HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
The 2015 Coventry Health Tournament of Champions hoops field enjoyed great success during this past basketball season. The National Classic Champions- La Lumiere Lakers (IN) finished 25-3 in the regular season and were invited to play in the prestigious Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament. They are currently ranked as the 10th best team in the nation, by Maxpreps.com.
The Little Rock Baptist Prep Eagles finished their season as Arkansas’ 4A State Champion, while St. Louis Vashon finished as the 4A State Champions in Missouri. Other top teams from the past season include, the Washington Panthers who finished the season with a 25-4 record and a shared title of the Mid-Illini Conference. Huntsville Lee (27-7) and Spain Park (25-9) were two of the top teams in Alabama.
California’s Bishop Alemany finished their season with a 24-8 record, while Milwaukee Riverside (22-4), Arlington Country Day (26-12), Proviso East (20-8), Hazelwood Central (24-5) and Genoa-Kingston (20-9) also finished their seasons with over 20 victories. Kewanee, Riverview Gardens and Champaign Central were extremely strong in state tournament play.
Udoka Azubuike had a tremendous season for Potter’s House Christian and made the Mc Donald’s All-America game. Azubuike signed with the Kansas Jayhawks!
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (Sunrise Christian- 2011) was named College Player of the Year! Hield averaged 25 points per game, and was named Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight season. Hield also helped lead the Sooners to the Final Four!
Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon (Fayette County- 2008) was named 1st Team All-America with Hield.
Iowa State’s Georges Niang (Tilton School- 2011) was named 2nd Team All-America and finished his career with over 2,000 career points for the Cyclones.
Washington HS standout Alec Peters was named as the Horizon Conference’s Player of the Year and helped lead his Valparaiso Crusaders to the NIT Final Four.
Go to the WHERE ARE THEY NOW? SECTION to see this year’s ToC All-Collegiate Teams!
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans was named to his 2nd All-Star Game. Davis averages 24 points and 11 boards a game for the Pelicans.
Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell played in the NBA Rising Stars Game during NBA All-Star Weekend.
The LA Clippers’ De Andre Jordan has once again led the NBA in Field Goal percentage and Slam Dunks! He is currently second in the League in rebounds (14.0 per game) and blocked shots.
Myles Turner will most likely be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team with averages of 11 points and 6 boards per game.