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Prime Time Shootout On The Air

The Prime Time Shootout figures to be one of the top post-Christmas events
in the country. The event will feature six of USA Today’s top twelve prep
teams. #2 New York (NY) Rice, # 3 Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony #4 Mouth of
Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy, #5 Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary, #8 Los
Angeles (CA) Westchester, and #12 Amityville (NY) High are hoping that a
strong showing could lead to a mythical national championship.
The entire schedule of games can be heard on
Friday, February 8, 2002
1:30pm Holmdel, NJ vs. Central Prep (Trenton, NJ)
3:00pm Council Rock (Newtown, PA) vs. Burlington City, NJ
4:00pm St. Peter's (New Brunswick, NJ) vs. Camden, NJ
5:30pm Trenton, NJ (Girls) vs. Wildwood, NJ (Girls)
7:00pm St. Anthony's (Jersey City, NJ) vs. Amityville, NY
8:30pm Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) vs. St. Patrick's (Elizabeth,
Friday’s top matchups are the last two games as # 3 Jersey City (NJ) St.
Anthony and #12 Amityville (NY) High square off at 7:00 and #2 Mouth of
Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy faces Newark Star-Ledger’s number two team in
the state Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick’s.
Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony is 15-1 with their lone loss by two points to
Neptune, a team that is also playing in the Prime Time Shootout. They had
previously beaten Neptune earlier in the season. St. Anthony started the
season 7-0 without star point guard Elijah Ingram, who was sidelined with a
sprained ankle. Ingram is College Basketball News’ #22 senior and is committed to
St. John’s. 6-8 junior Terrence Roberts and
6-3 junior Obie Nwadike are strong inside players for the Friars. 5-11
senior Don Copeland and 6-0 Dwayne Lee, who signed with St. Joseph’s, give
St. Anthony’s a strong three-guard attack.
They face Amityville (NY) High on Friday and Germantown (PA) Prep Academy
Sunday at the Prime Time Shootout.
Amityville (NY) High is led by top twenty senior Jason Fraser. He is perhaps
the top rebounder and shotblocker in the class of 2002. He signed with
Villanova in the early signing period. Their lone loss was to DeMatha and
they were the only team to beat Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary.
St. Patrick’s (NJ) High is led by 6-8 power forward Paul Williams, 6-5 Mawel
Soler, 6-10 junior center Grant Billmeier and 6-1 junior point guard Michael
Nardi. Williams, a transfer fron North Bergen High, signed with Siena in the
early signing period. Nardi missed the start of the season with a broken
foot, which hurt the team in the Academy National Invitational tournament,
where they finished 1-2. They were 19-9 last season and lost to Jersey City
(NJ) St. Anthony’s in the parochial B championship game. They had won the
previous three New Jersey titles. They are currently 15-3 and play Passaic
Thursday and Oak Hill Friday.
Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy is the defending USA Today national
champion after finishing 33-0 last season. They lost for the first time in
two years this past weekend when they fell to Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 84-72
at the Nike Extravaganza at the Long Beach State Pyramid, snapping their
65-game winning streak. They lost their three top players, but are still
loaded with College Basketball News’ number two senior Carmelo Anthony, who
signed with Syracuse and #10 Sani Ibrahim, who is considering the NBA draft.
They also have #42 6-2 point guard Chadd Moore, who signed with Cincinnati,
#75 6-1 point guard Justin Gray, who signed with Wake Forest, 6-7 small
forward Antywane Robinson, (Temple), Ian Johnson (Davidson), 6-3 Eric
Wilkins (Miami of Florida) and 6-5
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Oak Hill is
College Basketball News’ #1 team in the country and they are ranked #2 by
USA Today. The Warriors play Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick’s and Akron (OH) St.
Vincent-St. Mary on Friday and Sunday at the Prime Time Shootout. St.
Vincent- St. Mary lost just one game last season, losing by one-point to Oak
Hill in Columbus.
Saturday, February 9, 2002
10:30am Raritan (Hazlet, NJ) vs. Hatboro/Horsham, PA
12:00pm Trenton, NJ vs. Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, PA)
1:30pm St. Augustine (Richland, NJ) vs. Linden, NJ
3:00pm St. John Neumann (Philadelphia, PA) vs. Middle Twp., NJ
4:30pm Westchester (Los Angeles, CA) vs. All Hallows (Bronx, NY)
6:00pm Camden Catholic vs. Rice (Manhattan, NY)
7:30pm Neptune, NJ vs. Shawnee (Medford, NJ)
9:00pm McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY) vs. Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY)
There are several strong games on the Saturday menu.
Richland (NJ) St. Augustine is led by 5-11 point guard Scott Greenman, who
is headed to Princeton, 6-6 forward Michael Haddix, who inked with Siena and
6-8 power forward Nana Mensah-Bonsu, who will play at George Washington next
Linden, #13 in the Newark Star-Ledger’s poll, plays Elizabeth on
Thursday before facing Richland (NJ) St. Augustine at the Dunn Center in
Elizabeth. They are led by frontcourt players Jakeel Gary and Jason Thomas
and point guard Tony Wilson.
Westchester (CA) High is 20-2 and was USA Today’s preseason number one team
before losing to Oak Hill Academy in the Academy National Invitational
Tournament finals. Westchester has three players among College Basketball
News’ top 100 seniors in #98 Brandon Bowman (who signed with Georgetown),
#70 Brandon Heath (San Diego State) and #19 Hassan Adams (Arizona). They
also have New Mexico commitment Ashanti Cook and standout junior Trevor
Ariza. They won the Los Angeles section for the fifth time last year and
captured the prestigious City of Palms Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. They
were 28-2 last year and finished 12th in the final USA Today poll.
