Wednesday, December 28, 2011
ESPNHS Players of the Week, Dec. 28, 2011
By By Mark Tennis & Doug Huff
(After games of Dec. 27)
Here are this week's high school boys basketball Players of the Week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Raheem Harvey, Glen Mills (Concordville, Pa.)
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior power forward was a one-player wrecking crew on both ends of the floor in a 68-63 victory over Bensalem (Bensalem, Pa.). Harvey, who survived a serious automobile accident in 2009, led the Battlin' Bulls with a triple-double of 22 points, 28 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. He also was charted with five defensive steals for the 3-3 record team.
Matt Pond, Centennial (Franklin, Tenn.)
This rising 6-foot-5 junior small forward has been consistently scoring in the 25- to 30-point range and had a great start in this week’s Father Ryan tourney in Nashville. Pond scored 33 points in Centennial’s 60-58 triumph against LaVergne (LaVergne, Tenn.) and gave his team the lead with 4.5 seconds left by canning a pair of free throws.
Adam Botts, Muncie Central (Muncie, Ind.)
The 6-foot senior point guard was almost perfect from the floor in the first three quarters before converting all eight of his fourth-quarter free throws in a 58-33 victory over Jay County (Portland, Ind.). Botts attempted all eight of his shots, connecting on six, in the first three quarters. Included were five on 3-pointers. In the final period, Botts made all eight of his free throw attempts to finish with 25 points for the 7-0 Bearcats, who began this week ranked No. 1 in Indiana and No. 48 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Collin Hart, San Marcos (San Marcos, Texas)
Perhaps the main reason for San Marcos entering a tournament this week with a 14-3 record has been the play of Hart, a 5-foot-9 senior point guard. In his last two games before the Christmas break, Hart led the Rattlers to wins of 93-67 against Killeen (Killeen, Texas) and 64-59 against Smithson Valley (Spring Branch, Texas). Hart had 37 points and six assists and 34 points with four assists in the two respective outings. He has been averaging 27.2 points per game.
Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
A leading candidate to be Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year in California as a junior, Gordon isn’t known for explosive scoring, but in a 80-70 win last week against San Leandro (San Leandro, Calif.) the 6-foot-8 power forward poured in 40 points to go with 16 rebounds. After handing San Leandro its first loss, Gordon’s team (5-0) moved up to No. 16 in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50
. Gordon, No. 6 in the ESPNU Super 60 in what is shaping up to be a spectacular Class of 2013, led the USA U16 national team to the FIBA Americas championship last summer with team-best averages of 17 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. He also led Mitty last season to its first CIF Division II state championship.