Prep Tour: Word of God

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the last two years, Word of God cranked out the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and another McDonald's All-American. The winds of change blew through the program this year but there's another crop of talented kids looking for a chance to prove themselves.

"Can we win with these guys?" Quentin Jackson, new head coach and former North Carolina State point guard said of his current team at Word of God.

The answer is yes. The issue is that gone are the days of handing the ball to John Wall, watching C.J. Leslie run the floor and sitting courtside for Dezmine Wells thunder dunks.

The current team at W.O.G. features Bishop Daniels and he's days away from the start of an important swing: the fall evaluation period. Daniels, a high-flying jump-shooting wing is in his final year at the school. Scheduled to stop by and see him is Purdue, Miami, Clemson, maybe Arizona and nearby N.C. State. His chance to earn a scholarship from a high-major program begins Sept. 9.

W.O.G. is flush with wings and its frontcourt is anchored by Wolfpack pledge Joseph Uchebo. He's a known commodity as a board man and during the pick up we saw, Uchebo even knocked down a few jumpers.

Alongside Uchebo is Oak Hill transfer Yemi Makanjuola, a 6-8 senior with long arms and a good motor. Swinging between the wing and the forward slot is Stacy Caroway and he's got Old Dominion, Ole Miss and East Carolina eyeballing him. Caroway's a vocal kid so don't be surprised if he steps into a leadership role. Mount Zion transfer Abdul Kasim, another 2011 post, is a block anchor.

The Holy Rams point guard situation is on solid ground. Local product Josh Newkirk, now a 2013 member, is the starter and he's going to be a good one. Newkirk is explosive and pushes 6-1. We've loved him since last fall and he's got a shot at being a high level performer.

Other names you'll hear this year include DeAndre Anderson, a 2012 out of Garner, Camden Scott a 2013 and sub-six-foot sophomore scorer Darryl Davender.

Harvey McMurray, a Durham Academy transfer will be on display looking to earn a D-I scholarship. The athletic lefty had a good night shooting on Sept. 1 and we'll be eager to see if he can step up and earn his place.

Some of the royalty – Wall, Wells, Leslie – is gone but there remains a Bishop and it's his turn to help the Rams recapture a N.C. private schools 1-A state championship.

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