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High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League
Senior high school basketball star Jaden Hardy of Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) is expected to join the NBA G League Ignite team, according to a Saturday report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 6-foot-4 guard is the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports. Hardy will be following in the footsteps of Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and  Isaiah Todd among others in selecting the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.

Hardy missed his entire senior season after the Nevada Interscholastic Athletics Association canceled the 2020-21 winter sports season because of COVID-19.

In 2019-20, Hardy earned first team MaxPreps Junior All-America honors after averaging 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. His junior season was highlighted by a 62-point game in which he led his team back from a 21-point deficit. He also recorded 11 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and four steals in the comeback victory.

The McDonald's All-American selection chose the professional path over his final list of college options including Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky and UCLA.

Hardy is considered one of the most lethal and versatile scorers in the Class of 2021 and is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
Photo by: Darin Sicurello
Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
Cash McClure named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Maine High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Cash McClure named 2020-21 MaxPreps Maine 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.

Cash McClure of Maranacook (Readfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Maine High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior guard helped the Black Bears go 15-0 en route to the Class A/B championship game of the central Maine tournament.

McClure averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals per contest. He finished his career with over 1,000 points.

In Maranacook's 86-61 tournament championship game win, McClure tallied 25 points and nine rebounds.

McClure announced he will be attending prep school next year, committing to play for Kimball Union Academy (Plainfield, N.H.).

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.
Top 100 single season passing yardage totals in high school football history - OFFICIAL
Top 100 single season passing yardage totals in high school football history
Video: Patrick Mahomes high school highlights
Super Bowl-winning signal caller in action at Whitehouse High School.

According to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, the "tipping point" is "that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire."

For high school quarterbacks, 1998 was the tipping point.

Prior to 1998, the record for single season passing yardage in high school was 4,656 yards by Philip Deas of Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.), set just two years earlier in 1996. But in 1998, five quarterbacks broke the record, led by J.R. House of Nitro (W.Va.) with 5,526 yards, Josh Floyd of Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) with 5,221 yards, Kyle Boller of Hart (Newhall, Calif.) with 4,838, Brock Berlin of Evangel Christian with 4,834, and Kelan Luker of Stephenville (Texas) with 4,697.

Since 1998, single season passing yardage totals have "spread like wildfire" to the point that Deas' total now ranks No. 92 overall. Compare that to the single season rushing yardage record which hasn't been broken in 70 years.

Texas does not have a quarterback in the Top 10 for single season passing yardage totals, but it dominates the Top 100 with 25 total entries. California is next with 15 and Arkansas has 12.

Three coaches have accounted for 24 members of the Top 100. Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) has coached 12 of those quarterbacks while Kris Richardson of Folsom (Calif.) has coached four. Mike Mauk, who coached at Kenton (Ohio) and Glendale (Springfield, Mo.) has eight, including the top three and six of the top 13.

Four quarterbacks make the list three times. They include Jake Browning of Folsom, Alex Huston of Glendale (Springfield, Mo.), Layne Hatcher of Pulaski Academy and Grant Gunnell of St. Pius X (Houston, Texas).

Among the most successful of the Top 100 include Heisman Trophy winner and 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray and Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
1.    6,540 — Ben Mauk, Kenton (Ohio), 2002 (413 for 669, 76 TDs)
2.    6,131 — Alex Huston, Glendale (Springfield, Mo.), 2016 (395 for 563, 76 TDs)
3.    5,920 — Grant Sherman, Kenton (Ohio), 2013 (440 for 665, 65 TDs)
4.    5,872 — Corey Robinson, Lone Oak (Paducah, Ky.), 2007 (383 for 520, 91 TDs)
5.    5,797 — Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Miss.), 2014 (409 for 482, 64 TDs)
6.    5,790 — Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.), 2014 (360 for 524, 91 TDs)
7.    5,785 — Will Grier, Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.), 2012 (324 for 414, 69 TDs)
8.    5,779 — Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2017 (384 for 531, 66 TDs)
9.    5,770 — Ben Mauk, Kenton (Ohio), 2001 (369 for 674, 60 TDs)
10.  5,737 — Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.), 2013 (440 for 579, 75 TDs)

