COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If they can't stop it, don't go away from it.
That's what seemed like the motto for Hilliard Bradley this week as the Jaguars took down Upper Arlington twice by 25+ points in each contest.
After leading all scorers with 17 points in the first matchup back on Tuesday, Hilliard Bradley senior guard Keaton Norris went off on Friday night, dominating the Golden Bears to the tune of a career-high 30 points in the Jaguars big win.
While Norris did an excellent job of playing off the ball and executing his role to a tee during his sophomore and junior year, the senior guard has made some major strides forward over the last year and is having his way with nearly every opponent Hilliard Bradley this season after taking over primary ball handling duties alongside AJ Mirgon.
The Wright State commit Norris is one of the best shooters in all of Ohio both off the dribble and off the catch and has one of the best IQ's you will find anywhere in the area as he has been brought up in a basketball rich family and has put in a ton of work to both the mental and physical sides of his game.
After last night's win, Hilliard Bradley moves to 9-0 and remains undefeated in the toughest division of the OCC this season.
While some people may have had doubts about the Jaguars heading into this season after they lost Matt Allocco to graduation and Tayshaun Mayfield to injury prior to the season, they have continued to do what they're known for, finding guys who fit perfectly into their system and continuing to play at a high level every night out.
While they still have an extremely tough regular season to deal with, Hilliard Bradley will be extremely tough to beat come March if Norris continues to lead them at the level he has been thus far.
While he highlights this week's edition of stars of the night, several other big names went off on Friday, so let's take a look at some of them below.
Des Watson (6'5 WG / DeSales / 2021): Watson is officially back in that mode again. Putting together arguably the most impressive week of any player in the area this week, the Davidson commit dropped 21 points against Pickerington Central on Monday, went for 32 against Bishop Watterson on Wednesday and capped it off by putting 29 on Bishop Hartley last night to help his squad finish off a 3-0 week. Similarly to the game against Bishop Watterson, DeSales trailed late on Friday night against Hartley, however Watson took the game over in the final quarter, scoring 11 points himself while Watterson scored just 12 in the frame as a team, ultimately boosting the Stallions to victory. While they had a couple bumps in the road early on in the season, DeSales is rolling now as Watson has them on a five game win streak heading into Saturday night's matchup with Reynoldsburg.
Sean Jones (5'11 PG / Gahanna / 2022): After scoring 15 points and dropping a ton of times to lead Gahanna to a huge win over Westerville Central on Wednesday just two days after coming out of quarantine, Jones was his normal self once again on Friday night, dropping 26 points as the Lions dismantled Westland 90-45. Doing his work in just three quarters last night, Jones was efficient all night long as he scored 11 in the first, four in the second, and 11 in the third and did it all over the court. He hit three triples, converted on six field goals from two-point range and went five-for-six from the free line to lead the charge for Gahanna. After getting some rest in the final quarter last night, Jones is ready to take on a big time with Jalen Sullinger and Thomas Worthington tonight.
Dejon Donnell (6'0 PG / Bishop Hartley / 2021): Dueling it out with Watson on Friday, Donnell did everything he could to try and lead Bishop Hartley to victory, going for 24 points to lead the way for the Hawks. A talented two-way guard who can score from all three levels, Donnell hit three triples last night, connected on six two-point field goals, and went three-for-four from the line against DeSales. Donnell is one of the more talented under-the-radar guards in the 2021 class as he has great tools that allow him to make an impact on both ends of the floor. The senior competes every night, plays with a high IQ and knows how to create offense for himself and others, as he has put together some impressive showings for Bishop Hartley this season.
Drew Panning (6'7 WF / Westland / 2022): Despite Westland having a tough game on Friday against Gahanna, Panning was the lone bright spot for the Cougars as he dropped 24 points in the loss. A prospect with good height and length at 6-foot-7, Panning is intriguing when he puts his full game on display. He nailed three triples in the contest against Gahanna and converted on a handful of other field goals in an impressive showing. If Panning can continue to add strength then he has a chance to become a really valuable prospect over the next year in a half as he has great length and a growing and versatile offensive skillset.