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Game Scouted: Wake Forest @ Florida State
Florida State wins 76-62
Box Score

Codi Miller- McIntyre (6’3”, PG, FR)

36 min, 2-9 FG, 1-3 3 pt FG, 2 rebounds, 5 TP

Loved his aggressiveness on the defensive end. Hounded the ballhandler. Stays in front of ballhandler, good lateral quickness, stays down in his stance, and has quick hands. Did a good job of fighting around on-ball screens as well.

Showed good change of speed and the ability to create for others off the dribble. Had several nice flip passes in traffic to teammates in middle/post after breaking down initial defender. He has good size and strength for the PG position at 6’3” and has excellent upper body strength. Has an excellent pull-up jump shot- goes right at defender and is able to stop on a dime and pull-up under control, rise up, and shoot. Uses screens effectively and can create off the P/R. Does a nice job as a freshman of being a leader and general on the floor- uses hand signals and puts players in their spots. Poised and patient.

Prefers to go to his right- needs to improve his left hand. At this point, while he is a solid ball handler, its not up to pro standards for a PG. He is a high dribble and he needs to get it tighter when attacking rim. Got several of his lay-up attempts blocked this game going up against the length of Florida State. Needed to use his body and go in stronger on these attempts instead of going in casually with the ball exposed and away from his body. Poor FT shooter, which is surprising- he is shooting 63% for the season from the line, wish you would want your PG to be in the 80’s if possible. Needs to develop a more consistent 3 point shot as well. Speed and first step quickness are a concern.

Took the wrong line at beginning of game defending a pin down screen- instead of going directly up in the middle of the floor in a straight line, he followed his man in a circular motion and got caught on the screen.

Terrific on-ball defender, but must work on being a better off-the-ball and help defender. Is in the right position most of the time, but instead of getting in front of the big man underneath, he stood beside them. Has tendency to turn head and body at times when defending off the ball as well. Most of these mistakes can be attributed to the fact that he is a freshman.

Played both guard positions this game, but mostly played the PG spot. Below average game for Codi tonight as he struggled to score or impact the box score in a big way in his 36 minutes of court time. Wake has not been good on the road this year and this game was no different. After beating the number 2 team in the nation on Saturday, they lost this game to an un-ranked and frankly not very good Florida State team. Codi has started every game this season, and is third on the team in scoring with 8.4 ppg, number 1 on the team in total assists with 68, compared to 49 turnovers. What was impressive tonight was the fact that he played such a long period of time with out turning the ball over 1 time.

Miller-McIntyre has potential and has and will continue to only get better as he gets older and more experienced playing at the college level. His intangibles he brings are impressive especially as a freshman, as he is poised, shows leadership abilities, and he is under control. He is a pure PG who knows the game, uses picks, changes speeds well, and has a good mid range pull-up. He should be a 4-year guy and will be a pro prospect by his senior year. Codi will be even more heavily counted next year as the teams leading scorer, senior guard, CJ Harris, will have graduated.

James Blackburn is the Director of Scouting for Basketball Elite and scouts high school, college and pro prospects. You can follow James on Twitter right this second.

A First Look at the Deacons 7-Man Recruiting Class

By James Blackburn

Score: Wake wins 73-66
Box Score

*Denotes Starter

Game Notes – 1st Half
• Game started 2-0 in favor of Rollins because of a Technical foul issued to Freshman Madison Jones before game started
• Wake Started off settling for Jump shots and found themselves in a 9-0 hole early before Tyler Cavanaugh drove to the rim for a lay-up and scored.
• Wake is allowing Rollins to score easy baskets and are comfortable in their offense early on.
• The Deacons are being too passive early- no one being willing to shoot and then having to settle at end of shot clock.
• Wakes bigs do a decent job boxing out- but need to attack rebounds instead of standing and looking at it.
• Wake is going to really struggle against pressure this season.
• Rollins is switching all screens in the first half.
• Wake closes the half with a 28-25 lead mainly because of them attacking the basket and getting Rollins into foul trouble and getting out into transition, resulting in easy baskets.

