By James Blackburn and Lance Everette
Top Players by Class
Class of 2014
Mitron Terry, 5’11”, PG (Oxford Webb HS, NC)
Has a high motor. Very active on defense- quick hands-plays the passing lanes. Good floor general as a PG- directs traffic and where players should be- understands passing angles. Quick/shifty. Has the ability to break down his man off the dribble and get to rim. Nice hesitation moves. Can score in bunches. Has a nice pull up. Schools from all 3 divisions should begin to monitor.
Cory Hanes, 6’4”, F (High Point Central, High Point, NC)
Was solid defensively today. Good rebounder- strong with the ball. Attacks the basket hard off the dribble. Needs to be more assertive offensively when he doesn’t have the ball and get involved. College level prospect.
Class of 2013
Chris Wray, 6’6”, SF (Shelby HS, Shelby, NC)
Very active on both ends of the floor- high motor player. High Energy. Very good shot blocker- had a nice chase down block in one game today- in the same sequence- he had a tip in off an offensive rebounder. Fast baseline to baseline- has a long stride. Tenacious defender- all over the court- covers ground quickly. Good first step- athletic. Had one sequence where he threw an around the back pass to a guard who then threw him an alley that he finished easily. Gambles a bit too much on defense- needs to get lower and stay in front of man consistently- also needs to improve shooting. Several LM schools have expressed interest he told me including Georgia State.
Alston Furr, 6’4”, G (West Stokes HS, King, NC)
Has a quick first step. Excellent slasher- got to rim repeatedly and scored. Good FT shooter. Solid all-around offensive game- can beat you with his shot or off the dribble. Underrated athlete. Hit a big 3 with less then a second left to tie the last game of the day. Inside/outside threat. Prolific scorer- had a solid showing this weekend. D2 and NAIA programs should begin tracking him.
Christian Hairston, 6’7”, SF (Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC)
Long player who uses length to his advantage- very good defensive rebounder. Showed the ability to play PG and bring the ball up the court-showed above average handles for a player who is 6’7”. Is vulnerable to being posted up by stronger players. Good elevation on his jumper. Good body control- can finish with either hand. High arc on jump shot- needs to improve consistency. Has offers from several D1 schools.
Alec Wintering, 5’9”, PG (United Faith, Charlotte, NC
Lightning quick PG who can get to the basket at will. Tight handle with the ball- can use either hand effectively. Uses his body to shield defenders and create space. High basketball IQ- smart. Unselfish- solid passer. Showed aggressive on-ball defense today. Has offers from Iona and Mercer as well interest from several other D1’s.
C.J. Wardrick, 6’2”, G (Hickory HS, Hickory, NC)
Versatile guard who is a good slasher- attacks the rim hard. Has a variety of finishing moves around rim. Changes speeds well. Plays hard. Underrated passer- unselfish. Good teammate. Talks on defense. Has a slow release but his form is solid. Needs to improve left hand. Has interest from Covenant College, Lenoir- Rhyne, and Guilford.
Asante Monadjemi, 6’5”, WF (Carolina Friends, NC)
Long athletic player who can finish over the rim. Good rebounder. Has the ability to rebound the ball and bring it up court with the dribble.
Clayton Massey, 6’8”, PF/C (Meyers Park, NC)
Big bodied player who has a solid build. Gets everyone involved- has good court vision- especially for someone his size. Has a good midrange jump shot- solid offensive game 15’ in. Underrated athlete. Has interest from Yale, Elon, Presbyterian, and Davidson.
Brian Baeh, 6’2”, G (The Woodlands, TX)
Versatile player- played the 1-3 this weekend. Will probably be a PG at the college level. Capable and not afraid to bang inside. Excellent passer- sees the court well. Had several highlight passes today- including no-look and behind the back. Loves to crossover into a pull-up jump shot- you can tell he has practiced this move and he uses it effectively. Creates space with the dribble. Has good hands. Needs to play hard on both ends throughout game.
Reggie Dillard, 6’2”, G (Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC)
Good size for a guard. Very fluid with the ball. Has a quick crossover. Very strong with the ball. Still needs to improve shooting a degree. Has offers from UNC-G and Penn.
Class of 2012
Matthew Uchedike, 6’9”, C (Caldwell Academy, Greensboro, NC)
Long big who runs the floor rim to rim. Solid frame and build that is college ready. Finishes with dunks around rim- not a high flyer- but is a good finisher none the less. Solid back to the basket game- has a nice drop step spin move. Unsigned senior- would be a steal for a D2 or a LM school needing a mobile big with upside at this point.
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