Morning Huddle: Maple Heights’ Shaq Washington picks Bearcats


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Basketball standout James Price: ‘I don’t feel I was able to develop much at St. Edward’

• Maple Heights’ Shaq Washington to announce today

• Dayton grad jockeying for playing time in NBA

• ‘Showcase for the Cure’ draws top baseball recruits, honors Tom Crews

Shaq to Cincy: In April, Shaq Washington received a scholarship offer to Cincy, and he wrote
enthusiastically about it on his blog: “This offer means a
lot to me. Cincy was one of the first schools to ever contact me and I
always had them high on my list of schools. The offense they run, the
spread offense, fits the style of play I look for in a school. They
offered me to play the wide receiver position. The coaching staff has
been in contact often and we have built a strong relationship so it
makes Cincy a school that really stands out at the top of my list of
schools.” Apparantly, it was a harbinger of things to come. Washington just announced his intent to join the Bearcats this summer.

Louisville or bust: James Price, a 6-11 center ranked No. 66
in the nation by said Tuesday he is packing his bags,
leaving St. Edward High (Lakewood) for Louisville, where he committed
prior to his junior season. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Price, who
averaged 11.2 points and seven rebounds. “I don’t feel I was able to
develop much at St. Edward. I don’t feel, if I stayed there, I would be
getting any better. When I get into the AAU circuit, or I get into these
camps, I’m able to feel free. I don’t feel hindered by anything.” St.
Edward coach Eric Flannery wasn’t
too stoked
: “We haven’t seen Price all summer,” he says.

Put me in, coach: Dayton Chaminade Julienne High School graduate Derrick Brown’s pounding the hardwood as he tries to earn himself a spot in the rotation on the Charlotte Bobcats’ rotation — not the bench. He’s started lighting up the summer league. After scoring 20 points Monday, July 5, the former Xavier University forward had 14 points and eight rebounds in the Bobcats’ 86-85 victory Oklahoma City on Tuesday. “If I don’t make it in the league, it’s going to be because I’m not good enough,” Brown said, “not because I’m not putting the work in.” Brown logged just 535 minutes last season, and he shot 46 percent from the field. “You’ve always been the best player on your team. You never came out of the game,” he says. “So the first time you actually experience sitting, watching and learning, it’s different. But I learned a lot in practice and even the time I did get in. It was sparingly, but I learned.”

Baseball for a purpose: Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls hosted its annual “Showcase for the Cure” last week in honor of Tom Crews, the father of three Walsh Jesuit grads, who passed away in 2000 after a battle with cancer. Organized by Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach Chris Kaczmar, the showcase drew some of the top baseball talent in the state. All told, 116 top-level players and 70 college scouts and professionals (including Jake Boss, head baseball coach at Michigan State) showed up for the invitation-only event where the players showed off their skills and raised money for cancer. Crew’s son Kevin described the showcase as “an outstanding, amazing day that has touched our family more than I could ever have thought it would.” The event raised $21,000 for the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.

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