Last season was a breakout one for 2011 SG Corey Littlejohn of Heathwood Hall. The 6'3 170 pounder put together a monster season on the hardwood for his squad and continued that strong play right through the summer on the AAU circuit. We sat down and had a lengthy interview with Littlejohn to talk about a gamut of subjects including his early recruitment and outlook for this season.
As a sophomore Littlejohn was one of the the top prospects in the state regardless of class. In fact, he was named to the All-State team. He also picked up quite a few other awards along the way.
"I was named All-State, All-Region (my second time), named to the Porter-Gaud All Tournament Team 2008, named to the Midas Highlander Classic Team 2008, made the AAU Super Regional All Tournament Team, and also at the USSSA Fort Wayne Nationals," Littlejohn told us. His talents don't stop just on the court as well. "I also made the honor roll at my school too."
As a sophomore he averaged 19.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Heathwood Hall Episcopal. That success paired with a good showing this offseason with the Carolina Drive AAU team opened the eyes of quite a few college programs.
"I'm hearing from a lot of schools currently. Virginia Commonwealth, South Carolina, East Carolina, Davidson, Wofford, The Citadel, UNC Asheville, Penn State, Elon, Mount Vernon Nazrene College, Princeton, Wake Forest, Harvard, College of Charleston, Furman, and North Florida are some of the ones I hear from."
Obviously some schools have shown heightened interest in comparison to others and Littlejohn shared that list with us as well. "I'd say Virginia Commonwealth, South Carolina, Wofford, Mount Vernon Nazrene College, College of Charleston, and Davidson are all recruiting me the hardest right now."
Still there remains three schools that Littlejohn hasn't heard from yet that he's highly interested in. "I'd like to hear more from Miami, Florida, and Florida State." Don't rule out trips to those respective school's camps to try and catch the eyes of those staffs either.
Scouts have loved the early work Littlejohn has put in on the hardwood. His numbers are strong and the 2011 standout talked about his strengths on the hardwood.
"Right now I feel that my basketball IQ and my decision making make me stand out. I also think that my competitive nature is a plus, I desire playing against the best players around."
Delving further into his arsenal on the court we also asked Littlejohn what aspects of his game he has been working the hardest on to improve and we got some pretty surprising answers.
"I still am working on keeping my jumpshot consistent. My defense too. I am focusing on not only being a offensive threat, but a defensive stopper at the same time too."
Last season saw many tough games but one in particular stands out in his memory.
"We played against our cross town rivals Hammond and we were down the whole game. We mounted a comeback and beat them by 2 points. Its always a good feeling to beat your rival at home in front of 1100 fans. In that game I had 26 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. (See video highlights of that game at the bottom by clicking the video player)
That competitive nature he spoke of shined brightly not too long ago as he was invited to the Elite 75 Prep Showcase NC/SC. Corey talked about that experience and some of his toughest matchups thus far in his career.
"Some of my toughest competition came at the Elite 75 Prep Showcase NC/SC. I played with the top guard in South Carolina (Damien Leonard) and played against the likes of Marquis Rankin, Bernard Sullivan, Jacby Davis, Bishop Daniels, and Tyler Poole. They were all good players and could play numerous positions."
"On the AAU circuit I'd say Marquis Teague was one of my toughest matchups, he is a good player."
Looking ahead to his upcoming junior season he shared his early thoughts for Heathwood Hall as a team and for himself personally this season.
"We have all our players from last year back and we should be a title contender. I am focused on the team concept and I hope we will win state. I also hope to get some national recognition too."
The talent that the 2011 prospect has shown apparently comes from some intense battles at home on the court. It's there that Corey says he learned a lot of his skills from and patterns his game after two people he takes on quite a bit.
"I probably pattern my game most likely after my dad and my brother. My dad played basketball in college for Belmont Abbey and had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Clippers. I watch his game film from back then and see what he did. I also watch my brother who played a year of basketball at Lander University. I would watch his high school film to see what he would do in certain situations on the court."
Littlejohn reports a 3.0 GPA currently and has yet to take the SAT or ACT yet but plans to do so soon.
FUN FACTS WITH...COREY LITTLEJOHN
10 seconds left on the clock and your team is down by 1...you have the ball at halfcourt. Finish this in your own words. "I would beat my man off the dribble and look for the open teammate, if not I would try and draw contact and draw the foul."
Favorite food: Steak and Shrimp
Favorite subject in school: History
Dream college: Miami U
Dream date with: Scarlet Johanson
Favorite movie: Through the Fire : Sebastin Telfair Movie
Favorite music artists: Drake, Lil Wayne
Favorite thing to do when not playing basketball: Think about Basketball, or just watch basketball
Name one thing most people would be surprised to know about you. "I help out with the Special Olympics basketball team in Columbia"
SCPrepNation.com will have more video highlights featuring the 2011 standout soon so stay tuned.