Fells Explodes On Court and With Coaches

Courtney Fells wasn't completely obscure heading into the Kingwood Classic, but he sure did help himself - and now the offers are pouring in for the Mississippi sharpshooter.

Courtney Fells had made a name for himself in Mississippi prior to this past weekend, but now the name is being uttered throughout the country in basketball offices after an eight-trifecta performance in Houston.

Prior to this past weekend, when the Shannon High (Miss.) 6-5, 190-pound junior wing went off in front of a packed gym of college coaches for 30 points at the Kingwood Classic, Fells was getting letters from Oklahoma State, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Texas Tech.

This past week the schools stepped up – not only in numbers.

Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech came in to meet with Fells. He even took an unofficial trip down the road to Mississippi State. So far, the offers have come from N.C. State, Mississippi, Mississippi State and LSU.

But one school already stands out as the clear leader: N.C. State.

``At this point, I'm going with N.C. State as my leader," said Fells, who plans to visit to Wolfpack next weekend. "I just feel more comfortable with their style of play. Their academic program is strong and plus, I'll play in the ACC against some of the top players in the nation."

Fells, a 3.47 student, is a dead-eye shooter who also possesses good athleticism. He'll need to get stronger in order to be able to finish better. Fells averaged 18.6 points, 8.7 boards and 6 assists per game as a junior and also was the starting quarterback on the football team – although he gave up his career on the gridiron to concentrate solely on basketball.

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