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Recruiting Insider: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Findlay 76, Mountain State 55

Not terribly exciting. Findlay was impressive throughout and folks already are anticipating a Findlay-Oak Hill final on Sunday (sorry, Stu)....

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Findlay 39, Mountain State 24 at the Half

It's not terribly exciting ,a bit of a mismatch. Findlay is impressive, Mountain State junior guard Noah Cottill, already committed to West Virginia, is pretty tough, too. Otherwise, not much notable. I'll check in afterwards......

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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St. Benedict's Post Players Heating Up

Just caught up with St. Benedict's Coach Dan Hurley to talk about his two junior post players, 6-10 John Paul Kambola and 6-8 Gilvydas Biruta, who are receiving college attention. Biruta, a native of Lithuania, had bounced around Europe before coming to St. Benedict's this school year, Hurley said. The...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Junior Center Impresses for St. Benedict's

With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, 6-10, 235-pound junior center John Paul Kambola was the difference for the Gray Bees. He scored 10 of the team's 12 points during a key stretch to lead St. Benedict's to a 74-65 victory over St. Frances. More in a...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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St. Benedict's Back in Front

End 3rd quarter: St. Benedict's 47, St. Frances 43. Junior forward Gilvydas Biruta, who is 6-8, had consecutive powerful dunks for the Gray Bees, while Coach Dan Hurley is confined to the bench after picking up a technical foul....

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vinson Has St. Frances in Front, Still Undecided

St. Frances fell behind 14-2 early on, but took its first lead, 25-24, on a Terrell Vinson dunk and leads 29-24 at halftime. Vinson had all 14 of his points in the second quarter. Vinson, an All-Met last year at Montrose Christian, is looking for a new college after Loyola...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former Va. Tech Recruit Looking for a Home

Just talked to Oak Hill guard Lamont "MoMo" Jones, who had 20 points in the Warriors' 83-64 victory over Pinewood Prep in the first round of the National High School Invitational. He had been committed to play for Virginia Tech but decided recently to open things up and consider other...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dunk. Block. Dunk.

Just in case anyone isn't watching on TV, Oak Hill center Keith Gallon just showed why he is considered one of the nation's top players. He drives and dunks, blocks a shot then runs the court and dunks in transition....

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Carroll Hires Michael Adams

There were rumblings about this earlier in the week and today comes the official announcement: Carroll has hired former NBA guard and Maryland assistant Michael Adams as its boys basketball coach. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It can be difficult to recruit players to Carroll,...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busy Times for Clemson Recruit

It's a busy time for Pinewood Prep forward Milton Jennings. The 6-9, 215-pound forward flew from Charleston, S.C., to Miami last Saturday to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday. Thursday, Jennings flew from Miami to Washington, where a representative of the NHSI picked him up at Dulles International...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NHSI Underway...

Walk into Georgetown Prep's Hanley Center and you can't miss the Nike logos -- on the glass doors, the large sneaker displays, etc. Funny, since Georgetown Prep has a deal with UnderArmour. Anyway, the National High School Invitational is underway, but the Oak Hill-Pinewood Prep opener has the feel of...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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National Hoops Tourney Starts Today at Prep

The National High School Invitational begins today at Georgetown Prep, an eight-team boys' basketball tournament and four-team girls' tournament that some consider a national championship. I'll have plenty more on the event - I'll be there all day, first game tips at 2 p.m., but here is a list of...

By Josh Barr  | April 3, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taylor Scores 15, Helps East Win

Here's the final report from National Christian star Dante Taylor, talking about playing in the McDonald's All-American Game last night: I have been dreaming of playing in the McDonald's All American Games since I was young, and today was the day. We started off the morning with a shoot around...

By Josh Barr  | April 2, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taylor Ready to Shine Tonight

Here is Dante Taylor's game-day journal as he prepares for tonight's McDonald's All-American Game in Miami. And here is a linkto my story on the National Christian star in today's paper. Below is some video. Tuesday was the last day to prepare for the McDonald's All American Game. We started...

By Josh Barr  | April 1, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spurlock Talks to Bennett, Waiting to Meet Him

Caught up with Virginia recruit Tristan Spurlock, who said he spoke briefly this afternoon with the Cavaliers' new coach, Tony Bennett, and hopes to meet with Bennett early next week. "I had a free period and he called me during my free period," said Spurlock, a forward who played this...

By Josh Barr  | March 31, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland, Others Will Have to Wait on Stephenson

Colleague Steve Yanda has the sort-of news of the day. Lance Stephenson won't be making his college choice just yet. It appeared the New York City star was prepared to announce his choice between Maryland, Kansas and St. John's in advance of tomorrow night's McDonald's All-American Game in Miami, but...

By Josh Barr  | March 31, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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An Interesting Day in Miami

Do you want fries with that? (Courtesy McDonald's) Here's the latest from National Christian star Dante Taylor as he prepares for tomorrow night's McDonald's All-American Game: Today was a great day! I had the chance to work at McDonald's and see first-hand what the employees do on a daily...

By Josh Barr  | March 31, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sooners Offer Old Mill Linebacker

Colleague Jeff Nelson filed this dispatch: Old Mill junior RB/LB Josh Furman received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma today. The Sooners join a list that's sure to keep expanding, but currently includes Duke, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. What's amazing about the Oklahoma and...

By Josh Barr  | March 31, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miami Offers Local Linebacker

Colleague Paul Tenorio has the news, Loudoun County linebacker Chase Williams has been offered a scholarship by Miami. It is the fifth offer for the son of former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He already held offers from West Virginia, Marshall, Southern Methodist and New Mexico State. Maryland and Virginia...

By Josh Barr  | March 30, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dante Taylor at Mickey D's

While he's in Miami preparing for the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday, National Christian star Dante Taylor is sending daily updates of the time leading up the game. Here's his first installment: This morning I woke up (a little bit too early!) and went downstairs for breakfast at the hotel....

By Josh Barr  | March 30, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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