Dudley duo are future stars

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro Dudley's two standout underclassmen showed their skill and potential Monday evening, but they also showed their youth.

Sophomore Kevin Swinton and freshman William Graves scored nine points each in Dudley's loss to Mt. Zion Monday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Graves missed all nine of his two-point field goals, but knocked down 2-of-4 high-arcing three-point attempts. Despite missing tough shots, head coach David Price urged him to keep on shooting.

"He's young, but I tell him ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball' and so he puts some shots up with that in mind," Price said.

The 6-4 wing attacked the basket with a aggressive, bullish mentality, even flooring Mt. Zion seven-footer Martin Iti on one occasion

Swinton, at 6-7, battled Mt. Zion's NBA-sized frontline, pulling in five rebounds, but his minutes were limited due to foul trouble.

"I thought Kevin played well, and some of the fouls came out of inexperience – wanting to block a shot too bad or reaching," Price said. "He had his hands full [with Mt. Zion] inside. His footwork is as good as any high schooler I've ever seen."

Analyst Dave Telep said, "The traditional rate for big men to develop is slower. I think Swinton is going to be an awesome rebounder. Not just a seven or eight per game, but a real force."

"Graves is a good offensive player, especially on the perimeter and in as a freshman, but it's just way too early to make definitive statements about either one," Telep continued. "And in this game, they're playing against guys who have an older frontcourt – a frontcourt that's bigger than most college frontlines.

"They're very young, but they're obviously very, very talented – two of the better young guys in the state. You're looking at two guys you'll get to follow for a long, long time. William Graves is a freshman in high school playing against Mt. Zion in the Greensboro Coliseum. We'll get to watch them develop for years to come."

Despite their age, colleges already have the talented duo on their recruiting radars.

"North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson – all the ACC schools are recruiting them," Price said. UNC assistants Doug Wojcik and Fred Quartlebaum were seated baseline during the game.

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