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Weekly Notebook: Prime Prep center honors grandmother with points



Junior Tyus Jones recently became the all-time leading scorer at Apple Valley (Minn.). / 247Sports

Prime Prep (Dallas) center Elijah Thomas scored 15 points, all in the first half, in an 84-36 win over ABCD Prep (Urbandale, Iowa) on Jan. 15. He played the entire second half and had easy scoring opportunities, but never took advantage.

Why?

Thomas’ grandmother Annie Lee Bennett passed away on Jan. 15, 2009 and, on the morning of the anniversary, Thomas decided that he’d score 15 points to honor her memory.

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“I didn’t tell anybody,” said Thomas, a sophomore. “I probably should’ve told my coach, but it was just something that was really personal for me. He was wondering why I wasn’t finishing around the basket. I even air-balled a layup, but I told him later and he wasn’t mad at all. It’s something special I wanted to do for her. I just wanted to make her proud. I know she was.”

Jones eclipses milestone

Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones scored 22 points in a 79-75 win over Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.) on Jan. 15. That made him Apple Valley’s all-time leading scorer with 1,739 career points.

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Jones, a junior, is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 60.

Simeon players ruled ineligible

When No. 11 Simeon (Chicago) squared off against No. 10 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) Monday in the Spalding Hoophall Classic they were missing three key reserves. Donte Ingram, Jaycee Hillsman and Sean Moore were declared ineligible due to residency issues last week, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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All three players were transfers and were ruled eligible at the beginning of the season, but their cases were reviewed recently.

"At the end of the day, they were ruled eligible, months ago," Smith told the newspaper. "To come back in the middle of the season and rule some kids ineligible, that's wrong. But it's their rules, and we have to abide by their rules."

Emery is Lone Peak’s all-time leading scorer

Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) point guard Nick Emery scored 13 points in a 67-42 win over American Fork (American Fork, Utah) on Jan. 17 to become the Knights all-time leading scorer.

Emery, a BYU signee, finished the game with 1,775 career points.

Basketball Commits

Five-star Lake Highland (Fla.) Prep point guard Joel Berry to UNC ... Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) point guard Darius Thompson to Vanderbilt.

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