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December 19, 2012
City of Palms: Chester on a run
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One could make a pretty good argument that the City of Palms stands as the nation's premier in-season high school event. Now in Year No. 40, the C.O.P. is certainly one of the most stable events and it got off to a fine start on Tuesday. Many of the heavy hitters won't take the floor until Wednesday and Thursday, but there was still some good stuff off Tuesday, including Rondae Jefferson helping to lead his team to an impressive win.
Chester on some kind of run
Chester (Pa.) High and star small forward Rondae Jefferson entered
their Tuesday night game against Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep on a 60-game
winning streak. By the end of the night they had extended that run to 61 games to set a
Pennsylvania state record. While Jefferson has the most
notoriety, the Clippers are a team all the way.
Eubanks learning the ropes on the perimeterCurrently ranked No. 99 nationally in the 2014 Rivals150, Kobe Eubanks is already a fairly well-known player. The 6-foot-5 wing at Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage is also a top-shelf athlete and capable slasher.
Now, he's working on being more of a two-guard than a small forward and is trying to take his recruitment to the next level.
His jumper wasn't there on Tuesday, but Eubanks didn't panic and eventually did what he does best: attacked the basket. He scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"I'm making that move to the two," said Eubanks. "I can play it or the three though. Either or, it doesn't really matter to me."
On the recruiting front, Eubanks is starting to generate some heat. Georgia was there watching him and Central Florida, South Florida, Missouri State and George Mason have all offered scholarships. More high-level programs are starting to test the waters with his recruitment, so the C.O.P. could be big for him down the road.
• Central Florida has itself a nice player in wing Steven Haney. The 6-foot-6 senior from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas
Aquinas had a good performance in a tough loss. Haney used a great shot fake and
a nice little hesitation move to drive into the lane and score a late bucket and
draw a foul to take a one-point lead. He missed the free throw and Aquinas ended
up losing to host school Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot on a buzzer-beating two-pointer. That aside, Haney showed game. He can fill it from deep, has good size
and is a very crafty and aware passer.
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