Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) senior forward Terrence Jones, ranked No. 13 in the ESPNU 100, isn't sure where he wants to attend college.
Could be Oregon, Kentucky, Oklahoma, UCLA or Washington. But for now, he won't even say who he's leaning toward. Why?
"I haven't been thinking about it like that," said Jones. "I want to focus on my team."
Jones' logic is simple: As long as he's getting national attention, his team can also reap the benefits of exposure.
"I just figure that if coaches are coming to see me and one of my teammates has a big game, they'll be interested in them, too," Jones said. "I just feel like we all help each other out and this is my way of doing it.
"I'll pick a college during the spring period, but for now we all need to be getting looks. We're hoping to all sign together."
Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) forward C.J. Leslie thinks he knows who's going to win the NCAA title.
"It's Kentucky," he said. "There's no doubt about that."
The Cats are one of many teams in hot pursuit of Leslie, ranked No. 8 in the ESPNU 100. And though he has "no favorites," Leslie did reveal the reason for predicting Kentucky as this year's champion.
"John Wall is my boy," he said. "We played together in high school and so I've got to root for him. I know that he's gonna do it."
Just when you think you've heard it all
When Winter Park (Winter Park, Fla.) combo guard Austin Rivers walked off of the court at Florida Atlantic University last Friday, a fan asked for an autograph on his cell phone.
"It was pretty crazy," said Rivers, ranked No. 2 in the ESPNU Super 60. "But I've been asked to sign crazy things before. I was happy to do it."
Rivers had just scored 42 to lead Winter Park to an 87-76 win over Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), winning a personal duel with AAU teammate and friend Brandon Knight.
Rivers' big night helped overcome 48 points by Knight, ranked No. 3 in the ESPNU 100.
Despite the big win, Rivers didn't stray from what's become his post-game routine.
"I go home and watch TV, usually basketball," he said. "Then I ice my feet and just hangout with my girlfriend. I don't really celebrate."
Dunk (er) of the millennium?
Earlier this season, Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.) junior Deuce Bello pulled off what's widely regarded as not only the dunk of the year, but maybe even the dunk of the last few years.
A 6-foot-3 swingman, Bello stole the ball at mid-court, then raced down the floor and went between his legs -- while airborne -- before throwing down a monster slam.
But don't go anointing Bello the dunking deity just yet.
Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) guard Bishop Daniels, who stands 6-2, may have topped Bello in a dunk contest earlier this season.
Daniels walked behind the left wing, turned around and bolted toward the basket. He took flight clear over Dudley (Dudley, N.C.) 6-foot-5 guard P.J. Hairston and threw down a strong two-handed jam.
"I'd definitely have to say that my dunk was better," Daniels said. "I've done the one that Deuce did before, but I would definitely have to say that he's my biggest competition. I think I've got the best hops in the 2011 class. Either way, the best dunker in the class is coming from North Carolina."
Keystone State experiment
An experiment by a Pittsburgh basketball coach to boost student attendance worked -- at least for one game.
A game between host Oliver (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.) was turned into a matinee assembly game to reward exemplary students. Only students who made the honor roll, had perfect attendance and were never tardy were allowed to attend.
About 150 of Oliver's 421 students were in attendance, in addition to some school personnel and a few parents.
It was a great boost in attendance for Oliver, which usually only gets about 50 students in attendance.
Oliver won the game, 60-51, to extend its win streak to eight games.