Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Players of the Week, Jan. 25, 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)
Frank Mason, Petersburg (Va.)
The 6-foot senior point guard led the Crimson Wave to a statement victory in a matchup of the top two-ranked teams in the Richmond area and two of the top three in the state. The Towson recruit scored 37 points while cashing in on 21-of-26 free throws, including 7-for-7 in the fourth quarter, to lead Petersburg (17-1) to a 75-69 win over John Marshall (Richmond, Va.), which fell to 14-2. Mason, who was also credited with nine rebounds, took charge in the home stretch by scoring 12 of his team's final 17 points. Entering the game, Petersburg was ranked No. 1 and John Marshall No. 3 in state polls.
Stetson Billings, Strong (Ark.)
The 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard netted his first 50-point game and his first triple-double in the same performance. Billings, the No. 4-ranked prospect in the state according to ESPNU, racked up 57 points and also had 16 rebounds and 10 assists when Strong defeated Bearden (Ark.), 89-65. In his two other games last week, Billings had 28 points in a win against Norphlet (Ark.) plus 29 in a victory over Woodlawn (Rison, Ark.). He is averaging more than 29 points per game and is headed to Arkansas-Little Rock.
Matt Costello, Bay City Western (Auburn, Mich.)
The 6-foot-9 senior center had a career game as Western outlasted Southwestern (Flint, Mich.), 80-75, in a double-overtime triumph. Costello scored a career-best 49 points, two off the 21-year-old school reeord, as the Warriors rallied from a 38-26 halftime deficit. The Michigan State recruit also was credited with 20 rebounds, six assists and seven blocked shots. Costello is averaging 22 points and 20 rebounds per game this season. His 6-foot-4 twin brother, John, also starts for the Warriors and averages 12 points and six rebounds per game.
Josh Scott, Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
On the strength of making 16-of-19 shots in one game and then 12-of-14 in the next, Scott continued his dominance for the Rangers last week in a pair of easy wins. The 6-foot-10 senior center, who has signed with Colorado, first had 36 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a 94-40 romp past Harrison (Colorado Springs, Colo.). He then added 33 points and 12 rebounds when Lewis-Palmer swamped Woodland Park (Colo.), 102-28. Scott is averaging 29.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. He is Colorado's top recruit, checking in at No. 36 player in the ESPNU 100.
Marcus LoVett Jr., Providence (Burbank, Calif.)
This high-scoring freshman point guard plays at a school directly across the street from Disney world headquarters, but that is not why we’re writing him up as a national player of the week. In a 73-66 victory by the Pioneers last week over Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.) that involved two of the top freshmen in California, LoVett scored 45 points to push his season scoring average to 32.4 per game. Freshman Aaron Holiday, younger brother of NBA guard Jrue Holiday, led Campbell Hall with 27. Last year, Providence was led by junior Patrick Gonzalez, who was the state's top scorer with more than 37 points per game. This season, Gonzalez is the squad’s second-leading scorer at 19 points per game.