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MY FAVORITE GYMNASIUMS OVER THE YEARS

Since 1973 when I got into the scouting service profession, I have observed over 10,000 games across America. I have no idea on how many different gymnasiums I have been in but below are my Top 15 Favorites. Listed alphabetically and based on history, nostalgia, fan enthusiasm, hospitality and quality of players.

  • BISHOP VEROT HIGH SCHOOL (FT. MYERS, FL)
  • CENTRALIA HIGH SCHOOL (CENTRALIA, IL)
  • COLUMBUS NORTH HIGH SCHOOL (COLUMBUS, IN)
  • FAIRDALE HIGH SCHOOL (FAIRDALE, KY)
  • FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL (KETTERING, OH)
  • HENRY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (NEW CASTLE, KY)
  • KIEL AUDITORIUM (ST. LOUIS, MO)
  • MARSHALL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (BENTON, KY)
  • NEW CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL (NEW CASTLE, IN)
  • PROVISO WEST HIGH SCHOOL (HILLSIDE, IL)
  • SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL (SEYMOUR, IN)
  • SOCASTEE HIGH SCHOOL (MYRTLE BEACH, SC)
  • SOUTHPORT HIGH SCHOOL (INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
  • TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL (BRISTOL, TN)
  • THE LOUISVILLE GARDENS (LOUISVILLE, KY)

NOTE: I OMITTED LARGE PUBLIC ARENAS EITHER ON CAMPUSES OF UNIVERSITIES OR OWNED BY THE CITY OR STATE.

NAISMITH'S TOP GIRLS POY CANDIDATES (2020-21)

Below are next season's Top 10 Naismith High School Player of the Year Candidates. Seniors as well as underclassmen are eligible for this award. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes early favorite.

  • LAUREN BETTS (AURORA GRANDVIEW, CO)
  • SANIA FEAGIN (FOREST PARK, GA)
  • AZZI FUDD (WASHINGTON ST. JOHN'S, D.C.)
  • O'MARIAH GORDON (BRADENTON BRADEN RIVER, FL)
  • RAVEN JOHNSON (ATLANTA WESTLAKE, GA)
  • OLIVIA MILES (BLAIRSTOWN BLAIR ACADEMY,  NJ)
  • AALIYAH MOORE (MOORE, OK)
  • SANIYA RIVERS (WILMINGTON EUGENE ASHLEY, NC)
  • PAYTON VERHULST (SHAWNEE MISSION BISHOP MIEGE, KS)
  • JERSEY WOLFENBARGER (FT. SMITH NORTHSIDE, AR)

NOTE: All of the above players are rising seniors except for Betts who is a rising junior.

TOP NAISMITH CANDIDATES FOR POY (BOYS: 2020-21)

Below are the Top 10 Candidates for the 2020-21 Naismith High School Player of the Year. Seniors and underclassmen are eligible for this award. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes early favorite.

  • PATRICK BALDWIN (SUSSEX HAMILTON, WI)
  • PAOLO BANCHERO (SEATTLE O'DEA, WA)
  • EMONI BATES (YPSILANIT LINCOLN, MI)
  • KENNEDY CHANDLER (EADS BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN, TN)
  • MAX CHRISTIE (ROLLING MEADOWS, IL)
  • MOUSSA CISSE (MEMPHIS LAUSANNE COLLEGIATE, TN) may reclassify to class of 2020
  • MICHAEL FOSTER (PHOENIX HILLCREST, AZ)
  • JALEN HARDY (HENDERSON CORONADO, NV)
  • CHET HOLMGREN (MINNEAPOLIS MINNEHAHA, MN)
  • JONATHAN KUMINGA (HILLSIDE PATRICK SCHOOL, NJ) may reclassify to class of 2020

NOTE: All of the above players are rising seniors except for Bates who is a rising junior.

MR & MISS BASKETBALL FAVORITES FOR TN (2020-21)

Tennessee is a unique state in that it has 5 Mr Basketballs and 5 Miss Basketballs, each representing their five classes. Underclassmen are eligible as well as seniors. Below is the early favorite for each class for 2020-21 for both boys and girls.

GIRLS

  • II-A: MELAINA BONE (SILVERDALE)
  • II-AA: KAIYA WYNN (ENSWORTH)
  • I-A: KARLY WEATHERS (LORETTO)
  • I-AA: REAGAN HURST (UPPERMAN)
  • I-AAA: DENAE FRITZ (MARYVILLE)

BOYS

  • II-A: MOUSSA CISSE (LAUSANNE) may reclassify to class of 2020
  • II-AA: KENNEDY CHANDLER (BRIARCRST)
  • I-A: KALEB MEREDITH (JOHNSON CITY UNIVERSITY)
  • I-AA: JOHNATHAN LAWSON (WOODDALE)
  • I-AAA: MASON MILLER (HOUSTON)

TOP MR BASKETBALL CANDIDATES FOR OHIO (2020-21)

Below are the Buckeye State's Top 10 Candidates for Mr. Basketball for the 2020-21 season. Seniors and underclassmen are eligible for this award but only members of the OHSAA can be selected. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes the early favorite.

