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5 Storylines of the Week: Julius Randle is Back


8:45 AM, Feb. 18, 2013 EST

Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first action since fracturing his foot in November. / Courtesy of Nike

Here are the top five storylines for this week.

1. Randle is back.

Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Lions past Bishop Lynch (Dallas), 74-56, Friday.

It was Randle’s first time playing since late November when he fractured his foot in the second game of the season.

Now, Randle is determined to help the Lions defend their TAPPS 5A state title.

Need more incentive?

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The McDonald’s All American committee is still watching Randle to see if he’ll be healthy enough to compete in the game in early April. If he is, McDonald’s is open to adding Randle as its 25th member.

Let’s see: 19, 10 and three in half a game?

McDonald’s might as well print the jersey now.

2. Ennis on a mission.

St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) guard Tyler Ennis didn’t take kindly to not being picked for the McDonald’s All American Game last week and took his frustrations out in a 116-65 rout of Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.).

Ennis dropped 53 points in the win.

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This week the Gray Bees, who are ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Super 25, start the N.J.I.S.A.A. "A" state tournament.

Perfect timing if you’re a St. Benedict’s fan.

3. Booker making a Tobacco Road run.

Moss Point (Miss.) shooting guard Devin Booker ended his season last week with 35-point performance in a playoff loss. Now he’s focusing more on gathering more information about the colleges that are courting him and this weekend he’ll visit North Carolina and Duke.

Expect Booker to be wowed.

4. Win or go home.

It’s playoff time for most of the high school basketball teams across the country and that means either you win or your season’s done. What teams will dig deeper and gel together to keep their state title dreams alive and what teams will wield under the immense pressure.

We’ll find out this week.

5. Will Morgan Park file?

According to the Chicago Tribune, Morgan Park (Chicago) is planning to protest its 60-56 overtime loss to Whitney Young (Chicago) in Friday night’s city title game because they say Dolphins forward L.J. Peak, who scored 13 points in the win, should’ve fouled out.

Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin told the paper that he has until Tuesday to file the paperwork for the protest.

Hopefully he won’t. All things considered, the chances of this win being overturned are slim to none.

Time to move on.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter @JayJayUSATODAY.

 

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