Update From Arlington Country Day

Jacksonville (FL) Arlington Country Day should be loaded this year. With two Division I seniors in the backcourt and a 7-2 freshman, Rex Morgan has plenty to work with.

Youmans, Bannister Like Same School

Arlington Country Day is loaded. Two of the schools top players are senior guards.

Shooting guard Dwan Youmans and point guard TJ Bannister have formed a pretty good tandem for Coach Rex Morgan. The veteran coach says that his pair of guards has one school in mind: Auburn.

"If everything falls into place then I could easily see both of them there," Morgan said. "They wanted to go to either the SEC or the ACC."

Morgan acknowledges that the NCAA's investigation into alleged recruiting violations at Auburn is making the process a little more drawn out; the NCAA's investigation is set to conclude on Dec. 1.

"A lot depends on what happens at Auburn. They both like Auburn. They're kind of holding off right now. They both want to stay in the south and both were leaning towards Auburn."

Currently, neither of the guards has taken the SAT, a prerequisite for taking an official visit. But, Morgan doesn't see the test as a hurdle for either one of them.

The duo is set to go over 4,000 combined this year. Bannister leads the way with 1,860 points and Youmans isn't far behind with 1,840. "They could play together in college because they're different type of players," Morgan said.

Speaking of a different type of player, meet Jason Bennett. The 7-2 center is a freshman, yes we said freshman. Bennett is a player too. He was the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis last summer and played in the AAU's in Florida with great success at the latter.

Bennett is up to 248 pounds, about 15 pounds heavier than he was in June.

"He came over here as a 6th grader and he was 6-7, 6-8. We listed him at seven feet as a 7th grader. He's just a big kid. I can't tell if he's tapered off or not. He's got the size now and he's picking up his coordination and he definitely won't be a back to the post player. He's running the floor better.

"We're kind of itching for Nov. 11. That's the first day we can get at it."

Coach, with a seven footer and two standout guards, who wouldn't be?


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