Road Report: Miller, Wall Meet Again

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– There is plenty of talent at the North Carolina Private Schools state championships. Friday night belonged to Ian Miller and United Faith. For their efforts they earned the right to tangle once again with John Wall and his Rams.

John Wall, PG, Word of God: The Rams had lost to Trinity twice this year and as the leader, this one would fall on his shoulders. Mission accomplished. The unsigned senior went 7-for-9 from the stripe and finished with 16 points, four rebounds, seven assists to five turnovers. Word of God seeks its third straight 1-A private championship on Saturday.

Ian Miller, PG, United Faith: His transformation into a scoring point guard is nearly complete. The result: a high-level, impact guard. His game against Greenfield was one of the tops we've seen by a guard this season. The line was impressive: 25 points, 5-7 3s, seven assists, three steals and six rebounds. Miller is quick to the hole, gets his jumper off with a quick trigger and once he trims off the extra turnovers his jumper should make another leap. He had 33 in the quarters. There's a warrant out for Leonard Hamilton's arrest in the state of North Carolina because he stole this guy!

Brian Richardson, G, Greenfield: Over the course of the season, Richardon's IQ, passing and skills as a utility guard continued to manifest themselves. His game is coming along. Tallied 20 against UFCA on 7-for-20 from the field (0-6 3s). Stats aside, he's a guy who can man multiple positions and passes well. A competitor, most of his misses inside the arc are a product of lack of strength more than anything else. Tough night but an excellent season, one in legitimate progress was made.

Damontre Harris, C, Trinity Christian: We've see him three times and in each game he's seemingly gotten taller (is that possible?) and improved on both ends (definitely possible). Long and agile, he's already a defensive presence. Once he gets a road map for interior play he'll be good to go. A must see for all levels mid and higher this spring.

The private school classes 1, 2 and 3 hold their championships in the same city but not the same site. It's impossible to see all the boys games. For instance, across town Christ School staved off Willis Hall (23 points) and Charlotte Christian to advance to the 3-A championship. The Greenies will face Ryan Kelly and Ravenscroft who defeated Greensboro Day. Kelly had 24. …

We expect Duece Bello to be at the Virginia Tech/Duke game this weekend. …

United Faith's Shaun Wiseman made a strong coaching move. He went zone and inserted Peter Jurkin, a 7-foot+ freshman into the game. Jurkin took care of his area and guarded the hoop. … UFCA senior Ilija Ivankovic likely earned himself a scholarship tonight. The 6-9 center did a strong job of catching and getting his shot to the rim. … Jeremy Jeffers, Greenfield's junior wing, was at times aggressive to the rim and that's a big deal in his development. …

Winthrop head coach Randy Peele was in the crowd eyeballing Jeremy Jeffers hard. …

Assistants: William & Mary, Winthrop, High Point, Appalachian State. …


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