Reeves Nelson to Lithuania

Reeves Nelson, who was dismissed last week from UCLA, is headed to play professionally in Lithuania, coach Ben Howland announced Thursday.

“As far as what team that will be, we can’t say because we don’t have a signed contract,” Brian Nelson, Reeves’ father, told the Modesto Bee. “Reeves is not returning to college. He’s not transferring anywhere. He has every intention of turning pro.”

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Nelson plans to enter the 2012 NBA Draft and thus cannot sign with an NBA team, even as a free agent, until after the draft, the Bee reported. To read more of this story, click here

Ibeh to Texas; Hammons to Purdue; Smith-Rivera Leaning to Georgetown; Obekpa to Visit UConn

Prince Ibeh, a 6-foot-10 center from Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest, has verbally committed to Texas.

The Rivals No. 10 center in the Class of 2012, Ibeh also considered Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.

He brings “great length and athleticism,” Naaman Forest coach Jeff Clarkson said by text. “He is already a great shot blocker. He needs to work on the offense but he has tremendous upside with his size and quickness.” To read more of this story, click here

Stokes Outplays Coleman in Battle of Big Men


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — High-profile college coaches were all around the gym at the Riverview Park Activities Center for Tuesday evening’s matchup between big men Jarnell Stokes of Memphis YOMCA and DaJuan Coleman of Albany City Rocks.

Kentucky’s John Calipari, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Memphis’ Josh Pastner, UConn’s Jim Calhoun and UCLA’s Ben Howland were among the coaches watching the battle of the big men.

In the end, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Stokes won the matchup, hitting a gorgeous step-back jumper over Coleman at one point and notching 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block as Memphis handed the City Rocks their second loss in as many games, 71-62. To read more of this story, click here

Jordan Adams to UCLA

Jordan Adams is headed to UCLA.

As first reported by Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com, Adams chose the Bruins over Memphis, Georgia and Miami.

“I committed there because of their history, tradition and alumni,” he told Kline. “It’s a great school with great coaches and players that always play hard. The campus was lovely and I just feel like my future will be the best there.”

The 6-foot-6 Adams out of Oak Hill Academy is the No. 18 small forward in the Class of 2012, per Rivals. To read more of this story, click here

Montrose Christian Wins ESPN Rise Invitational

Montrose Christian became the first school other than Findlay Prep to win the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational Saturday.

Villanova-bound Tyrone Johnson of Plainfield, N.J., scored 21 points to lead No. 1 Montrose Christian over No. 2 Oak Hill Academy, 71-64 in double-overtime, in the championship game at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.

Montrose won the earlier matchup this season, 70-62, in double-OT. To read more of this story, click here

New York City, Oak Hill Repping Well in NCAAs

NEWARK – There has been much hand wringing in recent years about the decline and fall of New York City basketball.

But one look at the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament reveals that the Big Apple is represented well.

Kemba Walker of UConn, Lamont “Momo” Jones and Kevin Parrom of Arizona, Doron Lamb of Kentucky and Erving Walker of Florida are all from New York.

And all began their careers at New York City Catholic schools. To read more of this story, click here

Johnson, McLemore Dismissed from Oak Hill (UPDATED)

Arizona-bound forward Sidiki Johnson and uncommitted senior guard Ben McLemore were dismissed from Oak Hill Academy for violating an undisclosed team rule, the Tucson Citzen reported.

When reached by phone Monday, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith confirmed that two players were no longer on the team and are no longer students at Oak Hill.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Johnson is a New York City native who had transferred to Oak Hill from St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark. To read more of this story, click here

McDonald's All-American Team Named

The McDonald’s All-American team was named Thursday for the March 30 game at the United Center in Chicago (10 p.m., ESPNU).

Gene Pingatore of St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Ill. will lead the West team and Bob Cimmino of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) will serve as head coach of the East team.

WEST

Wayne Blackshear (Louisville)

Branden Dawson (Michigan State)

Myck Kabongo (Texas)

Austin Rivers (Duke)

Marquis Teague (Kentucky) To read more of this story, click here

Gilchrist Leads St. Pat's Into City of Palms Final; McLemore, Cook Pace Oak Hill to Hawaii Title; Jordan Classic Moving to North Carolina

Basketball fans hoping to see a Michael Gilchrist-Austin Rivers showdown Wednesday night on ESPNU won’t get their wish.

Gilchrist, the 6-foot-7 Kentucky signee, held up his end of the bargain by dropping a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds as Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick downed Mater Dei, 71-61, in the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Meyers, Fla.

But Duke-bound Rivers and Winter Park came up short, 63-62, to Milton (Ga.) in the other semi.

St. Patrick, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, will face No. 15 Milton at 9:30 on ESPNU. To read more of this story, click here

Rivers Drops 42 Points to Lead Winter Park; Oak Hill to Face Montverde for Hawaii Title

Duke signee Austin Rivers dropped 42 points and Winter Park (10-1) beat previously undefeated Palm Beach Gardens, 76-64, in the City of Palms Classic Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Rivers now has 70 points in two games at the event.

“He just continues to amaze me and everybody else in the stands,” Wildcats coach David Bailey told the Orlando Sentinel.

Winter Park faces Alpharetta, Ga., Milton (9-1) in one semifinal Tuesday at 7 at Bishop Verot High School. To read more of this story, click here