allowing even more fans to participate. Other wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate. The Men’s Naismith Trophy winner will be announced April 6 at the 2008 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.
How many major college basketball programs feature twin teammates? George Washington University boasts the Adair twins from Anacostia High- Jessica and Jazmine. The 6’4″ Jessica’s averaging 15.7 points a game to lead the Lady Colonials, while 6’3″ Jazmime averages six- in 17 minutes per game. Jessica was the first player at Anacostia to score 1,000 points.
Their homegirl Antelia Parrish, a product of Bishop McNamara High, is contributing 11.7 ppg. for the LC’s. Parrish was a juco All-American at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md.- where she averaged 25.7 points, 5.1 steals, and 15.4 rebounds a game in 2006 (and shot nearly 54% from the floor). No wonder the Lady Colonials are 16-4, with a 10-1 record at their home Smith Center. The AP has them ranked # 17 in Divison 1.
Dig Suitland, Md.’s Monica McNutt’s performance in an important Georgetown win over West Virginia:
Former St. John’s (a high school here on Military Road and Utah Avenue in N.W. Washington) star Marissa Coleman is averaging 16.5 points and 7.8 rebounds for the University of Maryland’s national championship contender Lady Terps. Coleman- the only player in school history to achieve a triple double- played on the U.S. team in last summer’s Pan Am Games. The ESPN/USA Today poll ranks the Lady Terps the number three team in America. Marissa’s high school also produced the likes of Bobby Lewis, Collis Jones, and Kevin Stinnett.
Roy Hibbert of Georgetown Prep, and former Riverdale Baptist star Michael Beasley are rated at or near the top for their respective positions by Rivals.com:
Prep, BTW, is a college preparatory school for boys, located in Bethesda, Md.
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Maryland big James Gist, a senior from Good Counsel, scored 26 points in the Terps’ 93-84 loss to # 4 Duke. Gist, who is averaging 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, tallied 22 points in their upset victory over then-number one-ranked North Carolina. For Duke, Nolan Smith of Upper Marlboro, Md. scored 14. Smith, the son of former NBA forward Derek Smith, is a former DC Assault (AAU) teammate of Kansas State phenom Michael Beasley.