Road Report: N.C. MLK P.B.P. Classic

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 4th MLK North Carolina Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic was highlighted by Tywon Lawson and William Graves trading 30-point efforts.

Tywon Lawson, PG, Oak Hill – There's not a whole lot more that can be written about him prior to his UNC career. He's built like a tank but is fast as a corvette. He's one of the three most talented point guards to enter the ACC since the Class of 2002 and that means an instant impact should be anticipated. He dropped a cool 30 points on Dudley.

William Graves (pictured), SF, Dudley – Probably the best game we've seen him have in a while. The most important thing he did was to respond to the defensive challenge Nolan Smith threw his way. Smith was intent on locking him down and eventually Graves figured him out and started getting buckets. We had him 11-for-29 from the field but most of the shots were contested. He finished with 30 points and 9 rebounds as he had to score a lot in order to keep it respectable against the Mighty Warriors. He's a strong player with perimeter talent and you know UNC is going to trim him down, which should ease his transition to the pace of the college game.

Marsharee Neely, SG, Page – The ball is in his hands a lot on the high school level and we still think his comfort zone is as a perimeter threat. His 18 points were the second-highest by a Page player in their game. Headed to Old Dominion.

Eric Wallace, SF, Glenn – Tough evening for the Glenn forward. He shot just 5-for-19 from the field and finished with 16 points and 8 boards. In watching him this year, his game looks a tad less fluid than it did during the first half of his high school career and he's pushing his jump shot. A terrific athlete, he's searching for his offensive comfort zone.

Tracy Smith, PF, Mount Zion – We'll give credit where it's due and Smith seems to have taken an active role in transforming his body. The last two times we've seen him he's looked better physically. He's a horse inside who scored 15 on Monday. We'd like to see him expand his game a little but he's a reliable post scorer with power.

Jeff Allen, PF, Oak Hill – This guy deserves mention for the way he bangs on the glass and plays to his strength. Limited offensively right now, Allen uses his body and his spring inside to work for Oak Hill. Once he gets to Va. Tech, he'll be college ready in terms of size and his effort will be a nice supplement to the Hokies interior game. This guy understands who he is and what his role happens to be and plays to his strengths; most kids have a hard time figuring that out.

Johnny Thomas, PF, Greensboro Day – The 6-foot-6 Thomas has a chance. He's an undersized power forward who plays with intensity and works hard at his craft. He's the guy that sets the example for the rest of his teammates as a rebounder.

Karron Johnson, SF, Mount Zion – If you like long, bouncy and athletic small forwards, keep an eye on this young man. A year older for his classification, the Richmond native finishes with dunks, rebounds in a crowd and carries himself like a player. He's come a long way since we first saw him workout as an 8th grader. Virginia likes him and was in the stands when he hit double-digits on Monday. The pair of big time rejections were a testament to how springy he is off the floor. He'll have a chance to be an outstanding prospect.

Glenn power forward Marshall Moses has been inactive recently for unspecified reasons and no date has been given for his return. He is not injured and was with the team on Monday. …

Tyree Graham made his Mount Zion debut and ran the point. … Virginia, who is big on Eric Wallace, sent assistant Rob Lanier to check him out. …

Head Coaches – Gary Williams

Assistant Coaches In The Gym – North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Western Carolina, VCU N.C. A&T

A new name for the Class of 2007 is Lenny Daniels. The Mount Zion junior has one of those long, live bodies for a four-man. He should be a strong mid-major prospect cut from the A.J. Wilson mold. … Michael Beasley had an athletic 15 points. … Dudley sophomore Mike Coger, a 6-foot-7+ interior player, is a young man to keep an eye on. …


  • Oak Hill 93, Dudley 67
  • Mount Zion 78, Glenn 53
  • Greensboro Day 56, Greensboro Smith 49
  • Greensboro Page 65, W-S Reynolds 51

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