Game Notes- 2nd Half
• Wake is getting out in transition and is getting easy baskets.
• Wake has extended its lead to double figures by pressuring the ball and turning the game into a more up-tempo.
• One area of major concern for Wake is rebounding-Rollins got too many offensive boards.
• Wake is finally starting to hit some shots and some 3’s.

The three Freshmen I was most impressed with tonight were Codi-Miller McIntyre, Madison Jones, and Aaron Rountree– great kids not only on the court but off the court as well. Here are scouting reports on all seven of the freshmen.

Scouting Reports/Notes

*Codi Miller-McIntyre (G, 6’3”, Hargrave Military Academy)
22 min, 5-7 FG, 1-2 3pt, 1-4 FT, 1 rb, 1 assist, 3 TO, 4 PF, 12 TP
Started game playing the PG w/ CJ Harris playing off the ball. Had a nice fake hand-off pass and drive for a 2-hand dunk in the half-court that awakened himself and the team. Does a great job of getting the ball up court quickly with the pass. Showed the ability to split the P/R trap and get to rim. Good athlete and ball handler. Was the most impressive looking freshmen for the second 10 minutes of the first- half and beyond. Really gets into his guy defensively. Great mix of size/strength/athleticism with the ability to score by attacking the rim or shooting the pull-up. Very poised as a freshmen- doesn’t ever look rattled- is under control at all times.

Madison Jones (G, 6’1”, Ravenscroft School)
26 min, 2-3 FG, 1-1 3pt, 2 rb, 5 assist, 1 TO, 7 steals, 5 TP
Came in and is playing the PG position replacing McIntyre- Size for quickness switch at PG. Quick crossover dribble move- has the ability to create for himself or teammates when the play falls apart. Can get to the rim, but size is an issue- gets bumped off his lines too easily. Quick hands, plays the passing lanes- will be one of Wakes leaders in the steals department this season. Pressured his man and played excellent on-ball defense in the second half. Playing the PG position better then expected early on- doing a solid job of passing/getting ball to post. Doing a great job of breaking down the defender, getting to the rim, and kicking to the open man. Smooth. Had a few highlight passes leading to easy baskets for teammates. Has a tendency to dribble instead of passing up court immediately, but to his credit he did have a few up court passes- sees the floor pretty well. He is a freshman and that is something he could away with in HS, taking that 1 extra dribble, but not in college, especially the ACC. Quick first step. Even though he didn’t shoot much from the perimeter- he has a nice stroke from 3. One word to describe Jones game…Quick. Most impressive freshmen in the second half- His play was probably the central reason that Wake squeaked out the win. Reminds me of Ish Smith when he was at Wake- better shooter then Ish and he has his quickness/same size issues.

Devin Thomas (F, 6’9”, Central Dauphin HS)
22 TP, 5-8 FG, 6 rb, 1 st, 1 blk, 10 TP
Must get stronger (Something that could, and probably will be said, about all the freshman, except for Miller-McIntyre). Good hands. His post-ups are not strong enough- doesn’t get great position and doesn’t demand the ball. Displayed a nice drop step/spin move that he utilized several times to score over his left shoulder. Actually didn’t look that uncomfortable defending a little on the perimeter- more nimble/mobile then I thought. Solid overall performance inside for the freshman.

Andre Washington (C, 7’0”, Hargrave Military Academy)
5 min, 1-1 FG, 1 rb, 1 TO, 2 TP
Didn’t see any action until 10 minutes to go in the first half. Attacked the offensive glass and tried to block everything inside. Raw offensively. Was invincible most of his time on the court.

