Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, Kinston: In the semifinal, Bullock cruised to a 26-point game. However, his deep shot was off and he went 4-for-13 behind the arc. He was open so he should take the shot but he was 5-for-5 inside the line and at the rim. By his standards, an average evening in a 25-point win. Kinston is two wins away from its state title.
Jonathan Frye, SF, N. Guilford: Helluva season for the Nighthawks considering the tumultuous off-season. Rocky Mount's style forced them to ran out of gas. Frye had 18 and 7 in his final game to go with 6 assists. They had a shot at the buzzer but didn't get him a look. Appalachian State has a heady, skilled wing player on the way.
Tashawn Mabry, PF/SF, Rocky Mount: The fourth quarter was all his. Mabry came up with a key block and then beasted inside. He made 9-for-10 from the line to go with 5 blocks. He'll play for a chance shot to make the title game on Saturday. Mabry finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds. We'd expect interest to come from midlevel programs looking for a guy with an identity inside and a resume with a ton of points on it.
Chris Wilson, PG, Terry Sanford: We love competitors and Wilson is bidding to play in the state title game two years in a row. Against New Hanover, he set the tone in the first quarter with his drives in the lane. Down the stretch he completed the masterpiece by going 14-for-15 from the line and 10-for-14 from the field. Wilson, who operates with command of his club, amassed 35 points and 4 rebounds. Wilson oozes competitiveness and Friday night was a special effort on a big stage.
Freddie Jackson, SG/PG, New Hanover: We'll assume that few in North Carolina know about him, but they will. The 6-foot-3 combo is a blend of size, savvy and upside. He's a smooth operator. His mid-range pull-ups in transition offer a glimpse into how he's wired. Jackson dished out 9 assists and scored 18 points. He made outstanding decisions and pinpoint passes. At the least, he's a high-level mid-major player with a ceiling that could be even greater.
Keynan Pittman, C, Pender: 27-1 isn't too shabby for the Patriots. Pittman picked up plenty of fouls early. He's grown and appears to be all of 6-10. The next step for Pittman is the weight room. A lot of his missed opportunities inside can be attributed to lack of strength. He finished with six points and five rebounds. At the end of the day, he's a long prospect who stays in his area to block shots. The next year is a big one physically. His father played at UNC-Wilmington and size runs right through the family.
Reggie Bullock is a great teammate. He's the centerpiece on a team built around him. Instead of shifting the attention to himself, he's embraced by his team because he brings them along for the ride. He's never been about the hype, just the wins. … Wilson is not the fastest guy on the floor but he's usually the toughest. If he can't get all the way to the rim, no problem. He excels at taking a bump, creating separation and shooting his floater in the lane. …
You can't help but get excited when you stumble onto a guy like Jackson. He's clearly a kid playing his best ball at the end of the year and in tournament time someone always raises their game (Wilson did last year). …