By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: WSSU vs Concord

Winston-Salem wins 76-73

Preston Ross, III (F, 6’5”, SR)

37 min, 6-15 FG, 2-6 3pt, 5-6 FT, 5 reb, 1 assist, 3 TO, 1 blk, 1 steal, 19 TP

Preston Ross Winston-Salem State basketball

Physical defender who bumps cutters. Closes out with high hands. Active and quick hands defensively-makes plays- got multiple deflections tonight and guards the inbounds. Made the proper defensive rotations and has good bball IQ. Looks to make contact and box out on all rebounds. Hustles and plays hard. Incredible offensive rebounder because of hustle, vertical leap, and timing. Relentless motor.
Secures rebounds strongly with 2 hands.

Excellent athlete who runs the floor well and has good hands. Quick jump. Excellent in transition, gets out quickly. Very good slasher who can finish with contact. Head hunts on screens. Strong frame. Shot has good rotation and he has solid mechanics with a nice follow through. Showed he was capable to knock down the open corner 3 off the pick and pop play- hit back to back 3’s at a critical point in this game with under 4 min to play. Has a smooth FT stroke. Team player who shares the ball and does not force shots. Is in great physical condition- played a game high 37 minutes in this contest. Good high-low passer and is an underrated passer in general- better then his assist numbers would indicate. Does a good job of sealing inside.

Struggles to change directions with the ball off the dribble. Needs to improve ball handling overall, dribbles with head down. Inconsistent shooter from 3 and needs to speed up release. What position is he on the floor? Struggled to finish around the rim tonight but hustled and was able to board most of his own misses.

Went for too many ball fakes when defending the perimeter and needs to improve lateral quickness.

Another solid performance tonight from the senior forward. Had 20 pts and 10 rebounds in his 1st game and led his team in scoring tonight in another win. Transfer from D1 Western Carolina, where he started last season. Should have a big year on a young team that needs his toughness, leadership, and competitiveness.
Needs to improve body language when things are not going his way, showed visible frustration on missed shots and fouls. Is supportive of teammates on bench and in game and listens to his coaches.

Needs to communicate more on the floor. Calls out screens but would like to see him talk more in general, but is a winner and a competitor.
Ross shouldn’t have a problem finding a role to play at the next level, either in a 2nd division European country or in another country/continent. His athleticism, strength, and rebounding ability will be highly coveted by a pro team.

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By: James Blackburn

Justin Glover Basketball Winston-Salem State WSSU

Game Scouted: Wingate @ Winston-Salem State
Winston-State wins
Box Score

Justin Glover (G, 6’3”, SR)

26 min, 6-13 FG, 1-4 3 pt FG, 2-2 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 15 TP

Coming into tonight’s game I knew Glover was a scorer. His assistant coach had informed me that he had scored 30 points in his last game and I also knew he led the team in that category. Glover can get his points in several different ways, although the bulk of his points come in P/R, isolation, and transition plays. He has a quick first step and doesn’t have a problem getting by his man and turning the corner off screens. He is explosive and is a superb athlete who plays above the rim. He had three dunks in this game, all in transition, and showed he can jump off of one or two feet. He gets off the ground very quickly and springs off the ground. He doesn’t have any problem creating his own shot and does most of his scoring off the bounce. He is smooth, quick, and athletic and can split defenders off screens. He has a quick release on his jump shot and knocked down a three this game. He handles the ball well for a combo guard, and does not turn the ball over much at all (less then 1 TO a game)

He does more however then just score on the offensive end, as he is a good passer, especially for a shooting guard/off guard. He keeps his eyes up when on the perimeter and even hit the roll man on the P/R. Also showed the ability to thread the needle in the half court set and had several quick hitters that eventually led to scores. He has more assists then turnovers on the year with a 1.5 assist to turnover ration.

