James Carlton, others, show out at Washington Daily News Holiday Tournament
Dec 20, 2009
James “JC” Carlton, a 6’8 PF of South Central High School and future College of Charleston star, battled against a stellar frontline duo of 6’8 Memphis signee and super athlete Hippolyte Tsafack and fellow high level prospect Brice Kofane in the showcase game of the Washington Daily News Holiday Tournament. A mid level power forward going against a frontline featuring two high level PF’s would surely be overmatched. Correct? False. Carlton matched up against Tsafack and dominated from the tip with his newly revived game. Carlton spent his sophomore summer and fall developing a reputation that he would end up a high level prospect. A less than stellar junior year and he fell back on the radar of mid level schools where he eventually landed last fall. A coaching change at South Central and a return to what made him so good at an early age has revolutionized his game this year. Carlton showed a nice set of hooks over each shoulder as well as knocked down the 15-17 footer and blocked every shot in his path including a body to body dunk attempt from super athlete Tsafack. JC rebounded very well and capped of his stellar performance with the nicest windmill I’ve ever witnessed in a game. He played the part of a Top 100 prospect. Next step, repeat performances.
Donta Harper, a 6’5 2011 SG of South Central HS, has also showed headway in his game. Harper is shooting the ball well from deep and is employing all three levels of the court in his arsenal; the trey ball, the mid range jumper and getting to the basket. He is a good defender and a smart player. His recruitment should start at the mid level and once he starts making repeat visits to the weight room, his stock will surely rise.
Josh Tatum, a 6’5 2010 PF of South Central HS, had an impressive game and stayed very active. He defended well, is a very good athlete and has a decent build. He is a good rebounder and will likely end up at the lower D1 level with repeat performances of this nature.Miller School
Mychal Parker, a 6’7 2010 SF Maryland signee, came off a 33 point performance the night before and led Miller with 18. Parker has grown an inch since the summer and his Father Omar Parker believes he still has one more inch to grow. Parker is a smooth guard that is at his best attacking the rim from the perimeter. His ability of timing offensive rebounds and finishing the tip-in is unparalleled among his peers. He will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact at Maryland as a big and skilled wing, a slot they seem to be lacking at the moment.
Hippolyte Tsafack, a 6’8 Memphis PF 2010 signee, has unbelievable athleticism and plays with great intensity blocking shots and dunking everything in sight. He will be an excellent glue guy at Memphis with the big time scoring guards coming in for Josh Pastner. He finished with 14.
Brice Kofane, a 6’8 2010 PF of Miller School, played out of his game as he was on the perimeter helping the guard play. He is very good shot blocker and has very good athleticism. He will eventual end up at the high level by the year’s end.
Shane Whitfield, a 6’5 2012 SG of Pamlico High School, had the quietest 30 point performance I have witnessed in a while. Whitfield was out all summer with a broken kneecap and is still getting back into his true form. Whitfield spent most of the game running the Point. He is able to handle the ball fairly well, has great looking form on his shot, shoots it well and has a good first step when he puts it into his mind he needs to score. He is a good defender and moves his feet well when matched up on the ball. We lost count after his 6th or 7th steal by him playing the passing lanes. He has a frame that will be able to develop. He is able to finish with either hand and was able to get by his defender at will most of the night. Decent leaper with good quickness and agility as well as possessing a High Basketball IQ. He finished well in the open floor and most of his drives, as he did miss a few layups he should have easily converted. He is a very good passer and spent his freshman campaign at the one spot. Once he regains his athleticism and plays with more aggression he could easily play at the Highest Level. As for now, he is a Mid Major lock with a chance to go higher pending development.
Whitfield is a kid you would love to coach; 4.2 GPA, great attitude and a great work ethic.
Taraja Langly, a 6’1 combo guard of Washington High School (NC), showed improvements in his game and came in averaging 19 points and 6 dimes. Langley is a very athletic slasher that sees the floor well. Shot needs serious revampment and his left hand needs further development. A year of prep school or two years of JuCo could benefit his game immensely and are needed. Fully qualified with a 3.2 GPA.