Laurinburg Trio Remains Uncommitted

Laurinburg went 24-1 on the year and Coach Billy Reed had his guys playing hard in the coach's first season. Now, Reed has three players, including Phil Jones, waiting on the spring period.

There aren't too many prep school teams out there with three unsigned seniors. Billy Reed's Laurinburg team is one of them. After losing just one game to Genesis One in his first season, Reed now has the task of assisting a trio of kids in finding their next home.

The biggest name on the national radar is Top 25 post graduate prospect Phil Jones. The re-conditioned center who hails from New York had a strong season. He made strides with his conditioning and his game under the tutelage of Reed.

"Right now he's got Texas Tech, Kentucky, Miami and George Washington," Reed said. "He has to take his test because he hasn't taken it yet and that's what holding everything up. He hasn't visited anywhere yet because he can't. After spring break he'll visit some schools and he'll narrow those guys down."

Reed said that Jones is scheduled to take the standardized test in early April. The Red Raiders and Kentucky Wildcats should receive official visits. The Colonials and Hurricanes are in contention for visits as well.

Saiquon Stone, another native of New York and multi-purpose player, recently visited Providence and has the Friars, Marist and Southern Miss chasing him. Texas Tech is also showing interest.

"He plays so hard and he's so tough," Reed said. "Everybody is interested in him now. With new coaches coming in and guys losing, they're really intrigued by him because he plays so hard."

Kiwan Smith, a talented small forward, has Tennessee and a host of others waiting on his progress. "With him it's a wait and see thing with him," Reed said. "They're waiting to see how he does in school. It's a wait and see thing. He's just an energetic kid and he's a freak athletically."


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