Related: Players of the Week (Dec. 28)
(After games of Saturday, Dec. 31)
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.
Devin Thomas, Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.)
The 6-foot-9 senior and Wake Forest recruit had double-doubles on back-to-back nights as the unbeaten Rams (7-0) won a four-team local holiday tournament. In a 59-52 overtime win over Souderton (Souderton, Pa.), Thomas scored 31 points and collected 22 rebounds. The next night, he scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds in a 52-48 victory over Norristown (Norristown, Pa.). He also totaled eight blocked shots in the two wins. Thomas was selected a tournament MVP for the second time in three weeks. He averages 21.3 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks this season after earning all-state honors as a junior.
Imara Ready, Parkview (Little Rock, Ark.)
For the first time since 1992, a team from outside Texas has won the Whataburger holiday tourney and that team was unbeaten Parkview, led by its 5-foot-11 junior point guard. Ready pumped in 32 points in the title game of the 54-year tourney’s top division as Parkview defeated Rufus King (Milwaukee) 72-64. In last year’s final, Parkview lost to Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas), a FAB 50-ranked team that also was in this year’s field but lost in an early-round game to Richland (Richland, Texas). Ready averaged 17 points and seven assists as a sophomore starter for Parkview’s Class 6A state title team. He’s improved in all facets of his game and has already committed to Nebraska.
Zak Showalter, Germantown (Germantown, Wis.)
The 6-foot-2 senior guard exploded for 15 first-quarter points and ended with a game-high 28 as the unbeaten (10-0) Warhawks defeated previously unbeaten and state-ranked De Pere (De Pere, Wis.) 60-49 in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Mequon. Germantown jumped out to a 22-8 first-quarter cushion against a team that had beaten the Warhawks last year at the same event. Showalter, son of Germantown coach Steve Showalter, has elected to accept a preferred walk-on invitation from Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan after considering 15 other scholarship offers. An all-state and local Player of the Year choice as a junior, he averaged 19 points and 4.5 assists last season.
Martez Harrison, University Academy (Kansas City)
The 5-foot-11 senior point guard is among the nation’s top scorers at 34.0 points per game and led his team last week to the championship of the Bishop LeBlond Holiday Tournament in St. Joseph, Mo. Harrison had 30 points, eight assists and four steals when the Gryhpons topped the host school 59-50 in the title game. Earlier in the event, he had 34 points with seven assists and four steals when University Academy beat Mid-Buchanan (Faucett, Mo.) 66-51. Harrison exploded for a 58-point game early in the season against Harrisonville (Harrisonville, Mo.) and his game-high for assists so far is 11. He has generated interest from a few mid-major colleges, but remains uncommitted.
Nick Emery, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
He helped Lone Peak bounce back from an early in-state loss with a solid runner-up finish at the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Although Lone Peak was defeated by Milton (Milton, Ga.) in the title game, Emery set a four-game tournament record with 119 points to best the previous mark set by ESPNHS All-American Chris Wright of St. John's (Washington, D.C.) in 2006. He scored 21 points in the title game and 29 in a 72-67 overtime semifinal thriller over Whitney Young (Chicago) in which there was 15 lead changes. A BYU recruit, Emery is one of the better shooting guards in the West region for the class of 2013 and has led Lone Peak back this week into the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.