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  • Sisters share a lot of things. For Rutgers commits Aliyah Jeune and Ashli Jeune, they shared a career achievement milestone.

    According to NJ.com, the sisters from Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.) each reached the 1,000 career points milestone in the same game, a 57-52 loss Friday to Capitol Christian Academy (Landover, Md.).

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    Ashli, a 17-year-old senior guard, was the first one to make it to the achievement, which occurred in the first quarter and stopped the game briefly for a ceremony. Four minutes later, her junior sister (16) did the same.

    "We both knew at some point we were going to get our 1,000 points,” Ashli Jeune told the website. “But we never imagined that we were going to get it on the exact same day. This whole thing is just, like, mind-blowing.”

    Adding even more to the intrigue, they dedicated their performances to their older brother Anthony,  a former McDonald's All-American nominee whose career was cut short due to an auto accident. The story states he was 37 points short of 1,000 in his career.

    “Basically, it’s for him,” Aliyah Jeune was quoted as saying. “We know he aspired to do it, so we wanted to finish his goal for him.”

    Each reached the 999-point mark in a blowout win earlier in the week and requested out of the game so they could accomplish the feat together with their brother in attendance.

    “It’s not surprising we’re both getting our 1,000 points at the same time,” Ashli Jeune said, “because we already share everything.”
  • Rick Stansbury is on a hot streak when it comes to landing local talent.

    The Mississippi State head coach continued his Magnolia State roll Thursday with a commitment from burly post Gavin Ware of Starkville. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound rising senior is rated No. 74 in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2012 Top 100.

    The Bulldogs also have 2012 verbals from wing Fred Thomas of Jim Hill (Jackson, Miss.) and Craig Sword of Carver (Montgomery, Ala.), rated No. 50 in the 2012 Top 100.

    In-state talent like Rodney Hood is<br> flowing to Mississippi State.


    The nationally-ranked 2011 class yielded Mississippi products David Gardner, Rodney Hood and Deville Smith. Local talents Ravern Johnson, Romero Osby and Renardo Sidney (who went to high school in California but is originally from Mississippi) have also signed since 2008.

    And what could have been during Stansbury's early years at the school. Mississippi products Monta Ellis (Warriors) and Travis Outlaw (Blazers, Clippers, Nets) both signed with the Bulldogs but opted to head straight to the NBA.

    Ellison to Life Center Academy

    First it was Rafer Alston Christian Life Center (Humble, Texas).

    Now another former college and NBA standout is taking a head coaching position at the high school level.

    Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.) has hired Pervis Ellison to replace Wilson Arroyo, who led the program to a 22-8 record last season.

    "To have a coach with Pervis Ellison's experience is a wonderful benefit for our program and players," Life Center athletic director David Boudwin said via press release. "We look forward to a great season and exciting future for Life Center basketball."

    Life Center Academy grabbed headlines two years ago when it became the home of LaQuinton Ross (originally from Mississippi, ironically), a highly-touted prospect and 2011 graduate who will play at Ohio State.

    Ellison led Louisville to a national title in 1986 and played in the NBA from 1989 to 2000.

    Ashley to Findlay Prep

    It appears Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) has bolstered its frontcourt for 2011-12 in a major way with the addition of Brandon Ashley, a standout at Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) and with the Drew Gooden Soldiers club program.

    Rated No. 25 in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2012 Top 100, Ashley will join Canada native Anthony Bennett and Landen Lucas to give the Pilots an imposing post trio.

    "He'll do really well in our (fast-paced) style," Findlay Prep head coach Michael Peck told Mitch Stephens of MaxPreps.com. "He'll be allowed to play to his strengths. He'll flourish in our system."

    Stephens has the complete story here.
  • Paterson Catholic (Paterson, N.J.) isn't the only basketball program of note that won't be back due to a school closure this fall.

    While Paterson Catholic shut its doors due to funding issues stemming from the economic downturn, the Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers (Washington, District of Columbia) is getting the hook in part because of its basketball program.

    According to The Washington Post, the school had its charter revoked Wednesday and issues involving the basketball program helped spur the decision.

    This story details that at least one of KIMA's athletes was in his fifth year of high school and others were imported talents from Maryland. As a non-District of Columbia student/resident, they should have not been allowed to attend the school without paying at least $10,000, according to The Washington Post.

