Recruiting Roundup (3-2-09)

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Darius Morris

Windward has rolled through their sectional without much of a challenge. Windward eased passed Sierra Canyon 63-39 and Buckley 60-49. They will face Lutheran in the sectional final this Friday, March 6th 4:30 PM, at Colony High School.

Matt Vogrich

Matt VogrichMatt continues to step up in the big games. Vogrich netted 38 points including 28 in the second half and knocked down five three pointers in a conference championship win over North Chicago. Lake Forest head coach Phil LaScala agrees that Vogrich steps up when it counts:

“He’s a special player,” Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said of Vogrich. “If you look at our big games – North Chicago, Zion-Benton, Warren – he’s come up big, 32 points, 33 points, 35 points…playing against some very tough players.

There is also a great Q&A with Matt after he was named player of the week by the Chicago Sun-Times. Some highlights include a 4.8/5.0 GPA and 31 ACT, speeding, and looking forward to playing at Crisler Arena. By all accounts Matt has taken Lake Forest to a new level and they look ready for the state tournament. Here is a quick highlight from the conference championship game:

Jordan Morgan

Jordan vs CCDetroit Jesuit suffered a tough loss to Catholic Central in the Catholic league semi-final game. U of D made a valiant effort to get back in the game but it wasn’t enough. Jordan had 10 points in the loss.

Blake McLimans

Worcester will play Winchendon in the second quarter final (4 PM) in the NESPAC Class A Tournament tomorrow at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Blake has continued to play pretty well down the stretch and he has had some solid games while picking up his defense a bit as well.

Eso Akunne (pref. walk on)

Eso Akunne Catholic League FinalsEso and 2010 target Josh Herbeck led Gabriel Richard to their fourth straight Catholic League C-D final. First, Richard knocked off Royal Oak Shrine, 67-48, in the semi-finals. Eso had 19 points and Herbeck had 21.

In the finals they managed the squeak by Detroit Loyola by a score of 58-56. Akunne had 19 points in the final despite struggling with foul trouble all game long.

2010 Recruits

Will Regan

Will Regan’s season came to a disappointing end with a playoff loss to Canisius. Nichols had beaten Canisius twice this year by 25 and 30 points. Regan was named to the all tournament team but only score 8 points in the loss.

Casey Prather

Casey PratherThe athletic wing man from Tennessee received an offer ($) this week and that tells you all you need to know about his abilities. Prather’s team lost in the district finals but was not eliminated, Prather had 36 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks in the loss. Casey scored 34 points in a regional quarterfinal win to reach the 1,500 point mark for his career. This dunk was the highlight of the win:

Prather stole the ball and quickly took it up the court. Leaping from a good distance to the right of the lane, he put down a one-handed dunk, his second big dunk of the game.

Trey Zeigler

Mount Pleasant beat Bay City Central but they were without the services of Trey Zeigler who sat out for disciplinary reasons.

Moses Morgan

Moses’ Palo Verde squad suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Nevada State Championship game. Ken in Vegas was there and posted this recap.

Alex Dragicevich

Dragicevich is still very much on the radar. Dragicevich scored 20 points and added seven rebounds and five assists to lead Glenbrook North to a surprising 76-71 overtime win over Waukegan in the Central Suburban League championship.

Allen Payne

12 points and three assists in a 65-49 win over Anderson.

Tim Hardaway Jr. & Cameron Ayers

Their season’s are over.

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