Fantastic Hoops Tour
St. Vincent-St. Mary's 85, W-S Reynolds 56 Southern Durham 62, G-Boro Smith 50 Mount Zion 63, G-Boro Dudley 56 Burlington Cummings 61, Bishop McGuiness 59 Greensboro Day def. Australian Team
LeBron James, SG, SVSM: Delivered the goods – as expected – to the tune of 32 points (14-21 FG) as the Irish rolled over possibly the best team in North Carolina and the 3-time defending state champs. The usual highlight package with an assortment of tough layins, big time alley oops and a few laser passes that let you know the precision with which he plays the game.
Reyshawn Terry, SF, Reynolds: Early in the game he did a nice job of staying in front of James and hit 4-of-8 shots from the field. A Reynolds assistant said the team's performance would be dictated by Terry. All of Reynolds' hopes were dashed by his foul trouble and he eventually fouled out with James having a hand in his demise. Was ready for the challenge in the first quarter, but this was a four quarter event.
Keith Foster, PF, Reynolds: The Pirates will love him at ECU. He was the lone Reynolds player to reach double figures and fought inside for his 12 points. He gave Reynolds the most energy and spark in the first half.
Romeo Travis, PF, SVSM: Almost unanimously when observers see him in action, they remark on his boardwork. He had 17 points and 7 boards against Reynolds. He's a horse who does a lot of dirty work for the Irish and James tries to reward him when he can.
Anthony King, C-PF, Southern Durham: The big fella has slimmed down a bit. He had 16 points to go with 13 rebounds and remains an intriguing spring recruit. He had 5 offensive boards and played with energy in the second half.
Drew Williamson, G, Cummings: The hobbled future UNC walk-on scored 13 points in a win, including a 2-for-5 effort from behind the arc.
Jeremy Clayton, F, Smith: The guy had 16 points, 14 boards and 6 blocks. We love the passion and energy he brings. He's got size (6-7) and will receive interest beginning at the mid-major level but could be higher should his game advance.
Mohamed Tangara, C, Mount Zion: This was the best, most active game we've seen him have all year long. Tangara got on the glass and created his own chances and that was good to see. He knows his offensive game needs refining and he's a hard worker. Getting to the glass to create his own chances was a wise move.
Albert Webber, SG, Mount Zion: He dropped 16 points in the win and made free throws down the stretch. As the season progresses, he's becoming more and more valuable to the Mighty Warriors.
Kevin Swinton, PF-C, Dudley: Here's a young man who has a chance to become a dominant rebounder. He has all the tools to be a recruit at the very highest level. He was playing against a frontline in Mount Zion that would dwarf some college interiors. He got into foul trouble but not before trying to take the action right at the big men. The future is bright.
William Graves, SF, Dudley: Speaking of bright futures, Graves has plenty in his offensive bag of tricks. The kid is just a frosh and playing in this setting had to be an invaluable experience for him. He had trouble getting shots to go down, but you can see the overall talent level in his game. Because of he and Swinton, Dudley will be popular on the pre and post-Christmas hoops circuit in the coming years.
Yes, LeBron James has a four-man security detail. That's no lie. … Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Julius Peppers was in attendance to see James. How popular is James? Well, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year stood almost unbothered in the hallway as people gawked at James. … 16,220 was the official attendance for the event and that breaks the state record for most observers at a high school basketball game set back in 2001 when 12,000 people packed Reynolds Gymnasium to see Shavlik Randolph and Anthony Richardson play. …
Only one Reynolds player -- Keith Foster -- reached double figures against James and Co. … The press is getting better at their jobs. This time out, just one reporter asked the ridiculous question of James: "Have you gotten any closer to deciding on college of the NBA?" Duh. … Southern guard Jerel Chavis, a frequenter of TheInsidersHoops.com, went down in the second half with a severe ankle injury and we wish him well. … Southern guard Courtland Thomas scored 21 points in his team's win. … Did you know LeBron James has scored in single digits just once as a high school player. He recorded a career-low 8 points against Maple Heights as a freshman. …
Greensboro Day guards Steven Rush and KJ Garland are receiving Division I attention. Garland is hearing from Cornell, Dartmouth and UNC-Asheville. Rush is hearing from Asheville and North Carolina A&T with Hampton also checking him out. … Against Greensboro Day, an outmanned Australian team was spotted taking pictures from the bench, during the game. Not a good sign if you're the coach. … Cummings sophomore TJ Gwynn, the MVP of last year's state title game, is looking more and more like a small forward who can really pass the basketball. …
9,000 advance seats were sold for the game. … The Fantastic Hoops Tour had to be somewhat of a mini-letdown for Mount Zion. Antonio Fozard's team had beaten Oak Hill in Dayton the day before playing Dudley. Mount Zion was still smiling, and rightfully so, from knocking off Oak Hill the day before. … Sophomore Prince Bowden scored 16 points to lead Dudley in the loss to Mount Zion. …
Quote of the Day
"Because I'm in North Carolina." This was the answer LeBron James offered up when a reporter asked him why his team was wearing adidas and he sported a green pair of Air Jordans.