  • JAY BILLINGSLEY (CLEVELAND HEIGHTS LUTHERAN EAST)
  • MALAKI BRANHAN (AKRON ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY)
  • LOGAN DUNCOMB (CINCINNATI MOELLER)
  • KALEN ETZLER (CONVOY CRESTVIEW)
  • KOBE JOHNSON (CANTON MCKINLEY)
  • NATE JOHNSON (LIBERTY TWP LAKOTA EAST)
  • GEORGE MANGUS (LIMA SHAWNEE)
  • PAUL MCMILLAN (CINCINNATI WOODWARD)
  • DJ MOORE (WORTHINGTON CHRISTIAN)
  • TREY WOODWARD (LONDON)

NOTE: ALL OF THE ABOVE PLAYERS ARE RISING SENIORS EXCEPT FOR MCMILLAN AND MOORE WHO ARE RISING JUNIORS.

TOP MR BASKETBALL CANDIDATES FOR ILLINOIS (2020-21)

Below are the Top Ten Candidates for Mr. Baskeball in Illinois for the 2020-21 season. All classes (seniors, juniors, etc.) are eligible for this honor. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes the early favorite.

  • AMAR AUGILLARD (ZION-BENTON
  • AHAMAD BYNUM (CHICAGO SIMEON)
  • AJ CASEY (TINLEY PARK)
  • MAX CHRISTIE (ROLLING MEADOWS)
  • TONY D'AMICO (NILES NOTRE DAME)
  • BRYCE HOPKINS (OAK PARK FENWICK)
  • BLAKE PETERS (EVANSTON)
  • COLTIN QUAGLIANO (KEWANEE)
  • JALEN QUINN (TUSCOLA)
  • KHAILEO TERRY (CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL)

NOTE: ALL OF THE ABOVE PLAYERS ARE RISING SENIORS EXCEPT CASEY AND QUINN WHO ARE RISING JUNIORS.

TOP MISS BASKETBALL CANDIDATES FOR INDIANA (2020-21)

Below are the Top Ten Miss Basketball Candidates for the Hoosier State for the 2020-21 season. Only seniors are selected for this honor. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes the early favorite.

  • ALLY BECKI (BROWNSBURG)
  • KATIE BURTON (FISHERS)
  • TRINITY CLINTON (PENN)
  • LILLIANN FRASURE (NORTH JUDSON
  • MEG NEWMAN (NORTH CENTRAL)
  • JADE NUTLEY (MADISON)
  • VANESSA SHAFFORD (LINTON-STOCKTON)
  • JAYLA SMITH (LAWRENCE NORTH)
  • TRINITY THOMPSON (MICHIGAN CITY)
  • ARIANA WIGGINS (HERITAGE CHRISTIAN)

TOP MR BASKETBALL CANDIDATES FOR INDIANA (2020-21)

Below are the top 10 Mr. Basketball Candidates for the Hoosier State for the 2020-21 season. Seniors are only selected for this award. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes the early favorite.

  • BROOKS BARNHIZER (LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON)
  • JALEN BLACKMON (MARION)
  • LUKE BROWN (BLACKFORD)
  • CALEB FURST (FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK)
  • LUKE GOODE (FT. WAYNE HOMESTEAD)
  • TREY KAUFMAN (SILVER CREEK)
  • J.R. KONIECZNY (SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH)
  • KHRISTIAN LANDER (EVANSVILLE REITZ)
  • PIERCE THOMAS (BROWNSBURG)
  • BLAKE WESLEY (SOUTH BEND RILEY)

NOTE: LANDER MAY RECLASSIFY TO THE CLASS OF 2020.

TOP MISS BASKETBALL CANDIDATES FOR KENTUCKY (2020-21)

Below are the top ten rising senior basketball candidates for Miss Basketball in the Bluegrass State for the 2020-21 season. Only seniors are eligible for this honor. Players are listed alphabetically and bold denotes the early favorite.

  • MACEY BLEVINS (WAYNE COUNTY)
  • BRIE CRITTENDON (RYLE)
  • TIARRA EAST (BUTLER)
  • ELISE ELLISON-COONS (PAUL DUNBAR)
  • AMELIA HODGES (BETHLEHEM)
  • MARIE KIEFER (BISHOP BROSSART)
  • LEXIE LYNCH (OWSLEY COUNTY)
  • BROOKLYNN MILES (FRANKLIN COUNTY)
  • HARLEY PAYNTER (BOYD COUNTY)
  • ELLA THOMPSON (BETHLEHEM)
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