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I-95 Elite Challenge: Baltimore's 2011 standouts

The class of 2011 team from Baltimore didn't have it quite as easy as the 2010 squad in Saturday's I-95 Elite Challenge at St. Frances.

While Baltimore's best juniors cruised to a 104-79 win over an undermanned D.C. team, the Charm City sophomores dropped a 79-72 decision to the District All-Stars.

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Despite the tight loss, there was plenty to like on the Baltimore team. Here's a look at four local sophomores who stood out.

• Remember the name Grandy Glaze. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward from St. John's Catholic Prep had a monster game Saturday, scoring 17 points to lead Baltimore.

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After a standout AAU season with Team Takeover Canada as an eighth grader, Glaze was recruited by DeMatha and several other "schools of that caliber." The Toronto native picked St. John's. He lives in Frederick with the family of Ego Ferguson Jr., a five-star defensive end prospect, and returns home to Canada during the summers.

Glaze said he came to the U.S. in order to have more exposure to colleges, citing academics over athletics as his primary concern. The move has paid off, as Glaze is hearing from a wide variety of schools.

"Pretty much the whole Big East, the whole Big Ten, Atlantic 10 and a lot of the SEC and ACC schools," Glaze said. "Anyone that's going to give me a good education and give me a chance to compete right away is the school I'm going to go to. Right now I'm really young and the process is just starting, so I don't really have to think about that."

• St. Frances center Greg Lewis was another notable standout in the post for Baltimore. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder scored nine points, demonstrating an ability to play inside and out.

Lewis said he's used the memory of his late cousin, former Boston Celtics star and Dunbar legend Reggie Lewis, as motivation throughout his young basketball career.

"I was about five when he died, so I didn't really know him that well," Lewis said. "But I just watched all his tapes and [have] seen a couple of his games. I've always admired him and the way he played. He was a leader on the floor. I've just admired him all through my life."

Lewis said he's paid very little attention to recruiting thus far. St. Frances assistant Nick Myles told Recruiting Report last month that Lewis is "definitely going to be an ACC, Big East type" of player.

• Arguably the quickest player with the ball in his hands Saturday night was St. Frances point guard R.J. Williams, who scored nine points for Baltimore. The 5-foot-9, 155-pounder may have been the smallest guy on the court, but it didn't matter. With his speed, ball-handling and ability to drive to the hoop, Williams certainly looked the part of a future high-major Division I player.

Like his Panthers teammate Lewis, Williams hasn't put much thought into recruiting just yet. That will likely change after this summer, which he'll spend with Nike Baltimore Elite.

"I'll just try and make myself better, try and improve on everything so I can go to a top DI, just like everyone else," Williams said.

• Baltimore Freedom Academy point guard Kevin Smith teamed with Williams to give Baltimore a potent combo at the 1 and 2. Smith, 6 feet, was his usual flashy yet efficient self, scoring 14 points.

Smith, who averaged better than 27 points and eight assists per game as a sophomore, is still deciding on which prep school he'll attend for his junior season. Monteverde (Fla.) Academy, Brewster (N.H.) Academy and Findlay Prep (Nev.) are all under consideration. On the recruiting front, several ACC and Big East schools are keeping tabs on Smith.

"Virginia Tech, Florida State, Syracuse, Villanova [and several others] right now," Smith said. "When school starts up [recruiting will pick up], but right now everybody's quiet."

For more on Smith, check out this Recruiting Report profile from February.

Click on the YouTube player for highlights of the I-95 Elite Challenge, courtesy of CapitolHoops.com.

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