By Devin Masone

The holiday tournament in Raleigh, NC is definitely one of the top talent events over the holiday break. This year, several teams with high profile recruits – and some on the rise – were on hand.

Garner Magnet

Demarcus Sanford G “6’1” Senior: Slashing guard with speed. Excels best when he is exploding to the rim. Great finisher. Solid mid-range game. Needs to work on decision making.

Julius Barnes G “5’8” Sophomore: On of the quickest guards I have ever seen. He is a “TRUE” point guard. Kid has excellent vision and knows how to get the ball to his teammates. Don’t sleep on his scoring ability though. Barnes has a great all-around shooting set.


Lonzia Tyson C “6’8” Junior: Skinny frame big who has shown some athletic ability. Good finisher around the rim and a very good soft jump hook.

Leesville Road

Shyheid Petteway G “6’2” Senior: Good body frame guard who plays hard on both ends of the floor. His effort is something to watch. A rebounding guard who gets most his points off of put-backs. Very skilled shot blocking guard.

Lemont Martin-White PG “6’0” Senior: Mid-speed guard with quick handles. At his best when he is set in a isolated play setting. Can beat you on the drive with his floater but good on penetration passing.

Reggie Jones F “6’5” Senior: Lanky forward who can play the guard position if needed. Good, solid rebounder and is at his best playing 15ft facing the basket. He has a solid mid-range shot and post moves and can get up for blocked shots.


Devonte Graham PG “6’1” Senior: Had one of his best games verse Person. Graham showcased his passing ability and really had some impressive assists. He shot the ball very well the whole tournament and his three point and mid-range game looked exceptional.

James Hemphill F “6’6” Senior: Really aggressive player that you can tell works hard. Kid can really rebound and has a nose for the ball. Very explosive off the boards. He really needs a deeper shot variety to excel for college though.

Cameron Gottfried G “6’2” Junior: Really Good three point shooters with great form. One of the best transition passers I’ve seen all year. He’s a solid defenders and very coachable kid.

Jamie Rooker G “6’2” Senior: A very young senior who could really benefit if he re-classed. In my option he is a undersized forward. Rooker is very explosive and is always looking to attack the rim and finish. He tried many times to dunk on opponents best nationally ranked players. Very good rebounding guard who provides a spark to the team.

Person HS

Tyrone Outlaw Jr F “6’6” Senior: Strong bodies forward who can punish any team inside and out. Outlaw can body you inside, catch put backs inside, or kill you with threes. Watch out though they don’t call him “Flight 44” for nothing, you can jump with him but in most instances that doesn’t matter.

Logan Coates G “6’5” Senior: One of North Carolina’s hidden treasures. Coates is a coach’s dream. Very Coachable kid who understands the game. A high riser who will give you highlight dunks and a three point specialist who can give any team a scoring threat.

Holly Springs

Craig McDaniel PG “6’2” Junior: Guard who can really get to the basket and finish. He has a very skinny frame but can finish on almost anyone. Also very explosive by the rim, the kid can get up!

DJ Flippin F “6’6” Senior: Nice mid-range game and face up game. Handles are suspect. Could transform into a really good athletic guard with the right coaching at the next level.

JF Webb

Tyrek Beverly F “6’3” Junior: Good body frame forward who can easily transform into a guard. Good team player, nice shot and finisher.

Isaiah Hicks F “6’9” Senior: Hicks has really added a shot to his game. A former post only player, Hicks has added a nice 15+ foot shot that will only prepare and make him better for his transition to UNC next year. Of course Hicks did put on a nice dunk and block display for the fans who came out.

Mitron Terry G “6’3” Junior: A scrappy guard who has so much heart. Kid gives it 110% every time he is one the floor. He is a great penetrator, shooter and defender. He is really starting to make a name for himself.

Devonte Williams G “5’8” Sophomore: One of the most composed young guards I’ve seen in a while. Great young point guard who has a good floater and shot. Passing could be better but with Hicks & Terry alongside him he averages 4+ assist a game easily.

Word of God

Josh Newkirk G “6’2” Senior: Josh has really turned out to be a explosive guard. He has added a consistent shot and his signature floater looks good. Passing has really improved and he is at his total best in the transition game.

Shane Whitfield F “6’5” Senior: College ready body. Great all around player and competitor. Very strong and athletic. Whitfield is a matchup problem, he is able to beat you on the drive or get you with is jumper.

Tyrek Coger C “6’8” Senior: Coger has really been working on his game and it is showing. He is finishing around the rim more than ever. Soft hand big who used to have problem finishing is now all around the basket with layups and dunks. Coger has become a physical rebounder and free-throws have improved.

Jordan Whitfield G “5’9” 8th Grade: Younger brother of Shane Whitfield. The kid can shoot the three ball. He had a decent floater but tons of composer. Came off the bench all tournament and was a spark. He ended up being named to the all-tournament team.


