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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.