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Boys players of the week

1/20/2010
Tennessee-bound senior Tobias Harris averaged a double-double in three wins for Half Hollow Hills West. Andrew Shurtleff for ESPN.com

The ESPN RISE boys' basketball players of the week:


East: Tobias Harris
Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)

The 6-foot-8 power forward, the No. 7 prospect on the ESPNU 100, had three strong outings in three wins for Half Hollow Hills West. First, Harris connected for 35 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in a 75-56 victory against Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.). Then the University of Tennessee-bound standout knocked down 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Colts topped West Babylon (N.Y.), 84-65. He finished up Monday in Manhattan at the seventh annual High School Invitational at Baruch College with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a 75-71 win in overtime against Bishop Loughlin (Queens, N.Y.). Bishop Loughlin's Jayvaughn Pinkston, who like Harris is a candidate for New York player of the year honors, led all scorers with 34 points.


Southeast: Jeffrey Walker
Cotton Valley (Cotton Valley, La.)

It's a small school special, but Walker still turned in one of the best double-doubles you'll ever encounter with 57 points and 31 rebounds as Cotton Valley defeated Spearsville (Spearsville, La.), 89-80, in a District 1-C contest. According to the Shreveport (La.) Times, Walker is just getting up to full strength after battling an ankle injury. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder is averaging 31 points per game and is just a sophomore. The Shreveport Times also reported that Walker has already given a verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech.


Midwest: J.D. Weatherspoon
Northland (Columbus, Ohio)

With Mr. Basketball USA contender Jared Sullinger slowed by a broken nose and the tough interior defense of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), it was Weatherspoon who stepped up to lead Northland in a 47-46 victory that gave the Vikings the inside track to be the 2010 ESPN RISE FAB 50 champion. Weatherspoon's two rebound baskets early in the fourth quarter helped Northland go on a 13-0 run that was critical in the victory. He finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, which were all needed as Sullinger was only able to muster five points. While Sullinger is the team's star on most nights, Weatherspoon has been more than solid all season with nearly 12 points and eight rebounds per game. Both players are headed to hometown Ohio State and could see action as true freshmen next season. The last time Ohio State had two freshman starters from a national high school championship team was when Greg Oden and Mike Conley led the Buckeyes to the NCAA championship game in 2007.


Southwest: Larry Cunningham
Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.)

Expected to be one of the top teams in Oklahoma this season, Carl Albert struggled in the early going. Since the addition of players from the school's Class 5A state championship football team, however, the Titans have been on a roll. Cunningham also has been firing on all cylinders. He isn't one of those football players, but at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds he could be mistaken for one. The senior standout poured in 37 points last week in a 70-53 triumph over Piedmont (Piedmont, Okla.), including 17 in the first quarter. Cunningham hit for 25 points as the Titans won again, 80-56, against Shawnee (Shawnee, Okla.).


West: Terrell Stoglin
Santa Rita (Tucson, Ariz.)

We tried not to pick another Arizona player in this slot this week, but it is a very good year for individual talent in the state and Stoglin was certainly deserving. A 6-foot-1 point guard who has signed with Maryland, Stoglin is averaging 27.8 points per game. In a 77-40 romp over Cholla (Tucson, Ariz.), Stoglin sizzled with 40 points and handed out six assists. On Monday, Santa Rita topped Ironwood Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.), 77-61, at the Martin Luther King Basketball Classic. Stoglin was right on his average with 27 points and also had seven assists.