TOC: Playaz, Panthers Coast to Easy Victories

<B>Raleigh, NC</b> -- The Playaz Basketball Club and New York Panthers exploded to easy wins in the first round of pool play, thanks to strong overall team efforts.

Raleigh, NC -- The Playaz Basketball Club and New York Panthers exploded to easy wins in the first round of pool play, thanks to strong overall team efforts.

Green, Panthers Rout the Smyrna Stars, 79-50

6'5 SG/SF Danny Green led a strong New York Panthers squad to a surprisingly easy 79-50 win over the Smyrna Stars. Green finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, showcasing a solid all-around game for the Panthers.

"We played alright," Danny told StateFans following the victory. "We came out kind of dull, but after we jumped out to a big lead we relaxed and things went well. I played okay, but I have to do even better tomorrow… I didn't do as well as I thought I could."

Green arrived into Raleigh Thursday evening for his first unofficial visit to NC State, one of the main programs that he's considering.

"That went well… that went really well," he said. "I liked it. They brought me in, showed me around, and I got to talk with the coach. It was real cool."

Danny's not ready to narrow his rather lengthy list of schools, and is just concentrating on this tournament and the remainder of the AAU circuit.

"NC State, Georgetown, Virginia, UCONN, St. John's… there's a whole bunch of schools I'm still looking at," he said. "I'm just going to take my time and make the best decision for me."

The Panthers next face Beach Ball Select Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at Cary Academy.

Playaz Pull Away From South Carolina TOPPS

Power Forward Brandon Costner has NC State high on his list.

With balanced scoring from a group of high-major D-1 recruits, The Playaz Basketball Club routed the South Carolina TOPPS in the nightcap of Friday's games.

N.C. State's recruiting four players on the loaded Playaz: PF Brandon Costner, F J.R. Inman, junior PG Jawan Carter, and junior SG Wayne Ellington, and each prospect had his moments. However, none really stood out in what could best be termed as a "team win."

Power Forward Brandon Costner visits NC State on Monday for an unofficial visit, while forward J.R. Inman hopes to check out the campus as well. Both forwards claim offers from the Wolfpack and many other top programs.

The Playaz are blessed with a talented, but young, starting backcourt in PG Jawan Carter and SG Wayne Ellington. Carter is explosive, quick, and strong for a lead guard, while also possessing impressive leadership qualities. Ellington's an outstanding shooter who should have a big summer with opposing defenses collapsing on Costner and Inman.

The Playaz next matchup is against Grand Rapids Lightening Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Look for them to easily advance out of pool play, and should contend for the tournament title.

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