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Jaquan Sanders named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE New York High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jaquan Sanders named 2020-21 MaxPreps New York High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Jaquan Sanders of Our Saviour Lutheran (Bronx) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New York High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 junior guard helped the Falcons go 21-11 en route to the Grind Session tournament quarterfinals.

Sanders averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall.

Regarded as a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Sanders hold offers from Bryant, Connecticut, Creighton, Hofstra, Illinois, Manhattan, Massachusetts, Seton Hall, St. John's and Xavier.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Jaquan Sanders in action during a Grind Session game in February.
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Jaquan Sanders in action during a Grind Session game in February.
HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: February 1-7 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 1-7
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
1 Game Played
Points: 20.0 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 2:
3 Games Played
Points: 28.0 Rebounds: 17.3 Steals: 3.0

Region 3:
2 Games Played
Points: 44.5 Rebounds: 5.5 Steals: 8.0

Region 4:
4 Games Played
Points: 30.0 Rebounds: 10.0 Blocks: 4.0

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 25.7 Rebounds: 2.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 6:
4 Games Played
Points: 23.3 Rebounds: 5.0 Steals: 4.2

Region 7:
2 Games Played
Points: 36.0 Rebounds: 12.0 Steals: 5.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 22.5 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.5

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 30.0 Rebounds: 8.6 Steals: 5.6

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 7-foot senior center helped the Redhawks go 20-1 en route to their fourth straight state title.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 80 percent from the field.

The top-ranked senior prospect capped his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while Minnehaha Academy went 128-15 during his time with the program.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
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Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
High school football: Recruiting, payments to players and mishandling money alleged in Rush Propst controversy at Valdosta - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Recruiting, payments to players and mishandling money alleged in Rush Propst controversy at Valdosta
Rush Propst is in trouble again. The Valdosta (Ga.) football coach, who has faced controversial departures at two other stops, is alleged to have paid rent for a potential recruit, tampered with a search for his own current job and misused school booster club money.

A 64-page court deposition obtained and reported on by television station WALB News details the allegations against the well-traveled coach. The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Here are five key takeaways from the court document:
Rush Propst glances at his phone prior to a game in October against rival Lowndes.
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Rush Propst glances at his phone prior to a game in October against rival Lowndes.
Meddling in the hiring process

Nelson said in the deposition that, "Somehow, Propst was able to find out who we were interviewing and was calling certain people here in Valdosta and getting word to these people that were going to be interviewed that this place had a racist (school) board and all of this going on with Rodemaker and just kind of poo-pooed on the whole thing and discouraged these people from coming here and interviewing. And eventually, Rush was the last one standing."

California  transfer Jake Garcia

When asked if Propst had anything to do with California transfer Jake Garcia's well-publicized move to Georgia, Nelson said, "Well, he facilitated it. ... Well, he asked me to come up with $2,500 a month for him for four months."

Nelson replied to investigators that Propst personally asked for the money for both Garcia as well as $850 for Amari Jones, a quarterback from Atlanta.

This is what Nelson said Propst called "funny money" and that it was used to pay rent for the families of the transfers.

Propst asked for "Funny Money"

Nelson said he was in Propst's office several weeks after he was hired at Valdosta and the new coach wanted to know about the Touchdown Club.

Shutting the door to his office, Nelson said the coach said, "Now, I don't know how you are going to feel about this, but I want to be truthful. We need some funny money."

When Nelson asked how much Propst was asking for, he said, "I don't know; 10, $15,000. I always need to keep at least $10,000 cash right here in my desk drawer."

Recruiting players

Nelson said in the deposition: "He's talking to as many as 15 people, 15 kids all over the country" to play at Valdosta.

When asked "trying to get them down here to play with the Wildcats?" Nelson said, "He's (Propst) got college recruiters helping him … All of them. All – they are from all over."

Nelson said Propst initially tried to discuss getting rent money for players and their families, but that after he raised concerns ... "we fell out over that."

Nelson said in the deposition he believed Propst was "trying to take down our Touchdown Club that's been here for over 70 years" and give Nelson's job to his wife, adding "I think it's … the end game for Rush Propst is to be able to get his hands on cold cash."

Mishandling money

In dealing with a local grocery store who advertised with the booster organization, Nelson alleged Propst told the company to "make the check out of him and gave him an address to mail it to." Nelson said he confirmed it was Propst's address in Moultrie. Nelson said he informed superintendent Todd Cason of the check and that the educator told him he was reporting it to the Professional Standards Commission.
Georgia high school girls basketball star Raven Johnson to play against the boys at Allen Iverson Roundball Classic - HIGHSCORE
Georgia high school girls basketball star Raven Johnson to play against the boys at Allen Iverson Roundball Classic
While other high school basketball all-star games have gone by the wayside this spring due to the ongoing pandemic, the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic is moving forward. The contest will be played May 8 at Bartlett High School just outside of Memphis, Tenn., with former NBA standouts Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson, Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells serving as coaches.

Among the storylines will be Atlanta girls basketball star Raven Johnson stepping on the floor to compete with the best boys players in the country. The 5-foot-8 point guard has led Westlake to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons and is headed to South Carolina to play for head coach Dawn Staley next year.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates TyTy Washington and Chet Holmgren are among the other headliners expected to compete.

Complete rosters are included below. For more information and tickets, visit IversonClassic.com.

Team Loyalty
Paolo Banchero, F, O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) – Headed to Duke
Matthew Cleveland, F, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) – Florida State
Jerddarian Davison, G, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.) – Alabama
A.J. Griffin, F, Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) – Duke
Tyrese Hunter, G, St. Catherine's (Racine, Wis.) – Iowa State
Raven Johnson, G, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) – South Carolina
Johnathan Lawson, F, Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) – Oregon
Bryce McGowens, G, Legacy Early College (Greenville, S.C.) – Nebraska
Hunter Sallis, G, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) – Gonzaga
Terquavion Smith, G, Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) – North Carolina State
TyTy Washington, G, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) – Undecided
Peyton Watson, F, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – UCLA
Benny WilIiams, F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) – Syracuse

Team Honor
Jaden Akins, G, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) – Headed to Michigan State
Trey Alexander, G, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Auburn
Kendall Brown, F, Sunrise Christian Academy – Baylor
Ahamed Bynum, G, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – DePaul
Kennedy Chandler, G, Sunrise Christian Academy – Tennessee
Daimion Collins, F, Atlanta (Texas) – Kentucky
Michael Foster Jr., F, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Undecided
Nolan Hickman, G, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) – Kentucky
Chet Holmgren, C, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Undecided
Jordan Longino, G/F, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) – Villanova
Joshua Minott, F, Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) – Memphis
Kowacie Reeves Jr., G, Westside (Macon, Ga.) – Florida
Daeshun Ruffin, G, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi