Over 50 players from the state of North Carolina attended the Raleigh Roundball Classic. Most of the state's better seniors did not attend the event and a number of top underclassmen were missing. However, there were some fine underclassmen, especially sophomores, partaking in the event.
Here's a look at some of the better players in attendance:
- JamesOn Curry, 6-1/150/PG, Eastern Alamance, 2004: Last year, Curry averaged 23 points a game as a freshman and earned himself and invite to the Nike All-American Camp. He's a big-time scorer who creates shots for himself and one of trademarks is his ability to create separation to get long and mid-range jumpers off. He's also a fine assist man and looks like the top sophomore in North Carolina. He's an elite level prospect and was the best player here.
- Jamal Shuler, 6-2/155, SG/PG, Jacksonville, 2004: He played some varsity basketball last year and averaged 9 points a contest. He bears a strong resemblance to former Texas guard Darren Kelly. He's a good scorer with a nice jumper who also likes to get to the rim. His varsity career is just getting started and he's sure to be one of the state's better underclassmen.
- Phillip McCandies, 6-8/200, PF, Parkland, 2002: He raced to the event after his official visit to Virginia Tech, the school he committed to over the weekend. He's very skinny but at the Roundball ran the floor well and finished a few plays with impressive dunks. The potential is there but he needs work in the weight room if he's to contribute at the Big East level.
- Cameron Stanley, 6-6/180, SF, TBD, 2004: The word is that he's about to move to Pittsburgh so there's an unsuspecting program in that area which is about to land a potential high-major player. Stanley has plenty of offense, is left-handed and is a good athlete. He loves to let it fly from the perimeter and has 3-point range. Last year, he averaged close to 10 points a game at Millbrook.
- Junior Hairston, 6-5/175/SF, West Rowan, 2003: Probably accounted for two of the finest drives in the event when he drove, elevated and dunked. He's a big-time athlete whose perimeter game needs some honing but he'll no doubt be a mid-to-high-major target with continued development.
- Donte Minter, 6-8/230/PF, West Rowan, 2002: The early Sunday morning tip seemed to affect him. Minter wasn't his usual self on the boards and looked a little lethargic. Plenty of college suitors were on hand watching him.
Notes: Leesville Road junior guard Darryl Thompson (5-7/155) is beginning to look more like a point guard these days. Despite his size, his primary role last year was as a shooter and defender. Now, he's starting to look like a pretty solid playmaker. … Marquis Bell (6-5/170) is the brother of NC State forward Michael Bell. The SF/SG might need a junior college, and like his older sibling, can shoot the 3. … Milone Clark (6-3/175) is a senior athlete who might draw some looks from Division I programs. … Apex has a reliable shooter in the form of Patrick Stephenson (6-6/210). Stephenson is a senior. … Junior center CJ Walker (7-0/205) landed hard on his chin and missed a few games. Right now, Walker is extremely skinny but could wind up receiving mid-major attention based on his height, but he has another year so we'll have to see how he develops physically. … Mike Modlin (6-9/200) from East Chapel Hill may wind up receiving low-major attention before the spring signing period concludes. … Shawn Malloy (6-8/210) from Hoke County has a good frame and can put it on the floor, but needs to boost his academics. ... Oliver Holmes (6-5/180) of Hoggard is going to draw some low-major attention because he can stroke it and has super grades… Brandon Barnes (6-5/210) from Wilson Fike is a junior and nice looking athlete. He's raw and will start out receiving low-major attention next season. …
Chatter: Hillside junior Bobby Perry did not play in the event but attended. Perry is nursing an ankle injury. … Garner's James Mays, a member of the Class of 2004, was listed on the roster but did not attend. ECU's Bill Herrion, College of Charleston's John Kresse and Appalachian State's Houston Fancher were among the head coaches in attendance watching Donte Minter. … UNC assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was there watching JamesOn Curry. ... Clemson sent assistant Matt Driscoll to assess some of the underclassmen and Charlotte's Rob Moxley was on hand to do the same thing. … Representatives from Western Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Chowan, UNC-Asheville, Wofford, Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, Elon, Hampton and UNC-Greensboro were also spotted.
Pictured (left to right): Cameron Stanley (2004), Junior Hairston (2003), Jamal Shuler (2004)