Written By: Jerry Meyer
Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst
Elite post player Derrick Favors garnered a major honor this week, and tournament action is in full swing across the country. In his midweek report National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer takes a look at some of the past week's winners and losers.
Favors is one of a handful of elite prospects in the 2009 class. NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Out of a finalists list including John Wall , DeMarcus Cousins , Kenny Boynton and Renardo Sidney , Derrick Favors was named Naismith Player of the Year. Favors, a Georgia Tech commitment, averaged 27.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, five blocks, four steals and three assists per game during his senior season.
2010 five-star prospect and Texas commitment Daniel Bejarano captured an Arizona 5A-II state championship, scoring 22 of Phoenix North's 42 points in a three point win. Bejarano also grabbed nine rebounds.
2010 four-star prospect Mychal Parker took home MVP honors in leading Crozet (Va.) Miller School to a Virginia Independent School DII championship. Parker scored 26 points in a 69-61 championship win over Chesapeake (Va.) Atlantic Shores Christian, who was led by 20 points from Oklahoma signee Steven Pledger and 19 points from 2010 Duke commitment Andre Dawkins .
Lance Stephenson is leading his Brooklyn Lincoln squad on a march towards the PSAL City Championship. Stephenson went for 28 points and 12 rebounds in the quarterfinals.
2010 five-star guard Will Barton sank two free throws with seven seconds left in the game to give his Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton team a 56-54 Maryland North Regional championship. Barton finished the game with 15 points.
THE MIGHTY FALL
Cruising along at 31-0, Santa Anna (Calif.) Mater Dei hit the proverbial wall with back to back 15 point losses to end its season. Riverside (Calif.) High was the first team to take down Mater Dei in the Southern Section D 1-AA final, behind an 11 point, 20 rebound, six block and three steal effort from four-star prospect Kawhi Leonard .
Then Mater Dei was upended by Los Angeles Fairfax in the Region quarterfinals. Top ten prospect Renardo Sidney only had 10 points, but fellow USC commitment Solomon Hill went for 19 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jordan Weathers led Fairfax in scoring with 23 points on seven three-pointers. Mater Dei's David Wear scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tyler Lamb scored 19 points in the loss.
Provo (Utah) High School carried a 40 game winning streak into the 4A state finals, but Provo's attempt for a third straight state championship was thwarted by Salt Lake City West High School.
Scott County lost a 68-67 heartbreaker to Lexington Catholic in the Kentucky region finals. Unsigned senior Vee Sanford led Lexington Catholic with 26 points, but it took 30 shots for him to get those 26. Junior Ge'Lawn Guyn came up big for Scott County with 31 points on 12-22 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. And Kentucky commitment Dakotah Euton had a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds for Scott County.