Sure, it's Spring, but that doesn't mean that the prep hoops excitement has ended. We've still got a pipeline on some of the best AAU circuit highlights ... all while mixing in a dash of more traditional April fare.
• Duece Bello, Westchester Country Day (N.C.): Duece Bello is widely considered one of the best dunkers in the Class of 2011 ... if not the best. At the Kentucky Derby Festival's dunk contest last weekend, he showed why, pulling off one amazing slam in the final round and nearly completing a truly incredible 360 Eastbay (is that what that actually is) immediately thereafter. He's headed to Baylor, and there's little doubt that we will all be watching to see what he throws down on the rest of the Big 12.
• Gary Clark, Clayton (N.C.): He may only be a freshman, but young Gary Clark was one of the big winners at last weekend's Garner Road Easter Regional. Whether he transforms into the next big recruit to come from the Carolinas remains to be seen, but he's certainly on the right track early.
• Savon Goodman, Academy of the New Church (Penn.): Goodman is headed to Villanova, for reasons entirely like this. If he performs with this athleticism at the next level, there's no chance that Wildcat fans will be disappointed, either.
• Evan Robinson, Topeka (Kan.): Robinson is a relatively unheralded member of the Class of 2012, but the Kansas junior has made some waves on the Spring AAU circuit, none more splashy than this tip dunk in Okun Field House.
• Ryan Moon, Klein Oak (Texas) vs. Tomball (Texas): Big days at the plate don't come much bigger than Moon's in his team's game at Tomball High, when he went 3-for-4 and connected on this monster of a grand slam.
• Drew D'Antonio, Norwalk (Conn.) Brian McMahon vs. Wilton (Conn.): Wilton is one of New England's most storied lacrosse programs ... if not the most renowned altogether. Of course, that doesn't mean that other Fairfield County programs just roll over for the Warriors, as nearby Brian McMahon pulled out a tight victory in a surprising upset.
• Seven Lakes (Texas) vs. Bellaire (Texas): Traditional Houston-area power Bellaire appeared headed to another big state playoff victory, milking a narrow lead over Seven Lakes late in the schools' Class 5A Bi-Area game. That's when Seven Lakes came through with this ball into the box, which was headed home for a shocking game-tying goal. Seven Lakes went on to win in overtime.
• Lance Sims, Findlay (Ohio) vs. St. Edward (Ohio): Sure, this clip comes from a mid-winter game, but it just came to the surface, so hey, it's fair game. The goal from Lance Sims is also a doozie, incorporating a slick kick up the ice, two-part dodge on a defenseman and a thorough bamboozling of the St. Edward goalie. The Eagles still got the last laugh in the game, though, with St. Edward prevailing 4-3 by game's end.