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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of Apr. 19-25

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Henry Kastner, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio)
6'2 | Senior | OH
15 Games Played
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.00
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 1.20
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Will Trussell, Wheaton North (Illinois)
6'4 | Junior | OH

7 Games Played
Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 4.29
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Stefan Bilc, Haverford (Havertown, Pennsylvania)
Sophomore | OH

7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 6.29
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 4.00
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

Sean Stegmaier, Newington (Connecticut)
6'6 | Senior | MB
9 Games Played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 2.78
Digs: 7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Anthony Marin, St. Brendan (Miami, Florida)
6'3 | Senior | OH/MH

15 Games Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 4.27
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.40
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 6.00
Aces: 5
Blocks: 12

De'vonte Payton, Ransom Everglades (Miami, Florida)
Junior | OPP/MH

11 Games Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 4.73
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.27
Aces: 6
Blocks: 7

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Campbell Gerdeman, Sage Creek (Carlsbad, California)
Senior | OPP/OH

15 Games Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.40
Receptions: 2
Aces: 4
Blocks: 12

Aric Olsen, Green Valley (Henderson, Nevada)
Junior | OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Girls

California
Kennedy Crane, Rocklin

6'2" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 5.6
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.3
Receptions: 57
Rcpt/Game: 5.7
Aces: 5

Colorado
Abi Nua, Columbine (Littleton)
Senior | OH

14 Sets Played
Kills: 85
Kills/Game: 6.07
Digs: 59
Digs/Game: 4.21
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 5.64
Aces: 12
Blocks: 3

Illinois
Tabytha Toelke, Dakota
6'0" | Senior | OH/S/MH

8 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 7.88
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 5.75
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.88
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
Kate Jiang, Winchester
Sophomore | S

10 Sets Played
Assists: 102
Assists/Game: 10.12
Team Hitting%: 0.180
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3

New York
Alandra Hasbrouck, Pine Bush
5'7" | Junior | S

7 Sets Played
Assists: 75
Assists/Game: 10.71
Team Hitting%: 0.211
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Virginia
Meah Coles, Rustburg
5'4" | Junior | S

7 Sets Played
Assists: 99
Assists/Game: 14.14
Team Hitting%: 0.362
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Aces: 7
MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects
Video: 10 Extreme high schools via Google Earth
See these campuses that run north to south and east to west.

With only five rounds in the Major League Baseball Draft this year, much fewer high school players are expected to be chosen in the early rounds compared to previous season, especially pitchers.

That being said, more high school pitchers will be chosen in this year's draft than any other position, with the bulk of those players being right-handed pitchers.

With only two days to go before the 2020 MLB Draft, here's a look at our final installment — pitchers. Previously, we've looked at corner infielders, middle infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.)
Scouts don't know a whole lot about Bitsko since he reclassified from the Class of 2021 and he didn't take the field during the 2020 spring. Thus he only played two seasons of high school baseball. Nevertheless, scouts don't need to know much when a pitcher is hitting 96 mph on his fastball. Bitsko, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, also has the size to add more speed. He also has a solid enough curve and change to be considered the top right-handed prep prospect in the draft. Projection: Top 15 picks.

Jared Kelley, Refugio (Texas)
If not for Bitsko, Kelley would be the top prospect. The National Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelley did not allow a hit in three appearances, including a complete-game no-hitter. Kelley's fastball has hit 99 mph this spring and he also has a change that's considered a plus second pitch. Projection: Top 20 picks.

Mick Abel, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
Abel has a 94 mph fastball, but the slider is his premium pitch, which Baseball America ranks as the best in the 2020 draft. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon had an 18-3 career record with 213 career strikeouts. Projection: End of first round.

Jared Jones, La Mirada (Calif.)
Jones has command of an assortment of pitches and is also a possible everyday player based on his ability on offense. Jones is a possible second-round selection, but his signability is in question, considering he has committed to play at Texas — one of the top baseball programs in the nation. Projection: Second round.

Carson Montgomery, Windermere (Fla.)
Another pitcher who has a mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus change. Montgomery also has a curve in his repertoire making him a solid three-pitch candidate. Projection: Second round.