Aaron Rountree (F, 6’8”, Greenfield School)
11 min, 1-2 FG, 1-1 3pt, 2 rb, 2 blk, 1 st, 3 TP
Didn’t get in the game until the second half, but didn’t miss a beat, impacting the game immediately upon entering with his motor/energy. He showed the ability to hit the open set 3 and defend multiple positions with his length. Has possibly the most upside out of all of Wakes freshmen. Didn’t even play in the first but finished the game on the floor in a tight contest- speaks to how he impacts the game in areas that don’t show up in the box score. Needs to continue to get stronger, tighten his handle, and defend with out fouling- but he has a never-ending motor and a high ceiling.

*Tyler Cavanaugh (F, 6’9”, Jamesville-Dewitt HS)
19 min, 3-9 FG, 0-2 3pt, 3 rb, 2 TO, 6 TP
Most impressive looking freshman 10 minutes in. Demands the ball in the post, showed the ability to score by putting the ball on the floor, and can hit the 3 with feet set, good pick/pop guy. Looks comfortable and confident which is more then I can say about a few other freshmen so far. Needs to improve his ability to finish inside, doesn’t take his time and missed some easy looks. More comfortable playing on the perimeter.

*Arnaud William Adala Moto (F, 6’6”, Episcopal HS)
19 min, 1-2 FG, 1-2 FT, 7 rb, 3 TO, 2 blk, 3 TP
Got caught out of position defensively/beat to spot early on- freshman mistakes. Also allows opposing bigs to way too deep post position. Good defensive pressure on perimeter. Very limited offensively. Must improve ball handling. Hard worker who stays active- athletic. Lead the Deacs in rebounds tonight and will be counted on heavily in this department throughout the year as Wake is not big inside and struggle rebounding the basketball.

By James Blackburn and Lance Everette

The regional game features the best players in the state of North Carolina. The game was played before the All-American game. Many of these players have committed to ACC programs including Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Florida State. Here are some reports on some of the games top players who have committed to ACC schools.

MVP Awards

East Team- Montrezl Harrell
West Team- Montay Brandon

Blue team won 84-82

Blue Team (East Team)

Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy, 6’7”, PF)

11-14 FG, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks, 22 TP

Montrezl was all over the place this game- very active. Athletic- plays the game above the rim. Had several highlight dunks and alley oops. Runs the floor and finishes on the break. Has great size-solid frame. Aggressive rebounder- rebounds the ball hard. Attacks the offensive boards hard- is constantly searching and hunting for offensive tip ins off misses. Good shot blocker- the shots he didn’t block he altered. Hustles and really plays hard on both ends. Plays bigger then 6’7”- plays more like 6’10”. Had the go-ahead dunk after collecting an offensive rebound putting his east squad up 1 with 15 seconds left. Also had a game saving block with 3 seconds left. Really competed this game- solid performance. Solid pick up for Virginia Tech.

Codi Miller-McIntyre (Hargrave Military Academy, 6’2”, G)

3-13 FG, 4 reb, 3 assist, 6 TP

Unbelievable court vision- sees the floor and has the ability to thread the needle with passes. Has the ball on a string. Showed the ability to score as well as get others involved. High basketball IQ- patient doesn’t force anything- very efficient- takes what the defense gives him. Will be a major held immediately at Wake Forest next year at the guard position.

White Team (West)

Montay Brandon (Wesleyan Academy, 6’5”, G)

4-10 FG, 4 assist, 12 reb, 12 TP

Stays vertical when dribbling. Good frame and build for a guard- has a strength edge over opponents. Versatile. Has ability to create own shot. Has a good upside. Size will be an advantage at the guard position. Length and wingspan makes him a solid defensive threat- will alter and contests opposing smaller guards. The highly coveted and talented 4 star recruit that will be playing for Florida State next year. His scoring will be needed after State graduated 6 players.

Codi Miller-McIntyre is a point guard from the class of 2012 who has committed to play his college basketball for Wake Forest. We caught up with Codi recently to get his thoughts on why he chose the Demon Deacons, what he’s working on over the summer, and what one thing he recommends all players do to try and move to the next level.

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