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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 16-22

Arizona
Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ)
6'2" | Senior | OPP/OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 5.18
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.82
Aces: 5
Blocks: 11

Florida
6'1" | Senior | OH
5 Sets Played

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 9.2
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 6.2
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts
5'5" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played
Assists: 69
Assists/Game: 7.67
Team Hitting%: 0.150
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Minnesota
5'10" | Senior | OH/L
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 9
Blocks: 7

North Carolina
5'10 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.86
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 5

Ohio
6'1 | Junior | OH/MB
5 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4.8
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 2.2
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'5 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 116
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.196
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
5'10 | Senior | OH/MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

Texas
5'7 | Junior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 13.3
Team Hitting%: 0.322
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'5 Freshman, S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 39
Assists/Game: 6.5
Team Hitting%: 0.333
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 3
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway (Jackson) is the 2020-21 Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior led the Chargers to a 10-1 record and the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Ruffin averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this season, including a season-high 39 points in Callaway's double-overtime state quarterfinal loss to Lake Cormorant.

Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest.

A Mississippi signee, Ruffin is regarded as the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He chose the Rebels over offers from SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others. He earned a spot on the McDonald's All American Game roster last month, though the showcase will not be played this year due to the pandemic.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: HIGHSCORE Junior All-American Luther Burden stars in second 2020-21 season - HIGHSCORE
High school football: MaxPreps Junior All-American Luther Burden stars in second 2020-21 season
Former Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis) standout Luther Burden III was named to the most recent MaxPreps Junior All-America first team after hauling in 31 receptions for 895 yards and 13 touchdowns during a shortened eight-game fall season. But the Oklahoma commit and nation's top-rated junior wide receiver was just warming up.  

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder wraps up a six-game spring campaign for East St. Louis (Ill.) on Friday as the Flyers host Edwardsville (Ill.) in their season finale.

The five-star standout transferred to the Illinois power at the end of January and leads the team in receptions (27), receiving yards (564) and receiving touchdowns (five). Rated the nation's No. 10 recruit overall from the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, he also has a punt return for a score.

Due to COVID-19 and protocols, only 35 states completed football seasons in the fall, 11 opted for the spring and four didn't play at all.

During his career at Cardinal Ritter, Burden caught 124 passes for 2,941 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also helped lead the Lions to a Class 3 state title in basketball during his sophomore year.
Luther Burden III accumulated almost 3,000 career receiving yards and 40 touchdowns while at Cardinal Ritter.
File photo by Ricky Slaughter
Luther Burden III accumulated almost 3,000 career receiving yards and 40 touchdowns while at Cardinal Ritter.
Friday night will be the second time that East St. Louis plays Edwardsville this spring after cruising to a 52-21 win on April 2. Burden had seven receptions for 130 yards and a score in that one. 

In his fall and spring seasons combined, Burden has 58 catches for 1,459 yards (25.1 yards per catch), which reveals why 39 FBS schools have made him scholarship offers.

When East St. Louis quarterback and 2019 MaxPreps Junior All-American Tyler Macon graduated early and enrolled at Missouri, freshman Robert "Pops" Battle stepped up. With Burden as his main target, Battle has accounted for nearly 1,400 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns.

Battle and Burden figure to be one of the nation's best quarterback-wide receiver combinations in the fall.

With their vast talent returning, expect the Flyers (4-1) to be ranked in our preseason Top 100 rankings that will be released in the summer. They have won 22 of their last 24 games and claimed the Class 6A state title in 2019. 

Burden headlines a very strong recruiting class for Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma for 2022.

It also features four-star running back Raleek Brown, of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Edmond Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.) four-star wide receiver Talyn Shettron, Cooper (Lubbock, Texas) four-star linebacker Kobie McKinzie, Garland (Texas) four-star wide receiver Jordan Hudson, West Orange-Stark (Orange, Texas) three-star center Demetrius Hunter and Aledo (Texas) three-star tight end Jason Llewellyn.

