Road Report: N.C. Scrimmages

FAYETTEVILLE/RALEIGH, N.C. – It was great to be out and about watching first week scrimmages. We got to see a pair of scrimmages and a handful of players from the Raleigh, Greensboro and Fayetteville areas.

C.J. Leslie, PF, Word of God: This is a big year for him as he steps out of the shadow of John Wall and into the commander's seat for his high school team. W.O.G. dropped a scrimmage to Oakridge Military, who features its own plethora of prospects. The best part of Leslie's scrimmage was his shot blocking as he swatted five loud ones. Was relatively quiet until waning quarters of scrimmage when he began a coast-to-coast assault on the rims. Excellent rebounder in traffic.

Jay Canty, SG, Oakridge: Looked more comfortable behind the line (2-5 3s) but super as a finisher. The emphasis will be steadying the jump shot but so far, he's looking good and is an excellent pick up for Xavier.

Jacob Lawson, PF, Oak Ridge: By our count, and we didn't stay for the entire scrimmage, he had 15 and 12 rebounds. To his credit, he challenged Leslie three times and was blocked each time. No biggie, he looked aggressive inside. Has fast-twitch muscles and a developing package close to the basket. Because of size/athleticism he'll get his share of high-majors looking his way.

Dezmine Wells, SF, W.O.G.: The Xavier recruit was responsible for the day's top play skied for an offensive rebound, cocked it back behind his head and crushed a dunk. Athlete who needs to develop to mid-range but will get a chance to handle and pass on his team this year.

Chris Wilson, PG, Terry Sanford: With the sting of a state championship loss still burning, Wilson is the guy for his team this year. He scored 15 and had 8 assists in his morning game. He has a legit presence at the point and loves to pass the ball. Natural leader with intangibles. His approach is always intense and he's a strong kid so finishing isn't a problem. Needs to steady his jumper and tighten up the handle in traffic. Mids want him now, bigger schools are evaluating him.

Joseph Uchebo, C, Oakridge: The Nigerian is 6-foot-9 and boasts wide shoulders. Like that he's got a drop-step dunk in his game but has a long way to go in terms of feel. The effort is unquestioned and he's ahead of most of his countrymen at this stage.

Stilman White is a gritty point guard at Wilmington Hoggard. The 5-11 junior is a small school Division I prospect who will go on a Mormon mission his first two years of college. … Jonathan Rice transferred to Terry Sanford for his senior year. A big time student, he'll play both forward slots FTS. … Michael Neal of Oakridge hedges toward combo status but in an uptempo style, the junior could transform into scoring point. … Bishop Daniels will likely get a shot at playing full-time point for Word of God this year. …

Chris Wilson has offers from VCU, East Carolina, Western Carolina and Old Dominion. Arizona State, George Mason, the Monarchs, Elon and East Carolina will watch him next Saturday. …

Oregon and Seton Hall were at Word of God watching Leslie. The Florida Gators were set to host Leslie this weekend but the forward said he couldn't miss the first scrimmage and will reschedule. … N.C. Central was evaluating Joel Kindred of W.O.G. … VCU head coach Shaka Smart watched Chris Wilson in the afternoon. …


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