TOC: D-One Sports Loses Opener

RALEIGH, N.C. -- D-One Sports has one of the top 16-Under teams in the tournament, but the North Carolina-based team lost its opener in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

D-One fell behind early and never mounted much of a challenge for the Canadian team. D-One Sports will again be in action Saturday morning at 8:00 AM at Cary Academy.

Here is a quick look at some of the potential Division-I recruits on the D-One Sports roster. We will have more from the players next week.

Holly Springs (NC) 6'8 F C.J. Leslie (2010): Leslie really has a chance to be special. At 6-foot-8, Leslie's body is still maturing and filling out, but he is already very skilled with the basketball. He has solid footwork in the post, already has a couple of go-to post moves, and he hits the boards with a purpose.

Leslie didn't start for D-One, but he was the team's most productive player. Unofficially, he finished with 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.

He is just now completing his freshman year at Holly Springs, and Leslie was a frequent visitor for NC State games this past season. He needs to work on strength, conditioning, and controlling his emotions, but Leslie has major upside.

Raleigh (NC) Word of God 6'2 PG John Wall (2009): Flashy prospect who plays the game with flair. Wall was in foul trouble early on and never really got going until late in the second half when D-One shelved the halfcourt offense and started attacking the basket on every possession.

Individually, he's talented. He needs to continue developing his skill set and decision making, but the parts look to be there. Playing with a host of younger players, Wall needs to be a leader and start taking over games. He has the potential to do that, as he did in the latter stages of the Tournament of Champions opener.

Unofficially, we had Wall with 12 points, five assists, and four steals.

Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft 6'9 PF Ryan Kelly (2009): This kid impressed with his play around the basket. Starting at center for D-One Sports, Kelly is a slender 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds, but he's tough, has good hands, and plays within the game.

He scored 12 points in the second half on a variety of turnaround hooks, baby jumpers, and tip-ins after a relatively quiet first 16 minutes.

Hailing from Ravenscroft High, Kelly has already earned All-Tournament honors at one event this spring (Southern Invitational), and he could be on his way to another.

Burlington (NC) Cummings G J.T. Terrell (2010): This wasn't Terrell's best night. Listed at 6-foot-5, he appears closer to 6'3 and never really got in the flow.

He started at shooting guard opposite of Wall, and he finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor (1-of-7 3-pointers).

We hope to see more from Terrell tomorrow, a player that came in after a strong showing at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge.

Raleigh (NC) Enloe 6'8 PF Melvin Tabb (2010): Another Raleigh native, Tabb plays his prep ball for Enloe High School. He started at power forward but was relatively ineffective. Just a freshman, Tabb has a strong frame and physically looks the part at 6-foot-8 and 210-pounds. Tabb totaled three points and two rebounds.

Sanford (NC) Southern Lee Akeem Richmond (2009): Not expected to play for D-One Sports, the prolific scorer from Sanford was a late addition to the roster.

Richmond was never a factor. Undersized at 6-foot and not overly athletic, Richmond struggles to shoot over taller defenders and seemed to lack the necessary quickness to defend point guards on the perimeter.

Unofficially, he finished with zero points and an assist. Maybe he just had a bad day.

Parting Shots:

  • NC State players Farnold Degand, Trevor Ferguson, Bartosz Lewandowski, and Chad Williams worked the scorer's tables for the opening games.

  • Cedric Simmons watched most of the game with Simon Harris.

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