11.  5,670 — Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio), 2010 (372 for 568, 69 TDs)
12.  5,617 — Nick Gerber, Levelland (Texas), 2016 (337 for 522, 77 TDs)
13.  5,608 — Alex Huston, Glendale (Springfield, Mo.), 2015 (436 for 664, 69 TDs)
14.  5,557 — Travis Quintanilla, Refugio (Texas), 2013 (302 for 439, 68 TDs)
15.  5,526 — J.R. House, Nitro (W. Va.), 1998 (425 for 610, 65 TDs)
16.  5,511 — Dylan Favre, St. Stanislaus (Miss.), 2009 (341 for 539, 63 TDs)
17.  5,444 — Shelton Eppler, Navasota (Texas), 2014 (286 for 427, 71 TDs)
18.  5,414 — Cole Martin, Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.), 2015 (374 for 577, 46 TDs)
19.  5,413 — Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio), 2011 (382 for 566, 68 TDs)
20.  5,347 — Gavin Hardison, Hobbs (N.M.), 2017 (332 for 484, 59 TDs)

21.  5,338 — Tristan Gebbia, Calabasas (Calif.), 2016 (341 for 485, 61 TDs)
22.  5,313 — Justin Worley, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 2010 (486 for 589, 64 TDs)
23.  5,310 — Spencer Keith, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2008 (397 for 626, 70 TDs)
24.  5,272 — Thomas Thrash, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2001 (355 for 502, 77 TDs)
25.  5,248 — Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.), 2012 (391 for 605, 63 TDs)
26.  5,248 — Myles Brennan, St. Stanislaus (Miss.), 2015 (303 for 486, 53 TDs)
27.  5,221 — Josh Floyd, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.), 1998 (66 TDs)
28.  5,196 — Braden Bratcher, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2019 (327 for 483, 51 TDs)
29.  5,193 — Chris Leak, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.), 2002 (336 for 584, 64 TDs)
30.  5,191 — Charlie High, Christian Academy (Tenn.), 2011 (357 for 484, 65 TDs)

31.  5,185 — Tanner Trosin, Folsom (Calif.), 2011 (360 for 527, 49 TDs)
32.  5,169 — Lawson Vassar, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2012 (365 for 510, 56 TDs)
33.  5,158 — Charlie High, Christian Academy (Tenn.), 2012 (378 for 496, 59 TDs)
34.  5,144 — Austin Scott, Spartanburg (S.C.)., 2015 (333 for 483, 63 TDs)
35.  5,139 — Jayden Daniels, Cajon (San Bernardino, Calif.), 2017 (321 for 459, 62 TDs)
36.  5,100 — Forest Williams, Amory (Miss.), 2011 (349 for 515, 55 TDs)
37.  5,091 — Jack Abraham, Oxford (Miss.), 2015 (331 for 503, 57 TDs)
38.  5,083 — EJ Kreutzmann, La Jolla Country Day (Calif.), 2019 (342 for 509, 57 TDs)
39.  5,080 — Stefan Loucks, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2006 (336 for 487, 60 TDs)
40.  5,035 — Ethan Garbers, Corona del Mar (Calif.), 2019 (341 for 490, 71 TDs)

41.  5,032 — Shuler Bentley, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), 2013 (293 for 425, 71 TDs)
42.  5,013 — Aaron Brown, Gilmer (Texas), 2016 (352 for 539, 48 TDs)
43.  5,010 — Anthony Munoz, Western (Anaheim, Calif.), 2018 (319 for 485, 67 TDs)
44.  5,006 — Mason Fine, Locust Grove (Okla.), 2014 (329 for 485, 71 TDs)
45.  5,001 — Trent Tompkins, Central (Fresno, Calif.), 2018 (276 for 427, 65 TDs)
46.  4,989 — Will Grier, Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.), 2013 (314 for 446, 77 TDs)
47.  4,973 — Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X (Houston, Texas), 2016 (271 for 387, 65 TDs)
48.  4,949 — Colby Spiece, Wayne Trace (Haviland, Ohio), 2013 (310 for 535, 64 TDs)
49.  4,936 — Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X (Houston, Texas), 2017 (361 for 507, 61 TDs)
50.  4,919 — Noah Davis, St. Bernard's (Eureka, Calif.), 2014 (319 for 508, 53 TDs)

51.  4,914 — Brett Henson, Hatch Valley (Hatch, N.M.), 2003 (70 TDs)
52.  4,909 — Wil Nicks, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2009 (400 for 676, 40 TDs)
53.  4,907 — David Koral, Palisades (Calif.), 1999 (312 for 440, 56 TDs)
54.  4,901 — John Stephen Jones, Highland Park (Texas), 2017 (296 for 422, 61 TDs)
55.  4,899 — Anthony Gordon, Terra Nova (Pacifica, Calif.), 2014 (324 for 470, 49 TDs)
56.  4,897 — Will Hefley, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2014 (332 for 462, 62 TDs)
57.  4,881 — Ryan Cash, Prestonwood Christian (Texas), 2014 (385 for 581, 48 TDs)
58.  4,873 — Jackson Sampson, New Diana (Diana, Texas), 2017 (300 for 472, 63 TDs)
59.  4,861 — Desmond Hunter, Wilkinson County (Miss.), 2015 (295 for 470, 42 TDs)
60.  4,858 — Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 2008 (302 for 436, 56 TDs)

