Checking In On Bonner Academy
Head coach Marvin Reed calls this Bonner Academy bunch his best team yet, and for good reason. In the backcourt, he has guns John Winchester and Vincent Grier. On the wings he has EJ Drayton and Fabian Davis alongside Eric Davis who patrols the middle. Toss in junior swingman Leslie Minter and you've got a nice team.
Grier, a do-everything winger, is headed to Charlotte. Eric Davis already picked Seton Hall. Drayton, Winchester and Fabian Davis are the prime available players of the bunch.
In Tuesday's workout, which was quite spirited, Grier was clearly the best player Bonner had. Few people outside of Bobby Lutz and his staff fully understand just how good this kid is. His performance on this day wasn't just awesome; it was one of the best pickup performances I'd ever seen.
Grier was terrific. You have to understand that he can be a full-time shooting guard or even small forward and he certainly has improved his handle and decision making enough to run some point. However, his greatest asset is easily his ability to get to the rim and FINISH. If there were three better guys in this class at getting to the rim it would be shocking.
Defensively, Fabian Davis couldn't score on him. Davis reportedly was a little under the weather, but it might not have mattered. Then, Grier switched teams and started checking Winchester. He gave Winchester, a terrific scorer, all he could handle. Then, on offense, he just drove the lane, dunked and pretty much dominated.
Winchester wasn't bad either. When he was playing alongside Grier, he routinely buried three-ball after three-ball and these weren't college treys. "I tell him to let it fly and if people don't like that, I'll deal with it," Reed said. So, Winchester let them fly and once he hit that first one, he got himself on a big-time run. Like Grier, he too can play some point and that might be his best position in college as it was for Kenny Satterfield once he left high school.
Center Eric Davis is working on his touch from around the basket. He's about to be asked to score more this year than ever and for him that's a change. He spent the last three years playing alongside Dajuan Wagner were scoring chances for himself were almost nonexistent. When asked what it was like to play with Wagner, Davis didn't say anything expect to get himself in a box out position to try and get a rebound.
Drayton is a 6-7 combo forward on the mid-major level. He has good athleticism and appears to have a touch as well.
Fabian Davis is a small forward. Today wasn't his best effort and coach let him know it. Davis said that he thought he might be getting the flu, so we'll go take a look at him next week for a better evaluation. However, having seen him before, we know he's a guy capable of playing on the perimeter but seems very comfortable when he gets favorable matchups on the blocks.
NOTES: College of Charleston assistant Ben Betts was in attendance watching Drayton. … Texas assistant Frank Haith was there to see John Winchester. … Supposedly, Florida head coach Billy Donovan was going to be in Durham to spend some time with Winchester on Tuesday, the final day of the evaluation period. … Drayton likes Charleston and Arkansas, but it's unclear the Hogs interest level and he has yet to take the SAT. … "We have the No. 1 backcourt in the country," said Winchester of his tag-team role with Grier. …