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    Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian

    The Detroit News reported Sunday that Consortium College Prep (Detroit, Mich.) boys basketball coach Al Anderson collapsed Saturday night following an 81-44 victory over Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio) and died a few hours later at Henry Ford Hospital.

    The 40-year-old Anderson had compiled a 109-28 record in his sixth year as head coach and his 13-3 team is considered one of the favorites to win this year's Class C state title.

    Anderson had received a pacemaker in August of 2011 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure last March. He began being treated for cardiac sarcoidosis in September, according to the Detroit Free Press.

    *All-American Julius Randle returned to the lineup Friday for the first time since fracturing his right foot on Nov. 24 to help Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) defeat Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas) 74-56 on Senior Night. The Dallas Morning News reported that the 6-9 star had 19 points and 10 rebounds in 15 minutes and was pronounced "100 percent fine" by coach Chris Mayberry.

    *Conner Frankamp scored 37 points as North (Wichita, Kan.) defeated Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.) 52-40 to set a Wichita City League record with 2,233 points and counting. The record of 2,231 had been set last year by All-American Perry Ellis.

    *The Seattle Times reported Saturday that Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-7 junior guard from Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.), has chosen the University of Louisville over UCLA, Syracuse, UNLV, Arizona and Washington.

    *Bianca Quisenberry, a 5-8 senior guard, had 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists as Tecumseh (New Carlisle, Ohio) routed Xenia (Ohio) 83-26.The Arrows now have shot down their last 22 opponents following a season-opening loss.

    *Teutopolis (Ill.) (16-7) eliminated Mt. Carmel (Ill.) from the state playoffs for the third consecutive year with a decisive 57-34 victory in the Class 2A sectional. Mt. Carmel entered the game with a 32-0 record and the state's No. 3 ranking in 2A, while Teutopolis, with no seniors, was unranked.  Mt. Carmel junior star Tyra Buss, who set a single-season state scoring record and is just 600 points shy of the overall state record, was limited to 20 points. She entered the game as the No. 3 scorer in the nation with a 38.9 average. Freshman Danielle Repking paced the Wooden Shoes with 22 points.

    *Savanna Trapp, a 6-9 senior from tiny Esko (Minn.), has broken the Minnesota career record with 650 blocked shots and counting, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She also has scored 1,743 points. Trapp is believed to be the tallest girl ever to play prep basketball in the state and will be the tallest woman ever at UCLA when she enrolls in the fall. Her parents are 6-9 and 6-3.

    *National scoring leader Ashley Kelsick, a 5-7  junior guard, maintained her average (40.7) by scoring 42 points as Highland (Palmdale, Calif.) (21-2) defeated West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) 54-45 for its 19th consecutive victory.
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    Aaron Holiday, Campbell Hall

    Two boys basketball powerhouses in different parts of the country extended long winning streaks during the past week.

    In the West, powerhouse Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) whipped Planet Athlete Sports Academy (Phoenix, Ariz.) 109-65 for its 46th consecutive victory. UNLV signee Christian Wood set the pace with 28 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three assists, while Nigel Williams-Goss contributed 16 points and an impressive 16 assists for the 27-0 Pilots.

    *Meanwhile, Midwest power Germantown (Wis.) ran its winning streak to 49 games with an 80-48 victory over Hartford (Wis.).

    *University of Kansas recruit Conner Frankamp pumped in 48 points as North (Wichita, Kan.) defeated East (Wichita, Kan.) 71-63. He also had a 43-point game during the week and has a shot at becoming the career scoring leader in a city which has produced many superstars.

    *Sophomore star Aaron Holiday also had a 48-point game to lead Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.) to an 87-69 victory over Viewpoint (Calabasas, Calif.).

    *Quentin Taylor scored 40 points as Palm Springs (Calif.) defeated Cathedral City (Calif.) 82-66. Christian Wilson had 40 points for Cathedral City.

    *Garinger (Charlotte, N.C.) has a promising freshman, 7-foot, 250-pound Raekwon Long, who is averaging 12.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. He flashed his enormous potential recently during a game in which he amassed 26 points, 22 rebounds and 13 blocks.

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    Wayne Selden

    Following a weekend visit to Kansas, five-star guard Wayne Selden has made a pledge to head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks.

    Following a flurry of media reports, Selden confirmed the development Monday morning via Twitter. He is regarded as the nation's No. 17 overall senior prospect by MaxPreps.

    A powerful shooting guard at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, the Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) senior was regarded as a Class of 2014 prospect until June when he elected to reclassify and fast track his college career.