TJ Evans G “6’1” Junior: Evans can score the ball no doubt about it. Kid knows how to get to the basket. Even if Evans doesnt make the basket he makes sure to draw contact and get to the line. His decision making is solid, but would love to see him pass more.

T.J. Wells “5’10” Junior: Gaurd with good handles and decison making. Would love to see him shoot more but a solid player.

Dudley HS

Sam Hunt PG “6’2” Senior: Confident guard & a great passer in transition. Great free-throw shooter which came crucial in Dudley’s close championship win over Garner.

Miller School

Isaac Copeland F “6’9” Junior: Good forward who has a excellent jump shot, 15+ foot jumper comes natural to him. He needs a bigger body to be a “TRUE” forward but definitely a high major forward prospect and top 20 caliber player in his class.

Aram Martin F “6’9” Senior: Very physical forward who likes to be involved in every play. A big who loves the three ball and can defiantly hit it. He is a shot blocking threat.


Josh Dawson PG “6’1” Senior: Tough guard (physically and mentally). Dawson is a tough competitor that wants to win! He gives it his all every play and fans take note of it. He is a natural leader and a very good finisher. When his shot is on he is very hard to guard.

Brandon Ingram G “6’7” Sophomore: Reminds me a little bit of Wake Forest’s Aaron Roundtree but more athletic. Skinny frame but a 6’7 with the height and handles that Ingram has he is becoming almost every guards nightmare.

New Hampton School

Noah Vonleh PF “6’9” Senior: He really is any high school players matchup problem, he has a college ready body and honestly can play any position on the floor. He has great soft hands for a big. Powerful down low, but can also beat you off the dribble from behind the three point arc.

Travis Jorgenson PG “6’0” Senior: Very crafty guard who was really a crowd favorite. He’s not your fastest guard you will see but the kid can dribble and was crossing defenders right and left all week. He knows how to get to the hoop and finish when he needs to but a excellent team player and play maker with vision.

Tory Miller PF “6’9” Junior: Strong bodied and very physical player. He is involved in almost every play down low. At his best when he is on the block posting up. A solid rebounder and loves showing off his explosive side (kid dunks everything and with authority).


Shelton Mitchell PG “6’3” Junior: Mitchell was one of my favorite players to watch. He’s not the most crafty player on the floor or fastest but he is a tremendous basketball player. The lefty has a very solid jumper and floater and he is a natural competitor. In his matchup verse NC State commit Antony “Cat” Barber he was composed and held his own. Coach Roy Williams and staff were on hand for all his games.


Antony “Cat” Barber PG “6’2” Senior: Very fast guard who has many gears to his game and knows when to turn them on. Barber knew exactly when to turn on the jets, showcase his incredible handles or show the range from behind the arc. Barber shot very well the whole tournament and was a crowd favorite.


Matt Jones PG “6’4” Senior: Very skilled guard who can shoot the three ball. He plays very poise and is a team leader. He knows when to score and when to do the small things to help his team win ball games. He fits perfectly in the Duke system and can be a threat for their squad right away.

Devin Wyatt F “6’7” Junior: Wyatt was a human pogo stick all week long. His jumping and shot blocking ability was on display. Every team had to go hard when they played Wyatt and Desoto otherwise your shot wouldn’t see the rim. Wyatt hustles on every play and run the floor well.

High Point Christian

Diante Baldwin PG “6’0” Senior: Baldwin was one of the players you watch and he looks like a ball player. Baldwin won the crowd over with his fearless play, he wasn’t afraid to play anyone. A excellent penetrator and finisher. A coaches dream, he is very coachable and knows how to run a team.

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J.D. Lewis Fall League Session 1 2012

Session 1 of the J.D. Lewis Fall League wrapped up with four teams playing in the semi-finals and finals on the same day. The JD Lewis league still has the same high level of talent as always but has grown, and has added a 10-team second session starting this weekend. Julius Barnes led his Pacers team to an undefeated run capped by a title win. Barnes walked away with MVP honors and averaged 21.8 ppg during the session. Barnes’ partner in the backcourt, Antonio Watson, took home the MOP award.

Here are some notes on the players competing on the final day.

Julius Barnes (PG, 5’9″, 2015) Garner HS (NC) – Barnes is a solid all-around guard who is an effective scorer; has a good hesitation dribble and squares up very well on his shot, gets good elevation on his jumper. Good upper body strength and should continue to get stronger. Doesn’t settle for the outside shot, will put pressure on the defense by slashing. Has a high motor on defense and is a good player to help defend against fast teams that like to run. Undersized and still tends to slash too deep against the bigs but a quiet leader who competes. Definitely a player to be watching and should be getting college interest. A college prospect; the ceiling is somewhat unknown because of his age and height.

Antonio Watson (PG/SG, 5’10”, 2015) Enloe HS (NC) – Watson is a tough-minded player who understands the game. But while he can add points and he’s a valuable combo guard who can play both on or off of the ball, I see Watson as the type of player who adds impact regardless of whether he scores. He’s effective on defense, he’s a vocal leader and he doesn’t back down. High motor. Recognizes offenses on the floor and reacts defensively, even making sure teammates are aware of what’s being run.

