Fletcher Arritt is an old school guy. Even though he's quickly becoming a radio star he remains vested in his old time principles. For example, the roster he handed out at Fork Union's workout was titled "2007-08 Basketball Possibilities."
While Arritt would like to keep his cadets wondering about playing time, we did see the foundation for his club. Arritt's current edition is more talented than last year's club but the tradition will remain intact: you play for Arritt, you're getting a scholarship – on some level – to play basketball.
On the back wall at FUMA's gym, last year's roster and current destinations are listed. This year's bunch may have 10+ Division I players when all the I's are dotted and T's crossed after the spring signing period.
Arritt's teams typically shoot the basketball well and this year's club should be able to keep pace on the perimeter but it'll be the interior where some real prospects come front and center.
Phillips Could Emerge
Down on the coast, the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are anxious to get their hands on mid-major power forward Will O'Huaregbe, a 6-foot-7 standout who hails from the Greensboro area. Augmenting his play should be South Carolinian Brandon Davis and Richmond native Ahyaro Phillips. The 6-7 Phillips is a good prospect likely to begin receiving Southern Conference looks.
A pair of 6-10 post grads in Gideon Mabeney and Ryan Langhi will earn time in the middle along with 6-8 Jason Fontenot. Mabeney, a native of the Sudan, pulled Arritt aside and asked for individual work the moment he arrived on campus. He's still learning but is picking things up quickly. Langhi has the genes needed to play Division I ball. His brother Dan was an all-league selection at Vanderbilt.
Speaking of quick a pair of 5-11 guards hold down the lion's share of minutes in the backcourt. Jason Dawson was the first half standout in the scrimmage we watched and Dominic Stafford turned the spotlight on himself a quarter later by busting 3s from all over the court. While they could share time at the point, Zak Newton and Jon Trehern are likely to be in the rotation with them.
Speaking of making shots, Anthony Ervin's role is pretty defined. The lefty with a body like Glen Dandridge – a classic shooter – is comfortable from different spots on the floor. He's a Division I prospect as well. Cue in Dustin Demaria, a combo wing, and Arritt's got the firepower to insert into a system he's been running nearly 40 years.
Other potential contributors or "basketball possibilities" include Carl Farris and Nathan Conley. Arritt believes most of his players will receive interest from CAA, SoCon and Big South programs. FUMA has been fertile recruiting grounds for teams in those leagues and this year is no different. For instance, Dawson is hearing from Gardner Webb, Kent State, The Citadel, Army and Wright State.