As February turns into March, high school basketball seasons are winding down and that means that seniors all across the nation are trying to go out with a bang. For UK’s senior targets, it was no different:
– After scoring 8 points in 1 minute of play, Brandon Knight continued racking up the stats on his way to a 47 point, 13 rebound, 6 assist and 6 steal performance. His Pine Crest team ended up blowing out their Belle Glade opponents, 99-69. When speaking about his star player’s performance, Coach Dave Beckerman said, “He watches the game, he sees where he is, tries to get his players involved, and then bang.” Pine Crest will now await the winner of University School and Miami La Salle for their 7pm game on Saturday.
– Knight received another star on his report card today when he was named one of six finalists for high school basketball’s Naismith Award which, just like its collegiate counterpart, is awarded to the nation’s player of the year. The rest of the field includes Tobias Harris (Tennessee), Kyrie Irving (Duke), Harrison Barnes (UNC), Jared Sullinger (Ohio St) and DeShaun Thomas (Ohio St).
– Josh Selby scored 45 points in a losing effort against Edmondson in the Baltimore City Championship game. Lake Clifton finished the regular season at 14-5. Selby tried his best to will his team to the win but missed a 3 pointer attempt at the buzzer in overtime, leaving Lake Clifton two points short at 58-56. Lake Clifton will now compete in the Class 2A North regional playoffs.
– In a 110-63 win over Madison, Terrence Jones scored 43 points. Jones’ Portland team is now 20-2 on the season and the Madison team they beat was left with a 1-19 record. Portland’s next game should also be a walkover and I’d expect Jones to score comparable points when they take on the 4-18 Roosevelt squad.
– Finally, while this may not have anything to do with point totals, CJ Leslie certainly found a great way to go out with bang.