Burden's unusual junior spit season isn't unique during an unusual pandemic school year. Senior quarterback Jayce Knapp returned to Wilsonville (Ore.) in the spring after playing the fall season in Texas at Del Valle. As told here, Knapp split time as starter at both schools, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Luther Burden is averaging more than 25 yards per catch during an unusual split junior season.
File photo by Ricky Slaughter
Luther Burden is averaging more than 25 yards per catch during an unusual split junior season.

High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California HIGHSCORE Top 25 after 49-point opening win - HIGHSCORE
High school football rankings: Mater Dei zooms to No. 1 in California MaxPreps Top 25 after 49-point opening win
This isn't the first time a worthy squad has tried to upend the season-ending Southern California high school football celebration that is Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco.

Over the last five seasons, as the Monarchs and Braves have ascended to the top of the national football food chain, several talented squads have met the Trinity League juggernauts head on, only to be soundly defeated.

In a COVID-19 shortened season where most California teams are playing four to six games, one of the biggest contests is Friday when second-ranked St. John Bosco takes on No. 3 Servite in what's the California Game of the Week.

Servite, behind dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior dual threat quarterback Noah Fifita (offers from Arizona and Cal), has outscored two opponents, 113-19.

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Fifita threw for almost 2,900 yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore when the Friars went 7-4. He nearly led Servite to an upset of the eventual national champs, dropping a 27-26 Trinity League thriller.

The Braves are loaded again, though they did lose current Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to graduation and replaced him with two dynamic young arms in sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser. Both have looked good in the early going, combining for 492 passing yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two wins.

Servite could spoil the season-ending contest between Bosco and Mater Dei, which opened its season last week with a 52-3 throttling of JSerra Catholic behind three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown in his first varsity game.

There are plenty of other terrific matchups this weekend including No. 11 Oaks Christian at No. 7 Sierra Canyon, No. 8 Alemany at No. 10 Bishop Amat and No. 21 Edison at No. 9 Los Alamitos. In San Diego Section play, No. 23 St. Augustine travels to No. 17 Cathedral Catholic.
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
File photo by Jann Hendry
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Friday at Orange Lutheran

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 65-28
Next game: Friday vs. Servite

3. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 69-13
Next game: Friday at St. John Bosco

4. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat King, 50-0
Next game: Thursday at Santiago

5. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Monte Vista (Danville), 63-27
Next game: Saturday vs. San Ramon Valley (Danville)

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Oak Hills, 55-6
Next game: Saturday at Upland

7. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat St. Bernard, 56-0
Next game: Friday vs. Oaks Christian

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 21-9
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

9. Los Alamitos
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Corona del Mar, 52-28
Next game: Friday vs. Edison

10. Bishop Amat (La Puente)

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Cathedral, 21-6
Next game: Friday vs. Bishop Alemany

11. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: Beat Westlake, 30-16
Next game: Friday at Sierra Canyon

12. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Lakewood, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Long Beach Wilson

13. Folsom
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Granite Bay 35-25
Next game: Friday vs. Del Oro

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)

Record: 1-1 | Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco 65-28
Next game: Thursday vs. JSerra at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: idle
Next game: Friday at St. Bernard

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Valley Christian (San Jose), 33-27
Next game: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral

17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Steele Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. St. Augustine

18. San Clemente

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Capistrano Valley, 34-24
Next game: Friday vs. Aliso Niguel

19. Central (Fresno)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Clovis 35-31
Next game: Friday vs. Buchanan (Clovis)

20. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: Idle
Next game: April 3 at Calabasas

21. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 47-14
Next game: Friday at Los Alamitos

22. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat JW North, 41-0
Next game: Saturday at Heritage

23. St. Augustine (San Diego)

Record: 2-0 | Last week: Beat Madison, 24-7
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic

24. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: Beat Chaminade, 12-6 (OT)
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral at El Camino College

25. Carlsbad

Record: 1-0 | Last week: Beat Torrey Pines, 42-0
Next game: Friday at San Marcos

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.