Tracking the Commits

Nolan Smith

Future Blue Devils Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Taylor King were among a number of top prospects in action on Wednesday afternoon as the post Christmas High School tournaments kicked off.

Commitment Nolan Smith
Against White Rock Christian in the opening round of the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro (Ore.), Nolan Smith led the Oak Hill Warriors to an easy 107-59 win. Smith scored a game high 27 points, grabbed five rebounds, and added four assists against two turnovers in 26 minutes of action. The Duke bound combo guard also added five steals. It was a particularly strong shooting night for Nolan as well. The 6-foot-2 Blue Devil hit 9-of-15 from the field, 2-of-4 from the perimeter, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line as the Warriors were never really threatened. After an initial burst, Oak Hill took a 56-38 lead into intermission and put the game out of reach with a 24-11 third quarter.

Commitment Kyle Singler
Also participating at the LSI is the nation's top SF prospect and Duke commit, Kyle Singler. The 6-foot-10 Singler was as good as you could ask for in South Medford's opening match up against Prairie. Hitting 13 of his 17 field goal attempts, Singler logged a game best 34 points while adding seven rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot, and four steals in 29 minutes. Kyle converted two of his three perimeter attempts, and 6-of-7 at the free throw line as well. A late spurt in the first quarter extended the Panthers' lead to 21-12 at the first intermission. Slowly but surely the Panthers would add bit by bit to the lead before a 20-9 fourth quarter tally made the final 85-55.

Commitment Taylor King
Duke bound big forward Taylor King has already been in action this week, leading his Mater Dei High team to an 89-32 opening round victory against Loara in the first round of the Orange Tournament in California. King poured in 30 points and added 17 rebounds against the overmatched opponents. Mater Dei will return to action tonight against Canyon High in the semifinals.

Prospect Patrick Patterson
Meanwhile, Duke's lone remaining prospect in the current senior class, Patrick Patterson, has been coasting along with teammate and the nation's top overall player, OJ Mayo for Huntington High to the tune of 19.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game. He had a career high of 31 points in Saturday's 98-48 rout of Beckley Woodrow Wilson.

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