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, March 4)
Jared Wilson-Frame, Windsor (Windsor, Conn.)
The 6-foot-3 sophomore wing exploded for a personal-best 45 points as the Warriors defeated Northwest Catholic (West Hartford, Conn.) 74-65 in the semifinals of the Central Connecticut Conference Tournament. Wilson-Frame, a touted junior high football-basketball player before he stepped onto the Windsor campus, converted nine 3-point field goals in the game. An All-CCC honoree, he followed up with 23 points in the 105-72 tournament final win over Manchester (Conn.). The Warriors take a 23-1 record into the state tournament starting this week.
Devonta Pollard, Kemper County (De Kalb, Miss.)
Outside of Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad, there might not be a better undeclared senior player in the country. Pollard, a 6-foot-7 small forward, led Kemper County past defending champion Booneville (Miss.) 75-65 in last weekend’s Class 3A state championship. Pollard posted a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. For the season, the McDonald’s All-American averaged 23.8 points per game and led Kemper County to a 28-8 record.
Marcus Paige, Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)
The 6-foot-1 senior point guard capped his regular-season with a 49-point effort as the Lions outlasted host Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 83-77 in double overtime. The win sent Linn-Mar to the state tournament for the ninth straight season. Doing his best impersonation of Reggie Miller against the New York Knicks, Paige scored nine points in the final 30 seconds of regulation to rally the Lions from an eight-point deficit to a 61-61 knot that sent the game to extra periods. Paige, who averages 28.4 points a game, is a McDonald's All-American and a North Carolina recruit.
Zach Bush, Eisenhower (Goddard, Kan.)
This 6-foot-6 senior point guard is a player to watch heading into this week’s Class 5A state tournament. Bush wrapped up last week with an impressive outing of 34 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists in a 85-34 romp past South (Salina, Kan.). In a state dominated individually by the likes of Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights, Semi Ojeleye of Ottawa and Conner Frankamp of Wichita North, solid players like Bush can be missed. For the season, he is averaging 22.7 points per game with 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Bush played his first three seasons at crosstown rival Goddard and has grown eight inches since he freshman year, which accounts for him still being a guard.
Marquis Davis, Rainier Beach (Seattle)
The 5-foot-9 junior guard was the MVP of the Class 3A state championship game with 30 points to lead the Vikings past Seattle Prep 61-58. Davis made four 3-pointers in the first half to give Rainier Beach the early edge. He needed to step up because Kansas-bound guard Anrio Adams of the Vikings was hampered with fouls. With the win, Rainier Beach finishes 27-3, clinches its sixth state title and assures that no other team in Washington will be higher in the ESPNHS West Region rankings. Davis also has competed for Rainier Beach’s track team as a sprinter and long jumper. He had a top 100-meter time of 11.08 seconds as a sophomore.