DCS: Day 1 Notes

CHARLOTTE -- <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s report from the first evening of action at the Dell Curry Shootout on the campus of the Charlotte Latin School includes stats and analysis on Anthony Morrow, Ra'Sean Dickey, Cassan Breeden and Mohamed Tangara.

* Anthony Morrow: His 36 points led Charlotte Latin to a surprising 62-58 win over Ra'Sean Dickey's Marlboro County. It was our first look at the 6-6 junior, other than when he was a guest at UNC's "Midnight with the Heels" in October. Morrow's shooting stroke isn't something you'd see taught at a basketball camp, he rarely scores off the dribble, and his hustle stats were unimpressive (2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl) – but he can most certainly score. He moved well without the ball and was not afraid to take the big shot (or ANY shot), as he scored the clutch points that enabled Latin to hold off Marlboro County for the upset. His offensive performance was the story of the night - 36 points (10-18 fg, 5-9 3pt, 11-11 ft). The Tar Heels have been down to see him since the season started, but don't appear to be seriously interested at this point, likely because of the scholarship crunch for 2004. Morrow listed Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Charlotte.

* Ra'Sean Dickey: 17 points (6-14 fg, 5-7 ft), 13 boards and four blocks is a solid night for most post players, but it was a frustrating night for Dickey – frustrating in that his team shot poorly and turned the ball over often to Charlotte Latin, but more importantly frustrating because his teammates were quite ineffective in getting him the ball. And the frustration was evident on Dickey's face, and in the technical foul he was assessed in the fourth quarter. He tended to take the tentative shot too often tonight rather than going up strong against physically inferior opponents, and would have been more effective with interior screening and better-timed entry passes from his teammates. This wasn't his usually dominating effort, but he set the bar pretty high with his 30-point 20-rebound showings last spring. One mediocre showing doesn't change the fact that he's an elite 2004 big man. North Carolina assistant coach Doug Wojcik was in attendance, and was also present for Paulius Joneliunas' game earlier in the day.


Cassan Breeden

* Cassan Breeden: This will be a 2005 standout to keep an eye on. The intriguing 6-7, 180-pound Marlboro County forward has the athletic tools and is working on the game to go with it. For now, he's a wiry high jumper who can hit the occasional turnaround jumper or three-pointer, but in the next two and a half years he'll develop the skills that will make him an elite prospect. UNC is showing early interest. His state line on Thursday night - 11 points, 4 boards, 2 stl, 4-8 fg, 1-1 3pt, 2-2 ft

* Mohamed Tangara: It was a par-for-the-course performance for the 6-9 junior – in that he showed his strength and athleticism, but also his offensive limitations. He had 11 points, on dunks and put-backs, and collected a handful of rebounds and a couple of blocks. He's like a pogo stick off the floor, which pays off with alley-oops and follows, though he's still learning to time his jumps for rebounds.

* Games and players we'll be checking out tomorrow …
2:30 p.m. - Roanoke HS (Paulius Joneliunas)
6:00 p.m. - Marlboro HS (Ra'Sean Dickey)
8:30 p.m. - Mt. Zion (Mohamed Tangara) vs. Reynolds HS (Reyshawn Terry, Justin Bohlander)


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