Available Hayes Lifts Dudley

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Piedmont Triad 3-A conference held its quarterfinals at Dudley High. Upsets didn't happen, but here's a look at a few of the top performers who are Division I talents, including Dudley's Mike Hayes and Eric Hicks.

Hayes Helps Lift Dudley

"Smooth" Mike Hayes, a 6-4 senior shooting guard, helped lift Dudley pas NE Guilford 64-60. Hayes scored 21 points, including a sweet 10-16 from the field. Hayes, who has a test score, is in need of a Division I scholarship. He's a comfortable mid-range shooter with good size. Low and possible mid-major should check up on him.

The big gun for Dudley, Cincinnati-bound forward Eric Hicks, was held in check for the most part in this one. Double-teams should be nothing new to Hicks this season, but he seemed particularly frustrated on this occasion and for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he had problems getting the basketball because of the attention paid to him down low. Yes, his teammates didn't do a great job of getting him the ball, but that's when he needs to do what he does best: rebound.

Through the first half of this one, Hicks had just one board. In the past, his offense has been predicated around getting on the glass and creating his scoring opportunities. Whether or not he was getting post feeds, Hicks should have just crashed the boards. Instead, he looked at times disinterested, often firing up 3s rather than attacking when possible.

He came in averaging 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. He finished with 15 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks. Not his best effort and if Dudley is going to advance deep into the state playoffs, they'll need his energy.


Winston-Salem Carver defeated W-S Glenn 70-61. Carver junior Antonio Byrd, a Division I prospect, scored 31 in the win. The 6-2 guard is strong and has a nice feel for the mid-range game. Glenn's Chris Oliver, a 6-4 ½ junior forward, scored 21 in the loss. … Junior point guard Landon Quick scored 21 points in SW Guilford's 61-60 win over Greensboro Smith. Quick made 14-20 from the line. He too is a Division I player and was an all-conference performer this season. He's probably a low-major guy but this was our first look. … Winston-Salem Parkland tripped up Morehead 76-65 behind Virginia Tech-bound senior Phillip McCandies. …

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