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Name: Braxton Dupree
School: Calvert Hall
By Joe DiBlasi
Maryland-bound center, Braxton Dupree propelled the Cardinals to a 55-51 victory over rival Loyola, Jan. 5 by leading all scorers with 27 points.
The 6-foot-8 workhorse dominated the Dons in the low post with a series of power moves to the basket before a standing-room-only crowd. Less then a week previous, Dupree helped Calvert Hall defeat Duval High School (Pa.) by scoring 18 points.
The Cardinals have gotten off to a rough start this season, dropping their first two conference match-ups before defeating the Dons.
With Dupree in the line up, however, Calvert Hall head coach Mark Amatucci is confident in his team's chances of putting together a strong campaign in the BCL/MIAA 'A' conference, stating, "When [Dupree] is playing well, we play well."
Dupree, who signed with the Terrapins during his junior season, is ranked No. 13 in the nation among senior centers by prep scouting service Rivals.com.
As a junior, Dupree averaged 12 points and eight rebounds.
Issue 2.2: January 11, 2007