Prep Rally

  • Talk about making it rain. Scott Meredith hit 18 threes as he led Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) to a 131-80 win.

    Meredith is a 5-foot-11 guard at Hargrave, the prep school in Virginia where Josh Howard, David West, and Jordan Crawford have played. Meredith played high school ball in North Carolina before attending the postgraduate academy.

    His 55-point performance Thursday set a school record.

    “He was just on fire,” coach A.W. Hamilton told MaxPreps. “He hit three or four in a row to start and I told our guys we were going to ride this thing until he cools down. He really never did."

    Hamilton added that Meredith's skills go beyond what he can do on the court.

    “The kid has a 5.0 GPA and he’s never made a B in his life," the coach said. "He’s fun to be around, just a special person.”

    Hargrave has broken the 100-point mark 16 times this season en route to a 29-5 record. Four of Meredith's teammates have already signed to play with Division 1 programs next year; Meredith

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  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the boys' basketball seasons for two high schools that were involved in a massive brawl during a game on Saturday. The IHSAA released a statement explaining the decision on Tuesday.

    The fight broke out in the first quarter of the game between Hammond and Griffith, when a Griffith player was fouled as he went up for a dunk. The foul sent him flying into the wall, head first. He collapsed and teammates and opponents at first rushed over to see if he was alright. Within seconds, they started shoving each other, and the benches cleared.

    After meeting Tuesday, the IHSAA issued sanctions varying from sportsmanship education for the athletes to a post-season ban and a year-long probation for both teams.

    Saturday's game has been ruled a double forfeit. All remaining regular season games are canceled, at all levels, and both schools will have to pay a $500 fine for each away game left on its schedule – three for

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  • A game between two rival Ohio high schools came down to the final second on Feb. 7: a half-court buzzer beater gave Willoughby-Eastlake South the 78-76 win over Mentor High School. Junior guard Jack Whitaker hit the shot.

    Willoughby-Eastlake South improved to 16-1 with the win, setting the team up well for a top playoff seed.

    “This is definitely No. 1,” Whitaker told the News-Herald, “It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe it happened. It’s still going through my head. It’s fantastic, really."

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  • A high school senior just surpassed LeBron James on Ohio's all-time scoring list – and he did it in style. 

    Kennard, who will play at Duke University next year, came into Friday night's game 38 points behind James. He netted 44 in the game, more than enough to claim fourth place on the list, as he led Franklin High School to a 90-64 win.

    A local radio announcer captured the moment. 

    Averaging 39.1 points per game this season, Kennard has a shot of surpassing No. 3 as well, but would need more than 500 to claim the top spot, according to the Dayton Daily News.

    James had owned the No. 4 spot for more than a decade. He had 2,646 points in high school.

    Kennard is ranked

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  • These high school ballers don't mess around.

    Rutherford B. Hayes (Delaware, Ohio) High School senior small forward Khalil Iverson blocked a shot, grabbed the ricochet and stormed down court for the coast-to-coast dunk. Fans went so crazy that they had to stop play momentarily.

    Iverson's team was playing New Albany, Ohio. New Albany went on to win 69-63 in double OT.

    Earlier in the week, New Albany sophomore B.J. Duling showed off his own dunking skills. Duling is 6-foot-7.

     In California, junior point guard Drew Buggs threw one down as his Long Beach Poly team took on Cabrillo High School.

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  • Photo courtesy Adam Baum/Cincinnati EnquirerPhoto courtesy Adam Baum/Cincinnati EnquirerNate Marmol remembers sleeping in a tunnel in a park on many nights, alone and hungry. Sometimes he slept in the shack at the local swimming pool, or at a friend's house – he figured it out night by night.

    This went on for more than two years, starting when he was in sixth grade.

    He was on his own because, he says, his grandmother kicked him out of the house.

    His father left before he was born; his mother was in jail. His family says that he wasn't kicked out – that he left on his own – but no one disputes that he was living on his own throughout middle school.

    Attempting to spend as much time at school as possible, Marmol joined the wrestling team at his Marion, Ohio school. When he wasn't with the team, he told the Cincinnati Enquirer, he was "lonely all the time – I really had no one." The sport, he adds, is what saved him.

