SCPrepNation Basketball Notebook

The AAU circuit is in full swing currently and SCPrepNation.com brings you expert analysis from the Scout.com hoops staff as well as interesting tidbits from our own staff. Guys like Damien Leonard (pictured), R.J. Slawson, Bruce Ellington, and DeMarcus Harrison are making plenty of noise so come inside for the very latest. Nobody covers SC hoops like SCPrepNation.com!

First things first we take a look at a couple of guys in the 2010 and 2011 class who had a strong showing at the Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, NC this past weekend. The following notes and analysis are courtesy of Scout.com National Basketball Recruiting Director Dave Telep.

R.J. Slawson-We wish the Class of 2010 yielded a few more guys who have his attributes. He's 6-feet-8 and in the game we saw dunked what he could. He's bouncy around the rim and scored 32 points. We're positive he's a skill guy otherwise they wouldn't run as many plays for his to shoot 3s (which he made a few). Looks like a high-major prospect to us.

Bruce Ellington-The best way to describe this football quarterback is to picture Andre Cornelius' game in Erving Walker's body. His speed is a problem for defenders and trust us, he's very fast. He'll drive, stop on a dime and then find another gear. Sees the court very well and is a good passer. The only knock we had on him tonight were a few careless turnovers. Football or hoops? He's got a decision to make.

Damien Leonard-In a game that featured too few post passes, Leonard found favor among the basketball gods by passing in the first half. Despite not scratching in the first he scored 16 in the second as his long-range game was the reason for the Rams win. Legitimate marksman behind the arc. Kudos to Damien Leonard who made an impression for his willingness to pass.

Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with Slawson, Ellington, and Leonard to talk about the T.O.C. experience and updates concerning their recruitment here at SCPrepNation.com this week.

Down in Suwanee GA the Nike Memorial Day Classic was being held this past weekend. The Carolina Ravens were participating and Scout.com analyst Eric Bossi was covering the event. He liked some things he saw one of the state's top 2010 prospects out of Greenwood High. His notes are below.

DeMarcus Harrison:He's got length, a stroke that is good to the three point line and high level athleticism. Mixing in a few drives, Harrison also showed more ability to score off the bounce and through contact than in past viewings. As he adds confidence and consistency, there's plenty of room for him to grow as a prospect.

After the event we were alerted that Harrison is set to be transferring out of Greenwood High to Christ School in Arden, NC. With that move Harrison is also reclassifying to the class of 2011. We spoke briefly with Harrison to discuss the move. "Yeah I'm going to be at Christ School next year." With the move Harrison joins another former SC standout in former Wren guard Sebastian Koch who has also reclassified to the 2011 class. It appears that Christ School very well could have a SC starting backcourt that goes 6'4 and 6'5 respectively next season. We are set to have an in-depth interview with Harrison as well this week to talk more about the move to NC and the very latest regarding his recruitment.

Additional Notes From Around The State

  • We spoke with 2009 Byrnes High All-State guard Nori Johnson and he says he's yet to decide between Fork Union Military Academy and Indian Hills Community College. He hopes to be playing D1 ball after a year at one of those programs.
  • 2010 Greer High All-State PG Chandler Hash is drawing interest from the Ivy League as he has worked out for Harvard and Princeton according to Carolina Celtics coach Derrick Drummond.
  • 2010 Greer SG Chris Dean is hearing a lot currently from Wofford and Citadel.

    Be on the lookout for updates with more of the state's top hoops prospects right here with SCPrepNation.com, your #1 source for everything concerning SC's top high school basketball and football prospects.


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