As another week is over with an in the books it’s great to watch several seniors take their teams to new levels, young players emerge, and some great competitive basketball. Here are the top performers from last week, and of course, our weekly power rankings….
|Senior post Brandon Murphy is a huge reason|
why Fairfield is off to a 3-0 star
Week 2 Top Performers
1. Darrin Harris- ’12 Mason SF: The GMC’s most underrated player led his team to a rivalry win with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists as he tries to throw his name in the hat for league player of the year stature.
2. Jamal Ivery- ’12 North College Hill SG: After playing JV last year Ivery is exploding on the scene with scoring games of 19, 13, 29, and 24 so far.
3. Brandon Murphy- ’12 Fairfield C: The Indians are 3 and 0 and couldn’t do it without their enforcer in the middle who has been a double-double machine.
4. Josh Lemons- ’12 LaSalle PG: The leader of last year’s state champs took his team to a emphatic 2 and 0 start by averaging over 20 ppg.
5. Drew Hall- ’12 McNicholas SF: Scored 26 in a win on Tuesday and 22 in a loss on Friday. Doing a great job carrying a slightly undermanned GCL team.
6. Dorian Jordan- ’13 Princeton PG: Malcolm Smith goes down and the junior picks it up scoring in double figures in both wins, one game adding 11 dimes and the other going for 8 steals. Jordan’s stats, and stature, make him a perfect stocking stuffer.
7. Keevin Tyus- ’12 West High SF: The ACL injury couldn’t hold him down as he continues to approach 100% and scored 43 points in two games this week.
8. Angel Rivera- ’14 Hughes PG: Welcome to America! The sophomore had another big game to open this season as he poured in 29 points in a loss to Taft.
9. Dontonio Wingfield Jr- ’13 Lockland SG: Has been in double figures every game so far, against very good defensive teams, showing signs of life that he is re-establishing himself as one of the state’s elite players.
|West High senior Keevin Tyus|
wouldn't let an injury slow him down his final year
10. Kenny Kaufman- ’14 Taft SG: The sophomore drilled 5 three pointers in a blowout win over Hughes as he tries to cement his name in the varsity rotation.
Week 3 Power Rankings (12/11/11)
1. Withrow- Maintains their top spot as Moeller struggles. Withrow wasn’t great in their win, but they won. Tough two game weekend will show how tough they are.
2. Moeller- Survived a scare against Kettering Alter, leaving some doubts as to how ready they are for their first division game this Friday. Our guess? They’ll be just fine!
3. Middletown- They’re rolled early, can they protect home court on Tuesday against Aiken?
4. LaSalle- Two statement wins to open the seasons as they knock Walnut Hills out of the rankings then totally dismantle Bishop Fenwick. Real test will be this Friday!
5. Princeton- Losing Malcolm Smith hurts, but he’ll be back soon. Posted two quality wins in his absence. Showdown with Colerain will be huge on Friday.
6. Mason- Quickest team, along with Fairfield, on the rise as they are capable of winning the GMC. Did not mess around in taking care of Colerain at home.
7. Winton Woods- Way to bounce back with wins in KY and over Roger Bacon. Should have another undefeated week as a young team continues to improve.
8. Fairfield- They’re undefeated, with two of those wins coming against previously ranked teams; no denying that Fairfield earned their spot on here!
9. Colerain- Lost to Mason but by all accounts played well, CPHR has a feeling that this team is really going to get better as the season goes on, they have so many weapons.
10. West High- Two win week improves them to 3 and 1, can they compete with Withrow (who they upset last year) on Friday?
Just Missed: Lakota East, Lakota West, Turpin, Milford, St. Xavier, Walnut Hills
|Princeton's PG Dorian Jordan is|
stepping it up while his leading scorer is sidelined
1. Taft- Rolled by Hughes. City of the Palms Holiday Tournament in Florida awaits them next.
2. Franklin- Freshman Luke Kennard is averaging over 20 ppg and Wildcats are 3 and 0.
3. Aiken- Off week for Aiken, we’ll see what they’re made of Tuesday at Middletown.
4. Summit- Got the win over Lockland, margin becomes irrelevant. A matchup with Clark is looming for the Knights, can they shoot it well enough to win?
5. North College Hill- Great three win week for the Trojans who just never seem to miss a beat after losing 9 seniors from last season.
6. Lockland- A win over Clark then a two point loss at Summit is impressive. DJ Wingfield seems to be playing well and that spells trouble in the MVC.
7. McNicholas- Disappointing loss to Turpin for a GCL team still searching for an identity. This spot is still theirs for now but teams are nipping at their heels.
8. Badin- Flat out impressed CPHR with their resiliency and defensive effort in a win over Northwest. When they’re shooting it well opponents better watch out!
9. Roger Bacon- Two loss week for a young team. They probably don’t deserve this spot right now but we believe in the progress they’re making.
10. Clark- With two wins and one loss the Cougars hang on to the final spot in this week’s poll. Not taking much away for losing at Lockland but need to have a good week to stay put.
Just Missed: CHCA, Hughes, Finneytown, Indian Hill