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December 9, 2012

Hoops Weekly Notebook

For whatever reason, the Palmetto State has not been the hotbed of DI prospects over the years, though the ones that we do produce are outstanding. This season we'll be keeping an eye on Irmo's Justin McKie, who has committed to South Carolina. Last season, McKie had an injury that led to a slow start and he played behind all-star Jordan Roper. But this season, the 6-3, 175lbs shooting guard will be "the man" for the Yellow Jackets and has been stroking it as of late, putting in 20 points against White Knoll Tuesday night. Cardinal Newman's Austin Ajukwa (6-5, 180), who has committed to Clemson, will attempting to lead the CN to the SCISA state title as the Association's top player. Keenan's Marcus Stroman (6-1, 165), another South Carolina commit, is one of the top juniors in the state and gives the Raiders a legit shot in the 2A state title race.

A few "youngsters" to keep an eye on are:
  • Hammond freshman Seventh Woods, who led Hammond in points, rebounds, and assists last year as an eighth grader. The 6-2 guard has already captured the eyes of recruiters on the circuit with his participation in USA Basketball.
  • Spring Valley sophomore Perry Dozier, JR, known as PJ, is a 6-3 gaurd for the Vikings and has moved into much more than a role player in their scheme.
  • Keep an eye on Eau Claire's Tariq Simmons, who is currently an eighth graders shining on the court for the Shamrocks. Simmons was one of the top players in every Summer evaluation event he participated in this past year.\
  • Dreher sophomore Tevin Mack, who has helped the Dreher Blue Devils to a No.9 ranking in 3A this week. Mack, who has a very good showing in showcase events this past Summer, is averaging a little more than 24 points per game.
  • Oranbeburg-Wilkinson's Dejoria Howard (5-11) plays wing for the Bruinettes and is averaging 16points per game. She has great size on the wing and is good at reading the defense. She attacks the basketball well and can either finish at the rim or pull up for the short jumper.
The Sheppard's Glass and KFC Game of the Week broadcast on SCVarsity.com will have three great games this week.
  • Tuesday, December 11th - A.C. Flora (3A No. 6) at Richland Northeast (4A No.9)
  • Friday, December 14th - Lexington at Irmo (4A No.1)
  • Saturday, December 15th - Dutch Fork at Irmo (4A No.1)
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