    Today he is a thriving senior at Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio. He's 25-1 in matches this season and will compete for his third consecutive league

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  • When snowstorm Juno ripped through the northeast in late January, a group of New England teenagers took advantage of the soft padding to try out a trick-shot dunk off a deck. 

    The boys call themselves the Craw Squad. 

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  • Photo: APPhoto: APAfter several months of speculation, the Sayreville (N.J.) school district announced early Thursday morning that veteran coach George Najjar will not be back next season. Najjar's team caught national attention in October when seven players were arrested for criminal charges related to hazing and sexual assault in the locker room. 

    "Today we took the next important step toward the 2015 football season," Sayreville Schools Superintendent Rick Labbe told MyCentralJersey.com. "We are excited to launch a comprehensive search to find the next leader of our football program."

    A member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Najjar had coached Sayreville to 20 consecutive state playoff appearances, going 165-54 in his career there, before Labbe cut short the 2014 season due to the allegations. The school had won the last three state titles. Before starting in Sayreville, he coached in Brooklyn, N.Y., compiling a 94-32-1 record. 

    Also a tenured physical education teacher

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  • Kwe Parker is usually the one dunking when his highlights hit YouTube, but on Jan. 30 the Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) junior shooting guard showed his skills on D.

    Ranked No. 53 in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2016, Parker pulls off a tremendous block in a Vine posted by a fan.

    Parker's team trailed 36-35 when he blocked the shot with a little more than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, and went on to win 55-51.

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  • A 6-foot-4 eighth grader from New Jersey showed off his impressive ups again on Feb. 3.

    In a video posted by NJ SportsScene, Scottie Lewis drives through the lane and flies right over an opponent for a one-handed jam.

    Check out the kid at the score table, trying to capture it the shot on his phone.

    Earlier this year Lewis pulled off a two-handed 360.

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  • Two Alabama high school coaches combined their strategies to create the most boring game of high school basketball possible on Saturday. In the end, Bibb County (Ala.) held on to an early lead to defeat Brookwood (Ala.), 2-0. 

    The score ties a national record for the lowest of all time. The last time a game ended at 2-0 was in 1977, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

    Bibb County jumped on the board in the first 15 seconds, when Brandon Rutledge scored off the rebound of a teammate's missed three-point attempt. From there, Brookwood intentionally slowed everything down.

    The Brookwood players just held the ball until the end of the first quarter, finally taking a shot at the buzzer. Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick told TuscaloosaNews.com the game plan was to slow down

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  • Two of the top college football recruits in the Class of 2015 play for the same high school, St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush and cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick drew a tremendous amount of attention the past two years, with a combined total of more than 60 offers from schools such as Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, and Ohio State. 

    With so much attention poured on the two stars, several of their teammates – noteworthy players in their own rights – drew less attention than they may have if they hadn't been playing alongside Wimbush and Fitzpatrick. The two teammates ended up on fairly routine recruiting schedules, but doing so while watching Wimbush and Fitzpatrick's respective recruitment frenzies affected them in different ways.

    For Corey Caddle, a running back raised in a particularly rough neighborhood in Jersey City, where there were two murders in a single week last fall, a football scholarship looked like a ticket out. “I had

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  • A pre-teen football player caught national attention in 2013 when she fought for her right to play alongside her male teammates in a Catholic Youth Organization league outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Caroline Pla had been playing co-ed football since joining a flag football team in kindergarten. Her twin sister joined the cheerleading team, but Caroline was more interested in football. Her parents didn't see any reason to hold her back.

    In fifth grade, Caroline joined the CYO team with the rest of her friends. But in the middle of her second season, the archdiocese of Philadelphia informed her parents that Caroline could not play because football is considered a boys sport in the league handbook. 

    Caroline Pla lines up with her teammates.Caroline Pla lines up with her teammates.
    Pla created a change.org petition and enough media attention to convince the archbishop to overturn the rule, allowing her to play her last two seasons of eligibility. There was a caveat, though: the rule change was "provisional," he wrote. He could change his mind once she was done

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  • Call the authorities, Hafid Yassin might've been wearing a jet pack in his latest game.

    Not really – but that's certainly how it looks in the video of the 6-foot-5 guard sailing over his opponents to dunk an in-bounds pass.

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    The senior at Chief Sealth (Seattle, Wash.) High School jumped several feet off the ground without so much as a running start. He was just standing there, waiting for the in-bounds pass one second, then almost a full body above his opponets the next. 

