Friday’s high school boys basketball notebook

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Court Vision: What caught my eye from Friday night’s action

BEYOND THE ARC – We are starting to find out who is tops and who is not. Who will be No. 1 and who will be 86’ed out of playoff talks. Immaculate got it done, Kolbe Cathedral had a rough week and so did Ridgefield. Time is running out, here’s what caught my eye.

IMMACULATE REDEMPTION – Immaculate suffered its first loss of the season last week. The Mustangs fell to a tough Weston squad by just three points. Kolbe Cathedral was still undefeated and the clash of undefeateds that was to take place just seven days later was slightly changed. Then Kolbe lost its first game to Bunnell earlier in the week and the Mustangs had a chance to get back on top of the SWC. They didn’t waste that chance dismantling Kolbe 61-43 in front of 1,000 raucous, screaming and very happy fans in Danbury. The Mustangs improve to 18-1 and 13-1 in the SWC. Pomperaug is Immaculate’s next opponent on Tuesday. Sheldon Irving had 18, Brian Hatcher had 12, Dan McCorkle had 11 and Marcos DeOliveira had seven. For Kolbe (17-2, 12-2) Ian Gardener had 19 and was the only Cougar in double-digits as a tough week for Kolbe comes to a close.

KD2K – Congrats to New London’s Kris Dunn who scored his 2,000th career point last night in an 89-54 over Woodstock Academy. The Providence-bound senior had 29 for the game as New London sits at 18-2.

I WAS JUST THINKING – I don’t know how many of my readers have had the chance to see Dunn play. However, as a curious young basketball journalist and fan I want the opinions of some of the OG’s of high school ball. Is Kris Dunn the best Connecticut high school basketball player since Tevin Baskin? Or better yet, is he better than Baskin? What do you guys think?

ROUGH WEEK FOR THE TIGERS – Ridgefield had a rough go of it this week. The Tigers were upset by a tough, talented, up and coming Fairfield Ludlowe team Monday and then on Wednesday got obliterated by Staples 60-34. St. Joseph (Monday) and Westhill (Wednesday) are up next week. The Tigers are 14-4 and 12-4 on the season in the FCIAC. They are tied with Bassick, Trinity and Westhill for the second seed in the FCIAC tournament. The Tigers defeated Bassick, Trinity handed Ridgefield its first loss of the season and Westhill plays Carl Charles’ boys on Wednesday. This. Is. Crunchtime.

SPEAKING OF THE PLAYOFFS – The Conference playoffs are all the talk right now but, let’s not forget the Big Dance, the state tournament. There is no better feeling than being able to say you’re the best team in the state. There a few teams still trying to get in the state playoffs and with just one week left in the season they have to get that important eighth win soon. In Class LL: Shelton (7 wins), the Gaels play West Haven on Monday. Class M: Barlow (7 wins) faces an angry Kolbe squad on Monday.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

CT POST – Immaculate was thinking about Kolbe. Richard Gregory has more.

NEW HAVEN REGISTER – Valley Regional took on Haddam Killingworth, see what happened courtesy of Joe Morelli.

FCIAC – A look at the playoff picture in the FCIAC.

BOSWORTH HOOPS – A look at some of the top recruits from the NPSI from Brian Bosworth.

FIVE STAR BASKETBALL – The season is almost over, but #basketballneverstops. Enroll your kid in a camp.

FCIAC BASKETBALL – How does Nick Tarantino see things finishing in the FCIAC?

Starting five: The top five performers from last night’s action

Terry Tarpey, Fairfield Prep – Scored 29 points for the Jesuits to lead them to a victory.

Sean Obi, Greens Farms Academy – Scored 25 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out three assists in a win over Kingswood-Oxford.

Dondre Joyner, O’Brien Tech – Stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and six steals as the Condors won their seventh straight game.

Matt Nolting, Bunnell – Scored 29 points as the Bulldogs won for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Arkel Miles, Notre Dame-Fairfield – 24 points and 10 boards came from him as the Lancers took out New Milford.

Henry Chisholm

19 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Good call on Geary Claxton. Forgot about him.

  2. James Hatte says:

    Gomes turned out great, but was not a top prospect. Either wsa TJ Robinson.

  3. SJ ALUM says:

    My Top 5 since 2000 would be

    1. Kris Dunn- McDonald’s All American Game..Number 1 Rated PG in the country..enough said

    2. David McClure- Catalyst of the TC Dynasty and had a 101-7 High School Record, including 52 straight wins to end his career. Played at Duke.

    3. Craig Austrie- McClure’s Robin who ended up having the better collegiate career. His TC teams went 103-6. Played at Uconn where he is 3rd all time in career free throw % and was the glue or mr dependable in the Uconn backcourt when others around him had injuries or disciplinary issues.