Austin Burnette (SF, 6’5″, 2015) Cardinal Gibbons HS (NC) Every time I see Burnette I come away more impressed. He’s a prototypical college small forward with an extremely high Basketball I.Q. Fluid and runs the floor like a wing, loves to move into the mid-range without the ball and can kill teams with his catch-and-shoot from the gaps. Has an excellent high release on his shot and good elevation. Burnette already has D1 interest and offers but I still think Division 1 colleges are probably overlooking him and should really be heavily recruiting him now.

Iran Bennett (C, 6’9″, 2016) Pace Academy – Great hands and a pure post player. Needs to improve conditioning and is currently a low motor player, but feet are nimble and definitely a high ceiling on him. Needs to stay active in the post but can catch and score with ease. Should be one of the better post prospects in the state and if he puts in the work – conditioning, footwork, free throw shooting – could be a really solid big man at the collegiate level. D1 prospect. Any area school should start paying attention this high school season. If Bennett reaches his potential, schools who sleep on him now will be kicking themselves.

Detaren Spuill (PG, 5’7″, 2016) Southeast Raleigh HS (NC) – Quick, hard nosed, aggressive guard who already has good build and plays hard in transition. More of a scorer than a pure PG right now, but playing well enough as a freshman to show that he has potential. Good defender in transition.

Isaiah Riley (SG/SF, 6’2″, 2016) Middle Creek HS (NC) – Has good length and agility. A little raw overall at this point but fluid and one to keep an eye on, obviously has the athletic tools to build on.

Harvey Griffin (SF, 6’3″, 2014) Wakefield HS (NC) Griffin is a very strong player – I put him in the category of B.J. Gladden of Olympic (committed to Akron), where they fill that solid banger at the 3 who can also play some 2, 4 or 5 when the time comes. Griffin is a physically strong player with broad build and a good shot blocker. Add in nimbleness to play the 3 and he’s a versatile wing/forward. Griffin should be getting D1 interest as of now.

Chase Tyler (PG/SG, 5’10”, 2014) Upper Room Christian Academy (NC) Tyler can shoot from deep and is an effective scorer. Will definitely be checking him out more this season at Upper Room.

Justin Reid (SG, 6’2″, 2015) Cardinal Gibbons HS (NC) – Reid is an effective scorer and can play at the 2 or the 3. Good slasher and has erupted for some solid scoring nights during the JDL.

William Walker (PG, 5’11’, 2014) Southeast Raleigh HS (NC) – Walker has good size and has bulked up so that he’s now a big guard; he is a true point with the handle to play the position at the college level. He understands the game and he knows where everyone should be on the floor. The one knock so far on Walker is his showing his leadership and knowledge on the floor, but that should come this season, and I expect him to have a breakout year where he owns the team.

Pervis Louder (SG, 6’1″, 2014) Enloe HS (NC) – Louder is a long wing player with big-time explosiveness. Louder is a player who I feel is under-recruited and definitely has Division 1 athleticism. Great first step – one of the best in the state. Can get his own shot, active, high motor. College athlete who is getting better quickly. Working on finishing consistently on offense but there’s a lot of potential there. Excellent student – has interest from the Ivy League and great grades – a D1 prospect.

Roger Ray (PG, 5’10”, 2015) Upper Room Christian Academy (NC) – has a ball-on-a-string flashy handle and very quick feet. Pure PG with a solid build, can find players in transition or score. Should be getting serious college looks this season at Upper Room. D1 prospect.

Daron Gipson (PG, 5’8″, 2013) Neuse Christian Academy (NC) – There’s not much to dislike with Gipson. He has great poise on the court and the thing I really am impressed with is that he’s one of those ‘no blunders’ guards. Fast break? He’s going to make the right choice depending on the situation. Half court? He’s either going to cross over or use the changeup to get a shot inside or find a teammate. Solid ballhandler and passer and a true floor general. Knock on Gipson is his height, but I think he’s going to really show he can compete this season at Neuse. I see Gipson as a college prospect, his size may hold him back but this season he’ll have the chance to show he can defend bigger, athletic guards.

Zach Bruns (SG, 6’1″, 2013) Havelock HS (NC) There’s one thing opposing teams should know about Bruns up front – he can scorch it from deep. However, he’s not just a spot up set shooter. He’s active and fast, stays involved in the offense and has a high motor. He can also shoot on the move. Probably a great fit at the D2+ level but I’ve seen shooters like him with D1 offers who were much less mobile and he has a better handle than some of the pure shooters I saw in this year’s Peach Jam. Could be a real find for the right school.

Alex Ade (SF/PF, 6’3″, 2013) Cary Academy (NC) – Ade runs the floor very well and will play either the post or some wing; doesn’t have a great first step but is a decent defender in the post, can catch and score on the move and works to clean up misses off of the glass.