    By the time he dunked the pass, his hand was a full foot above the rim. Even his chin was over the rim.

      

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  • A buzzer-beater at any level is exciting. At a middle school game? That's just incredible. 

    Webster City (Iowa) Middle School trailed Clear Lake (Iowa) Middle School 32-30 with a few seconds left on Monday. After Clear Lake missed a shot, a Webster City defender grabbing the rebound and passed it off to Taylor McKinney.

    McKinney dribbled to mid-court and launched a shot as she crossed the mid-court line.

    Somehow, the shot was perfect. It swished through the net as the buzzer went off, giving Webster City the 33-32 win and a memory these girls will likely never forget.

    Equally entertaining is the woman complaining about the referees. It's a middle school basketball game, but she was all fired up when she thought they missed a call against Clear Lake.

    When McKinney hit the winning shot, though, the complaints quickly turned to cheers.

    The referees, too, couldn't hold back their excitement. Watch the clip again, focusing on the referee closest to the camera. This clip is amazing all

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  • Jaylen Brown knew there was an important visitor watching from the bleachers on Saturday night: John Calipari, coach of the nation's top-ranked college basketball team, was there to see what the No. 2 player in the Class of 2015 has to offer. 

    The senior small forward knocked down 25 points as he led Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) to an 83-35 win. The most impressive, by far, was this dunk. 

    Here's another angle:

    He also helped a few teammates show off their skills, setting them up with perfect assists.

    Brown visited Kentucky in October but has yet to announce where he'll play next year. He's also visited UCLA and Kansas.

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  • Alabama already had the highest number of recruits playing in the Under Armour All-America game as of Friday morning. Midway through the second quarter, the Crimson Tide added yet another as Da'ron Payne announced his commitment.

    In the fourth quarter, the number grew to 14 with cornerback Kendall Sheffield following suit. 

    Sheffield offered the news via the inside of his white gloves. Holding his hands together to form a letter "A," there was also a crimson letter "A" on the inside of each glove.

    Earlier in the game, Tim Settle said he's verbally commited to Virginia Tech, while Ronald Jones II gave his word to USC.

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  • The Class of 2015's best high school football players will take the field for a final time on Friday night, as the eighth-annual Under Armour All-American game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    More than 90 high school seniors will be split into two teams, Team Armour and Team Highlight. Former NFL coaches Herman Edwards and Steve Mariucci will lead the way.

    Look for quarterbacks Brandon Wimbush, Kylar Murray, and Josh Rosen leading Team Armour, while Blake Barnett, Deondre Francois, and Jarrett Stidham will be calling the shots for Team Highlight.

    There was a time when All-American games were a chance for the nation's elite to finally meet face-to-face, but for this year's crowd, the game is more of a reunion. It's a opportunity to hang out with the friends they've made at college camps and summer showcase events, guys they kept in touch with through Twitter and Facebook even as they played out their high school seasons on opposite sides of the

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  • The girls and boys basketball teams from Mendocino High School, a predominately white and Hispanic community about 120 miles north of San Francisco, were banned from a tournament this week because they planned to wear warm-up t-shirts with the phrase “I can’t breathe.”

    The fallout has made the area the latest center of debate over the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York who died earlier this year when a police officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, who was unarmed at the time, said "I can't breathe" several times before he died. On Dec. 3, a New York grand jury announced that it would not indict the police officer who wrestled Garner to the ground.

    The NBA’s LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, and others have since warmed up for games wearing “I can’t breathe” t-shirts. The Georgetown University men's basketball team followed suit. The Mendocino teams have even done so at other games, including a Dec. 16 boys game at Fort Bragg High School and two

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  • A top college football recruit had some fun with the process this week, pouring all of his letters into a bathtub and diving in.

    Quart'e Sapp is an outside linebacker at Milton (Ga.). He's currently ranked No. 13 on the Rivals 100 for the Class of 2015.

    Whether the letters hanging on the wall above the tub are a preview of his top choices, he didn't say. Various recruiting sites rank Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Michigan State, and Missouri as potential picks.

    No word on when Sapp will make a final decision, but it will likely be in the end of January. He took an official visit to Michigan State on November, and he's scheduled to visit Tennessee on Jan. 16, 2015.

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