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Cancer Research Classic: Dakari Johnson makes his college choice, Whitney Young goes pink

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Earlier this week, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) center Dakari Johnson didn’t know that he would be announcing his college decision at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.Va.

“I’m just focused on winning our game against Simeon,” Johnson told USA TODAY High School Sports on Monday. “I’m not worried about deciding. I just want to get this win done.”

By halftime of the nightcap, Johnson got both done, picking Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.

Johnson, who scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Eagles’, 0-0, win over Simeon (Chicago), made the decision to end his recruitment Friday.

Johnson joins Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) forward Marcus Lee, Travis (Richmond, Texas) twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Rochester (Rochester Hills, Mich.) swingman James Young and Bullitt East (Mount Washington, Ky.) forward Derek Willis to form the Wildcats 2013 recruiting class thus far.

Prime Prep is ‘Winning’

Prime Prep (Dallas) may have the most original, most direct mascot in the country.

“Our mascot is winning,” Prime Prep Ray Forsett said. “We just win.”

Prime Prep, a school founded by former football and baseball standout Deion Sanders, certainly has lived up to the name posting an undefeated record through 14 games including a big win over Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) Friday at the Cancer Research Classic.

The Express check in at No. 3 in the Super 25.

Stags honor Connecticut victims

When DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) took the court Saturday they were sporting black shooting shirts with “S.H.E.S.” across the front. The letters stand for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Stags wore the shirts to honor the 26 children and adults who were killed by a gunman at the elementary school in Newton, Conn., on December 14.

Dolphins wear pink

Whitney Young (Chicago) sported pink uniforms in its game against Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) in the Cancer Research Classic. The Dolphins had previously worn the uniforms to support cancer awareness.

“We wanted to do our part and show our support,” Whitney Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “This tournament supports a great cause and it was really a no-brainer for us.”

Day two results

St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia) 70, Wheeling Park (Wheeling, W.Va.) 43… DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 83, Gill St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, N.J.) 64… Whitney Young (Chicago) 78, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) 49… Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) 82, Simeon (Chicago) 53… Gonzaga College Prep (Washington, D.C.) 65, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 59.  

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