61.  4,855 — Garret Rangel, Lone Star (Frisco, Texas), 2019 (279 for 403, 50 TDs)
62.  4,849 — JT Daniels, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 2016 (315 for 423, 67 TDs)
63.  4,838 — Kyle Boller, Hart (Newhall, Calif.), 1998 (290 for 454, 59 TDs)
64.  4,834 — Brock Berlin, Evangel Christian Academy (La.), 1998 (326 for 575, 54 TDs)
65.  4,827 — Alex Huston, Glendale (Springfield, Mo.), 2017 (395 for 573, 57 TDs)
66.  4,827 — Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 2007 (360 for 556, 49 TDs)
67.  4,822 — Chase Wasson, Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 2002 (300 for 455, 54 TDs)
68.  4,804 — Graham Harrell, Ennis (Texas), 2003 (334 for 503, 67 TDs)
69.  4,768 — Spencer Keith, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2007 (371 for 623, 51 TDs)
70.  4,752 — Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X (Houston, Texas), 2018 (294 for 428, 53 TDs)

71.  4,751 — Sean Price, Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.), 2003 (342 for 525, 55 TDs)
72.  4,741 — Tylan Morton, Griffin (Ga.), 2016 (303 for 436, 42 TDs)
73.  4,738 — Ryan Radcliff, Fairview (Sherwood, Ohio), 2007 (63 TDs)
74.  4,733 — Braden Bratcher, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2018 (316 for 466, 57 TDs)
75.  4,728 — Tyrik Rollison, Sulphur Springs (Texas), 2008 (315 for 428, 53 TDs)
76.  4,726 — Cammon Cooper, Lehi (Utah), 2017 (331 for 523, 58 TDs)
77.  4,718 — Shuler Bentley, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), 2012 (299 for 462, 59 TDs)
78.  4,713 — Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas), 2014 (278 for 433, 54 TDs)
79.  4,701 — Connor Mitch, Wakefield (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012 (306 for 497, 63 TDs)
80.  4,697 — Kelan Luker, Stephenville (Texas), 1998 (49 TDs)

81.  4,695 — Daniel Davidson, Trinity Christian (Texas), 2012 (305 for 473, 49 TDs)
82.  4,682 — Greg McElroy, Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 2005 (312 for 459, 56 TDs)
83.  4,678 — Phillip Daugherty, Bridgeport (Texas), 2001 (304 for 537, 35 TDs)
84.  4,674 — Harrison Bailey, Marietta (Ga.), 2019 (287 for 411, 50 TDs)
85.  4,672 — Chase Daniel, Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 2004 (298 for 457, 49 TDs)
86.  4,667 — Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2015 (309 for 469, 55 TDs)
87.  4,662 — Anthony Hernandez, Desert Edge (Ariz.), 2013 (271 for 392, 60 TDs)
88.  4,661 — Gage Reese, Yuma Catholic (Yuma, Ariz.), 2018 (230 for 354, 64 TDs)
89.  4,660 — Zach Barnard, Owensboro Catholic (Ky.), 2004 (283 for 430, 52 TDs)
90.  4,659 — Chase Allison, Robinson (Texas), 2016 (304 for 468, 59 TDs)

91.  4,656 — Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy (Ark.), 2016 (278 for 430, 58 TDs)
92.  4,656 — Phillip Deas, Evangel Christian (La.), 1996 (264 for 413, 53 TDs)
93.  4,654 — Brock Berlin, Evangel Christian (La.), 1997 (330 for 483, 54 TDs)
94.  4,653 — Brady Walker, Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.), 2017 (45 TDs)
95.  4,652 — Roman Fuller, Decatur (Texas), 2018 (345 for 528, 45 TDs)
96.  4,644 — Tim Brasic, Riverside-Brookfield (Ill.), 2001 (313 for 489, 58 TDs)
97.  4,630 — Allen Sperry, Breathitt County (Jackson, Ky.), 1999 (238 for 407, 55 TDs)
98.  4,624 — Brandon Marquardt, Norman North (Okla.), 2016 (267 for 386, 48 TDs)
99.  4,619 — Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse (Texas), 2013 (287 for 495, 50 TDs)
100. 4,615 — Jefferson Boaz, East Surry (N.C.), 2019 (233 for 314, 65 TDs)
High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job
The Virginia Tech basketball program announced Monday that longtime DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) head coach Mike Jones has accepted the associate head coach position with the program.