He is even-keeled on the court and he doesn’t show much emotion and any attitude. Got taken out several times because of poor shots and didn’t show any attitude when coming out. He has a lot of confidence in his game and his ability to score and is not afraid to let it go- has confidence in his game.
Defensively, he has quick hands and he plays the passing lanes very well. He is averaging over two steals a game 7 games into the season. He had several steals this game. After showing average defense in the first half, he came out and defended better in the second half. Has the physical tools to be an excellent defender w/ good size for a combo guard and superb athleticism.

Though Glover is an excellent scorer, he forced several shots this game and didn’t show much discipline in his shot selection. He settled for contested perimeter shots early in the shot clock, a shot he could get any time. Five games into the season he was shooting just 37% from the field, a number that should be in the mid to high 40’s with his scoring and athletic abilities. I believe this number is low because of him forcing some shots. His jump shot looks inconsistent as well, even though he did lead Winston-Salem State in three pointers last season. He went 1-4 from distance tonight. His shot is a little flat and his right elbow sticks out to a degree. He tends to miss short when he does miss and he showed a low release at the FT line. He does get shot off very quickly, minimizing the effect of his low release point. Even though he is a good passer, most of the time when he drives he puts his head down and does not intend to pass. When he drives and attacks he does so to score not to make plays for teammates (not necessarily a bad thing, because he is asked to score, but could pose trouble at next level).

Defensively he is excellent at forcing turnovers and steals but he didn’t seem to show or put in the same effort on the defensive end play after play like he did on the offensive end. He tends to gamble and reach too much on the perimeter and doesn’t bump the cutters. He is slow laterally and players went around him several times. Has hands down too much defensively and didn’t contest several shots.

Not a 30 point outing for Glover but solid scoring game non the less for him and he also pitched in w/ three steals in a good home win. As previously stated he is a prolific scorer and is the one of the best in his conference at doing so. He is currently averaging 15 ppg for the year for a 5-2 Winston-Salem State Rams team. He scored 9 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds in a exhibition loss to Duke in the first game of the year and he is
shooting over 36% from three and over 76% from the FT line.

Before arriving at Winston-Salem State he was a 1st Team All-American at Davidson County Community College and is the All-Time leading scorer at the school. Was All-Conference last year after leading the Rams in scoring as a junior and helped them win the CIAA Conference Championship.
Having said all of that, the fact is, is that combo guard scorers (especially players 6’5” and under) are a dime a dozen and pro teams have no shortage to pick from. However, I do believe Glover has the skills and abilities to play professionally next season. He would be a good candidate for a D-League team to invite to their training camp and see how he performs at that stage. He would probably be better off and will probably end up playing overseas for a 2nd division team in Europe. European teams love athletic, high scoring guards from America, especially ones who can please the crowd with highlights and dunks, which Glover can do with his explosiveness and scoring ability. European teams and select D-League teams should monitor the rest of his season and file his name for future refrence.

We at Basketball Elite focus primarily on HS basketball, but we also scout college and professional basketball as well. We have scouted Winston-Salem State (NCAA DII) basketball in the past. Torez Young is a hometown kid that finished his HS career at Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem. He finished 2nd in school history in points and 1st in assist and steals. These numbers were good enough for him to be a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Torez chose to attend Grambling State over offers from High Point and Wright State amongst others. After sitting out his first year at Grambling, he started 21 games the following year and was voted onto the 1st Team All-Freshman in the SWAC conference. Young transferred to Junior College- Florida State College the following year and led the entire state of Florida in assist. Halfway through the season Young signed with WSSU to be closer to home. After a disappointing year because of a torn ACL, Young will be counted on heavily this coming season for a talented WSSU squad.

James Blackburn has scouted and watched Torez’s game develop since his freshman year of college. He is a prolific scorer who can shoot the ball from the perimeter as well as beat you off the dribble. He is athletic and possesses decent size and length for the PG position. He is at his best in transition and he is an excellent passer.

Basketball Elite caught up with Winston-Salem State junior guard to talk about his off-season training, goals for next season, and his plans for the future.