KINSTON, N.C. – Jerry Stackhouse would have been proud. On the floor at his alma mater was a pair of promising freshman playing with poise and maturity of older players. Reggie Bullock and Tayshawn Mabry aren't the only freshmen forcing you to notice them.
Kinston is a program that could factor into the state championship equation down the line in North Carolina
. Head coach Wells Gulledge has a mix of players in different classes.
While Gulledge has youth up and down the lineup, freshman Reggie Bullock forces you to take notice. The 6-foot-5 wing man came into Friday night's contest against Rocky Mount averaging 10.3 points. He would finish with 13 on just 8 shots. The athletic slasher with a soft touch and poise with his game also gobbled up 7 rebounds.
Mabry vs. Kinston
Though Kinston ran away with the game 85-63, the Gryphons had a bright spot of their own. Tayshawn Mabry, another 6-5 freshman, earned 25 points and 9 rebounds. He played a lot in the post but his future could be on the wing as he develops.
Bullock and Maybry are just two of the young guns from the state. Already making a big splash has been Holly Springs 6-7 forward C.J. Leslie. He hit for 39 in a game last week with UNC and Wake Forest watching.
Down the road from Leslie in Sanford is Damian Steadman, another frosh who has received headlines. Coming into the season, the most touted youngster in the state was Jerell Eddie and he's a kid college recruiters are laying eyes on early as well.
After committing to Illinois, Jereme Richmond hasn't missed a beat. The North Shore Country Day standout is already averaging 32 points a game this year. His season low is 23 with a high of 41.
Jeremy Tyler, easily one of the best young big man prospects in America, was slated to attend East Lake but was named the pre-season newcomer of the year by his area newspaper. He'll be at San Diego High.
DeShaun Thomas, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Bishop Luers in Ft. Wayne, has been watched by a few big dogs already, including Ohio State's Thad Matta last week. Notre Dame scoped him out at the same game.
Bryon Allen, SG, DeMatha – You're starting to hear his name come up quite a bit. He's already been the MVP of the Maryland-Philly showcase and showed well at the recent St. Louis Shootout.
James Bell, SG, ACD - - The first man off the bench for powerful Arlington Country Day. He gives the Apaches another young scoring option with athleticism.
Dakota Euton, through a few early games this year, was averaging a whooping 30 points and 15 rebounds for Rose Hill.
Trae Golden – The Atlanta Journal Constitution touted him as one of the Peach State's best in their season preview. The McEachern product is the cousin of Morris Almond. He's posted 26 in a game already this season.
Brandon Knight, a Nike Camper as an 8th grader, has already hit for 32 in one game with Pine Crest in the early season.
Josh Selby, a wing out of John Carroll, flirted with 30 in one game this season and has been a steady scoring option for his team through its first few games.
Be on the lookout for Ray McCallum, a guard out of Bloomington North. He's the son of current Hoosiers assistants Ray, Sr. Speaking of sons, Central Michigan's Ernie Zeigler has a son Trae who should be one of the better underclassmen in Michigan. He's out of Mount Pleasant.
Trevor Releford. Name sound familiar? He's the 5-foot-9 brother of Travis, one of the nation's best juniors. He had 11 in a contest this year.
Noah Cottrill is being hailed as the next big thing in West Virginia. He opens the season this Friday and should be rid of the cast on his thumb which he broke in practice. He's already been on unofficial visits to Florida, Michigan and West Virginia.