Jones coached DeMatha for the past 19 years and owns a record of 511-119 (.811 winning percentage) with eight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. DeMatha finished 2020-21 ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps Top 25 with a 9-0 record in an abbreviated campaign.

The 1991 DeMatha graduate took over the helm following the departure of legendary head coach Morgan Wootten, who led the Stags to a record of 1,274-192 from 1956-2002.
The school said via social media the search for Jones' replacement would begin in the coming weeks "but for now we celebrate with coach Jones this opportunity."

The next DeMatha coach will have massive shoes to fill after Wootten and Jones led the national powerhouse to 41 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and won nearly 85 percent of their games over the past 65 seasons.
Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.
Photo by Patrick Kane
Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.

High school softball rankings: Leander sits atop OFFICIAL Top 25 preparing for Texas playoffs after unbeaten regular season - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Leander sits atop MaxPreps Top 25 preparing for Texas playoffs after unbeaten regular season
Postseason play is right around the corner or already here for states throughout the country. Louisiana opened its Bi-Disctrict play on Monday. State titles will be on the line in late April and into early May in the Pelican State.

In Texas, regular season play wraps up for some this week. For  Leander (Texas), the No. 1 team in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings, Part One of the to-do list is done. The Lions' real season begins later this month. But we do have to mention what an incredible run it was for the Lions. The team outscored their opponents 223-38 and hit 40 home runs. LSU commit Baylea Brandon clubbed 18 home runs and had 18 games where she had two or more hits. Her junior teammate SJ Geurin was 17-0 in the circle. The Oklahoma commit finished with a 0.69 ERA and struck out 218 batters. So now we will see if they can finish Part Two and finish with a state title.

Five new teams join this week's MaxPreps Top 25, including Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.). The Firebirds are showing they have what it takes to be considered Florida's top-ranked team. Kassandra Machado has 15 home runs as they have rolled off 11-straight wins.
Baylea Brandon, Leander
Photo by Paul Knight
Baylea Brandon, Leander
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
The Lions roll into postseason play unbeaten.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
29-2 | Last week: 5
It has been over a month since any team has scored against the Eagles.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
20-2 | Last week: 2
The Mustangs finish up regular season play this week.

4. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 4
The Griffins are averaging over 10 runs per game.

5. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 5
Tyrina Jones, Chloe Fariello and the rest of the Cobras look to close out the regular season with a flawless record.

6. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 6
The RedHawks have jumped out to a hot start after four games last week.

7. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 7
After an early season loss to fourth-ranked Los Alamitos, the Cougars have won seven straight.

8. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
32-2-1 | Last week: 10
Big week of district play coming up for the Huskies, starting Tuesday against Vestavia Hills.

9. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 11
Stanford signee Kylie Chung pitched nine innings and struck out 13 in a 2-1 win over Oaks Christian on Monday.

10. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 12
The Warriors wrap up district play on Thursday before postseason play.

11. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 13
Big game on Tuesday for the Wolves as they hit the road to play 22-2 Steinbrenner.

12. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 15
The Lions are hitting .469 as a team with 40 total home runs.

13. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 16
Junior Aminah Vega has a hit in all but two games this season. She is batting .604 with 11 home runs.

14. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 17
Auburn commit Emmah Rolfe struck out 12 in the circle and went 4-4 at the plate on Monday.

15. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 18
Elleigh Willis hit a home run and pitched a complete game on Friday to help the Rockets stay unbeaten.

16. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: 21
The Falcons will meet No. 9 Westlake on Saturday.

17. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 22
The Rams are up and running scoring nine or more runs in all but one game.

18. Fairhope (Ala.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 24
Alea Johnson threw a no hitter on Monday in a 9-0 win over Foley. The LSU commit struck out 20.

19. Villa Park (Calif.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 25
The Spartans have outscored its opponents 61-8 to start the season

20. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
20-2 | Last week: NR
Junior Alyssa Zabala is 13-2 in the circle with a 1.01 ERA.

21. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: NR
Loyola University Chicago commit Peyton Pepkowski is 6-0 in the circle with 71 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

22. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: NR
Junior Keely Williams has hit 11 home runs and is batting .680 as the Rockets have won 19-straight.

23. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: NR
Giselle Garcia and Isabela Valdez have been a nice 1-2 punch in the circle for the Crusaders.

24. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 9
The Bulldogs dropped their first game of the year, falling 4-2 to No. 21 Lake Central on Wednesday.

25. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: NR
The Wildcats are back in the Top 25 after an impressive 10-0 start.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Benson (Ariz.); Sabino (Tucson, Ariz.), Valencia (Calif.), Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.)