MARVIN AUSTIN andJordan Hasay are two of the nation's top high school athletes. Austin is thetop defensive lineman in the class of '07; Hasay won the Foot LockerCross-Country Championships last year as a freshman. How do they compare?
MARVIN AUSTIN DefensiveTackle
6'3", 300 pounds
5'1", 98 pounds
Mission College Prep
Arroyo Grande, Calif.
4.69 in the 40 at the Elite Combine in Randolph,N.J., last spring
A 4:42.21 in the mile at the Golden West Invitationalin June
Bench-pressing 360 pounds six times
TYPICAL WEIGHT WORKOUT
Shoulder lifts with eight to 12 pounds
Orlando, for the AAU National Track and FieldChampionships
WHERE I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION
Indiana and North Carolina, for track meets
The Way Up by Pat Metheny Group
WHAT'S ON MY IPOD
You're Beautiful by James Blunt
Anything my grandma cooks--especially her greens
Pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G.Woodson
BEST BOOK I'VE READ
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
ESPN's Outside the Lines
TV SHOW I CAN'T MISS
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NEWS & NOTES
ANOTHER ELWAY has stepped under center and into thespotlight. Jack Elway (below left), son of former Denver Broncos star JohnElway, made his debut at quarterback for Cherry Creek of Greenwood Village,Colo., on Aug. 31. The junior completed 8 of 17 passes for 114 yards and atouchdown while rushing for 39 yards and another score in a 56--20 win overMontbello of Denver.... Michael Beasley (below), a 6'9", 235-pound smallforward considered one of the top five recruits in the class of 2007, confirmedlast week that he will play at Notre Dame Prep of Fitchburg, Mass., thisseason. He transferred there from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.,where he averaged 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 2005--06. OnSept. 1 Beasley, who has orally committed to Kansas State, was named the co-MVPof the Elite 24 Hoops Classic, a showcase for the nation's best high schoolplayers at New York City's famed Rucker Park. Beasley racked up 26 points andnine rebounds to lead the Skip to My Lou Squad to a 141--139 victory over theGoat Squad.... Arizona State landed two of the nation's top baseball prospectslast week: senior outfielder-pitcher Michael Burgess of Hillsborough in Tampaand senior third baseman Josh Vitters (above right) of Cypress (Calif.).Burgess, who led the Terriers to the Class 5A state title game this spring, wasnamed the Aflac National High School Player of the Year on Aug. 11. The6'1" 200-pounder--projected to be one of the top picks in the 2007 MLBdraft--batted .511 last season with 12 home runs, 48 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.Vitters hit .360 to lift Cypress to a 20--3 record and a top 10 nationalranking.... Despite facing armed-robbery charges that carry a maximum penaltyof 20 years in prison, senior linebacker Pat Lazear (above) was voted captainby his new teammates at Wheaton (Md.). Lazear, who was named all-Met lastseason at Bethesda's Walt Whitman before being reassigned by the MontgomeryCounty school system to Wheaton, allegedly drove the getaway car in a felonyrobbery at the Smoothie King in Bethesda last March. (His trial is set for Nov.29.) According to The Washington Post, more than 20 Division I colleges haveoffered the 6'2", 225-pound Lazear a scholarship.... Texas basketball coachRick Barnes has landed another bumper crop of big men for 2008, including6'10", 245-pound forward-center Clint Chapman of Canby (Ore.) and 6'8",230-pound power forward Alexis Wangmene of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.Chapman averaged 15.6 points and 10.8 rebounds last season, while Wangmene, anative of Cameroon who transferred to Blair for his senior season, averaged11.6 rebounds and 7.0 blocks for Central Catholic of San Antonio.
Steve Boyle (Austin); Kirby Lee/WireImage.com (Hasay); Sara Dennis/Orange County Register (Vitters); tori l. sandys/twp (Lazear); Bill Frakes (Beasley); brian brainerd/Denver Post (Elway)