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  • It's not every day that you get to see a hatchet with eyes and a smile, dancing around at a basketball game.

    Let's revel in the coolness of "Hatch" the Hatchet, the mascot for Washington (Ind.). Life seems to revolve around the mascot at Washington High, with the gymnasium called the "Hatchet House" since 1925 and the football field called the "Hatchet Hollow" since 1937.

    It's not the only Hatchets mascot name in the country (you will find two more), but it's the only one that we found video of, profiled on the TV news in Indianapolis.

    Dressing up a mascot costume to look like a small axe is actually in reference to the school's hometown, named after President George Washington. The story (disputed by some) goes that Washington killed his father's favorite cherry tree with a hatchet as a boy and when his father asked who had done it, the future president confessed and avoided his father's ire because of his honesty.

    But back to Hatch. We've seen some costumes that are rare. This one, however, has to be in the upper echelons of uniqueness.

  • Capital Prep (Hartford, Conn.) outlasted Classical Magnet (Hartford, Conn.) in double overtime during the Doc Hurley Scholarship Basketball Classic, 120-116.

    Junior guard Kahlil Dukes exploded for 51 points for Capital Prep. His 3-pointer from 25 feet away with 2.7 seconds left sent the game into its second overtime. He also made four straight free throws in the second overtime to help secure the victory.

    Senior Jaquann Starks scored 47 points in a losing effort.
  • After St. Anthony (Jersey City) beat Plainfield for New Jersey's Tournament of Champions title Monday night, John Haley and Mike Moretti of the The Star Ledger served up a reminder of just how successful the duo of Myles Mack and Kyle Anderson have been.

    Mack, a 5-foot-10 senior and Rutgers signee, and Anderson, a 6-8 junior, arrived at St. Anthony in the fall after helping Paterson Catholic go 28-1 in 2009-10. That mark included a tournament title at the prestigious City of Palms Classic title. Paterson Catholic closed its doors in the spring due to mounting financial difficulties. Both were key contributors for the Cougars during a 26-5 2008-09 campaign, as well.
    Photo by Jim Redman

    Mack (No. 2) and Anderson (sixth from left) helped Paterson Catholic win<br> the prestigious City of Palms Classic title in December of 2009.

    Last summer, the duo suited up for the Playaz in Nike's ultra-competitive Elite Youth Basketball League, helping the New Jersey-based club go a league-best 13-1 in pool play.

    Their integration at St. Anthony under head coach Bob Hurley was a well-documented success, leading the Friars to a 33-0 record and what will likely be a consensus national title.

    MaxPreps profiled the pair last summer in Las Vegas.

    Culver Academies reaches Indiana state final

    Indiana is one of the most tradition-rich high school basketball states in the country. But a very non-traditional school will be taking part in Saturday's Class 3A state championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    An independent college prep boarding school 115 miles north of Indianapolis, Culver Academies (Culver) will make its first state final appearance against Cody Zeller and Washington.

    The Eagles are led by three foreign-born talents in 7-foot-1 Chier Ajou (New Mexico verbal commitment) of Sudan and Canadians Jermaine Myers and Juwan Brescacin.

    Dawkins leaving Saginaw

    After a successful seven-year run at Saginaw (Mich.) that included back-to-back state championships, Lou Dawkins is moving on.

    According to multiple accounts of his farewell press conference, Dawkins stated he is leaving to pursue his dream of becoming a college coach.

    Dawkins' tenure will be remembered for events that registered at polar opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.
    Saginaw rolled to 51-2 record during the 2007 and 2008 seasons and registered blowout victories in the Class A state championship game to cap both campaigns. Michigan State junior Draymond Green was the cornerstone of those teams.

    But tragedy struck two years ago when son Dorian – a budding basketball star – died suddenly at the age of 14.

    "I know if I can survive the last two years, I can do anything. So it's time for me to start my pursuit," Dawkins said during the press conference.

    Trier in Oklahoma

    Is it normal for a pre-high schooler to move 2,000 miles to be closer to be his AAU team? And home-schooled?

    Apparently it is if you are Allonzo Trier, a former Seattle youth league phenom who relocated to Oklahoma City, where he will play for Gary Vick's Athletes First program this summer.

    Athletes First has churned out quite a bit of talent in recent years, including Kelenna Azuibuike, J.R. Giddens, Blake Griffin, Xavier Henry, Daniel Orton, Ekpe Udoh, Shelden Williams and – according to their website – St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Trier was averaging over 20 points per game against varsity competition this season as an eighth-grader until being ruled ineligible by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association in January.
  • 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.)

  • Here is a quick-list look at our Junior All-American team released earlier today. Click here for the complete story.

