January 15, 2007

Flyin' to the Hoop: Monday

DAYTON, OH - The 2007 Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational at Vandalia-Butler High School and Stoneridge Prep guard Angelo Johnson came up with the biggest shot of the day. Rivals.com breaks down the final day of action.

Johnson sinks game winner for Stoneridge

Angelo Johnson couldn't hit a perimeter shot in the second half after knocking down a pair in the first 16 minutes. His cold hand disappeared with 10 seconds left to play when he hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Stoneridge a 38-37 victory over Hamilton High School. Johnson finished with 11 points in the victory.

After two sub par efforts on the offensive end of the floor, Mamadou Diarra picked it up around the cup and scored around the basket, at least in the first half. He scored all 11 of his points in the first stanza. The 6-foot-11 big man lead Stoneridge with eight rebounds.

After two lackluster games, Brandon Cooks finally showed some spark against Georgia Elite. Cooks, an unsigned 6-foot-7 forward, did what he does best and attacked the basket for high percentage shots. Cooks finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

As one of the better available big men, Cooks didn't consistently earn himself a spot on the must-get list for the high-majors. His Monday performance did justify the interest from Tennessee, Southern Miss, Duquesne and Missouri, who he says is his final four schools.

Terrence Joyner, a California native, was solid for Genesis One as the point guard. The 6-foot-2 junior combo guard did a nice job of penetrating to the hole and finding cutters, mostly Cooks, for buckets right at the basket. He trailed off as the game went along and failed to capitalize on the opportunities that he did in the first half of the game. Joyner finished with 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Genesis head coach Victor Evans said USC, Florida State and Oregon are showing the most interest at this point.

Back spasms slowed down Afam Moujeke but he's been one of the more consistent players for Genesis One. The New York native said he is down to Southern Miss, Fresno State, Duquesne and Cincinnati. He added that he will visit Fresno State on Feb. 20.

News & Notes

Charles Winkfield, a 6-foot-4 guard for Wayne (Ohio) High School, was a pleasant surprise. The junior was able to get to the basket with the dribble as well as showing an ability to create for himself, score off the bounce and get to the iron with little trouble. He handles the ball well enough to run the offense. He scored a team high 16 points in a 56-45 win over Lakota East.

Malcolm White, a four-star junior, rattled off a list of Ole Miss, Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, USC and Mississippi State.

Vincent Rogers led the way for Georgia Elite with 21 points in a 75-72 defeat to Genesis One. The 6-foot-5 junior did most of his work by attacking the basket and getting points inside.

All eyes on us

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was in the house while assistants from Auburn, IUPUI, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Tennessee, Valparaiso and Wright State took in the final day of action.

Monday's scoreboard

Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio) 49, Eastern Commerce (Can.) 46
Genesis One Elite (Miss.) 76, NC Georgia Elite (Ga.) 72
Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) 38, Hamilton (Ohio) 37
Wayne (Ohio) 56, Lakota East (Ohio) 45


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