Friday AAU Update

Checking in with Richard Joyce, Eric Williams, and Justin Gray - all future Deacon basketball players playing in Greenboro this weekend.

Friday night was an exciting night of hoops for high school basketball fans. One of the best AAU teams I have ever seen or heard about was assembled for Friday's AAU tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Greensboro Gaters had a stacked team on their side Friday, helping them prevail with an easy 120-84 win over the Carolina Connection.

Syracuse-bound Carmello Anthony and UNC-bound Raymond Felton, arguably the nation's two top seniors, both suited up for Gaters Friday night. While those two would be a force on their own, the supporting cast of Wake Forest signees Eric Williams, Justin Gray, and Richard Joyce along with Clemson signee Shawan Robinson, Miami signee Eric Wilkins, and others gave the Gaters an "unfair" advantage.

Wake's future stars played fairly well Friday but were not as impressive as they have been in past games. By our stats, Richard Joyce led the Deacon crew with 13 points on the night and had several nice dunks.

Wake signee Justin Gray pitched in seven unofficially for the Deacs as well. Gray, a 6'2" guard, was just 3-10 from the floor tonight but his stroke looked really good. While he will have his occasional rough shooting game such as this game, expect Gray to be a great three-point marksman over his career at Wake. Gray also did well handling the ball Friday.

As for Eric Williams, he seemed to struggle some Friday night. Williams scored six points on the night in limited playing time. He also seemed to be in noticable pain (leg) throughout the game as well which may have affected his performance. However, he did struggle from the field as well as from the line Friday night. He has his work cut out for him on the free-throw line. He definitely has potential to be a great player, however.

Wake signee Trent Strickland was also expected to play. He was not able to make it, however, due to school conflicts at Hargrave Military Academy.

Also of note, Carmello Anthony and Raymond Felton both played great games for the Gaters as well.

Greensboro will face off with the Durham Eagles at 10:30 Saturday morning.


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