NOTEBOOK: Lighthouse event lives up to hype

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

CORINTH – Devin Booker has been around the world playing basketball.

The Moss Point shooting guard and top senior in Mississippi was in Corinth this weekend for the inaugural Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic.

“This being a first-year event, there was a great crowd,” said Booker, a Kentucky commit and No. 18 on the ESPN 100. “The turnout’s great for the tournament.”

Co-organizer Vince Overholt estimated 5,500 fans watched the two-day event at Corinth High School.

White Station, Tenn., ranked No. 12 in the country according to USA Today, closed Saturday night with a 64-33 win against DeSoto, Texas.

LeRon Black (illinois) and Chris Chiozza, the top players in the state scored 17 and points 12 points.

“One coach said he hopes he gets another marquee player soon, so he can be invited back. One coach already said, ‘We’re coming back next year if you’ll have us,’” Overholt said. “Overall, every single coach has been very positive.”

Prospect watch

There were plenty of prospects and plenty of colleges scouting them. Illinois, Mississippi State and Southern Miss were all present. Vanderbilt was scheduled to attend to watch Madison Prep junior Brandon Sampson.

Putting on a show

Sampson put on a show in a loss to Alabama power Wenonah. The rising junior, Louisville included on his offer sheet, scored 22 points with two montser slams.

Wenonah point guard Justin Coleman, an Alabama commit had 23 for Wenonah. Booker scored 17 and 23 in losses to Corinth and Southwind, Tenn.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com