Chris Chiozza White Station basketball

By Marcus Shockley

Scouting notes from this late-season matchup between Memphis, Tennessee rivals White Station High School against Hamilton High School. Hamilton boasts two high major prospects while White Station is nationally ranked, and both teams are loaded with supporting talent as well.

Dedric Lawson (F, 6’8″, 2016) Hamilton HS – an elite prospect who brings offense in multiple ways. On the move, he has a knack for putting the ball on the floor and using his length to get by the defender. In the post, he likes to back his man down and shoot a very smooth hook shot. He also has a very solid ability to find open spots in the half court to knock down the mid range jumper. Defensively, he still needs consistency – was beaten off of the dribble too many times, but an elite national prospect who can play the 3 and 4 at a high major level and possibly beyond.

Chris Chiozza (PG, 5’10”, 2014) White Station – elite quickness and throws zip passes in the halfcourt. Flashy and can be spectacular in transition. Good shooting form but relies a bit too much on getting to the rim, and will need to develop a floater/mid range for the college game. Has a tendency to be too flashy at times and can make mistakes where a simple play would suffice. Elite passer in the high octane offense. Committed to Florida.

K.J. Lawson (SF, 6’7″, 2015) Hamilton – plays facing the basket and has a nice first step, and has the handle to play the college 3. Both Lawsons are adept at scoring in a variety of ways, but K.J. is more of a wing at this time. Aggressive scorer with a high, quick shot release. Draws a lot of fouls because he’s so hard to stop. Very fluid player. Committed to Memphis.

Leron Black (PF, 6’7″, 2014) White Station – Black is an explosive forward who likes to get both hands on the ball and explode over his defender. Strong bodied player who goes hard at the rim in both the halfcourt or in transition. Excellent hands but didn’t see a pure back to the basket game in this one. Decent timing. Definitely a high major player. Hit a set three pointer that looked good in the second half but mostly stays inside the arc. Committed to Illinois.

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By Justin Byerly

Memphis (TN) White Station has one of the top sophomores in the country, in LeRon Black. The 6-foot-7 forward is ranked 25th by in the class of 2014. I spoke with him yesterday about his recruitment and his goals for the next few years.

Justin Byerly: Do you have a list of possible schools your considering?

LeRon Black: Georgetown, Kansas, Marquette, UNC, Kentucky,UConn and Memphis

Justin Byerly: Which parts of your game are you working to improve as of now?

LeRon Black: My shooting, and ball handling.

Justin Byerly: What are your goals over the next two seasons ?

LeRon Black: Win two state championships. Gain 20 pounds and be in the top 5 for my class and become more spiritual with god.

Justin Byerly: Ok. Sounds good. Your at White Station in Memphis. How is it, since being such a big basketball town, how is the hype for a guy like you? A lot of stress or is it not that bad?

LeRon Black: No its not that much stress, I just try my hardest to play as well as I can against every team and everybody.

Justin Byerly: Great. Who are some players or player, that you try to model your game after?

LeRon Black: Thaddeus Young and Kevin Durant

Justin Byerly: Ok. You have some talent at White Station with Nych Smith and Davell Roby. Are you three real close?

LeRon Black: Yessir really close! Me and Nych went to middle school together.. And we got close with Roby in 8th grade.

Justin Byerly: Ok good. White Station (TN) should be very good next two years. Are you planning any visits soon?

LeRon Black: No, not yet.