NetCast Sports Network will be live streaming the 2016 Triad All-Star Classic on March 20, 2016, including the varsity girls game at 3:00 PM, the dunk contest at 5:15 pm and the boys game at 5:35 pm. Each game broadcast link is available on NetCastSports.com. Viewers can watch the games on either their desktop PC or mobile device.
This year’s Triad All Star Classic features senior high school basketball players who are nominated by their coaches and selected by area media and scouts to participate. This year, the event is being expanded to an All-Star Weekend, beginning with a free college recruiting educational session on Friday night at Calvary Baptist gym in Winston-Salem.
The All-Star Classic will be held at Walkertown High School and this year’s East roster includes Wake Forest commit Brandon Childress of Wesleyan, Raymon Pratt of Ben L. Smith HS, Orlando Smith of SW Guilford as well as Tennessee commit Jalen Johnson. The Western roster includes Guilford College commit Kyler Gregory of Starmount, Bruno Solumon of Forsyth Country Day, Furman commit Clay Mounce, as well as Akia Pruitt from RJ Reynolds.
The Triad All Star Classic is organized by Blue Chip Basketball Academy. For more information and full rosters, visit BlueChipBasketballAcademy.com.
I was able to attend the Triad Blue Chip Basketball Fall League on Saturday, played at Summit School in Winston-Salem. Here are some of the top performers I saw in each game of the HS division.
R.J. Reynolds HS defeats East Forsyth HS
Akia Pruitt,2016, F
I really like Akia game. He is active and long and is the best shot blocker in the league. He is athletic and has a quick 2nd jump. A terrific rebounder on both ends, Pruitt may lead the league in tip-ins. Runs the floor well. Pruitt needs to continue to add strength and work on his shooting. D2/LM schools should check him out this season.
Mike Hinton, 2015, F
Mike had a game high 20 points and was dominating all game inside the paint. Communicates on the floor and is not afraid to demand the ball in the post. A Tight end and Defensive end on the football team as well, Hinton is one of the strongest players in the league. Draws contact at a high rate but needs to improve finishing ability. I like his footwork and intangibles. D3 schools should show interest.
Samuel Bryant , 2015, C
Excellent basketball IQ and was not afraid to go to the middle of the floor against the zone where he excells as a high/low passer.Has good length. Needs to continue to develop a go-to move.
Kaavione Gaskin, 2015, G
Athletic and aggressive lefty who is crafty as well. I was really impressed with his play making ability today too.
Drew Cone, 2015, PG
Drew Cone was the best player on the floor today. He had a team-high 19 points and kept his team in it. You cant leave him open for any 3’s as he is a knock down shooter both with feet set and off the dribble. He is smart and doesnt use pick up his dribble until he has something.
Calvary Baptist beats Caldwell Academy (OT)
John Brewer,2015, F
Brewer is a terrific rebounder who has the ability to push the ball up the court in transition after rebounding the ball. Has a solid drop step and is able to score with contact. Gets to the FT line at a high rate. Strong and tough. Is a leader on the floor and communicates. Is a player who can play at the next level.
Nic Brown, 2018, G
Quick guard who can get to paint. Solid on-ball defender. Has a solid runner in the paint.
Jordan Harris,2015, G
Strong slasher who can beat his man one on one. Defends and plays the passing lanes. Can score in transition and can play either guard position.
Christian Adams, G, 2015
Athletic slasher who can finish with contact in the paint. Terrific on-ball defender.
Cecil Moore, G, 2015
Cecil has really developed his 3 pt shooting and you cant leave him open anymore. Has an excellent double-crossover move.
Reagan defeated West Forsyth but I was only able to see the last few minutes of the game.
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.