    Keep in mind, this is not a recruiting list. MaxPreps All-American teams are based on achievement (stats, honors, team success) during the 2009-10 season – not recruiting attention or college and pro potential.

    National Junior of the Year

    Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)

    First Team

    Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (Chicago, Ill.), 6-5 / 210 / Wing – Louisville commitment
    Quinn Cook, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 6-0 / 175 / Guard
    Michael Gilchrist, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.), 6-7 / 190 / Forward - Kentucky commitment
    Myck Kabongo, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 6-2 / 170 / Guard – Texas commitment
    Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.), 6-3 / 180 / Guard

    Second Team

    Bradley Beal, Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.), 6-3 / 185 / Guard – Florida commitment
    Dorian Finney - Smith, Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.), 6-7 / 200 / Forward
    P. J. Hairston, Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.), 6-6 / 220 / Wing – North Carolina commitment
    James McAdoo, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.), 6-8 / 220 / Forward – North Carolina commitment
    Adonis Thomas, Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.), 6-7 / 200 / Wing

    Third Team

    Branden Dawson, Lew Wallace (Gary, Ind.), 6-6 / 205 / Forward
    Chris Jones, Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.), 5-9 / 165 / Guard – Tennessee verbal commitment
    Quincy Miller, Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 6-9 / 195 / Forward
    Julian Royal, Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), 6-8 / 210 / Forward
    Amir Williams, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.), 6-10 / 220 / Forward

    Fourth Team

    Ryan Boatright, East (Aurora, Ill.), 5-10 / 160 / Guard
    Joe Coleman, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), 6-3 / 180 / Guard
    Trevor Lacey, Butler (Huntsville, Ala.), 6-4 / 190 / Guard
    Le Bryan Nash, Lincoln (Dallas, Texas), 6-7 / 220 / Forward
    Deville Smith, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), 5-11 / 165 / Guard

    Fifth Team

    Aaron Brown, Penn Wood (Lansdowne, Pa.), 6-5 / 205 / Wing
    Sheldon McClellan, Bellaire (Houston, Texas), 6-5 / 195 / Guard – Texas commitment
    Hunter Mickelson, Westside (Jonesboro, Ark.), 6-10 / 195 / Forward
    Shannon Scott, Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), 6-2 / 170 / Guard – Ohio State commitment
    Cody Zeller, Washington (Washington, Ind.), 6-9 / 195 / Forward

    Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

    Devonta Abron, Seagoville (Dallas, Texas), 6-7 / 215 / Forward
    Tyler Adams, Brandon (Brandon, Miss.), 6-9 / 250 / Forward
    Kyan Anderson, North Crowley (Fort Worth, Texas), 5-11 / 175 / Guard
    Gary Bell, Kentridge (Kent, Wash.), 6-2 / 180 / Guard
    Henry Brooks, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), 6-8 / 195 / Forward
    Carlton Brundidge, Southfield (Southfield, Mich.), 6-1 / 190 / Guard – Michigan verbal commitment
    Angelo Chol, Hoover (San Diego, Calif.), 6-9 / 205 / Forward
    De Andre Daniels, Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.), 6-8 / 185 / Forward – Texas verbal commitment
    Myles Davis, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 6-2 / 180 / Guard
    Chase Fischer, Ripley (Ripley, W.Va.), 6-3 / 170 / Guard – Marshall verbal commitment
    Michael Gbinije, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.), 6-6 / 190 / Wing – Duke verbal commitment
    Juan'ya Green, Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.), 6-3 / 185 / Guard
    Ladontae Henton, Eastern (Lansing, Mich.), 6-6 / 200 / Forward
    Rodney Hood, Meridian (Meridian, Miss.), 6-8 / 200 / Forward
    Tyrone Johnson, Plainfield (Plainfield, N.J.), 6-2 / 180 / Guard
    Cody Kessler, Centennial (Bakersfield, Calif.), 6-2 / 190 / Guard
    Cole Krizancic, Mentor (Mentor, Ohio), 5-10 / 145 / Guard
    Tommie McCune, Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.), 6-7 / 185 / Forward
    Ben McLemore, Eskridge (Wellston, Mo.), 6-4 / 185 / Guard
    Norman Powell, Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.), 6-3 / 175 / Guard
    Chasson Randle, Rock Island (Rock Island, Ill.), 6-2 / 180 / Guard
    Levi Randolph, Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.), 6-5 / 185 / Wing
    Marquis Teague, Pike (Indianapolis, Ind.), 6-1/ 170 / Guard
    Josiah Turner, Sacramento (Sacramento, Calif.), 6-3 / 185 / Guard
    Kyle Wiltjer, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), 6-9 / 210 / Forward