GSK: Plumlee, Mabry Turn In Big Games

RALEIGH, N.C.– Christ School was impressive in its win over Kinston. The stage is set for Tuesday's tilt between the Greenies and Word of God. Mason Plumlee and Tashawn Mabry were two of the top performers from the GSK Invitational.

Mason Plumlee, PF, Christ School: If you wanted to see what one of the country's most versatile power forwards looks like, this was the game to watch. The all-american caliber big man stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. His game is defined by his versatility and his team's makeup and talent level allows for him to wear many hats. His coach would like to see his post up game advance. One aspect he's really done well with this season is he's becoming a better rebounder and long outlet passer. He's going to be the trigger man at times for Duke's fast break.

Lakeem Jackson, SF, Christ School: The slashing, attacking and creating game that has come to define him was in high gear. Jackson took eight shots and made them all. He played superb defense on Reggie Bullock in the second half. He finished with 18.

Nolan Dennis, SG, Richland: They lost to the Canadian team and probably should not have. Dennis was able to slash and attack at will. We've always thought he's at his best shooting on the move and that appeared to hold true today. In the end of game situation, Dennis needed to be more aggressive. Instead of hunting his shot when down a hoop, he was too unselfish and passed the ball. He finished with 31 points.

Lorenzo Brown, SG/PG, Centennial: In front of the Pack faithful Brown notched 17 points and 7 rebounds. It was a quiet afternoon by his standards with occasional flashes of his athletic ability to the rim. He's probably going to find himself with the ball in his hands a good bit for the Pack.

Tom Tankelewicz, SG, Middle Creek: A year ago he wasn't ready to get 20 in a GSK game. Monday night he made four 3s and shot 8-for-20. A late bloomer, Charleston Southern has a weapon.

Stan Okoye, SF/PF, Knightdale: He's made his mark as a slashing strongman and there's a place for him in college basketball. VMI watched him weave his way into the lane today for hoops. 23 points and 10 rebounds is a strong effort.

Reggie Bullock, SG, Kinston: Against the zone he took what was given and made some 3s. In the second half against man to man he wasn't as aggressive as he could be and Kinston's offense stalled. Having Lakeem Jackson and Tony Kimbro guarding you will slow a lot of guys down. The next step for Bullock as a player is to understand that taking good shots isn't being selfish, it's needed for his team to win. Bullock's a cool customer and there's a certain ease to his game. Once he sharpens the edge there's another jump to make with his skill set. Finished with 17 points; 13 came in the first half.

Tashawn Mabry, SF/PF, Rocky Mount: Best game these eyes have ever seen him play. He completely took the fight to North Meck in the first half and overtime. Defensively he blocked shots that came his way and used his length to play the passing lanes. There was a passion and purpose to his game and he raised his own bar. North Meck has double the talent but Mabry evened the fight himself. With 20 seconds left he stroked a 3-pointer to tie the game. Two possessions later, he blocked a shot to send the game into overtime. 29 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks and a big time victory.

VMI is going to offer Stan Okoye a scholarship. …

Dekeeba Battee-Aston is a 6-foot-8 freshman power forward with Richland. Write his name down, he's definitely got a chance. … Akeem Richmond had 29 against Middle Creek on 9-for-25 from the field. Charlotte was in the stands to see him play for the second time this event. He's a scorer by nature. … MC's Stephen McCallister should be credited for making Richmond earn the points. …

Garrius Adams had 19 for Middle Creek including a game-opening baseline reverse dunk that helped establish a tone. Adams struggled with his perimeter game. He's an attacking type player and the way to get himself back in gear is attack the basket and not settle for deep jumpers. …

Love the dimension sophomore Tony Kimbro brings when Christ School summons him from the bench. He's a strong wing who isn't afraid to make a play but understands his role on the team as a younger player. …

Word of God overwhelmed St. Ray's with a 22-6 first quarter. John Wall had 11, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. It was never a contest. Word of God will meet Christ School in the title game. The contest will feature two of the top three seniors in the state. Word of God won the championship last year. …

Mabry indicated that he's hearing from N.C. State, Wake Forest, LSU, Maryland and Virginia Tech. … Andre Marhold is speaking the most with Seton Hall, Georgetown, Duquesne and VCU. … Tyreak Johnson of St. Ray's officially visited Holy Cross, Colgate and Manhattan. …

Old School Former ACC Players In Attendance: Chris Corchiani, NC State, mortgage specialist; Donald Williams, UNC, junior college basketball coach; Nate James, Duke, asst. coach; Kevin Billerman, Duke, head coach Ravenscroft; Mike Warren, N.C. State, insurance.

Head Coaches: Sidney Lowe, North Carolina State.

Assistant Coaches: North Carolina State, VMI, Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, South Florida, Duke.


  • Father Carr 73, Richland 65
  • Rocky Mount 66, North Meck 62
  • Middle Creek 73. Southern Lee 65
  • Centennial 65, Knightdale 62
  • Word of God 63, St. Raymond's 43
  • Christ School 76, Kinston 59

    This completes's coverage of the GSK. We're onto the Bojangles Dec. 30.

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