Both North Carolina bound Tyler Hansbrough and Alex Ruoff, who is headed to West Virginia, had their high school jerseys retired. Hansbrough capped off a tremendous career with a stellar senior season. Ruoff, unfortunately, struggle through injuries during his senior season.
Junior scoring sensation Lawrence Westbrook eclipsed the Arizona single season scoring record, averaged just over 40 points per game scoring 883 points in 22 games. After breaking the record, Westbrook spoke his mind concerning the criticism he received during the season.
"I'm probably definitely leaving," Westbrook told Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic newspaper. "I don't think I'll be back. I'll probably move out of state.
"A lot of people didn't want to see me get this. I even had teachers tell other people that I'm a ball hog and I'm a selfish player. I dedicate it to all the students and all the teachers who hated me and didn't want to see me get it."
Look for Westbrook to run with the Los Angeles based Pump N Run program this summer.
In other Arizona news, Indiana signee Joey Shaw was named Northwest Region Player of the Year.
Anthony Ray of ArizonaPreps.com is reporting a surprise development from last night's first round action in the Arizona state tournament. Formally thought to be out for the season, top 2007 prospect Jerryd Bayless came off the bench with St. Mary's down 5 points in the third quarter and scored 9 points to help St. Mary's to a 3 point victory over Highland High School.
Down in Meridian, Miss., freshman Romero Osby was named to the All Region Team.
Both Jon Brockman (Washington) and Devan Downey (Cincinnati) went for career highs late in the season. Brockman scored 51 points in a 99-86 win. Downey poured in 67 points, including 10 three-pointers.
In Alabama, Taurus Dortch and his Ramsey High School team will face Richard Hendrix and his Athens High School team in an Elite Eight match up. Ramsey was led by Dortch's 26 points and 10 rebounds in their Sweet 16 victory. In Anthens' win over Parker High School in the Sweet 16, Hendrix put up 22 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 blocks.
Behind a triple-double from Ralph Sampson, III, Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala., advanced to the Elite Eight. Sampson, the son of former Virginia great and NBA player Ralph Sampson, scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 10 shots. One item to note concerning Sampson is that the 6-foot-10 freshman has suffered tendinitis in his knees since the age of seven.
In the southern part of the state, LeFlore High School in Mobile, Ala., is now 33-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation. Harold Edwards scored 26 in LeFlore's Sweet 16 win.
Despite the class of 2005 being much maligned by many analyst, consider Gerald Green, Louis Williams, Monta Ellis and Andray Blatche as locks to be drafted in the NBA draft on June 28. Other potential draftees at this point are Shawne Williams, Brandon Rush, Richard Hendrix, Josh McRoberts, Martell Webster, Julian Wright, Keith Brumbaugh, Calvin Miles and Amir Johnson.
Remember that at this time last year, no one expected Robert Swift or J.R. Smith to go in the 2004 draft. So much depends on how players practice and perform at the post season all-star games.
More coverage concerning the draft and a potential age limitation being instituted by the NBA in the new collective bargaining agreement will be coming on Rivals.com.