Sutton, Others Emerge As Prospects

Over the weekend, in the Triangle area of North Carolina, conference tournaments drew to a close. It was an excellent chance to see a number of the best young freshmen and sophomores in the region.

It's never too early to begin looking at the freshmen and sophomore classes. Here in North Carolina, a pair of potential high-major prospects turned in prime performances over the weekend.

Though we weren't in the gym, reports indicated that Kernersville (NC) Glenn freshman Eric Wallace went for 30+ in a playoff. Wallace, a 6-4 wing player, is staring to come into his own and his scoring totals have picked up as of late. He's got a chance to be a big timer.

Jamie Skeen, a 6-7+ sophomore forward, also went for over 30. Skeen is growing rapidly and could wind up being a highly sought after power forward.

As we move east in the state towards the Triangle, a few more underclassmen did some nice things last weekend.

Durham Jordan staved off a furious rally from a young Riverside team. While the seniors receive all the accolades on both of these teams, the best prospects on each respective squad are underclassmen.

For Jordan, Dominique Sutton looks like one of the best young scorers in the state. The 6-4 Sutton is the second man off the Falcons' bench but he proved to be key in wining the conference title game on Saturday.

With the game tightening up, Sutton was inserted into the lineup in the second quarter and promptly rattled off 12 points in a five-minute span. He finished the game with 15. Sutton has a great body for his age, will dive to the blocks and runs the floor well. He's a high-major type prospect.

Riverside boasts a pair of talented underclassmen. Though he got into early foul trouble, freshman Wesley Saunders showed why he's highly regarded in the area. The 6-5, 220 pounder can score it inside. He's crafty and plays with confidence. He's a big kid with good hands. In his final game of the year he recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Saunders' teammate, sophomore Marshall Williams can also play. The 6-2 Williams could wind up being a small forward. He does a nice job of rebounding on the offensive glass and is more comfortable now getting to the rim than shooting from the perimeter. Williams had 23 points (8-for-11 FG, 7-9 FTs) against Jordan.

Garner was a hard-luck loser in the conference finals against Southeast Raleigh Friday night. While it wasn't a particular stellar shooting night for 5-10 sophomore guard B.J. Williams, you can tell he's got some game. He had 15 points (6-for-14 FG, 1-6 3s) and he projects right now as a combo guard.

B.J. has family history on his side as well. His father was a guard for the Clemson Tigers.

OTHER NOTES – In the conference title game, Garner senior forward James Mays scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds but battled foul trouble all night long. Mays has great bounce and athleticism and he'll play power forward to start his career at Clemson. …

Unsigned 6-9, 200 pound senior Ben Strong had 13 and 10 in the consolation game of his conference tournament. Strong is a low-major guy right now with the chance to possibly play mid-major ball if he's able to add some weight to his frame. …

Over at Ravenscroft, 6-9, 200 pound junior David McClenny has a chance. He prefers to play facing the basket and has a good skill set and nice touch. …


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