In November, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino inked a four-player recruiting class that is widely considered among the top 10 in the country for 2013.
Fans will have an opportunity to see two of those future Cards in action this Saturday when Hargrave Military Academy of Chatham, Va. – featuring signees Anton Gill and Terry Rozier – travels to Iroquois High School for the inaugural Louisville Hoopfest.
Gill, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, has averaged 25.3 points per game this season and is ranked as the No. 6 two-guard in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com.
Rozier, a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was originally a member of the 2012 class, but after failing to qualify academically, the 6-foot-1 point guard took a post-graduate year at Hargrave.
Rozier is averaging 28.1 points per game this season and is ranked as the 18th best point guard in his class by Scout.
Rounding out Louisville’s signees are Akoy Agua (6-9 F Omaha Central High) and Chris Jones (5-10 PG Northwest Florida State College). David Levitch of North Oldham will also join the squad as a preferred walk-on.
Hargrave will take on Action Sports Academy of Stone Mountain, Ga., in the event’s marquee tilt at 8:30 p.m.
Action Sports boasts Tennessee Tech commit Shaquille Calhoun (6-4, G) along with a host of other DI prospects, including point guard Micah Thomas, who was the top scorer in Virginia last season, averaging 27 points per game.
Here are Saturday’s other matchups (ratings are from The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings):
Sellersburg (Ind.) Rock Creek vs. Iroquois, 3:15
Apollo vs. Manual, 5
No. 16 Lexington Catholic vs. No. 24 Butler, 6:45
Admission is $10 at the door. No presale tickets will be sold.
McDonald’s All American Nominees Announced
Trinity’s Darryl Hicks, Ballard’s Lavonne Holland and Bullitt East’s Rusty Troutman and Derek Willis were among 10 Kentucky seniors nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games set for April 3 at Chicago’s United Center.
Other nominees were Pulaski County’s Taylor Gover, Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins, Montgomery County’s Omar Prewitt, Lexington Catholic’s Jack Whitman and Dunbar’s William Gary and Mike Smith.
China Dow of Christian Academy was the only Louisville-area player nominated on the girls’ side. The 5-foot-9 guard became CAL’s first 2,000-point scorer in a 59-50 win over Sacred Heart on Jan. 17.
Owensboro Catholic’s Rebecca Greenwell, Sheldon Clark’s Katelyn Newsome and Marion County’s Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rodgers rounded out the girls’ nominees.
The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls will be announced during a selection show televised by ESPNU on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.
Fairdale’s Wright Promoted
After serving as an assistant the past two seasons, Matt Wright has been named head football coach at Fairdale.
Wright, 31, replaces Chris Engstrand, who compiled a 5-16 record in two seasons. Engstrand took the head coaching position at Green County in December.
A ‘00 Fairdale graduate, Wright played baseball and football for the Bulldogs and went on to play defensive back at Campbellsville.
Wright was head coach at Beth Haven in 2008 and served one-year assistant stints at Henry County (’09) and North Hardin (’10) before returning to Fairdale in 2011.
Davis and Thomson Honored
Assumption’s Bailey Davis and Holy Cross’s Jacob Thomson have been named Gatorade Kentucky Cross Country Runners of the Year for 2012-13.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as academic achievement and exemplary character.
Davis won the individual Class-3A state championship and led the Rockets to a team title. The junior then placed sixth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional before finishing 36th at Nationals.
A member of the National Honor Society, Davis has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and volunteered with Special Olympics and as a peer leader at Assumption.
“She was the top runner in our classification throughout the year and she posted some superb times at top meets throughout the country,” said Eastern coach Mike Horan in a release. “No other runner comes close in my book.”
Thomson, a senior N.C. State commit, received the award for a second straight year after winning his second consecutive Class-A state title and taking fifth at Foot Locker Nationals.
A 3.7 student, Thomson volunteered for St. Vincent dePaul charities and served as an elected member of Holy Cross’s student government.
“In the 29 years that I have been coaching, I can say that Jacob Thomson is the most intense and competitive runner ever to wear a Holy Cross uniform,” said Cougars coach Richard Reynolds.
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