NC/SC Battle of The Classes

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The first ever Battle of the Classes pitted North Carolina against its rival from the south. Though it needed a rally in the senior game, N.C. went 3-0 on the day.

Ian Miller, PG, NC: Took home the MVP trophy with an economical and efficient effort that saw him step up in the final quarter. He and J.T. Terrell smoked back-to-back triples to give N.C. momentum. Miller had 16 points and five assists.

Jordan Downing, SF, NC: The hardest playing member of his team, Downing put forth max effort. Should be an impact guy at Davidson with his offense and IQ. Can pass, sees the floor and feels the game.

Josh Corry, PG, SC: Without him, team would have been toast. He tossed in 28 points and is a surefire player in the SoCon with strong grades. Toughness seems to be a trait. He made shots and found guys as needed. Impressive effort.

Bernard Sullivan, PF, NC: He's come a long way athletically in the last year. Clearly he's feeling healthy and he's got his bounce back. Sullivan broke energy at both ends and played in attack mode. Scored 14 points, gave great energy and took home the MVP trophy largely due to his aggressive play at both ends.

Jervon Presley, PF, NC: He's got high level attributes and that's why this is a big season for him. If he can merge talent with production, he'll have a strong selection of schools to pick from. Chased shots, actually he's really good at blocking shots. Has to develop his offense.

P.J. Hairston, SG, NC: Started off slow with his jumper but rallied for 17 points on 6-for-16 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Grabbed himself five boards and was the leading scorer for his club.

Damien Leonard, SG, SC: Outmanned in the junior game. Leonard shot 4-for-13 behind the arc. He finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds and an assist. We've said it before but the next step is to diversify his offense and become more than a jump shooter.

Tyler Lewis, PG, NC: Another balanced floor game. He shared MVP honors after netting 14 points on eight shots. Dropped six assists and only turned it over twice. He was in total command of his team when he was on the court.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, NC: If this guy grows, look out! Extremely long arms and he's got extraordinary athletic ability. Blocks shots, dunks and runs the floor. Harrell had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 loud blocks with many more shots changed. He plays at a small school in N.C. but he's going to be a fast riser this season.

NC 2012 PG Madison Jones broke his kneecap during warm-ups. Jones's injury may require surgery. …

Demon Brooks took a pass on the first half but came out intense after the break in the senior game. His commitment to rebounding was a big factor in N.C.'s come from behind win. … 2012 NC SF Julius Hamilton put himself in position to score and was strong. … Liked 2012 SC PG Jordan Roper. A lefty, he's got some get by speed and his shot will come. …

Marquis Rankin was in pass-first mode during the 2011 game. … Anthony Gill had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. … SC 2010 forward Tory Craig is a new name. The 6-6 wing is a prospect who needs polish but has athletic tools and the motor runs. … Melvin Tabb brought rebounding energy to the second half of a win. … Like SC junior Corey Littlejohn has the look of a scorer. … Justin Cheek is a lock mid-major prospect. Can create for himself and teammates. ...

Littlejohn is hearing from VCU, South Carolina, Wofford, Harvard and Penn State. … Bernard Sullivan has offers from Clemson and Davidson. … Damien Leonard hears from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Miami. … Justin Cheek has a tentative visit to High Point 9/19 and Appalachian State 9/25. … Josh Corry has Wofford, College of Charleston, Jacksonville and SC-Upstate to go with North Florida offering scholarships. …

SCORES: 2012 NC 75-65; 2011 NC 78-64; 2010 NC 102-96.


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