Road Report: N.C. Events

NORTH CAROLINA– After the first wave of the early signing period hit, it was time to hit the road and see some players. The state of North Carolina is a haven right now for prospects and we caught up with a few of them last week including WCD's Deuce Bello.

Earnest Ross, SG/SF, Panther Creek – On the road to open the season Thursday night, Ross hit up Sanderson for 24 points. He celebrated his signing with Auburn in the morning and turned in a team-oriented performance that same evening.

C.J. Harris & Mike Grace, Mount Tabor – Coach Andy Muse feels that to win a state title without a post he needs to turn up the tempo. Grace and Harris get that done for him. Unfortunately for Harris, a bruised buttocks muscle remains an irritant. He couldn't finish as he typically is accustomed to. Grace was generous with the assists and captained the ship. Teammate Josh Hicks, a senior, brandishes an improved jumper that could entice some lower level schools into action.

Roscoe Davis, PF, Charis Prep – This is a high-major post player and if he locks down his academics, someone's going to get a kid who plays a lot early. Davis can block shots in his area, shoots with confidence and runs the floor very well.

Luke Cothron, PF, Flora MacDonald – When they made the inaugural schedule for the Cannon Classic, Flora Mac was supposed to be nothing more than a speed bump for Forsyth Country Day in the opener. When Cothron transferred in from Alabama, things changed.

He led his team with 27 points in the opener then helped in the overtime title win against Cannon. He's a skilled guy who has face-up abilities and is a very nice athlete. Has Top 50 potential and if he can shore up his ball handling and mix in more post work, he's going to be very, very attractive to college recruiters. Cothron has big time ability and if polishes up the edges the future will be bright.


McCarter Makes Strides
Jarell Eddie, SF, Cannon – The future Virginia Tech Hokie won on his game in Friday night's seasoning-opening thrashing of Covenant Classical. Eddie displayed the range, athleticism and confidence of a future ACC recruit.

Reco McCarter, SF, Wayne Country Day – The angular lefty was on the wrong side of a blowout against Mount Tabor. Regardless, his maturation as a player is notable. His grades and his approach on and off the court have improved. He worked his way to 15 points and 12 rebounds. Right now his strength is his ability to finish around the hoop. He was 1-for-3 behind the arc. Some guys have fast twitch muscles; McCarter's one of them.

Deuce Bello, SG, Westchester CD – Despite a sprained wrist, Bello demonstrated why he's got a chance to be among the elite at his position nationally. We're talking about an added dose of athleticism and explosion that sets him apart. He scored a dozen as his team sped past Cape Fear Academy. X-rays on his wrist earlier in the week revealed a sprain and it definitely affects him. However, when you can blow past defenders and use your athleticism to chase guys down for blocked shots, its quite impressive.

Teams We Saw Last Week – Panther Creek, Sanderson, Charis Prep, Winston-Salem Prep, Cannon School, Flora MacDonald, Forsyth Country Day, Mount Tabor, Wayne Country Day.

We didn't see the game but Lateef McMullan canned the game-winner in OT for Flora Mac against Cannon School. The speedy point guard is a Division I prospect. … Freshman Tyler Lewis scored 23 in the opener Friday night. …

Sophomore SF/SG Keith Bellfield is a new name to watch. The Cannon School wing can stroke it and is a good student. … Junior center Georges MaNgoue had 11 and 9 for FCD. Raw but big, he could develop into a mid-level option in time. … WCD sophomore wing Ike Nwanu made 10 free throws and is a strong driver. He's worthy of beginning a file on, especially if you're into academics. …

Charis Prep point guard Sam Grooms knows it's now or never and his game is in good shape. The post-graduate point man turned in one of his better games we've seen in a while. Mid level programs are likely to take notice. …

Winston-Salem Prep senior Mike Spease is a Division I caliber scoring point guard. The native Texan is more wired to score than anything else and if adds a few elements to his game and tightens up his shot selection, college eyes will dart his way. Right now he can shoot and create his own shots. …

Interested parties in Roscoe Davis could be Virginia Tech (requested transcript), N.C. State (Sidney Lowe will see him on Tuesday). Western Kentucky is high on him. … Deuce Bello hears from Wake Forest, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Duke, North Carolina, Southern Cal, Virginia, Maryland and Florida. …

ACC head coaches Dino Gaudio of Wake Forest and Seth Greenberg of Virginia Tech were in the crowd watching McCarter. … High Point and Wake Forest dispatched assistants to watch "The Deuce" get loose against Cape Fear Academy. …


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