    4. Jordan Williams- Averaged 35.7 PPG as a senior at Torrington. ACC All Rookie Team, ACC First Team, NBA Draft Pick

    5. Geary Claxton- Avg 27.2 PPG 15.0 RPG and 4.0 BPG his senior year. Was severely underrecruited out of High School and went on to become a two time All Big Ten selection. A knee injury his senior year cost him a shot at the NBA and Ed DeChellis called him “the most important player in the history of Penn State basketball.”

    There are alot of guys that could be included in this. Marc Konecny certainly, Ryan Gomes, except I believe he peaked while at Providence and was not the same player during high school basketball in CT, TJ Robinson, Trapani, Tim Abromitis for Notre Dame, Grag Mangano for Yale currently, Torey Thomas..Only thing with Drummond is even though a CT native was a prep school product so not sure if we can include him or else he certainly would be. It will be interesting to see who else is included!

  4. I forgot about Gomes. What a press conference. Check this out if you don’t know what we’re talking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX6FDEDbesE

  5. Dan says:

    Torey Thomas should also make this list.

  6. Sainch says:

    Tough to choose 5 but here are a few…

    Mark Konecny (Holy Cross) – Highly touted big man but never really panned out at the ‘Cuse…SJ fans will remember Pierce and co. destroying his team in state championship game (’00 – ’01)

    Ryan Gomes (Wilby) – Kid could flat out ball ::Calhoun death stare::

    Dave McClure, Torey Thomas, Craig Austrie (Trinity Catholic) – Basketball IQs off the charts, great defenders, simply put these 3 were all about winning. You could even throw Trimboli in here too, although not as highly recruited as the other 3, had a great career at UVM..

    Joe Trapani (Hand) – This is a bold statement but quite possibly the best pure outside shooter I’ve seen come out of the state in the past decade…

    TJ Robinson (Kolbe Cathedral/St Thomas More) – Best prospect to come out of Kolbe since Marcus Cox, southpaw had a sweet jumper and could get to the rim with ease. Smart move committing to Long Beach, great fit for him.

    Jordan Williams (Torrington) – From shattering backboards to the NBA, big man was the real deal.

    Andre Drummond (St Thomas More) – Freak of nature. Interesting to see how his career will pan out at UCONN w/ Calhoun’s status..

    Kris Dunn (New London) – Cooley is getting a gem here.

  7. @jcone9 says:

    Mark Konency-Holy Cross 2001
    Allan Chaney-New London 2008
    Damian Saunders-Crosby 2006
    Jordan Williams-Torrington 2009
    Kris Dunn-New London 2012

  8. Cool, so who would you put in your top, say, 5 CT prospects since 2000?

  9. Brian says:

    Dunn is way better than Baskin. Should not even be mentioned in the same sentence. Baskin was an athletic freak with no low post game and no jump shot.

  10. FCIAC Fan1 says:

    Henry C where is your previews on all the action going on today and this week, mainly in the FCIAC

  11. Chris says:

    Jordan Williams was the best in recent years. Played 2 years at Maryland, All-ACC first team. He is now in the NBA for the Nets. He won Gatorade Player of the Year in the same senior season as Tevin Baskin.

  12. HoopsFan says:

    Henry, is Stratford going to make the SWC Tourney win or lose on Wednesday?

  13. SJ ALUM says:

    If you look based strictly on National Ratings, Marcus Cox is the last player to be rated even close to Dunn, Dunn is rated the top PG or #2 PG in the country and usually in the 20-30 range on national lists. Marcus Cox was rated as a top 50 player nationally coming out of high school. There is no question that Kris Dunn is better than Tevin Baskin. Baskin is not even close to the best Trinity player of the past 10 years. McClure and Austrie both better, you can even make the argument that Trimboli was (he was first team All American East selection at Vermont) That is just Trinity there are plenty of players better than Tevin Baskin

  14. Stomach virus. It hit me really hard. I did a guest appearance on MSG Varsity High School Sports Desk on Monday and Tuesday morning I woke up with it. Wednesday I was still battling it too. I was feeling a little better Thursday and Friday but, I wanted to take it easy. Monday I’ll be at the St. Joe’s/Ridgefield game tho.

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  16. brkfld bb fan says:

    Henry where were you all week?

  17. brian says:

    Last player to dominate like Dunn at the high school level was Rashamel Jones,who went on to be a captain on the 1999 UCONN national championship team.

  18. Wayne says:

    Henry,
    Here’s the simple answer to your question: Dunn is the #1or 2 pt gd in the country. McDonalds All American. Tevin wasn’t good enough to play at Quinnipiac. Tevin was a great dunker, very good HS player. But no comparison. Last player on Dunns level was Chris Smith, maybe Ryan Gomes.

  19. nicky t says:

    I’ve seen Tevin Baskin play at least 20 times. Man he was a stud. But Kris Dunn is a whole different animal. He’s the second ranked point guard in the country! Kris Dunn is is the best since Tevin, and is better then Tevin.