Battle of the Classes Recap

The best prospects in North Carolina matched up against the top players in South Carolina in a battle of the borders.

Anthony Gill (N.C.): Playing through an illness (he threw up earlier in the day), he still showed a versatile game. He bullied people, rebounded in traffic well, showed the ability to comfortably handle the ball (going coast to coast) made some incredible outlet passes, made some big-time blocks, cleaned up the glass on both ends and dunked with authority. He's gained 15-20 pounds since the summer ended and is really starting to come into his own. The key going forward will be to show a constant aggressiveness.

Jervon Pressley (N.C.): Though, he's not the most athletic and smartest basketball player, he does what he does well. His outstanding rebounding on both ends of the glass, big blocks and monster dunks set the tone for his team. The way he ruled the paint led him to the MVP award of the event.

Damien Leonard (S.C.): Some days, shooters shots aren't falling, but this is where Leonard shows overall improvement. He was able to affect the game in other facets by rebounding well for a two-guard and penetrated much more than he has in the past, finding other players to get them easy baskets. Like Gill, he's visually begun to put on good weight and definition is starting to show. It's also starting to show in his game, as he's become a more fluid athlete.

Corey Littlejohn (S.C.): A lesser-known guard that's committed to UNC Asheville, the kid showed a high basketball IQ and an ability to shoot it. He made good slashing moves to the cup where he was able to finish effectively in stretches and helped keep his team in it.

Jesse Pernell (S.C.): He showed a very solid stroke, and the guard proved that he could fill it up from deep.

Montrezl Harrell (N.C.): He looks like he's grown a little, and he stands almost at about 6-foot-8, with a 7-foot-3 wingspan. His athleticism is out of this world. He kind of deferred in the first half. He didn't do too much early offensively after he started the game off with a 3. He grabbed some nasty rebounds in traffic and blocked some shots. The difference in the game was a big-time alleyoop in the second half, and once he threw that one down, it was over for the South Carolina team. He put his team on his back and continued to dunk and dunk and dunk. There was a point where he had everyone in the gym asking what his name was and where he came from.

Shawn Lester (N.C.): It's easy to see why Lester is regarded highly by some. He's smooth. He didn't get off the way he has the ability to (because of the setting and structure of the game), but the skillset and athleticism were on display. He got his hands in passing lanes and made some great steals, had a monster dunk and even showed a spin move that left a defender so far behind that he still may be in his stance on the court. He also showed his stroke by burying contested shots.

Codi McIntyre (N.C.): A heady point guard that showed a strong feel for the game. He'll be one to keep an eye on over the next two years.

Jarvis Haywood (N.C.): Playing in his home gym, he put on a scoring clinic in a variety of ways. He may not have all the high-major tools and the prettiest game, but if he continues to work and score the way he did on this day, he'll find his mark on someone's college roster as a wing.

Aaron Roundtree (N.C.): He has a nice handle for someone his size (6-foot-7). He settles for jumpers some types, but he possesses the IQ and ability to be a mismatch for a mid-major school.

Travis Hammond (S.C.): He put his team on his back early and really filled it up. He penetrated well, and shot it well and let everyone know about it. If his game continues to be displayed like that, he has a chance to have some bigger schools come knocking at his door. He just has to be consistent with it.

Spencer Collins (S.C.): He's a two guard with great size and really showed a nice stroke.

Sindarius Thornwell (S.C.): He had one of the most (if not the most) upsides in the gym. He's a wing that's very explosive in the open court, and he finished well with both hands. From the mid-range in, he made great decisions. When he tried to dribble around the 3-point line, you can see that his handle needs to be tighter, but he makes up for it with pure athleticism and great court version at this juncture. He coasted a bit in the second half, but like how he started the game, he demanded the ball at the end of the game and was vicious in his attack. He's the reason that his team was the only South Carolina team to get a win on the day. His MVP was well deserved. He's probably the best prospect in the state in his class.

Kennedy Meeks (N.C.): A guy that looks likely to get heavy playing time this year after seeing few minutes for West Charlotte last year, the 6-foot-8 big man looks to be up to the task. He punished in the paint at times. He sealed off defenders of all sizes and caught the ball in traffic. Once he got it in deep, he was finishing it. He had hook shots with both hands and showed his graceful touch as he stepped back to knock down shots. At one point in the first half, Meeks dominated the game in every form you want a big man to. Once he gets serious in the weight room and gets his body right, the sky will be the limit for Meeks.

Christian Hairston (N.C.): He possessed nice dribbling ability for his size (6-foot-7), and his shooting touch was deadly from deep. At times, he was the biggest guy on the court for his team. He didn't understand he needed to be in the paint helping out, but that doesn't take away from his promise.

Mark Blackmon (N.C.): Word of God is flat out stacked at the guard position as always, as a result, Blackmon may not see much playing time. That still doesn't take away from his exceptional quickness and ability to run the point. He shot the ball well and was a nightmare on defense. Whenever his time comes for the Holy Rams, he's more than capable to step in and be apart of the lineage of great guards that program is producing.

Tarique Thompson (N.C.): As an undersized power forward (6-foot-6), his ceiling well rest on growth. As of right now, that doesn't stop him from being an absolute bully in the post. He pushes people around and finishes strong. He'll be one to watch.

Montrezl Harrell has offers from South Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech, Xavier, ECU, Clemson and Wake Forest. He's taking his time and taking visits, with Wake Forest's midnight madness being the latest, and prior to that, it was the South Carolina-Alabama football game. ... Shawn Lester has recently received an offer from N.C. State and is fresh off a visit from Clemson. He says Duquesne has made him its No. 1 target. However, it seems like he's the Tigers to lose at this point, despite not having an offer. ... Kennedy Meeks has offers from North Florida and South Carolina with all of the ACC (except Duke), Notre Dame and Georgetown showing interests. ... Sindarius Thornwell has offers from South Carolina, Clemson and East Tennessee State with Miami, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Charlotte, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Oregon State all looking <

"If you pulled up those shorts, you could hit your free throws." - random mom in the stands.

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