Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Players of the Week, Jan. 18, 2012
Here are this week's high school boys’ basketball Players of the Week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. No player will be chosen more than once during a season.
(After games of Monday, Jan. 16)
Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior forward has been on a tear the last couple of weeks for the unbeaten, FAB 50-ranked Eagles. Last week, he had back-to-back 30-point games, including 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 77-65 victory over then-FAB 50 No. 50 Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) in the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Earlier he scored a career-high 34 points in a 78-61 victory over St. Mary's Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.). The previous week, he was named game MVP after scoring 21 points in a 54-44 win over Whitney Young (Chicago) at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W. Va.
Devin Booker, Moss Point (Miss.)
The 15-year-old sophomore guard is becoming the rage of Mississippi after moving in from Grandville, Mich. He poured in 54 points in a game last week to lead Moss Point past Northeast Jones (Laurel, Miss.). Then on Monday, he connected for a game-winning 3-point shot at the horn in a 67-66 triumph against Murrah (Jackson, Miss.) at the MLK Classic. Devin, who also had 27 points in a loss last week to Pascagoula (Miss.) and has made a half-court buzzer-beating shot this season, is the son of former University of Missouri standout Melvin Booker. The older Booker, who played two years in the NBA, has retired from playing professionally in Europe.
Martez Walker, Pershing (Detroit) The 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard helped the unbeaten Doughboys into the FAB 50 rankings with two wins last week, including an 81-80 win over previously unbeaten, and FAB 50-ranked defending Class B state champion Sexton (Lansing, Mich.). Walker scored 24 points in the showdown after scoring 31 points the previous night in an 87-74 victory over Detroit Public League rival Crockett Tech (Detroit). Walker waxed hot with 23 points in the first half.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy (Texas)
Get ready for the hype machine surrounding this 6-foot-6, 220-pound football-basketball standout. Just a junior, Seals-Jones gets onto this week’s national honor roll by scoring 42 points with 12 rebounds and five assists in Sealy’s 76-59 win last week over Tomball (Texas). He also improved his scoring average to 31.3 per game to go along with 13.9 rebounds. But football still may be Ricky’s best sport. He’s regarded as one of the top tight end/wide receiver prospects in Texas and has offers already for next year from LSU, Notre Dame, Baylor, Texas Tech and others. Sealy is the hometown of NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, who also happens to be Ricky’s uncle.
Dewayne Russell, Peoria (Ariz.)
A 5-foot-11 senior guard headed to USC, Russell had the strange phenomenon of playing the same team two nights in a row and almost having exactly the same totals. First, Russell had 36 points with eight rebounds and four assists in a 67-52 victory over Apollo (Glendale, Ariz.). The next night against the same team, he had 34 points with five steals and three assists in a 67-57 win. Russell, who is a four-year starter, is averaging 28.9 points per game with 5.6 assists.