N.C. PBP Classic: Williams & Co. Drop Oak Hill

<b>GREENSBORO, N.C. –</b> Louis Williams and Mike Mercer took out Oak Hill while Eric Wallace and Kevin Durant showed why they are such highly regarded prospects.

MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD
South Gwinnett 82, Oak Hill 68
Reynolds 91, Dudley 82
Glenn 82, Southwest Guilford 62
Greensboro Day 50, S. Alamance 44
Page 68, Bishop McGuiness 57

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Louis Williams, G, South Gwinnett: He delivered the big one right when it was needed. The current No. 1 prospect in the class, per Scout.com, couldn't be checked off the drive and he torched a pretty good Oak Hill defense for 32 points. Those who were fortunate enough to catch him on this day saw how Williams can put pressure on defenses with his athletic and swift jaunts to the rim. They saw the showtime, athletic finishes and most importantly, they saw a young man with a penchant for find the winner's the circle. Coming off a tough loss to Lanier, credit Williams & Co. for not hanging their heads but instead standing proud as they conquered one of the storied programs in all of high school basketball.

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Mike Mercer, PG, South Gwinnett: He'll be remembered in Greensboro for hammering down one of the nastiest, most athletic dunks by a guard they've seen in the state of North Carolina since, well, you know who! His 22 points, a ton coming in the second half, helped key South Gwinnett's late burst.

Jamont Gordon, SG/SF, Oak Hill: He had the toughest assignment of all Monday night as he drew Williams. Gordon limited the star to 4 in the first quarter before Williams started getting loose. Where he really made his presence felt was in the second half when for a stretch he was awesome on the glass (10 rebounds) and was keeping Oak Hill in the game. He and Eric Devendorf, for a good portion of the 4th quarter, were the guys stepping up in the scoring column and playing aggressive.

Michael Copeland, PF, Reynolds: This guy is going to be a good mid-major player. He understands his strengths and plays with energy inside. He's a guy you absolutely must box out or he'll make you look bad. He had 17 points before fouling out.

Montez Downey, SG, Bishop McGuiness: Talented player who went for 29 points and he should be able to help UNC-G in the scoring department early in his career.

Kevin Swinton, PF, Dudley: Had 22 points and 10 rebounds as his team fought to close it out in regulation. Most thought his block in the closing minute and big time defensive rebound had sealed it for Dudley but the Panthers couldn't close the deal.

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Kevin Durant, PF, Oak Hill: Though he didn't receive the same touches in the second half, his initial 16 minutes was a snapshot of the future. Early on, Durant stroked a few willowy 3s, used athleticism and craftiness to score inside and pretty looked like the stud prospect we know him to be. His 16 points all came in the first half and we had him with 16 boards as well.

William Graves, SF, Dudley: Led his team in scoring with 29 on 10-for-25 shooting to go with 7 rebounds. After the game, he pretty much alluded to a North Carolina commitment and UNC's Steve Robinson was in the building taking in his performance.

Avery Jukes, PF, South Gwinnett: His 12 points were needed but it was his work on the boards that really stood out. Without his effort on the inside who know's what happens? Did a really nice job and his contribution at both ends was noticeable.

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Eric Wallace, SF, Glenn: We learned some news things about Wallace Monday afternoon. For starters, he commits himself to playing hard at both ends and runs the floor like a big time wing player should. He's a low-maintenance kid who plays unselfishly and he doesn't need the basketball in his hands to impact a game. He charges hard on defensive closeouts, rebounds his position and makes his free throws. Big name, big rep, big timer. He had 27 points and 11 rebounds in a prime time setting.

NEWS & NOTES

If Kevin Durant's strength and weight can't catch up to his growing frame (he's now 6-foot-10), the college option will be explored. Right now the Top 5 are Texas, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Connecticut and UNC. … Appalachian State was in the building working on Michael Copeland, so was East Tennessee State. …

North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson was in town watching Graves but he couldn't come to see Eric Wallace because you are allowed just 5 evaluations per year on each recruit and the Heels appeared to be saving some of them for later in the year with Wallace. …

Tywon Lawson was watched by Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and UNC. Ditto for Durant. … Kevin Nickelberry of Clemson watched K.C. Rivers and a bevy of underclassmen. … Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy was in the gym for Eric Devendorf and probably Durant. … Georgia head coach Dennis Felton was in the gym watching Louis Williams and Mike Mercer. …

SCOUT'S SEAT

Tywon Lawson, Oak Hill's junior guard, had 13 points. He showed an extra gear in traffic and his floater was working but once the senior guards from South Gwinnett spread the floor it was over. … Louis Williams did some things off the drive that simply were amazing and the NBA guys who were in attendance had to be impressed with the way he scored at the rim. …


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