Patterson (N.C.) guard DeAndre Kane could have looked out of the peep hole of his door at the Radisson hotel in Largo, Maryland last week and saw the door of Hargrave (Va.) guard Freddie Riley right across from him.
Ironic because Kane and Riley would see each other eye-to-eye the next day as their teams met up in a highly anticipated match-up of two of the best prep school teams in the country.
"We talked a little junk back and forth at the hotel," Kane said with a smile last weekend in Maryland. "I knew we were going to have a battle."
The battle turned out to be an ugly of a game of H.O.R.S.E. from deep and Kane and his teammates won 79-76.
"I wanted come out and play my game. I wanted to stay calm, stay focused. I didn't want to play one on one with him. I just wanted to make my shots," Kane said.
He did and he did it well. Kane scored 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting and helped Patterson win 79-76. Riley, however, took bad shots and never seemed to find his rhythm. Kane did a good job of not getting caught up in the individual battle.
Kane has emerged as one of the top available shooting guards in the class of 2009 because of his scoring potential. As a senior in Pittsburgh, he averaged over 30 points a game.
Thought to be a heavy Pittsburgh lean, Kane clarified his situation with the school he grew up just minutes from.
"I didn't commit to Pitt yet. They are just looking at me hard and I'm looking at them hard," Kane said.
While the Panthers are thought to be sitting in high position, Kane said he is considering other options, too.
Marquette, Seton Hall, Baylor and Connecticut are also in the mix. Kane said he will visit Seton Hall on Dec. 19.
He added he doesn't anticipate a decision in the near future.