Here are this week's high school boys’ basketball Players of the Week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. No player will be chosen more than once during a season.
(After games of Sunday, Feb. 19)
Kris Dunn, New London (Conn.)
The 6-foot-3 senior point guard and McDonald's All-American reached the 2,000-point career milestone with 29 points in three quarters of play during an 89-54 victory over Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, Conn.). It was the 14th-straight win for the 18-2 record Whalers. The Providence recruit, who averages 33 points per game, was coming off a quadruple-double in his last game a week earlier. He had 32 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals in an 88-67 win over Stonington (Pawcatuck, Conn.). Dunn was featured in the holiday issue of ESPNHS Magazine's Connecticut edition.
Elijah Wilson, Laney (Wilmington, N.C.)
Scoring 42 points to tie a school record has a bit more meaning at Laney than just about any other school in America because it’s a record that was set in 1980 by NBA legend Michael Jordan. Wilson, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, accomplished his feat in helping the Buccaneers defeat New Bern (N.C.) 68-62 last week in a four-overtime thriller. One of the top scorers in his region of the state all season, he gave a commitment to College of Charleston after the historic game.
Victor Vincz, Eastern Hancock (Charlottesville, Ind.)
The 5-foot-10 junior guard scored a school record 52 points in a 92-91 shootout victory over host Monroe (Alexandria, Ind.) and its 5-foot-10 senior guard Mitch Yeagly, who also set a school record in the same game with 51 points. Vincz connected on 7-of-8 shots on 3-point attempts (also was 17-of-25 from the floor and cashed 11-of-12 free throws) in the thriller. Vincz converted 8-of-8 free throws in the final minutes. Yeagly, meanwhile, made 15-of-25 shot attempts and 17-of-19 free throws.
Cornell Johnston, Ladue (St. Louis)
The 5-foot-6 sophomore guard has filled up the stat sheet in helping his team adjust to being without 6-foot-8 center Austin DaGue due to an injury. One week after he scored 34 and 35 points in a pair of games, Johnston made 6-of-8 shots from 3-point land and had 29 points in a 77-58 triumph against Mehlville (St. Louis). In the same game, Johnston also handed out 10 assists and had five steals. Johnston started as a freshman on the varsity last year and was a second-team all-conference choice.
Durrell McDonald, Green Valley (Las Vegas)
Back on Jan. 4, Green Valley was 4-11 and going nowhere fast. But with McDonald leading the charge, the Gators have gone 13-1 since. After a 70-63 victory last weekend over Foothill (Henderson, Nev.), they are headed to the Class 4A state tournament. McDonald poured in 32 points in the win and for the season is averaging 21.2 points with 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. The 6-foot-2 senior guard will play next season at DePaul.