King Getting The Rust Off
It wasn't very pretty but when you haven't played a game since Dec. 20 and your team hasn't practiced since Jan. 2, what exactly should you expect?
"This was our fist game since Christmas," Southern Durham's Anthony King said. "We weren't ready." Ready or not, Southern was more prepared and has more talent than Oxford Webb which fell to the Spartans 78-56 before a small crowd in a gym with little atmosphere.
King, a 6-8, 220 pound junior power forward, scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his team's win. Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser, fresh off a win over Navy the night before, was in attendance and the Deacons are recruiting King.
However, right now King's top three choices are North Carolina, NC State and UConn. The big fella says he wants to play in the ACC and doesn't really see himself straying too far from home.
He has plenty of talent, but it hasn't been harnessed yet. To get the scholarship offer he covets, he's going to have to consistently bring the "A" game. For instance, King started off strong with a 5-point and 3-rebound effort in the first quarter. Then, in the second quarter he didn't scratch in the points or rebounds category.
Like many young big kids – King hasn't turned 17 yet – he's yet to understand what it means to force the issue. Most of the time when Anthony King steps onto the court, he's the best player out there. Being the best means there is an expectation level that must be met. Young big kids sometimes have problems playing their game. Instead of just fitting in, they don't understand the importance of dominance and imposing their will on the nine other guys on the floor.
King will learn. He showed tremendous potential when pushed by good players at the 2001 AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., last July. He has a nice touch from medium-range. Right now, it's all about understanding what it takes to dominate, being aggressive and playing each possession like it's his last.
Southern teammate David Noel can play wide receiver for probably anyone in the country. However, he chose to play for North Carolina, but wait. Apparently Noel wants to play basketball and his commitment to football, as a primary sport may be in question.
Tuesday was an off night for Noel. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds but it wasn't congruent with the kind of season he's been having. Look for Noel to take the basketball season and evaluate what potential hoops options he has. An incredible athlete, Noel will need to beef up his perimeter credentials but should be in line for a mid-major hoops scholarship. We'll keep an eye on him on this wing athlete who bench-presses 280 pounds.
Notes: In attendance for Tuesday's game were Bonner Academy's Dakin Braddick and EJ Drayton. … Former Southern Durham standout Fabian Davis was also in attendance. Reportedly, he's no longer on the Bonner Academy roster. He had been ticketed for Virginia Tech. … Wake Forest assistant Dino Gaudio and Tennessee assistant Chris Ferguson were in Raleigh to watch Todd Hendley and Lee County lose to Millbrook. ... College of Charleston assistant Marty McGillan was up to watch Millbrook junior Durrell Peterson. ...