By TONY VIOLA
WHEELING - Local basketball fans from across the Ohio Valley flocked to Wheeling Jesuit last weekend to catch a glimpse of future Division I stars during the 6th Annual Cancer Research Classic.
No one left disappointed.
Several of the biggest names in high school basketball graced the court of the McDonough Center, with none bigger than perhaps that of the No. 2-rated player in the country, Duke recruit Jabari Parker.
However, it was WVU commit Devin Williams and future Florida Gator Kasey Hill who got the better of Parker and the No. 12-ranked Simeon Wolverines as No. 1 Montverde beat the Chicago squad, 82-53.
Williams, the 6-foot-8 glasses-wearing center, seems like he should be a perfect fit for Bob Huggins' team as he finished 5 of 9 from the floor for 15 points, including a perfect 5 of 5 from the line.
Dakari Johnson was named MVP of the game and, during the second game of ESPN's doubleheader, delighted Kentucky fans as he made a verbal commitment to join the Wildcats after he graduates in 2014.
Speaking of the second game, Gonzaga's Kris Jenkins, a 6-6, 250-pound forward, looked like he could compete on a NBA squad already. The Villanova signee notched 31 points and 12 rebounds during a 65-59 victory against Salesian Pride of Richmond, CA.
Now, a list of our own Ohio Valley standouts and their accomplishments during the last week....
The 25-Point Club
Cody Schau, Martins Ferry: The Purple Ridder finished with a game-high 35 points as Ferry routed Bellaire.
Dan Monteroso, St. Clairsville: The Red Devils standout put up 33 points in a victory against Harrison Central.
Roberts, Monroe Central: The Seminole scored 25 points as Central lost to River.
Caitlyn Kroll, Bridgeport: Kroll had a game-high 28 points as Bridgeport routed Bishop Donahue.
Angela Staffileno, Brooke: The Bruins standout once again led her team in points with 30 as Brooke fell to Steubenville.
Kylie Howard, John Marshall: Howard finished her night with a game-high 30 points as the Monarchs edged University.
The Downtown Ace
Nate Scott, Wellsville: Scott hit four 3-pointers for 19 points as Wellsville blasted Toronto.
Skyler Gibson, Shadyside: This Tiger fired five treys for all of his 15 points as Shadyside thumped Barnesville.
Mark Walker, Cameron: Walker drained four 3s on his way to 20 points as Cameron beat Valley.
Alyssa Shingle, Weir: The Red Rider was truly an ace behind the arc, hitting six 3-pointers as Weir defeated East Liverpool.
Kierstyn Kidder, Bellaire: Kidder hit four 3-pointers for 21 points as Beallaire beat Buckeye Local.
Periogn West, Steubenville: West scored all 12 of his points off four 3s as Big Red beat Brooke.
Justin Hammers, Wheeling Central: This Maroon Knight scored 15 points on five treys as Wheeling Central fell to Martins Ferry.
Teryn Jarrett, Beallsville: This Blue Devil hit 3 of 4 from the line in overtime to help his team edge Bridgeport. Jarrett finished with a team-high 20 points.
The Offensive Explosion
Brett Price, River: Price erupted for 40 points behind eight 3-pointers as the Pilots handed Magnolia its first loss of the season