He might have been one of the smallest players there in terms of physical stature, but no one player dominated the Peach Jam this week like Andrew Lavender of All-Ohio Red.
Lavender, a 5-7 point guard from Brookhaven H.S. in Columbus, Ohio, scored 10 points in the final 1:10 of regulation and overtime to lead All-Ohio Red to a 75-72 overtime victory over the Houston Hoops.
Lavender, who finished as the Peach Jam's leading scorer, poured in 27 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in the championship tilt. Even though he's small size wise, Lavender has a deadly combination of speed and scoring ability. He generally plays under control, and gets his other teammates involved via his penetration and passing skills.
Lavender told Rivalshoops.com that he has been offered scholarships by Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Marquette and Ole Miss. Cincinnati has also called Lavender, but had yet to offer prior to the start of the July evaluation period.
Lavender said he plans on making a fall decision. He will also need to take the ACT again this fall after narrowly missing a qualifying test score on his June effort.
Lavender will finish the summer with Jerry Watson's All-Ohio Red program at the AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals in Florida. Rivalshoops.com will keep you posted from that event next week, and we'll let you know if Lavender continues his heroic exploits from the Sunshine State.