Young, Rush Shine Over Thanksgiving was at the Capital Tip Off Classic Saturday afternoon before venturing over for the finals of the Bull City Classic. Sophomore Brock Young and senior Brandon Rush had big days.


Top Performers

Brock Young (2007), PG, Raleigh Broughton: The 5-foot-9 point guard has advanced his game since his outstanding freshman season. Some will knock the size but the overall package and precedent for success is there; Andrew Lavender and Timmy Smith aren't very big either. With Young, you have to like his speed and ability to become a tenacious defender. He didn't shoot it particularly well on Saturday (17 points, 9 assists), but we've seen him stroke it. He's in constant motion, sees the floor well and plays under control. He's got plenty of work to do but he's got the tools and right now he makes the game easy for himself and his teammates.

Dominique Sutton (2006), SG/SF, Durham Jordan: He's a strong, athletic 6-foot-4 wing player. He'll be the first to tell you that academically he's got work to do. However, Sutton has a chance to be a high-major wing prospect down the road. The wing struggled with his outside shot but can get his off the drive when he wants and when it was time to go get a basket that wasn't a problem either. He had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Mezie Uzochukwu (2007), SF, Northeast Guilford: Unfortunately for him he's the biggest guy on his team and he's stuck inside for the year. We know he can play on the wing in a small forward role and eventually that'll be his position. His Saturday effort yielded an efficient 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Capital Tip Off Notes

Johnnie McLawhorn is one of the best senior players in the eastern part of North Carolina. The Greenville Rose small forward could wind up in prep school next year. He had 13 points in a loss. … Rose teammate, junior PG North Carolina State has had him on campus as well and Young frequently plays with the Pack players. …

Wakefield High 6-foot-10 senior big man Sam Carlisle had 10 points and 8 rebounds for the defending state champs. William & Mary is showing interest in Carlisle who is a fringe D-I prospect right now. He's got the size but isn't mobile and athleticism holds him back. Still, with the size, he could be intriguing. … Dominique Sutton said that East Carolina and Mount St. Mary's are showing the most consistent interest in him. …


The Mount Zion Warriors captured the championship of the 3rd annual event by routing Our Savior 68-54. Senior small forward Shawn Taggart had 14 points and 5 rebounds for Zion.

As for Rush, a pair of NBA scouts were in the gym watching him. Like Andray Blatche the week before, the early word was that he's got to do more in order to move into the first round. Scouts wanted to see more of a skilled scoring package and to go with the outstanding athleticism. He'll have plenty of chances to improve his standing throughout the course of the year.

Mount Zion took a 10-point lead and turned it into a 20-point gap when senior wing Jarvis Hill did his best Vinnie Johnson impersonation. Hill checked into the game for the first time in the 4th quarter and quickly drained a pair of mid-range shots and two more 3's as he went on his own 10-0 nothing for the Warriors.

Junior point guard Daye Kaba was the offensive aggressor for Our Savior and led all scorers with 19 points

Bull City Notes

Georgetown assistant Kevin Broadus watched National Christian and Javon Parris of Our Savior. …

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