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. 26)
Anthony “Big Cat” Barber, Hampton (Hampton, Va.)
The 6-foot-2 junior guard helped the Crabbers gain their first Group AAA state tournament berth since 1998 with a 57-52 overtime win over King's Fork (Suffolk, Va.) in the Eastern Region Tournament. Big Cat scored a game-high 27 points and charted eight rebounds and three steals. He converted 14-of-19 from the free throw line. With another season left to play, Barber also continues to receive increasing recruiting attention. Colleges showing the most interest include North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
A 6-foot-4 senior guard and McDonald’s All-American, Purvis made his last regular-season game a memorable one by scoring 53 points in a 105-75 triumph last week over Body of Christ Academy (Raleigh, N.C.). Purvis broke his own school record of 46 points he established last season. He made nine shots from 3-point land and also had six rebounds and five assists. Purvis, who his headed to N.C. State, is the No. 20 player in the ESPNU 100.
Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian (Duluth, Minn.)
One of the nation's most prolific scorers, the 6-foot-1 junior recorded Minnesota's second highest single-game effort in a losing cause. Broman scored 71 points, but Melrose (Melrose, Minn.) won the shootout 114-110. Broman, who averages 44.9 points per game and has over 3,500 career points in four varsity seasons, scored 47 points in the second half to close the deficit. He cashed in on 8-of-13 attempts on 3-pointers and was 13-of-14 from the free throw line. The state game scoring record of 90 points was set in 2005 by Cash Eggleston of Minnesota Transitions (Minneapolis).
Zach LeDay, The Colony (Texas)
LeDay has been getting his way for the Cougars for much of the season and had two 30-point games last week. The 6-foot-8 power forward with a commitment to South Florida first scored 30 points in a 64-34 victory against Plainview (Texas). He then came through for 33 as The Colony beat Burges (El Paso, Texas) 63-55. With the wins, Zach’s team (30-5) advanced to this week’s Class 4A regional semifinals. He is averaging 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Roschon Prince, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Two years ago, Prince was the California freshman player of the year. He slipped behind San Jose Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon last season for state sophomores, but is making a charge this year among juniors. Prince, a 6-foot-5 forward, racked up a career-high 40 points and had 11 rebounds in last Friday’s 77-67 win by the FAB 50 No. 17 Jackrabbits over Eisenhower (Rialto, Calif.) in the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA quarterfinals. Prince has been on a tear since going for 33 points one month ago against Compton (Calif.), which has upped his season totals to 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.