NW Guilford basketball

By James Blackburn

Over six teams were in attendance at the always competitive Northwest Guilford summer shootout tournament. Here are some notes and reports on some of the players that I saw that stood out in Day 1 of the two-day event.

Class of 2015

CJ Bryce, 6’3”, W/F (Hopewell HS, Huntersville, NC)

Versatile/Long/Athletic- can play the 2 or 3. Had a big time dunk in traffic at end of the 2nd game today. Fills the lanes well on the break and finishes above the rim. Has excellent body control in air- showed the ability to finish with contact. Has a high release on shot- great FT shooter (got to the line a good bit today) – good rotation. Shot is inconsistent at this point from 3- but will/can get better and he will most likely become pretty good shooter with a high release/good rotation. Decent ball handler for size and age. Underrated passer. Showed flashes of very good on-ball defense- has the ability/tools to become a defensive specialist. High upside- DI schools should begin to monitor.

Darius Moore, 5’10”, PG (Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, NC)
Very good defender- especially on the ball D- was in his mans shirt and he picked him up early. Lightning quick. Pass first pure PG. Poised- plays hard. Was committed to defense even in a blowout win. Good passer- puts ball in areas where it is easy for recipient to convert. Underrated athlete-almost dunked on a player at end of the first game- very good for size. Understands the game- high IQ- makes others better. Plays AAU with CP3.

Class of 2013

Kalon Buchanan, 6’6”, PF/C (Hopewell HS, Huntersville, NC)

Very long- moves well- runs the floor rim to rim. Keeps the ball high on rebounds. Didn’t show much offensively today other than put backs off rebounds – did make a midrange jumper in middle of first game- Displayed good timing on several blocks today.

Jackson Kent, 6’7”, SF (High Point Christian Academy, High Point, NC)
Solid outing today for Kent. Great size/length for position- capable of playing some point forward as well. Possesses excellent court vision- willing passer/unselfish- turns down good shots for lay-ups/great shots for teammates- probably had 5 assist in 4 minutes in game 1 today. Has a quick first step- good cross jab step too. Can lead the break-makes good decisions with the ball. Smooth/poised/under control. Good 3-point shooter. Above average ball handler for size- high dribble. Needs to improve defensively and get stronger. Makes game look easy- has a deep offensive arsenal. Has an offer from several LM schools including High Point and UNC-G.

Diante Baldwin, 5’11”, G (High Point Christian Academy, High Point, NC)
Quick/strong guard who can get to the rim and finish with a variety of moves. Highlight reel maker with the ball on a string- quick crossover dribble move. Athletic. Good body control in the air. Needs to improve shooting consistency. Has offers from App State, UNC-G, and Winthrop.

Christian Hairston, 6’7”, SF (Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, NC)
Good effort on both ends for the long/lanky wing today. Came out and showed what he can do defensively with his length/speed/quickness. On the opening defensive possession in game 1, he advanced the ball end to end and finished with a thunderous 1-handed dunk. Played some PG today- can handle the ball and pass the ball decently for size. Versatile player who is a quick leaper. Has offers from 8 Division I schools including Tulane, James Madison, and George Washington as well as interest from a host of others.

Reggie Dillard,6’2”, SG (Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, NC)
Big/strong bodied guard. Deceptively quick and can get to basket- plays below the rim, but finishes. Slow release- but has solid form- will need to continue to improve shooting overall. Has an offer from UNC-G and Penn as well as some interest from a couple of ACC programs.

Chuck Ogbodo, 6’11”, C (High Point Christian Academy, High Point, NC)
Good performance for the most part today from the big man. Has added muscle and looks more defined then the last time I saw him. Impacts the game without touching ball on offense- good shot blocker with good timing. Soft hands. Runs the floor well- high upside- best basketball is ahead of him- has only played the game for 2 years. Has been hearing from ACC schools as of late as well, including Wake Forest. Has several offers, including Winthrop and Western Carolina.

Grayson Vernon, 6’2”, SG (North Surry HS, Mt. Airy, NC)
Excellent set shooter with range beyond 3-point line- knock down shooter when given room. Strong bodied player. Despite not having exceptional speed or quickness he is able to maneuver his way to basket using his smarts and strength- had a nice spin move that lead to a lay-up. Smart player- knows his limitations and doesn’t force any thing- good shot selection. Needs to improve ball handling. Is a two-time All-Conference selection- averaged 18 ppg last season. DIII and NAIA programs in need of a shooting specialist who plays hard on both ends should watch him this coming season.

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By Marcus Shockley

After another big week of high school hoops, here are some updates on various players and notes regarding their recruitment.

Jordan Adams (SG, 6’5″, 2012) is considering three schools at the moment, Memphis, Miami and UCLA. He says he is considering all three equally. Jordan plays for Oak Hill Academy and is currently working on his point guard skills. He feels the strongest part of his game right now is his shooting and fundamentals.

