N.C. 4-A Eastern Regionals Report

Things are winding down in the North Carolina state playoffs. On Tuesday night, we caught the Eastern Regional 4-A quarters and found a few underclassmen worthy of some pub.

Westover High out of Fayetteville defeated Raleigh Millbrook 74-64 Tuesday night in the North Carolina 4-A Eastern Regional quarterfinals. In the second game of the night, Wilmington New Hanover knocked Greenville Rose out of the tournament by virtue of a 73-65 win.

New Hanover is going to be a team you hear a lot about in the coming seasons in the state of North Carolina. Linc Lyles program appears to be stocked with very good young talent.

In fact, two guys stood out as high level prospects, despite one of them playing relatively low minutes in the game.

New Hanover sophomore guard James Beatty is a 6-foot point guard who right now projects to be a high-major caliber prospect. Beatty runs the show for his squad and is a poised, confident leader at his position. He handles the ball well and defends his position with intelligence. For the game, Beatty had 14 points, including 4 3s. He also came up with a few crucial steals.

Granted, it was our first and only viewing of Beatty, but in doing some preliminary research, he looks and sounds the part of a Division I prospect. In fact, hometown UNC-Wilmington is already recruiting him.

Next season you can expect Beatty to be feeding post man Tyrone Walker. The 6-foot-7 freshman has the look of a player. He probably played less than 2 minutes in the game but when he was in there, he blocked a shot and chased a few others. Basically, the young man has big feet and with his body and some natural development you can easily project him as a fine prospect down the road as well. p>

Rose High has itself a player as well. Raheem Smith, a 6-foot junior point guard appears to be a solid mid-major prospect. We credited Smith with 25 points on 6-for-13 from the floor. The lefty played a solid game and it was his offense that helped Rose get to the overtime period.

Aside from the underclassmen, a few seniors were in the building. Westover's Eric Maynor, a player who signed early with VCU, dropped 20 points on Millbrook. Johnnie McLawhorn's standout career ended at Rose with a tough night. McLawhorn was held scored on an 0-for-11 evening. However, he did lead all rebounders with 13.

Hampton coach Bobby Collins was in checking on McLawhorn who signed in the fall with the Pirates. Norfolk State assistant Jim Hammond was watching the young kids and evaluation Westover senior DeShaune Griffin as well.


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