Roy Bright made his presence known at the TOC with outstanding all-around play. StateFans scouted the wing player with stats, charts and a post game interview.
A case was being made in 2002 for Roy Bright as a top 25 prospect from
the class of 2004. His resume was building after a superb sophomore
- He was second in the state of North Carolina in scoring as a
sophomore at close to 30 a game.
- He routinely posted double-doubles and hit for 35
or more then one occasion.
- He was a second-team all-state
- He came close to capturing the MVP award at the
2002 adidas ABCD underclassman all-star game.
Then the startling news of a sudden mid-December departure by
Roy and teammate Montez Smith from
School broke. The recruiting resume was put on hold
for Roy as he took the time to
concentrate on his academics before landing on
Zion team two months
Since, NC State has continued to look at a few other small forwards in
the class of 2004. Corey Brewer, James Mays, Gavin Grant, Earl Smith, Alex
Galindo, Shaun Livingston and Dave McClure are a few names being tossed around
these days by recruiting analysts. Many have thought that NC State was no longer
in pursuit of Bright, but according to the Michigan Hurricane wing player,
that's not the case.
"They have never stopped. They changed coaches. Archie Miller was the one
I was hearing from and he is at Western Kentucky now. I
have heard from Larry (Harris) one time, so they are still recruiting me. I
don't know for sure if they have offered me. Archie told me they had offered me
but I don't know."
While Roy is not sure about
an offer from NC State, he is sure about
Tennessee who he says has offered
him. The Volunteers run a 3 guard line-up and have
Roy as their number one target at
the three spot. "I like Coach Ferguson. He's a good person, good coach. I like
their style of basketball. I hear from him a lot. He tells me I could fit into
their program pretty good."
Other schools that are involved include UConn,
Charlotte. According to Bright, he
is in no hurry and may wait till next spring before he makes his decision.
"Actually, I'm taking all the time I can get right now. I may do it (announce)
during basketball season, but I'm not sure yet."
Bright showed he still had his basketball stuff at the TOC this past
weekend. I watched the Michigan Hurricanes take out DeMarcus Nelson's
Shore by forty points in a game that
had to end early because of AAU rules that stops play when one team is ahead by
twenty points or more with four minutes left in the game.
StateFans had Bright with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bright
added another talking point to his resume by clearly outplaying Nelson who
finished with 16 points and 4 turnovers. We asked
Roy to give his thoughts on the
future Duke player's game. "He's a very good player and a very good shooter. I
think he will do pretty good at Duke."
While Roy gave props for
Nelson's game, he also commented on his own game. "I got it going in the second
half. I got in a little foul trouble in the first half. I'm just happy we won.
That's my main thing."
Roy has big
time hops that are as quick as I have seen this year. The quickness is used like
a pogo stick when he goes inside and he thinks that is the strength of his game.
"I think being able to play inside and out. To be able to take a big guy off the
dribble or to be able to post ‘em up."
Bright also has a flare for the pass. We asked
Roy about that aspect of his game
and he had another name for it besides ‘flare'. "I think it's just a gift. I do
work on it, but it's a gift I believe."
It should be an interesting summer to watch Bright's rankings. His
TOC performance did nothing but reaffirm a case for top 25 ranking.
plans to return to Mt Zion next year.