Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA) Picks Southern California

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Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA)

Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA)

The afternoon press conference that was set-up for Renardo Sidney to make his announcement on where he will play college ball next year had no surprises. After earlier in the week when UCLA dropped out of his recruitment, it was a no-brainer that he would end up at cross-town rival USC.

Now the only thing holding Renardo Sidney from finalizing the committment is get a qualifying SAT score when he takes the test March 16, 2009.

He has had an outstanding senior campaign posting big numbers and leading his team to a 24-3 record thus far. He is avgeraging 24.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA) Announcing College Decision Sunday

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Renardo Sidney

Renardo Sidney a 6’10/255 power forward is planning on ending his recruitment this Sunday, when he will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. PDT. Renardo is a top ten player in the class of 2009; the schools in the running for his services include UCLA, USC, UNLV, Virginia, Mississippi State, Texas and UConn.

Renardo still needs to take the SAT and qualify to gain NCAA eligibility for next season. The rumors going around the west coast are that he is a done deal to UCLA if he can qualify.

Renardo Sidney is having a very impressive senior campaign averaging 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 blocks per game.

2009 Nike Hoops Summit USA Roster

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The 12th annual Nike Hoops Summit will take place on April 11th at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR for the second year in a row. The game will match up some of the elite high school ball players in the USA against the top international prospect under the age of 19. This all-star game is very unique in the fact the players will be playing as representatives for the home countries. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. (PDT).

Some of the past stars in this game include Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies), Michael Beasley (Miami Heat), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) and many others.

USA Junior National Select Roster:

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) (C) Georgia Tech

John Henson (Sickles, FL) (PF) UNC

DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL) (PF) Undecided

Mason Plumlee (Christ School, NC) (PF) Duke

Mike Moser (Grant, OR) (SF) UCLA

Xavier Henry (Putnam City, OK) (SG) Memphis

Avery Bradley (Findlay Prep, NV) (SG) Texas

Leslie McDonald (Briarcrest, TN) (SG) UNC

John Wall (Word of God, NC) (PG) Undecided

Abdul Gaddy (Bellarmine Prep, WA) (PG) Washington

2009 McDonald’s All-American Game Rosters

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mcdonaldsThe 2009 contest will take place in the sunshine state at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center on April 1. This is the most prestigious All-American game that is held on the high school level and is comprised of 24 elite players from the East and West coast. The game will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

East Roster:

Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) (C) Georgia Tech

Alex Oriakhi (Tilton School, NH) (C) UConn

Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft School, NC) (PF) Duke

Milton Jennings (Pinewood Prep, SC) (PF) Clemson

Dante Taylor (National Christian Academy, MD) (PF) Pittsburgh

DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL) (PF) Undecided

Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY) (SG) Undecided

Kenny Boynton (American Heritage, FL) (SG) Florida

Dominic Cheek (St. Anthony, NJ) (SG) Villanova

Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick, NJ) (PG) UNC

Maalik Wayns (Roman Catholic, PA) (PG) Villanova

Peyton Silva (Franklin, WA) (PG) Louisville

West Roster:

Keith “Tiny” Gallon (Oak Hill Academy, VA) (C) Oklahoma

John Henson (Sickles, FL) (PF) UNC

Wally Judge (Arlington Country Day, FL) (PF) Kansas State

David Wear (Mater Dei, CA) (PF) UNC

Travis Wear (Mater Dei, CA) (PF) UNC

Renardo Sidney (Fairfax, CA) (PF) Undecided

Mason Plumlee (Christ School, NC) (PF) Duke

Xavier Henry (Putnam City, OK) (SG) Memphis

Avery Bradley (Findlay Prep, NV) (SG) Texas

Michael Snear (Rancho Verde, CA) (SG) Florida State

Abdual Gaddy (Bellarmine Prep, WA) (PG) Washington

Tommy Mason-Griffin (Madison, TX) (PG) Oklahoma

John Wall (Word of God, NC) and Jordan Hamilton (Dominguez, CA) were both ineligible for this game.

The top three Universities represented in this game are UNC (4), Undecided (3) and Duke, Oklahoma and Villanova each had (2). The top rated player left off the rosters was Mouphtaou Yarou (Montrose Christian, MD).

