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August 22, 2009

Boost Mobile Elite 24 Notebook

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NEW YORK - Doron Lamb made a triumphant return to his hometown and his old AAU gym Friday night.

Lamb scored a game-high 23 points and earned co-MVP honors to lead the Skip to My Lou team to a 133-120 victory over The Goat in the 4th Annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 game at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx.

The game was originally slated for Harlem's famed Rucker Park, but rain forced it indoors.

"I think it will be my last game in New York, so I just came out here and played hard for my fans. Everybody in my family was here," said Lamb, a 6-foot-4 Queens, N.Y. native who is entering his senior season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy.

Lamb listed Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Marquette, UConn, Pittsburgh and Arizona as potential destinations.

"I've visited Louisville and Kentucky unofficially, but during my high school season I'll make a couple official visits," Lamb said.

"I'm not sure when I'm gonna sign. I will talk to my parents when I get home."

Tobias Harris, a 6-8 forward from Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, was co-MVP with Lamb after scoring 20 points.

A star on the summer AAU circuit and the No. 5 player in the Rivals150, Harris has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John's, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn.

"I don't have any favorites," Harris said.

The family will host in-home visits with coaches from those schools beginning Sept. 9.

After that they will cut the list to five and take official visits.

"Maybe [late September] we'll cut it down it to like five schools and take the official visits," Tobias added.


Junior guard Austin Rivers of Winter Park (Fla.) scored nine points for The Goat. He has verbally committed to Florida and his father, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, had initially wanted his son to visit other schools to make sure of his commitment.

"He's going to Florida, there's no doubt about that," the elder Rivers said. "He's committed there, he's a Florida kid.

"I just thought he should look [at other schools] just to make sure that's where he wants to go, but that's where he wants to go."


Kyrie Irving, the 6-1 point guard from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, cut his list to six schools: Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, Seton Hall, UConn and Georgia Tech.

"Duke and Indiana are definites, but I don't have definite dates for them yet. But those are definitely two schools that I'm going to give officials to," said Irving, who scored 16 points in a losing effort.

Irving said he speaks with the Indiana coaching staff on a weekly basis.

"I have a great relationship with all the coaches, the whole coaching staff starting with Coach [Tom] Crean and it just trickles down to the assistant coaches, to Coach [Tim] Buckley and coach [Roshown] McLeod," he said."I have great relationships with them.

"Every week I'm pretty much talking to Indiana."

As for Duke, Irving said: "Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski], his name itself, that's just a big name. It's a big-time school. And I think everybody dreams about having either North Carolina or Duke on their list, and I have the luxury of having Duke. So I wouldn't want any other way with Coach K. I have a great relationship with him."


Cory Joseph, a 6-3 point guard out of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, plans to visit Villanova Aug. 22 and UConn on Aug. 23. He visited Marquette last week.

The Toronto native has a long list that also includes Louisville, Kansas, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Cal, Mississippi State, Memphis, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Minnesota, UNLV, Texas A&M and Ohio State.

His mother, Connie Joseph, said they plan to cut the list sometime this fall.


C.J. Leslie, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, listed North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Maryland as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

"I haven't made [any] dates to visit yet," said Leslie, who is the No. 14 player in the Class of 2010 and posted 15 points and 11 boards for The Goat.

"I've been to UNC a couple of times because they're right in my backyard. I haven't been to Florida or Kentucky yet," he said.

Asked if he had a favorite, Leslie said, "No, I don't."


Phil Pressey, a 5-11, 160-pound PG from Dallas Episcopal, said his final five were UCLA, Baylor, Missouri, Arizona and LSU.

"When I get back I'll probably visit a couple schools," he said.

Pressey is the son of former NBA player Paul Pressey.

"He knows a lot of the coaches. He gets information about the coaches, that helps me out," he said. "I take it as an advantage. I like it. He helps me out in whatever I do."


Harrison Barnes of Ames (Iowa) High tallied 18 points for the winners and threw Lamb a few nice alley-oops for dunks.

Duke and Kansas are said to lead a list of 10 schools that includes Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, Florida and hometown Iowa State - where his mother works.

"Once I get home from this I'll start cutting down my list to five schools," said Barnes, ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2010.


Three Grassroots Canada players competed in the event: Joseph and the Texas- bound duo of 6-2 junior point guard Myck Kabongo of Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's and 6-10 senior forward Tristan Thompson of Findlay (Nev.) Prep.

Thompson played at St. Benedict's with Kabongo for head coach Dan Hurley until midway through last season when he left and enrolled at Findlay, which went on to win the ESPN Rise national championship over Oak Hill.

Now Thompson and Joseph are together in Las Vegas.

"It's probably the last time I play with these guys before they go to college," said Kabongo, who teamed with Thompson on the Goat squad. "They're my brothers so anytime I get to play with guys like Tristan and Cory, it's a privilege because they're so talented. They make me better. They're guys I look up to and they give me good advice.


Oak Hill was also represented well at the event with Lamb and forward Roscoe Smith (22 points) on the Skip team that had former Oak Hill guard and current Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo as one of its coaches.

Brandon Jennings, another former Oak Hill product, dished out some trash talk to Lamb during a pickup game Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

"He's talking a lot of trash, talking about, 'Who's the All-American?'" Lamb said of Jennings, the No. 10 pick in the recent NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I just had to go at him and do what I need and I had a great time. I'm not gonna be cocky, but I did handle my business."

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