Recruit Harris named to another all-star game and Izzo visits Chicago
A week ago Michigan State recruit Gary Harris made national headlines and highlight reels — still holding ESPN’s best of the best top play — and he is at it again.
Harris was to the USA junior national team and will participate in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland on April 7. He is one of ten players on the USA team that will play against the world select team.
This will not be Harris’ only all-star game, including the Hoop Summit, he has three in a span of about 20 days. He will open with the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago on March 28 and also will play in the Jordan Classic on April 14 in Charlotte.
Harris will be the first Spartan recruit to make the roster for the Nike Hoop Summit since 2000, when it featured Zach Randolph and Marcus Taylor.
Izzo on the recruiting trail
Tom Izzo made his way to Chicago … again. Who was he watching? Jabari Parker … again. Parker (6-7 small forward ) and Simeon Career Academy squared off with Whitney Young Magnet, which features MSU targets Tommy Hamilton (6-9 center), Jahlil Okafor (6-10 center) and Paul White (6-8 power forward). Simeon won the sectional semifinal 52-42behind 18 points from Parker, who is rated the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2013 and the top small forward.
Hamilton is the No. 30 overall player in the class of 2013. Rivals.com reports he has an offer, while Scout.com says he does not. Okafor, the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2014, has an MSU offer, while his teammate White does not. White is the 21st-ranked player for 2014.
Okafor had nine points and nine rebounds, while White had seven points.
Izzo was not the lone coach in attendance, he was joined courtside by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Illinois’ Bruce Weber. (Editor’s Note: I imagine running into Matta was extremely pleasant.)
If you are really interested in this game, you can watch a replay in full here.
Kaminski leads team to playoff win
Incoming 6-foot-9 forward Kenny Kaminski led Medina High School (Medina, Ohio) with 15 points in its 51-45 win against Brunswick in the sectional finals round of the Ohio state playoffs. He hit three 3-pointers, and had eight points in the fourth quarter.
Medina, who missed almost his entire senior season following surgery on a torn right labrum (shoulder) while playing football, returned about two weeks ago. He returned in three-and-a-half months from the surgery which usually requires four-to-six months.
Kaminski also had four rebounds, two blocks and two assists.