Corey Brewer Steals the Show

Corey Brewer had 5 steals and 4 deflections against the NC Gaters at the TOC. StateFans has all the details including post game charts, stats and interview.

Corey Brewer got defensive game. Ask UNC recruit and AAU phenom JamesOn Curry. The two players were matched up for the better part of Saturday morning when Brewer's Tennessee Travelers took on Curry's North Carolina Gaters at the Tournament of Champions. For the game, StateFans had him with five steals and four deflections. Three of those thefts came at Curry's expense.

Most of Corey's steals came in the Gater's end of the court. The 6-foot-7 small forward's wing span caused havoc for Curry and other guards who repeatedly made the mistake of trying to throw over the top of Brewer.

Brewer can also put it in the hole on the offensive end. We had him for 12 points with most of those coming off his defensive steals that resulted in him taking the ball from the time line to the hoop for spectacular dunks. He also has a nice stroke from the beyond the arc. Corey had 4 rebounds and 2 assists to go along with his 12 points and 5 steals.

We asked Corey after the game what he thought about JamesOn Curry as a player.

"He's suppose to be a best player going to North Carolina and everything. I think I can go to North Carolina too, but they didn't recruit me. That was one of my top schools during my freshman year. They never started recruiting me. They sent me a couple of letters and that's all."

Corey certainly had his defensive beat going Saturday morning and he cherished the chance to play against Curry. His play also made a statement to UNC and any other school who took a pass on recruiting the Portland (TN) High Junior. "My goal is to make them (UNC and others) pay. I want to play them."

While some have passed on Brewer's abilities, others have been quick to stand in line. Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, Georgia, NC State, Kansas and Kentucky to name a few of the wanting. The impressive list has not be limited by location according to Brewer, which means he very well could be wrestled away from the Volunteers and other local schools.

"Distance is not going to be a factor. A place where I can get better and a place I can play. I think I can play anywhere. I'd love to beat somebody out."

Corey has yet to take any official visits, but he will have to get busy soon if he is going to stay on his schedule for a September announcement.

"I have taken a couple of unofficials to Tennessee. I've been to Wesleyan (Tennessee Wesleyan College) and Vanderbilt and places like that. I'm not sure about anymore visits right now."

Brewer averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists for Portland High School last season. The Panthers (28-9) lost to Ridgeway High (36-4) in the Tennessee AA semi-finals 72-45. Corey finished with 26 points in the loss.

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