Milton Jennings scored 18 points in the first half and 29 for the game but it still wasn't enough. Stanford-bound power forward Miles Plumlee and his brother Mason Plumlee had 17 and 9; younger Marshall, a freshman, didn't play but he saw first hand what big time high school basketball looks like and his time will come.
Pinewood's Jennings, a 2009 stud, dumped 4 3-pointers, 29 points and 12 rebounds. Three other Pinewood Prep kids hit double-figures. Jennings is easily one of the top power forwards in his class and he figured that fighting a frontline that went 6-11 and 6-10 would be tough sledding. Instead of haggling all day inside by himself he reached deep into his arsenal and scored big points on the perimeter. When needed, he snuck inside and his lefty finish in traffic may have been the play of the night.
Miles Plumlee is adding weight, strength and confidence. He's on target to be a main cog in the Stanford machine and keeps getting better. His father's theory that it's tough to add weight when you're getting taller is sound. Miles isn't getting taller and his frame is building for immediate college success.
At the end of the day what we saw were potentially the best teams from North and South Carolina hooking up in a border war that is going to be talked about for a long time.
Ty Walker, C, New Hanover – It happens all the time: teams try and drive in the first quarter and Walker racks up the blocks until they learn their lesson. The big fella shot 5-for-12, pulled down 6 boards and swatted 10 shots. He's got to get stronger but from a defensive standpoint, he's ready to roll for the Deacons.
Case Stiglebauer, PF, Dreher – Picture Woody Harrelson waiting to be picked in "White Men Can't Jump." The Winthrop signee fails the look test but passes the play test. Against Walker he was at a big disadvantage and Walker gave him the business more than once.
Murphy Holloway, PF/SF, Dutch Fork – His team rocked the crew from Logan and it wasn't like he needed to have a huge game. However, we're in the final exam stages for the current senior class and Holloway is tracking as a power forward that can cover small forwards. A strong, wide-shouldered athlete, as he moves up in college he's going to need to find a comfort zone on offense; he does bring energy and activity on the glass. Areas for improvement are his lefty jump shot and working on his overall skill package. He's unsigned and not qualified. Holloway had 14 and 6 on Saturday.
Kenny Manigault, PG, Pinewood – This is his first season full time as a point guard and he's faring extremely well. At 6-4 Manigault has tremendous size. When you combine his frame with an ability to see the floor and pass, you've got a potential high-major sleeper point man. He had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 7 dimes and 10 turnovers. Keep your eye out for him because he's making strides.
Lorenzo Brown, SG, Centennial – His club won its 9th game of the year courtesy of Robbie Johnson's triple to send it into overtime. Brown led way with 21 points. He's a smooth scorer with lots of talent. One of the areas that he's got to work on is valuing the ball. Turnovers plagued him all tourney long and he gave it up 9 times tonight. A talent for sure with work left to do.
Jordan Scott, PG, Hartsville – After being enamored with his defense, Scott drilled the buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Lower Richland. The 5-foot-10 guard is a point in training. Physically he's not strong but his mind thinks the game. We'd tab him a mid-major prospect at this stage. In the second half he proved his potential as he made big shots to help his team creep back into the game. Not a bad way to head into Christmas break!
Sophomore wing Jason Morris is back home from school and he can't stay away from ball. This week he's visited Georgia Tech and South Carolina for games and the Augusta native watched hoop all day long after the Gamecocks win on Saturday. …
Here are two guys we'd wish we could see more. Richland NE sophomore 6-foot-6 post Malcolm Rhett. He's got tools and good instincts to be a D-I player. Also, Paul VI guard Adrian Mills. He's a senior with grades and he's looking for some love. … Reggie King had 12 points and big hoop late for Christ School. …
Milton Jennings could decide at the end of his junior season but he's in zero hurry. He's got offers on the table from South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, UCLA, Georgetown and Virginia. North Carolina is the other school on the list and Jennings feels like the Heels will eventually offer a scholllie. …
Head Coaches -- Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech; Dave Odom, South Carolina.