SCOOP CENTRAL: December 29th 2007

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Boys Hoops Performances

  • Here's a name to get familiar with in a hurry. Landrum High's Brandon Quarles. He's been on fire so far this season. We're going to sit down with the hoops star for an interview to see just where his recruitment is going and how things have gone for him so far this season. His last outing? A 35 point performance in a 80-45 victory over Southside Christian. Averaging over 20+ points per game Brandon is getting it done plain and simple for the 7-2 Cardinals.
  • Southside SG Robbie Dreher is starting to get his legs back after a bad ankle injury to start the season. He's reeled off 23 and 19 in back to back wins in the Greer/FCA Christmas Classic Tournament. Getting to the bucket has helped him get back in the groove as he's getting to the free throw line in big volume. How about 15-15 from the charity stripe on Thursday night?
  • Another name that is way overdue to be spotlighted is Daniel's DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is an dynamic baller on the hardwood and on the football field. Some say he may be the state's top overall athlete and we wouldn't argue. He's averaging over 20 points per game so far this season and the sky is the limit for this young man. Stay tuned as we'll be featuring DeAndre or "Nuke" as the Lions contingent call him this week on
  • It's still early in the season but keep an eye out for Gaffney. They have another nice blend of athletes and role players. It should be fun to watch them take on Spartanburg duo Omar Sanders and Zycorrian Robinson this year.
  • Hillcrest's Steadman Short is already committed to High Point University but he continues to show why he's such a valuable commodity. Averaging over 16 points per game while leading Hillcrest to a 13-0 start this season they too will look to challenge for the Region 2-AAAA title.
  • Dreher duo Case Stigelbauer and Kenneth Dreher both turned in some strong performances at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia. Stigelbauer is a Winthrop commit while Joyner is still being recruited by a number of regional programs. Keep a close eye on him as we feel he's got more room to improve and college coaches are starting to take notice.
  • The more we see Eastside PG Sean Eads the more we like him. He's a coach's son and it shows. He's not flashy but he plays extremely smart and utilizes his talent to the fullest. The best words we can use to describe his game are solid and efficient. He should get some looks if he keeps playing the way he has thus far.
  • Greenwood's DeMarcus Harrison made some major noise on the AAU circuit this past summer. Consider him a player to be reckoned with this season. His perimeter game has gotten stronger and he's got plenty of upside. Right now we'd say he's mid-major level with a chance to be a player for some high major programs given the right situation. College coaches have been making it a point to keep tabs on him as a junior.
  • Hartsville 2010 PG Jordan Scott is starting to carve out a nice niche for himself. He caught the eye of national recruiting director Dave Telep at the Chick-Fil-A Classic and had an okay showing at the Beach Ball Classic. His defense is ahead of his offense but that isn't too far behind. He's not big but he's capable of being a D1 prospect before he's done once he gets stronger.
  • Mid-Carolina's Calvin Herbert has had a strong start this season. He may only be 6'2 but he plays huge in the paint with a 6'7 wingspan. Double-doubles are the norm for Herbert this year in points and rebounds. Teamed with players like 2010 prospect Jordan Harmon and Krishawn Holley there's no wonder head coach Zeb Reid is awfully excited about his young team. Stay tuned as we'll have a feature on Herbert soon.
  • However you spin it Pinewood Prep's Milton Jennings has cemented himself as the #1 player in the Palmetto State for the 2009 class at this point. His performances at the Chick-Fil-A Classic are moving him up in the national rankings as well. His battle against Christ School in the finals has already been billed as one of the nation's best games so far this year. 6'10 guys aren't supposed to beat you from behind the 3-point line with consistency and then wear you out inside too. Right now Jennings is playing his best basketball hands down and it'll be interesting to see how much noise he makes on the national level when releases the new Top 100 Player Rankings for 2009 again.
  • Be on the lookout for Jennings' teammate PG Kenneth Manigault. He's grown a little since last year and his game is starting to flourish. Manigault has good vision and can finish above the rim. Once he finds consistency with his perimeter game there's a chance he'll be looking at some high major D1 offers. For now he's another one to watch in the 2009 class with huge upside as a 6'4 point man.

Recruiting Scoop

  • (F)Newberry almost locked up commit from a North-South player who wanted to remain anonymous but the young man decided to hold off on making his commitment. He says he'll wait until Signing Day and see what all of his other options are before making a decision now.
  • (B)Consider the South Carolina Gamecocks the team chasing one of the state's fastest rising basketball players, Porter-Gaud's Khris Middleton, the hardest. Dave Odom and staff are doing their best to try and keep him in the Palmetto State but the way Middleton is blowing up it's likely he'll see what other offers come his way before making a decision. An update with Middleton is coming so stay tuned.
  • (F)Pelion OL Dalton Freeman finally pulled the trigger and decided to stay close to home with the Clemson Tigers. A 4-star prospect, Freeman says the recruiting process was getting old quick and he'd seen enough to make his decision. A great get for the Tigers to keep him in-state and congrats to the Freeman family.
  • (B)We touched on Milton Jennings earlier and he's got a nice list of schools already who have extended him offers. One school that has been keeping close tabs on him are the North Carolina Tar Heels. Has Jennings shown them enough to go ahead and extend him the scholarship offer? We think so but we'll sit down with Jennings for an update on his recruitment and to talk about his play as of late.

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