MLK Classic Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Alex Legion was the big gun as the Oak Hill tour rolled through Greensboro on Monday. The Play By Play Classic drew Billy Donovan and Skip Prosser on Martin Luther King Day in Greensboro.

"He doesn't even know my name," Alex Legion said aloud after connecting on another jump shot. Oak Hill's Michigan-bound shooting guard had one of those nights shooters lust for. Despite a P.A. announcer who simply couldn't figure out how to say his name, Legion was an army of one in the Warriors 108-74 dismantling of High Point Central. He provided the day's highlights at the North Carolina Play-By-Play Classic on Martin Luther King Day.

Alex Legion, SG, Oak Hill – En route to 33 points, Legion drained 6 3-pointers. It wasn't one of those days where he took a lot of shots either. The future Wolverine, simply put, was "on." Legion made shots from a different spots on the floor. Central didn't have the firepower to roll with Oak Hill (few do) and they certainly never located Legion behind the arc.

Nolan Smith, PG/SG, Oak Hill – Every high-level coach we've ever spoken to always praises his temperament, intangibles and tenacity. He had 25 in a route and it was much of the same all-american caliber poise that he's demonstrated all season long for Oak Hill.

Tracy Smith, PF, Mount Zion – The Warriors had no energy in warm-ups, less during introductions and predictably they sputtered against a fired-up Greensboro Day club. Their star Tracy Smith had 22 points and 7 rebounds but when you have an advantage at nearly every position and get upset there's not much to celebrate. As a team they were flat and it cost them big time.

Bruce Woodall, SG, Greensboro Day – With a +/- 3 handicap on the links, Woodall ranks as one of the top golfers in the state. On the court he's equally dialed in from long range where he can stroke it behind the line. The Division I prospect hit up Mount Zion for 20 points in his team's upset special.

Pitts In Greensboro
Damier Pitts, PG, Charlotte Christian – His tour through ACC country continued in Greensboro with 21 points on 8-for-12 from the floor. On the court he's playing for offers from the bigger programs in the ACC and Big East. While they make their call on him, the elite mid-major schools approach with trepidation not wanting to put a lot into his recruitment until they receive encouraging feedback. The Class of 2008 is point guard thin and Pitts is on everyone's must see list from now through the spring. The intangibles and perimeter stroke translate to all levels. The size question is one of the lingering issue for the big boys.

Howard Thompkins, PF, Oak Hill – With a pair of big time coaches looking on, Thompkins executed the game plan. There wasn't a player on the opponent's team who could toe the line with him and no one did. He punched the clock in a workmanlike 20-point, 8-rebound, 2 block effort.

Julius Brooks, PF, Page – The 6-foot-8 Greensboro forward is a Division I prospect. He's just starting to hit his high school stride and the mid-majors will be wise to monitor his development. He's got a window coming up to make a little noise and while he's not physically ready to be a consistent force he's talented enough as a prospect to spend time getting to know.

Any way you slice it, Damier Pitts has turned in an outstanding junior season and he's done it in some big settings. His tournament play has been consistent and strong from mid-December through mid-January. …

Seth Curry, a junior shooter at Charlotte Christian, showed off his stroke. He shot just 4-for-10 but that's misleading since every time he spots up behind the line you think its through the net. Like his brother and father before him, the late-bloomer continues to progress with each season. …

Johnny Thomas scored 10 for Greensboro Day against Mount Zion. … Mount Zion's Bennie Rhodes struggled. He couldn't get a shot to go down. We had 1-for-10 with 2 points. The Gators where in town to lay a set of eyes on him and this wasn't one for his scrapbook. …

Billy Donovan flew in to watch Howard Thompkins and evaluate Bennie Rhodes from Mount Zion. Thompkins is a guy the Gators appear to be moving very quickly on and he's a priority guy for crew from Gainesville. … Skip Prosser caught Thompkins and was front and center for Damier Pitts. … High Point head coach Bart Lundy spent half the day in Greensboro. …

Assistants In The Crowd – UT-Chattanooga, High Point, Florida, UNC-Greensboro. …


  • High Point Andrews 45, Greensboro Page 37
  • Glenn 65, Reynolds 60
  • Charlotte Christian 63, Greensboro Smith 48
  • Greensboro Day 62, Mount Zion 56
  • Oak Hill 108, High Point Central 74

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