    "Even though public charters are public schools, we operate like private schools. We make our own rules," KIMA athletic director and basketball coach Levet Brown told The Washington Post in March.

    That quote probably didn't help the school's cause.

    The Hawks went 33-9 last season against a schedule that included programs like Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.) and Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.). They participated in the prestigious Hawk Kreul Classic in Florida during the holiday tournament window.

    Two of KIMA's 2010 seniors are headed to major Division I programs. Jonathan Arledge, a 6-foot-9, 228-pound forward, is headed to George Mason after posting 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game as a senior. Eugene McCrory, a 6-8, 240-pound forward, signed with Seton Hall.

  • Photo by Michael Henderson

    Cameron Ridley, Fort Bend Bush

    This weekend marks the end of an exhausting summer run for high school basketball's top prospects with a pair of internationally-themed tournaments.

    In Chicago, adidas Nations will feature two teams of elite American talents taking on challengers from the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, in addition to a Canadian squad. The event begins Friday, Aug. 6 and runs through Monday, Aug. 9.

    In Hillsboro, Ore., the Nike Global Challenge will have a similar feel with three teams representing the United States facing Brazil, Canada, Nigeria and France, as well as a roster made up of players from Asian countries.

    The Nike Global Challenge also begins Friday and runs through Sunday. MaxPreps will be on hand Friday in Hillsboro and pass along more information on participants when it becomes available.

    The third place and championship games of adidas Nations will be televised by CBS College Sports at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. EST on Aug. 9.

    Here are the American participants for the adidas event;

    USA 2011

    Quddus "Deuce" Bello, Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.)
    Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    Ryan Boatright, East Aurora (Aurora, Ill.)
    Michael Chandler, Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    Damien Leonard, J.J. Mann (Piedmont, S.C.)
    Quincy Miller, Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.)
    LeBryan Nash, Lincoln (Dallas, Texas)
    Cameron Ridley, Bush (Richmond, Texas)
    LaQuinton Ross, Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.)
    Kevin Ware, Rockdale County (Conyers, Ga.)
    Marshall Plumlee, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)
    Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, N.C.)
    Cody Zeller, Washington (Ind.)

    USA 2012

    Jordan Adams, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
    Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
    Isaiah Austin, Grace Prep (Burleston, Texas)
    Wanna Bail, Trent International (Sugar Land, Texas)
    DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (Syracuse, N.Y.)
    Kevin Ferrell, Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    Amile Jefferson, Friends' Central (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Xavier Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
    Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
    Alex Murphy, St. Mark's (Wakefield, R.I.)
    Jordan Price, McCallie (Conyers, Ga.)
    Winston Shepard, Findlay Prep (Fresno, Texas)
    Jarnell Stokes, Central (Memphis, Tenn.)
    Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.)
    Jordan Tebbutt, Horizon Christian (Tualatin, Ore.)

  • LaQuinton Ross

    A year ago at this time, LaQuinton Ross looked like a burned out basketball prodigy.

    Once considered the top 2011 talent in America, the 6-foot-8 Ross has seen his game dissected and downgraded consistently over the past two years.

    "I got hurt at the beginning of last summer and hurt my ankle real bad," Ross said. "I didn't have a good summer."

    "You have to hear people criticize your game when they really don't know what is going on. They didn't know it was an ankle injury. I don't like to make excuses but that's what was going on."

    Friday at the adidas Super 64, Ross made a strong case for a return to elite status in the rising senior class, scoring 18 points and controlling the action as a point-forward in MBA Elite's blowout win over the Michigan Mustangs.

    Ross consistently opened things up for teammate Rodney Hood, a 6-8 wing who poured in 27 points (more on him tonight).

    A native of Jackson, Miss., but student and player at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., Ross did it all at Rancho High School on Friday. His ball-handling and shot looked much-improved. He drove-and-dished the Mustangs to death. Most of all, he looked more mature and purposeful on the court than he has at any time in the last two years. He is having fun.

    "I'm back this summer," Ross said. "I started off good this summer and am going to finish off good this summer."

    Recruiting-wise, things are still wide open but he did mention four schools that have been on his mind lately.

    "Ohio State has been on me really hard. Maryland, West Virginia, Baylor have been in there, too," Ross said. "I'll probably narrow it down at the end of the summer to my top five."