    Selden's most notable success has come on the club circuit with the acclaimed Boston Amateur Basketball Club. He joined Jaylen Brantley, Maryland freshman Jaye Layman, Iowa State freshman Georges Niang and Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel to help the program capture Nike's highly-competitive Elite Youth Basketball League title in 2011.

    He was also a teammate of Noel's at Tilton and the pair helped lead the Rams go 25-6 and reach the NEPSAC Class AA title game last winter.

    Selden is the fourth member of Kansas' 2013 recruiting class. The Jayhawks – No. 5 in our look at the nation's top classes last week – also have commitments from in-state guard Conner Frankamp, post-graduate guard Frank Mason and Georgia wing Brannen Greene.

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  • AJ Moutry scored what is believed to be a school-record 54 points while leading McKinney (Texas) to a 97-94 double-overtime basketball victory against Pearce (Richardson, Texas). The score was deadlocked at 75 following the end of the fourth quarter.

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    AJ Moutry is averaging better than 26 points per game for McKinney.

    The Lions, who have won eight of their last nine games,  had beaten city rival North (McKinney, Texas) in another double-overtime thriller earlier in the week.

    The 6-foot-1 senior guard, who raised his average to 26.5, drilled 19 of 29 shots from the floor - including 9 of 12 from 3-point range - and 7 of 11 from the free throw line during his career night. His previous high had been 38 points from earlier this season.

    Coach Wes Watson told MaxPreps, "It's funny, because I had been saying for awhile that he was going to have a 40-point game this year and he went beyond that. Our style lends to that. We knew that if he really got hot, something like this was possible. He's such a dynamic player. He runs the floor well and finishes well around the basket with his left or right hand. He is very quick and can play either guard position. He has a high basketball IQ and is the total package."

    Moutry is one of the state's most improved players after averaging just 12 points during his junior year. He carries a better than 3.0 grade point average and hopes to play college basketball at the Division I level.

    *James Pegues of Oakridge (Arlington, Texas) scored 46 points during a 70-69 overtime loss to Greenhill (Addison, Texas).

    * TJ Cline, the son of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, had 27 points and 11 rebounds as Plano West (Plano, Texas) defeated Hebron (Carrollton, Texas), 56-50.
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    Jabari Parker

    For the second time in three years at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, the United States left little doubt about where the power lies when it comes to basketball in the Western Hemisphere.

    Led by head coach Don Showalter, the USA romped through five games in Cancun, Mexico en route to the gold medal, winning by an average margin of over 42 points per game. The 2009 team that played in the same event featuring the likes of Brad Beal, Andre Drummond and James McAdoo wasn't quite as dominant, winning by an average of 34 points per outing.

    Combined with a gold medal showing (8-0) at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany last summer, USA Basketball's developmental national team is now 18-0 all-time and has won 16 of those games by 20 points or more.

    Jabari Parker of Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) earned tournament MVP honors, although Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) led the United State in scoring (17.0 points per game), rebounding (11.2) and was second in assists (4.6).

    Showalter was assisted by Rich Gray of the St. Louis Eagles club team and Mike Jones of DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).

    While the roster likely won't be exactly the same, a version of this team will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship in Lithuania next summer.

    FIBA Americas U16 Championship statistical leaders (United States only)

    17.0 – Aaron Gordon
    15.4 – Jabari Parker
    14.6 – Jahlil Okafor
    11.5 – Theo Pinson
    10.4 – Justin Jackson

    11.2 – Aaron Gordon
    9.2 – Jahlil Okafor
    6.4 – Jabari Parker
    6.3 – Theo Pinson
    4.6 – Johnathan Williams

    5.6 – Tyus Jones
    4.6 – Aaron Gordon
    4.4 – Larry Austin Jr.
    3.6 – Conner Frankamp
    2.0 – Kendrick Nunn

    Minutes per game: Aaron Gordon, 22.4
    Field goal percentage: Jahlil Okafor, .710
    3-point field goal percentage: Jabari Parker, .416
    Free throw percentage (10 attempts minimum): Jahlil Okafor, .826
    Blocked shots: Aaron Gordon, 16
    Steals: Larry Austin Jr., 12

    More on Parker

    While on the topic of Jabari Parker, I was shocked to see the Simeon standout participating in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy less than 24 hours after taking MVP honors in Mexico.

    While the opportunity to train under Durant is a huge draw and maybe even irresistible to a young prospect, perhaps a rest was in order after five games in five days and two weeks away from his hometown and family.