Kinston, who has been tough to beat as a late in this series, rallied to win 68-63. Senior North Carolina signee Reggie Bullock had 10 points and five rebounds at the half. However, in typical Bullock fashion, he saved his best effort for the second half and finished with 23 and 15.
Bullock was just 2-for-7 from behind the arc but made up for it with his dribble-drive game. Inside the arc he was 5-for-11, including some mid-range pull-ups. Bullock's DNA is that of a closer who gives his team a chance to win. Against Dudley, he lived up to his reputation.
On the flipside, UNC junior commit P.J. Hairston came out smoking. Clearly a fan of the rims at the Dean Dome, Hairston was hot in the first half as he swished four early trifectas. Hairston ended with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Four of his 3-pointers were from the new logos on UNC's court. They were ultra deep pulls.
These teams are flush with Division I caliber talent. In addition to Bullock, Kinston sports senior guard Dory Hines and power forward Dallas Best, both could be either junior college players or scholarship guys. Junior big man Mike Tyson is likely to receive mid-level interest and Kinston has young talent in the pipeline.
Dudley has a younger overall roster, led by Bullock. Senior point Brennan Wyatt signed with Navy. Sophomore Reggie Dillard, the team's defensive stopper and athletic finisher, is a scholarship swingman. Freshman JaQuel Richmond headlines a group of freshmen that receive playing time.
On Friday night, Scout.com was in Greensboro as Ragsdale visited Northwest Guilford. Ragsdale junior small forward Tyquan Roberts powered his team to the 67-59 victory.
The game's stars – Ragsdale's Roberts and NW Guilford's Adam Coble – were both coming off injuries. Roberts suffered a hyper extended knee around Thanksgiving. Coble, a sophomore, injured his shooting hand.
Roberts is a 6-4 threat from the outside and scored 16 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. He's a small college prospect. Coble had 14 and 5 and is regarded as a skilled combo forward. He's tracking as a mid-level prospect.
Coble's a forward with excellent grades. Known for his perimeter touch, especially from mid-range, he's working his way back from the injury. Mid level schools are likely to be all over him. He's a few inches and a dose of athleticism from potentially receiving higher looks.