2006 Focus: Verice Cloyd

Verice Cloyd has waited his turn - patiently. Now the Tennessee native, who is at Genesis One in Mississippi, is taking advantage and becoming a hot commodity in the backcourt.

Verice Cloyd figured it was a good opportunity to get exposure when he went to Southern Maryland Christian with the intent of playing alongside highly touted 2007 prospects Michael Beasley and Nolan Smith.

However, the program folded shortly after Cloyd arrived and the 6-foot-3 Nashville, Tenn., native was left scrambling for a place to play.

Enter Genesis One, a new program coached by Victor Evans out of Jackson, Miss.

Cloyd made an instant impact for Evans, averaging 17.5 points per game while playing mostly shooting guard.

``He's a 6-3 combo guard whose more of a shooting guard," Evans said. "He can really catch and shoot it – and can also create his own shots. He's silky smooth and everything comes so easy for him. He just needs to learn how to work hard on every possession."

Because Cloyd played his first two seasons at College Heights Christian Academy (Galletin, Tenn.) and played up and sat behind Jamont Gordon with the Tennessee Travelers a year ago, he hasn't gotten much exposure.

Until April when he thrived at the Real Deal on the Hill in Arkansas.

``I finally got a chance to play," said the 18-year-old Cloyd. "I was just watching and learning from guys like Jamont last spring and summer. I was young, so I knew my time would come."

Cloyd said that Auburn was really the only school that had him on its radar prior to April and that's because he lit up Tigers freshman Ryan Daniels' Goodpasture Christian team for 40 points.

Now Cloyd says offers are on the table from Mississippi State, LSU and Arkansas. Others in the mix are Kentucky, Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida and Miami.

``I want to go somewhere I can win," Cloyd said. "That's important to me."


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