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ESPNHS Boys' Basketball Players of the Week
(After games of Dec. 14)
One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Willie Mangum, John Marshall (Richmond, Va.)
The 6-foot-1 senior guard scored a game-high 30 points, and reached the 1,000-point career mark, as unbeaten John Marshall (6-0) defeated Thomas Jefferson (Richmond, Va.) 83-68. Mangum cashed five 3-point field goals and also was credited with six assists and five steals for the top-ranked team in the Richmond area.
Cedric Hankerson, Coral Reef (Miami)
The 6-foot-3 point junior point guard, who's the younger brother of Alabama’s Charles Hankerson, has begun the season with a series of stellar outings. In a 66-55 victory last week against Southridge (Miami), Hankerson connected for 32 points and had 18 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Earlier this week, Hankerson hit for 24 points and had six steals as the Barracudas blasted Varela (Miami). His early season scoring average stood at 23.2 points per game with 13.1 rebounds. If Hankerson continues to improve, he may start seeing the same recruiting attention his brother did.
Tyrone Terrell, Eisenhower (Blue Island, Ill.)
The 5-foot-10 junior guard scored 50 points and made 12 3-pointers to help Eisenhower set a state record for treys with 24 in a 111-92 victory over St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) at the Marist RedHawk Holiday Invitational in Chicago. The previous record of 22 trifectas in a game was shared by Springfield Lutheran (Springfield, Ill.) and Crescent City (Crescent City, Ill.).
Ryan Rippee, Kickapoo (Springfield, Mo.)
The son of Kickapoo coach Dick Rippee has been ripping the ropes so far this season. A 6-foot-8 senior small forward, who averaged 19.4 points per game last season for a Chiefs’ team that went 24-4, Rippee closed last week with 32 points as Kickapoo defeated Carthage (Mo.) 71-61. He added a 31-point showing this week in a 63-46 triumph over Branson (Mo.). Through his first six games, Rippee is averaging 29.3 points per game.
Markel Leonard, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)
The 6-foot, 165-pound junior led The Pride with 18 points in their 51-49 victory over Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) in the championship of the 58th annual Gridley Invitational. It was the second consecutive tourney victory for Salesian, which upped its mark to 6-0 and put the team in the POWERADE West Region Rankings. The defending CIF NorCal Div. IV champions won the tourney without the services of highly regarded junior Jabari Bird (MVP of the Jeremy Jack Tournament), junior wing Mario Dunn and Freddie Tagaloa, a national football recruit who was helping the Pride's football team win the North Coast Section Div. IV title right around the time of Leonard's big performance.