Justin Lange, Llano (Texas)
Lange is a new name among the top pitching prospects thanks to a spring season in which his fastball hit 99 mph. That type of velocity would normally make Lange a first-round prospect, but with a shortened spring, scouts appear willing to wait until the second round. Projection: Second round.

Nolan McLean, Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.)
McLean is a two-way prospect after belting nine home runs and batting .373 as a junior to go along with 53 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. A two-sport athlete, McLean also had 6,809 yards passing as a quarterback. McLean can hit 94 mph on his fastball. Projection: Third round.

Cam Brown, Flower Mound (Texas)
Brown had a very strong summer last year, which pushed him up the ranks of the top pitching prospects in the country. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has good command of a curve ball and change-up, however he is likely a third- or fourth-round selection. Projection: Third round.

Alex Santos, Mt. St. Michael Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
Santos hits about 93 mph on his fastball, but scouts project Santos to add speed to the pitch as he adds strength at the next level. He also has a solid change-up and curve and appears to have plenty of potential. Projection: Fourth round.

Dax Fulton, Mustang (Okla.)
The only left-hander on the list, Fulton has a 96 mph fastball and he is one of the few lefties expected to be drafted during the five-round selection process. Fulton is ranked as a first-round prospect by some mock drafts, but he more than likely falls toward the end. Projection: Fifth round.
High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake, No. 9 Paul VI advance to GEICO Nationals final - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake, No. 9 Paul VI advance to GEICO Nationals final
Fremont (Plain City, Utah) had all the momentum, cutting a 14-point deficit to three with a little over three minutes to go. But in a snap, like they had done all game, Raven Johnson and Ta'Niya Latson took it all away, lifting Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) to a stirring 64-54 GEICO Nationals semifinal victory Friday at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Playing before a national ESPNU audience, Johnson and Latson were brilliant, combing for all but 13 of their team's points, lifting the second-ranked Lions into Saturday's 10 a.m. EST championship game against No. 9 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.), which stunned No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 52-49 in overtime, ending the Highlanders' 35-game win streak.

Johnson, a 5-foot-10 South Carolina commit, had 25 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals, while 5-9 junior Latson scored a game-high 26 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Lions improved to 21-0.

"They did what they've been doing all season," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson told ESPNU after the game. "They're good leaders and friends on and off the court. That chemistry between them is something you just can't coach. We're just so excited to have one more game."

All four teams in the event entered unbeaten, reigning state champions and ranked among the top 11 teams in the country. The two games didn't disappoint, each coming down to the wire.

Fremont (26-1), finally utilizing its height advantage, closed to within 53-50 on two free throws by 6-5 sophomore Maggie Mendelson (23 points, six rebounds) with 3:02 left.

In the next minute, Johnson and Latson combined for three steals and three breakaway layups. A short jumper by Misia McKinney made it 62-50 and just like that, this semifinal was over. Westlake, with superior quickness, forced 20 turnovers and turned them into 22 points. Latson and Johnson each played the entire 32 points and combined for only seven turnovers.

"Those two are definitely special in the open court," Hankerson said.

Emma Calvert, a 6-4 BYU commit, added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for No. 11 Fremont, which was actually outrebounded 34-30.

Paul VI 52, Lake Highland Prep 49

It had been almost two months since the 14-time defending Virginia state champions had played a game — Feb. 9 — and with 21 turnovers and a 12 of 26 performance at the line, there were definitely signs of rust.

But the Panthers (11-0) made up for it with defense, forcing 28 turnovers and using balanced scoring, led by Jaelyn Talley (17 points), Duke signee Lee Volker (13 points, six rebounds, four steals) and Bella Perkins (10 points, five steals, four assists).

Alyssa Costigan scored all nine of her points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, leading a 10-2 run and giving the Panthers a 46-41 lead. Down 47-42 with 1:35 to go, Eleecia Carter (team-high 14 points) forced overtime for Lake Highland with a mid-range jumper than a 3-pointer.

