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Notebook: Joel Berry stars in return from injury; Prime Prep big on appearance

Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) junior point guard Joel Berry scored 29 points in a 76-72 win over Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) Friday. It was Berry’s first game back since tearing his meniscus in his left knee in a game on Dec. 1.

Berry, who is ranked No. 3 among point guards in the ESPN 60, is averaging 28.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.8 assists a game this season.

Berry took to Twitter the day after his return to express his excitement about returning to the court: “Woke up really sore this morning but I love the feeling because I'm back playing the game I love. It felt great being back out there!”

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Prime Prep is big on appearance

Prime Prep (Dallas) let us in on one of the secrets to its success after knocking off Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, ranked No. 4 in the Super 25, last Friday at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.Va.

“It’s all about how you carry yourself coming into the game,” Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett said. “We like to look good because what Deion (Sanders) taught us is that if you look good, you play good. And so we come out looking good and neat with our uniforms and our staff with our suits.”

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Prime Prep was founded by former football and baseball star Deion Sanders, who is known for his lively personality and snazzy dressing.

“Looking good and playing good are related for us,” Forsett said.

As outlandish as that may sound, Forsett just may be on to something.

Prime Prep is 14-0 and made its debut in the Super 25 Monday at No. 13.

Huntington adds firepower

Huntington Prep got a big boost to its perimeter when Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas) shooting guard Austin Grandstaff transferred to join the Express last week.

Grandstaff, a sophomore, is widely regarded as one of the most deadly 3-point threats in the country and is being pursued by schools like Syracuse, Arizona, Duke and Oklahoma, among others.

Basketball Commits

Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) center Dakari Johnson to Kentucky… Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) forward Neville Fincher to Kansas State… Mission Hills (San Marcos, Calif.) center Kameron Rooks to California.

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