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austinFriar signee Brandon Austin’s senior season kicked off this weekend, and the Philadelphia guard showed exactly why he was such a highly sought after recruit. His No. 4 ranked Imhotep Charter team went 2-0, crushing Sankofa Freedom 96-60 on Friday night and edging St. Joseph’s Prep this evening 61-56 in the Kyle Lowry FamJuice Tip-Off.

In the opening game, Austin scored 19 points to tie for the team high. However, Austin really stepped up today against the tougher St. Joe’s Prep team that is ranked right behind Imhotep at No. 5 in Pennsylvania. He scored 25 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and had 4 steals.

“I wanted to make a point, prove that I’m one of the best players in the city and the country,” Austin said, clutching his game MVP trophy close to his chest. “Miles is a great player, but I made a point to chase him all over around the three-point line, not let him get easy looks.”

Here are some tweets from recruiting analysts in attendance of the tournament.

Brandon Austin had the best individual performance of the day so far. Unguardable w the ball. Pull ups. Step back 3a. IMPRESSIVE! #KLFJC
@_KevinDriscoll
Kevin Driscoll
Providence bound Brandon Austin can really handle it at 6-6. Very fluid off bounce. Step back jumper looking good.
@ebosshoops
Eric Bossi
Providence is getting a heck of a player in Brandon Austin. Just knocked down three off the dribble.
@HHHardwood
hawkhillhardwood

Austin spoke to Philahoops High after the game:

New London and Kris Dunn fell short in their quest to win back to back state titles, losing to St. Joseph’s 69-59 in the Connecticut LL semifinals. Dunn finished with 18 points.

Here is Dunn speaking after the game.

New London advanced to the Connecticut LL semifinals with a hard earned double-OT victory against Windsor. The Whalers were down by 14 points at one point in the 2nd half, and Kris Dunn even had to temporarily leave the game after the 3rd quarter after landing on his right shoulder. He was able to return after missing only 41 seconds and carried his team into OT and led them to victory.

Hartford Courant: Hartford Courant: New London Outlasts Windsor 79-73 In Double OT

He beat double teams by making four assists in the OT and also scored one field goal. “He has that will; he has the ‘it,’ ” Smith said. “That’s why he’s the best player in the state.”

He finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists according to @MetalNED.

New London will play St. Joseph in New Haven on Wednesday at 7PM.

Here is a replay of the game, courtesy of The Day’s livestream channel.

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Last night Kris Dunn scored 37 points in a New London blowout victory over Ledyard to capture another Eastern Connecticut Conference champsionship. Dunn was also named the tournament’s MVP. Their run for a back-to-back LL state title starts next Tuesday against Xavier.

Norwhich Bulletin: New London wins 5th straight ECC title

New London silenced the Ledyard fans and their own as it scored 22 of the first 25 points. The Whalers made it look easy by making 10 of their first 13 shots. McDonald’s All-American Kris Dunn led the way with 15 of his game-high 37 points. It was a far cry from the Whalers’ more difficult start in a semifinal win over Norwich Free Academy on Thursday night.

“NFA is a different type of team than Ledyard. They’re more experienced, and the traps and things don’t work as well as they did against Ledyard,” Parker said.

The Day: Drama? Not on this night

“We don’t see the ECC as a big deal,” Fields said. “It did feel great to see such a big crowd. But we don’t hang ECC banners. They go in the garbage.”

“In the Hefty bag,” teammate Voghens Larrieux said.

Word got out awhile ago, but Kris Dunn was named to the official roster of this year’s prestigious McDonald’s All-American Team. He becomes just the third Friar recruit ever to make the team, joining Michael Smith and God Shammgod.

Note: Ricky Ledo was not eligible since he has not graduated in 4 years.

New London's Kris Dunn is named to the McDonald's All-American team. "It’s a great achievement. ..It shows all my hard work has paid off."
@GavinKeefe
Gavin Keefe

McDonald’s All-American Game rosters released

EAST
Kyle Anderson (No. 5, UCLA)
DaJuan Coleman (No. 11, Syracuse)
Kris Dunn (No. 24, Providence)
Perry Ellis (No. 33, Kansas)
Shaq Goodwin (No. 21, Memphis)
Gary Harris (No. 16, Michigan State)
Amile Jefferson (No. 14, Uncommitted)
Tyler Lewis (No. 55, NC State)
Tony Parker (No. 22, Uncommitted)
Alex Poythress (No. 13, Kentucky)
Rodney Purvis (No. 18, NC State)
T.J. Warren (No. 25, NC State)

WEST
Brandon Ashley (No. 4, Arizona)
Isaiah Austin (No. 8, Baylor)
Anthony Bennett (No. 15, Uncommitted)
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (No. 27, Indiana)
Archie Goodwin (No. 7, Kentucky)
Grant Jerrett (No. 23, Arizona)
Shabazz Muhammad (No. 2, Uncommitted)
Marcus Paige (No. 28, North Carolina)
Devonta Pollard (No. 20, Uncommitted)
Cameron Ridley (No. 9, Texas)
Marcus Smart (No. 10, Oklahoma State)
Rasheed Sulaimon (No. 12, Duke)

Speaking of God Shammgod, here are some of his highlights from playing in the McD’s game in 1995. (H/T @raphiellej)

Watch Kris Dunn Live at Alumni Hall

dave@friarblog —  February 4th, 2012 1:53 PM —  Comments

Here is the livestream (courtesy of TheDay.com) of New London versus Mount Pleasant being played at Alumni Hall in Providence. The game starts at 2PM. The next time fans will get to see Kris Dunn here is next year at Late Night Madness! It should be a packed house today as Friar fans try to get a glimpse of the talented future point guard.

UPDATE: New London won 82-55, and Kris Dunn had a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Here are the highlights:

Here is a new video from Kris Dunn’s game over the weekend in which he broke Tyson Wheeler’s New London all-time scoring record.

via @TheCrusader22

Kris Dunn is a McDonald’s All-American!

dave@friarblog —  January 30th, 2012 9:27 AM —  Comments

The official roster hasn’t been announced yet, but John Rooke reported on GoLocalProv that Kris Dunn has been selected to the McDonald’s All-American team.

During the trip, the Friar coaching staff reported incoming recruit Kris Dunn (New London, CT) was named to the prestigious McDonald’s all-American team – the first Friar recruit to receive the honor since God Shammgod in 1995. Dunn and Rhode Island’s Ricky Ledo were both selected for the Jordan Brand all-star game as well

Dunn becomes just the 3rd Friar recruit ever to make it to the famous high school All-Star game, joining God Shammgod (1995) and Michael Smith (1990). Delray Brooks played in the game in 1984, but he was a transfer.

The full roster will be officially announced on February 9th at 5PM on ESPNU. The actual game will be in Chicago on March 28th, and will air on ESPN.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to track down some hash browns and sausage McMuffins to go celebrate.

Here is a live steam of the South Kent / Brewster game (Note: started at 7PM, so 2nd half is underway). Perhaps Ricardo Ledo can convince Brewster big man JaKarr Sampson to commit to PC while he drops many points against them?

Kris Dunn broke Tyson Wheeler’s all-time scoring record at New London tonight in a 71-56 win over Norwich Free Academy. He finished with 35 points.

Here is the bucket that got him the record.

Here is the whole game below:

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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