In overtime a 3-pointer by Volker gave her team the lead for good. Paul VI completely locked down on the defensive end, not allowing a bucket in overtime, just two free throws by Alabama signee Kayla Blackshear (10 points, 12 rebounds).

Louisville commit Nyla Harris added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Central Florida-bound Stefanie Ingram contributed nine points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Highlanders, who hadn't lost since Dec. 28, 2019 — a 56-55 contest to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

In addition to the turnovers, cold shooting did in the nation's No. 1-ranked team. The Highlanders made just 16 of 52 from the field (31 percent), including 4 of 22 on 3-pointers (18.2 percent).

GEICO Nationals schedule

Saturday, April 3
Game on ESPN2
10 a.m. (ET) — Paul VI vs. Westlake
2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen - HIGHSCORE
2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen
Video: Fictional high schools seen via Google Earth
Take a tour of these cinematic prep palaces.

It took awhile for high school players to come off the board in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, but they had a strong finish in the first round with a few surprises along the way. The draft's first day say 11 prep players chosen (with two more taken in the competitive-balance round).

The truncated MLB Draft continues on Thursday with Rounds 2-5.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
Photo by Terry Jack
Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
Robert Hassell III of Independence (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) was the first high school player chosen with the No. 8 overall pick by the San Diego Padres. The eighth-overall selection is the lowest the first high school player has been chosen in the 56 years of the MLB Draft.

The previous lowest selection was Clayton Kershaw of Highland Park (Dallas) at No. 7 overall in 2006. Three times, the first prep chosen was at No. 6, including 1992 when Derek Jeter of Kalamazoo Central (Mich.) was taken by the Yankees.

Overall, a high school player has been chosen with the No. 1 overall pick 25 times.

Outfielders Favorite Choice

The first three high school players chosen were all outfielders. After Hassell III went to San Diego at No. 8, Zac Veen of Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.) went to the Rockies at No. 9.

Three picks later, the Reds chose Austin Hendrick of West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) at No. 12. Pete Crow-Armstrong of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) became the fourth prep outfielder chosen when the Mets picked him at No. 19.

Red Sox make surprise pick

Boston made the surprise pick of the first round when it chose second baseman Nick Yorke of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) at No. 17.

The selection was a shocker for several reasons. First, second basemen rarely come off the draft board in the first round. Second, Yorke was ranked by MLB as the No. 139 best player available in the draft. The second-lowest ranked prep player chosen in the first round was Carson Tucker, a shortstop from Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), who was ranked No. 52.

The Red Sox have had good luck with Northern California second basemen, however. Former league MVP Dustin Pedroia is originally from Woodland.

Few pitchers chosen

In the past, high school pitchers have been a popular first-round choice. Not so in 2020. Mick Abel of Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) went to the Phillies at No. 15 while Nick Bitsko of Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) went to the Rays at No. 24.

Among those pitchers not taken Wednesday included potential first round picks Jared Kelley of Refugio (Texas) and Carson Montgomery of Windermere (Fla.).

Only three prep pitchers were chosen in the first round last year with seven chosen in the 2018 draft.

Draft beats last year's numbers

The 2019 draft had one of the lowest total of high school players taken in over a decade with just 10 players chosen. The 2020 draft did one better with 11 players chosen. An additional two players were chosen in the competitive-balance round making 13 preps chosen out of 37 total picks on the draft's first day.

High school basketball: HIGHSCORE All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: MaxPreps All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League
Five-star Class of 2022 high school basketball star Scoot Henderson of Kell (Marietta, Ga.) announced Friday on social media he will his senior year and join the NBA G League Ignite team.

Henderson is the first high school player to forgo his senior year to play in the G League. He won't be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft because of age restrictions, meaning he must spend two years with the Ignite program.
The 6-foot-3 guard is the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports. He is expected to join Jaden Hardy, Michael Foster Jr. and international prospect Fanbo Zeng on the Ignite team next season.

Henderson was a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American selection this season, averaging 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest to help the Longhorns reach the Georgia AAAAAA state title game. The explosive point guard showed rapid development over the course of his high school career and has the potential to be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

A year ago, Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd selected the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.
Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.
Photo by Ed Turlington
Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.