What's Up for Wednesday
Today's top five list:
1) Georgetown recruit Chris Wright continues to do it right for St. John's, scoring 36 points in a 65-59 victory over Carroll. That's nine 30+ games in a row and 12 of 13 for the two-time All-Met guard, who has scored more than half his team's points in five consecutive games. I'd like some debate on this front: Is Wright the D.C. area's player of the year? Fellow Hoya recruit Austin Freeman of DeMatha also has been strong, though he has a much stronger supporting cast. Who gets the nod and why? If anyone wants a better look at the two heads-up, their teams play Friday at Gallaudet.
2) Elsewhere around the Beltway last night: Freeman had nine points and St. Mary's Ryken forward John Flowers, bound for West Virginia, had just 10 in DeMatha's 60-40 victory. Clemson-bound center Jerai Grant had 11 points and 15 rebounds for DeMatha, while George Mason recruit Isaiah Tate added 17 points and eight rebounds. Junior center Chris Braswell, committed to Georgetown, missed a second consecutive game for undisclosed reasons. A fourth Georgetown recruit, O'Connell junior guard Jason Clark, had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in a 73-70 overtime loss to Good Counsel. Meantime, another George Mason recruit, St. John's forward Vlad Moldoveanu , had 16 points in the Cadets' victory. Super-tough football player Cameron Johnson had 28 points in Gonzaga's 61-57 victory over Bishop McNamara. And uncommitted guard Jeremy Herring of Kennedy scored 32 points in a 73-58 loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
3) Down in Durham, N.C., O.J. Mayo played, fouled out with the score tied and Huntington High still beat Artesia of Lakewood, Calif., 73-66. I guess that's a 2-0 day for Mayo, who earlier in the day won a temporary restraining order allowing him to play and putting off a mandatory two-game suspension for being ejected from his previous game.
4) Tonight's Top Ticket: Eleanor Roosevelt at No. 5 Freedom-Woodbridge. Catch the meeting of two of the area's top players. Roosevelt guard Darnell Dodson is third in the area in scoring, averaging 26.7 points. The Pittsburgh recruit had 22 in a 70-48 victory over Crossland last night. Freedom's Cameron Long, committed to George Mason, had 14 points in last night's 78-64 victory over Woodbridge. Tip is at 7:30.
5) If anyone needed a reminder, here it is: One week until the football letter-of-intent signing period begins. During the next few days, I'll have plenty more thoughts on this topic and hopefully I'll get some others to share their thoughts on the locals as well.
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