A bus carrying several players from Our Savior New American was involved in an accident Wednesday evening. Killed in the accident was 7-2 Our Savior junior Kevin Mormin. Our Savior participated in the Slam Dunk To The Beach and was traveling to Charlotte for their first game Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday, the team was offered grief counseling and each game at the Dell Curry Shootout began with a moment of silence. Members of the team underwent grief counseling on Thursday and might participate Friday afternoon, provided the kids vote unanimously to play.
Laurinburg Institute 75, Landmark Christian 45 Mount Zion 80, Eastern Commerce (Canada) 68 Charlotte Latin 66, Seagoville 61 Garinger 64, North Augusta 56 West Charlotte 79, Victory Christian 59 Roanoke Catholic 73, Waddell 63 Charlotte Christian 49, Vance 47
Anthony Morrow, SG, Charlotte Latin: The Georgia Tech-bound swingman was money down the stretch from the free throw line and turned in a terrific ballgame. He finished with 29 points (8-14 FG) but it was his effort from the line that really stands out. Morrow sank 15-of-17 chances from the stripe. He's a jack-of-all-trades kind of guy and he was clutch. He's always aggressive and plays with intensity and purpose.
Roy Bright, SF, Mount Zion: Despite not used to coming off the bench for the Warriors, Bright looked comfortable in the role. He scored 20 points and had it cooking from downtown. He made a few 3s and was on target from mid-range as well.
Randolph Morris, C, Landmark Christian: This will probably be his lowest output of the season as he scored just 11 points (4-13 FG, 3-9 FT) against Laurinburg. The game was dominated by Laurinburg's guards and a big frontline didn't exactly make life easy for him. We credited him with 12 boards.
Tristan Blackwood, PG, Eastern Commerce: Central Connecticut State has itself a baller. Blackwood hit up Mount Zion for 28 points but he was equally as impressive as a passer. His range is deep and he showed it with a few 25-footers. Shifty and tough, he's a solid mid-major acquisition from Canada. He played on Canada's Junior National team last summer.
Draelon Burns, SG, Laurinburg: The native of Milwaukee is a solid offensive player. He and Avery Smith really forced the issue against Landmark Christian and jump started Laurinburg to one of its most complete games in the last two years. Burns finished with 16.
Avery Smith, PG, Laurinburg: This was the best game we've seen him play all year long and Laurinburg's guards were the reason for such a large margin of victory. Smith, with his Milwaukee AAU coaches on hand, came out aggressive and was on fire from the outside as he hit for 20 points.
Paulius Morkeliunas, F, Roanoke Catholic: Early foul trouble wasn't exactly the start he would have liked. He's a better converter inside than he showed against Waddell. He finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds but shot just 5-for-12 from the field and 6-for-12 from the line. This is a big event for him as a number of low and mid-major schools are in attendance.
Jeremy Goode, PG, Garinger: The 5-9 junior is a solid point guard prospect. The lefty is quick with the ball and is outstanding at getting into the paint and finding open teammates. He's the best player on a good team and is one to watch.
Mount Zion junior small forward Brandon Rush had 12 points they all came at the rim, mostly off dunks. However, the best play he made was when he used his athleticism to one-hand tip a poor alley oop toss. …
Randolph Morris has a man's body. He's up to 270 but it's all muscle. … Hatila DeSouza hit a set shot 3 today. Right now his best offense continues to come when he gets on the glass. … A number of programs are trying to evaluate Mount Zion big men Shawn Taggart and Robbie Simpson. The problem is neither one gets much PT as Taggart played just one minute and Simpson did not play at all. …
News & Notes
Georgia, Cincinnati, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, according to Laurinburg coach Rolando DeLaBerrera, would take PF Hatila DeSouza right now. In addition to the college option, the coach feels like DeSouza will have some options back home in Brazil to play for pay. …
Roanoke Catholic forward Paulius Morkeliunas was watched by Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Wofford in the morning. … Early interest for Jeremy Goode of Garinger has come from Charlotte, Georgia Tech, Stanford and DePaul. Appalachian State has offered. …
Idaho and Campbell would like to sign Laurinburg's Draelon Burns. He's a solid mid-major that would be a steal for those two schools. … Burns' teammate PG Avery Smith is only 17 and will contemplate another year of prep school. …
Landmark Christian senior center Randolph Morris told a reporter that he remains at Georgia Tech and Kentucky and that he wants to go to college. … Seagoville's Lamarcus Aldridge spent Christmas on crutches but could be ready to return sometime in mid-January. He wanted to try and play Thursday but was held out. Aldridge, who faces a difficult decision about the NBA, said that he's not interested in going late in the first round. …