Westchester is looking to win its first state title since 1998, when they
were led by current USC players David Bluthenthal and Brandon Granville.
They won their second straight City of Palms Classic title over Bronx (NY)
All Hallows, who they will meet in the Prime Time Shootout.
In that contest, Arizona signee Hassan Adams had 15 points on six of eleven
shooting and grabbed eleven rebounds, eight on the offensive end. San Diego
State recruit Brandon Heath made six of ten from the field to finish with 17
points. Keith Everage added ten points. Top junior Trevor Ariza added eight
points and six boards. Georgetown signee Brandon Bowman had six points and
New Mexico recruit Ashanti Cook added two.
All Hallows was led in scoring
for the fourth straight game by Ricky Soliver, who scored 19 points for the
Gaels. He made seven of 16 shots from the field and four of nine from beyond
the arc. Iona signees 6-0 point guard Marvin McCullough and 6-7 power
forward Kiril Wachsmann scored seven points each.
Westchester opened up a
21-10 lead after one quarter and were never seriously challenged after that.
Camden Catholic is 15-0 and is ranked fourth in the Newark Star-Ledger’s
poll. They are paced by the Cangelosi twins, juniors Eric and Nick and 6-9
B.J. Bakanowski. They face Rice and their talented big man in 7-2 Shagari
Alleyne. Rice was just 13-11 last season, but they
return their entire starting five. 6-0 point Jason Wingate is an excellent
floor general. 5-9 senior guard Keydren Clark is their leading scorer,
averaging 16 points per game. He recently committed to St. Peter’s. He and
Jason Patterson are two good outside shooters. 6-1 senior Steve Burtt Jr. is
a good slasher. His father starred at Iona and played for Golden State in
the NBA. Christian Brown is a strong reserve for the Raiders.
Neptune is 16-2 and ranked fifth in the Newark Star-Ledger’s poll. They are
led 6-3 shooting guard TaQuan Dean, who signed with Louisville. 6-3 Marques
Alston is a strong rebounder. They face Newark Star-Ledger’s #12 Christian
Brothers on Thursday before playing #14 Shawnee on Saturday. Shawnee is
paced by 6-5 Zach Martin, who will play at Harvard next year. They are a
strong defensive team that lost to Christian Brothers recently, falling to
Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit is 17-1 and ranked #23 in USA Today’s most
recent poll. They are led by 6-6 Marty O'Sullivan, 6-0 Tyler Relph and 6-8
Ryan Pettinella. They recently clinched the City Catholic title.
Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln is paced by College Basketball News’ number one
sophomore Sebastian Telfair. He is an outstanding ballhandler. Lincoln
finished runner-up in the Beach Ball Classic. Telfair scored 28 points in
their opening round 89-64 win over Latta (SC) High as he faced College
Basketball News’ number one senior point guard Raymond Felton, who scored 35
points. Forwards Jamal Dart and Elliah Clarke are good scorers. Clarke had
14 points and 19 rebounds for the Railsplitters in the recent Gatorade
Timberwolves Shootout. Telfair was just five of 15 from the field as he
scored 14. He fouled out in the loss to Henry, who pulled away with him on
the sideline. Telfair was just five of 15 from the field as he scored 14.
6-5 junior Dominic Osei is a strong inside scorer.
Sunday, February 10, 2002
10:30am Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Clifton, NJ
12:00pm Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, PA) vs. St. Dominic's (Oyster Bay, NY)
1:30pm Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. St. Vincent's-St. Mary's (Akron, OH)
3:00pm Christ the King (Queens, NY) vs. Christian Brothers Academy
(Lincroft, NJ)
4:30pm Rice (Manhattan, NY) vs. Passaic, NJ
6:00pm St. Anthony's (Jersey City, NJ) vs. Germantown Academy (Fort
Washington, PA)
7:30pm Camden, NJ vs. Elizabeth, NJ
9:00pm Florence High School (Florence, NJ) vs. Pleasantville, NJ<
Sunday’s highlight is the matchup between USA Today’s #4 Mouth of Wilson
(VA) Oak Hill Academy and #5 Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary. However, there
are several outstanding teams and players that will also face off in the
event’s final day.
Brooklyn (NY) Bishop Loughlin is led by Villanova signee 6-7 Curtis Sumpter.
Philadelphia (PA) Simon Gratz will miss the services of Temple recruit Michael
Blackshear (surgery) when they face Oyster Bay (NY) St. Dominic's, who is paced by St. John’s recruit
Tim Doyle.
Oak Hill Academy and St. Vincent-St. Mary features the top scorers in the
senior class, Carmelo Anthony against the top junior, LeBron James.
Oak Hill has more talent, but the Irish have James. St. Vincent-St. Mary’s
has good outside threats in Dru Joyce Jr., the head coach’s son and Chad
Mraz. Sian Cotton, Willie McGee and Romeo Travis will be crucial as the
Warriors will make someone other than James beat them.
Rice battles Passaic and their standout forward Edwin Muniz, who signed with
St. Anthony’s faces another tough opponent in Fort Washington (PA)
Germantown Academy Prep, a preseason top ten USA Today squad. They are led
by 6-7 Lee Melchionni (who is headed to Duke next year), 6-6 forward Matt
Walsh (Florida) and 6-11 center Ted Skuchas (Vanderbilt). 6-0 point guard
Lionel Edmonds signed with Fairleigh Dickinson.