Ryan Kleffer (PG/SG, 6’3″, 2011) is a player who is most known for his 54 point outburst a couple of weeks ago, and he’s already garnered a lot of interest from D2 schools and Jucos. He’s currently looking at major Juco programs and he’s a guy that D1 schools should be considering as well, with his quick first step and ability to finish in traffic. You can see a lot more of Ryan at www.RyanKleffer.com. Ryan has become a scoring machine in his high school career, quickly nearing 1300 points since his sophomore season and routinely putting up 30 plus point performances.

Waymond Wright (PG, 5’10”, 2013) plays for Upper Room in Raleigh, NC, the same high school team as Louisville commit Rodney Purvis, and often runs the point. He’s a solid ballhandler and has displayed a very accurate mid range shot when I’ve seen him play. Waymond has interest from NC State and Alabama, but I’d suggest that more schools who need a solid person to run the point should be looking at him.

Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3″, 2012) has the most interest right now from Wake Forest, VCU, Miami, Clemson and Tulane. He says that VCU is in the most contact with him at the moment. Reggie is averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game for Dudley High School.

Jordan Nelson (PG, 6’1″, 2011) has had heavy D1 interest and already has a load of D2 offers. Jordan plays for Lincoln High School in Illinois and Peoria Irish Travel Ball. You can see more of Jordan here, including a game against Morton where he scored 39 points, including 9 three-pointers.

Jerran Foster (PG, 5’10”, 2012) plays on Winston-Salem Prep with Greg McClinton and had to take the scoring load when Greg went down with a concussion earlier this season. I’ve watched Jerran play multiple times, including a scoring explosion against NC State commit Tyler Lewis. Both Lewis and Foster were pouring in buckets during their match up at the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic this year. Foster is sure handed and a collegiate level ballhandler, strong with a pit bull mentality about getting into the lane and scoring. He’s had multiple 30 point outbursts this season and has interest from Clemson, UNCC, UNCG (Greensboro), Winthrop, Winston-Salem State, Baylor, UNCP (Pembroke), South Carolina and several others.

Braeshaun Dozier(PG/SG, 6’0″, 2012) plays for the #1 ranked 4-A team in North Carolina, Ronald W. Reagan High School, along with sophomore Matt Madigan (SG/SF, 6’4″, 2013). Both are part of a team that executes extremely well and plays smart basketball, with effective passing, crisp guard cuts and excellent shot selection. Dozier has some interest from Furman, while Madigan has interest from Notre Dame, Appalachian State, Davidson, East Carolina, South Carolina and Xavier.

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Rodney Purvis
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Rodney Purvis, 2013 star PG and interested in NC State Wolfpack.

More from scout James Blackburn and the 2010 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, with the 2012 classes and one player from 2013, Rodney Purvis.

Class of 2013 edit-Rodney has since reclassified to 2012.

Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’2″, 165)
Player Highlights
Upper Room Christian Academy
Raleigh, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-Stars

Scouting Report
Good size, athletic, ball handling, different finishing moves

College Interest
NC State

He is going to be going to the 15u super showcase with his AAU team, the CP3 All-Stars later this summer in FL. He is going to be working on his jumper a lot this summer with his HS coach.

Class of 2012

Andre Drummond (C, 6’11”, 265)
Player Highlights
St. Thomas More HS
Oakdale, CT
AAU team- Connecticut Basketball Club

Scouting Report
#1 Center in his class according to www.scout.com. Very good shot blocker, can hit the mid range, good athlete. Strong rebounder.

College Interest
Offers from UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, West Virginia, Georgetown, Mass, and Rutgers.

Very young player who is enjoying the recruiting scene- does not have any favorites so far- is trying to lay low according to his coach. He has taken an un-official visit to Providence. He is just trying to continually work on develop a all-around game. Wants to be a mix between Lebron James and Dwight Howard.

Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3″, 210)
Dudley HS
Greensboro, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-stars

Scouting Report
Determined defender and solid 3-point shooter

College Interest

Peter Jurkin (C, 7’0″, 220)
Player Highlights
United Faith Christian Academy
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Indiana Elite/Team Indiana

Scouting Report
Very long and athletic- tries to block everything and either blocks or influences every shot that is put up in paint

College Interest
Indiana- they have offered

Quayshad Williams
Greensboro Day School Power Forward / 6-7/ 240
Greensboro, NC
AAU- Greensboro Gators
Scouting Report: Good hands, good touch around the rim
College Interest:

Grant Jerrett (F, 6’8″, 210)
Lutheran HS
La Verne, CA
AAU team- Belmont Shore

Scouting Report
Very long, big/wide shoulders, Runs the floor and can shoot the 3

College Interest
Has offers from Arizona, UNLV, USC, Washington, and UCLA. Is also receiving interest from Gonzaga and Arizona St.

Josh Smith (C, 6’7″, 235)
Olympic HS
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Carolina Raptors

Scouting Report
Very strong, good rebounder who grabs everything with 2 hands, good finisher

College Interest
V. Tech, LSU- no offers yet

Trying to work on guard skills this summer. Is going to work on increasing his shooting range and dribbling skills.

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