By James Blackburn and Marcus Shockley
The Basketball Elite scouting staff made its way out to Forsyth Country Day School on Monday night to check out the opening night of the Triad Fall League. There were two games played with plenty of talent in both. The games are played without coaches and it is interesting to see what players step up and lead both vocally and by example. The league also gives us a great chance to watch and scout some local players from the Winston-Salem area before the actual season begins and after the AAU season has ended. It is also interesting to see how much some players have improved from the short time between the end of July to September.
Game 1 was played between the Wolfpack and the Deacons. The Wolfpack jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat the Deacons 66-53 behind the strong play of Cory Hanes (2015, 6’5”, Forsyth Country Day) and Sam Buckner (2013, 6’0”, West Forsyth HS).
Hanes is a strong wing who looked more comfortable playing on the perimeter this game. He rebounds the ball well and runs the floor which led to easy buckets. Already being recruited by colleges at every level, look for Hanes to have a big impact this HS season.
Buckner scored and reached the paint practically at will this game. He can finish with either hand at the rim and is a solid ball handler and athlete.
Game two was loaded with talent as the Tarheels beat the Bulldogs 80-65. The Tarheels were led by a pair of teammates in Christian Adams (PG, 2015, 6’3”), Darin Ketner (SG, 2014, 6’3”) of Calvary Baptist Day School, Cecil Moore (PG, 2014, 5’9”) and Lapreece Lynch (SG, 2013, 6’4”) of Mt. Tabor HS.
Christian Adams looked stronger and showcased his athleticism since the last time we have seen him. He is extremely versatile, can guard 4 positions, and can score both off the dribble and off the catch. Adams has a lot of upside and schools should start to take notice now.
Ketner played well and continued to rebound the ball on both ends as an undersized PF. He moves well with out the ball and can knock down the open 3 with consistency.
Lapreece Lynch was on a mission Monday night to prove that he was the best scorer in the gym. Lynch is a constant threat to score the ball and is always looking to attack the defense. He has the ability to change directions going full speed and keeps a high motor throughout. Look for Lynch to have a solid senior campaign after a big summer.
The Bulldogs were lead by a trio of talented players in Ty’Quan Bitting (C, 2013, 6’7”, Mt. Tabor HS), Colton Bishop (PG, 2014, 6’3”, Forsyth Country Day), and Riley Larue (SG, 2014, 6’2”, East Forsyth HS).
Bitting was a presence in the pain on both ends blocking shots and being efficient scoring the ball inside. He displayed a constant improving back to the basket game with a nice spin move into a hook shot that he deployed several times. With a D1 offer already under his belt, schools that are looking for a 2013 big man should watch him this year.
Colton Bishop was all over the floor in this game. He can finish at the rim with contact and shoot the ball with range beyond all the 3 point line. He has the ability to play either guard position with his tremendous passing and playmaking ability.
Larue is know as big time 3 point shooter, and backed it up by knocking down a pair of them tonight. He also used his strength to power his way to the painted area where he kicked out to open teammates.