Dec 30 2009
We covered three different holiday tournaments between Raleigh, NC and Greenville, NC on December 30 and here are some of the prospects that caught our eyes.
Starting off at Glaxo
TJ Warren, a 6’6 2012 wing guard of Durham Riverside HS (NC), had a solid outing and showed some of the hype surrounding him. He is the son of former NC State basketball player Tonie Warren. Warren is a smooth wing that can knock down the three ball with good consistency. He moves pretty well although he is not a big time athlete to any extent. Body is still developing but has a frame that looks like he could carry some weight. He is a decent ball handler and is able to slash to the basket on occasion where he is able to finish pretty well (under the rim) and grab boards for his undersized team. He is an average defender but has good length and size which should allow him to be a better defender once athleticism improves.
Julius Hamilton, a 6’4 2012 SG/SF of West Charlotte HS (NC), is a very strong bodied guard with good athleticism. He matched up against Brian Richardson (South Carolina signee) and more than held his own. He even spent some time at the point where he got to the basket at will and scored.
Derrick Martin, a 6’9 2010 PF of Flora McDonald HS (NC), is a thin prospect with a solid game. He is long, athletic and a solid shot blocker who alters many as well. Martin has a solid touch around the basket and usually gets a few tip ins a game. Good rebounder. He even knocked down a three and a deep two before he got knocked out with a knee injury. The injury appeared to be serious but the last thing we have heard is that he will be out for two weeks. Coach Bond, Martins’ HS coach, said academics are being sorted out and expectations are that he will be ready.
Andres Gentry, a 6’5 2010 wing, shot the ball exceptionally going 4/5 from behind the arc in the first half and consistently found the open man.
Edgecombe County Holiday Classic
Marcus Freeman, a 6’6 2012 PF of Williamston HS (NC), is a big bodied forward with excellent strength and is a pretty good athlete. This was his first game on varsity and is said to be a strong football player as well. Depending on his development over the course of the next couple years, he should be one to monitor for lower to mid level D1 schools.
Pitt County Holiday Classic
Tyrece Little, a 6’7 PF of JH Rose High School (NC), is a thin shot blocker with excellent athleticism. He is still very raw offensively but is a guy that gets his team a double double every night and will toss in 4+ blocks. He’s a project and his best ball is on the defensive end. Reminds me of John Fields when he was the same age minus the attitude problem. Fields is a UNCW standout averaging 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Jaquan Blount, a 6’1 2010 SG of Farmville Central High School (NC), is an exceptional defender and a very good athlete. He shot the ball very well off the bounce and spot shooting. An exception football player as well, he could be a low D1 player in either sport. However, he is expected to be a late qualifier, so a JuCo / PREP may be in the realm of possibilities and a player to track for the mid to high level schools in the future if point guard skills develop.
Donte Harper, a 6’5 2011 SG of South Central HS (NC), shot the ball at a high level with great consistency and range. Still very thin, he has an excellent competitive streak. He also finished at a high rate around the basket and will be one to monitor in the spring and summer against top notch competition as shooters with size are few and far between.
Sam Best, a 6’3 2010 Combo Guard of DH Conley High School (NC), is the younger brother of UNC-Asheville freshman Jaron Lane. Lane was quiet as a freshman to start the season but has been averaging 8-10 points a game of late. Best has more upside than his brother. Best has an extremely high basketball IQ. Athletic, handles the ball well, and the only knock on him has been his shot. Best has a pretty good frame and could definitely add some weight to be successful at the next level.