Shamari Spears Impresses At Playaz Ball

2006 prospect Shamari Spears could be one of the best skilled big men on the offensive side of the ball.

Blair Academy head coach Joe Mantegna has built another fine team for the 2004-2005 season. Already, center John Oates has turned down high division one offers to play a year under Mantegna. And adding to that talented front line is Shamari Spears, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound four man who can play the offensive side like a small forward.

Spears, who played this past weekend at the Playaz Ball for Rich Leary's New Jersey Demons, can be an offensive machine. He has the skills to dribble drive past his defenders and also bury the jumpers from the outside. His wide frame also gives him an advantage against his opponents.

"I am trying to work on my foot speed," said Spears, a member of the 2006 class. "I want to be able to play like a wing and be able to guard wings."

Spears, who will play with the North Carolina Gators this week at the Showcase in Orlando, Florida, is from the state of North Carolina. "All the ACC schools have been recruiting me except Virginia and Florida State," Spears said. "I don't have a favorite in my recruiting."

Spears did say four schools are standing out to him right now. "Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Oklahoma have been recruiting me a lot," Spears said.

Shamari also likes the North Carolina based schools too since he is from the area. "I am open," he said. "I will probably start looking at my recruiting more once my junior season starts."

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