Lance Stephenson, DeMarcus Cousins, Terrell Vinson & Others Recruiting Update

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Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY)

Recruiting Update: February 6, 2009

DeMarcus Cousins (LeFlore, AL) Class of 2009

DeMarcus Cousins has narrowed his list down to a final five which include Memphis, Rice, Washington, N.C. State and Kansas State. He also said that if Coach Mike Davis of UAB was to be hired at another school that university would be added to his list of schools.

Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY) Class of 2009

Lance Stephenson has updated his list of schools which now includes Maryland, USC, St. John’s and Kansas. That means that Memphis has been eliminated from his schools of interest. He also said he plans on making his announcement in March, hopefully after the PSAL AA championship at Madison Square Garden on the 21st.

Kyle Irving (St. Patrick, NJ) Class of 2010

Kyle Irving holds scholarship offers from Villanova, Duke, Memphis, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UConn, Florida, Providence and many others. He said after the season he is going to narrow it down to 10 then narrow it down to 5 sometime before next season. More

#5 St. Patrick (NJ) Vs. #3 St. Benedict’s (NJ) Final 88-62

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Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick, NJ)

Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick, NJ)

In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season two national powers met last night at the “RAC” on Rutgers campus.

This game was between # 3 St. Benedict’s (NJ) and # 5 St. Patrick (NJ) each team boost numerous division one players across their rosters. Some of these talented players include Dexter Strickland (2009/UNC/St. Patrick), Michael Gilchrist (2011/St. Patrick), Kyle Irving (2010/St. Patrick) and Paris Bennet (2009/GM/St. Patrick) from St. Patrick, NJ. The standout players from St. Benedict’s, NJ are Tristan Thompson (2010/Texas/St. Benedict’s), Myck Kabongo (2011/Texas/St. Benedict’s), Tamir Jackson (2009/Rice/St. Benedict’s) and Lamar Patterson (2009/Pitt/St. Benedict’s).

The game ended up drawing in some of the area’s top college coaches and staff, coaches in attendance included Rutgers head coach Fred Hill, Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and staff, UConn assistant Andre LaFleur, St. John’s assistant Fred Quartlebaum and Penn assistant Mike Martin.

At the beginning of the game it looked like this one would live up to the hype with each team going back and forth at each other in the first quarter with St. Patrick holding a slim 21-17 lead over St. Benedict’s. Kyle Irving had 10 points in the opening period for St. Patrick and Tristan Thompson led St. Benedict’s with 9 points.

St. Patrick blew a close game wide open in the second quarter outscoring St. Benedict’s 24-8 in the period. They went into the half with a 45-25 lead and never looked back from then on cruising to a blowout victory 88-62.

It seemed like after the first quarter when St. Benedict’s was getting the ball inside to Thompson and scoring buckets they went away from that. It also seemed like they just didn’t come to play last night and were disinterested in the game.

This was a big-time statement game for St. Patrick, NJ who is predicted to win the Tournament of Champions of New Jersey. They showed everyone in the state that when there at full strength they are a team to be wrecking with when it comes playoff time.

The leading scorers for St. Patrick, NJ were senior Dexter Strickland 21 points and junior Kyle Irving 21 points. Super sophomore Michael Gilchrist chipped in 8 points.

The leading scorers for St. Benedict’s, NJ were junior Tristan Thompson 13, sophomore Myck Kabongo 13 points and senior Tamir Jackson added 10 points.

Each of these teams has big-time match-ups coming up in the next week. St. Benedict’s takes on undefeated and #1 team in the country Mater Dei (CA) at the Nike Extravaganza this Saturday February 7th at 12:00 a.m. eastern time on ESPNU. St. Patrick faces NYC powerhouse Lincoln on Friday February 13th at 7:00 p.m. eastern time on ESPN 2.

Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY); Takes Official Visit to Maryland

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Lance Stephenson

This past weekend at the Comcast Center there was a special surprise guest in attendance for the Terrapins game against the University of Miami. The guest was five star recruit Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY) who decided to take an official visit to Maryland last weekend.

The official visit came as a big surprise since in the past few weeks; University of Maryland never got mentioned in his list of schools he was considering. The school list includes St. John’s, Memphis, USC and Kansas. One thing on “Terrapins” side might be that his high school teammate James Padgett signed with Maryland in the fall.

The recruitment of Lance Stephenson will continue to be long and drawn out and when it comes down to it he is destined to be a one and done player at the college level next year. So it should be interesting over the next few months to see if anymore surprise school show up on his radar.

Lance Stephenson is averaging 32.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season.

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