Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Last year, it was girls hoop transfers; this year it's boys

A year ago, several high-profile girls basketball transfers changed the Mecklenburg County basketball landscape.

This year, it looks like it's the boys turn.

Burlington Cummings' all-state pick J.T. Terrell, who has committed to Wake Forest, is transferring to West Charlotte, where he will live with his father, former Charlotte 49ers star James "Trigger" Terrell. The father said the move is so he can have more influence on his son's development, hoping to pass along lessons he learned in college.

Meanwhile, Olympic High picked up West Meck transfer Charles Morrison, a 25-point per game all-conference 6-4 guard. The Trojans also added 6-7, 240 pound Josh Smith from Bessemer City. Olympic coach thinks the big sophomore could be special in a few years. Olympic was 23-5 last year and was 23-2 this summer. As I look at things right now, they're one of the top five or six teams in the area and one of the 10 in the state in 3A.

Up north, Hopewell added Country Day's best player, point guard Earl McLaurin, who is returning to his home school. It's the second year in a row the Bucs have lost top tier talent. Last season, Anthony Gill left Country Day for rival Charlotte Christian. That is putting a big stop in the Bucs plans to get back in position to challenge Christian and Charlotte Latin and Providence Day -- and newcomer Concord Cannon -- in the rugged CISAA conference.

Hopewell, which lost dynamic point guard Brandyn Curry, a two-time ME-CA 7 player of the year, now has a replacement at the position they needed most to fill. All of a sudden a 29-1 team a year ago looks just as strong this year. The Titans return four guys who started games.

Another move is CMS' loss. Allerik Freeman, a 6-3 guard who played at Southwest Middle, has enrolled at United Faith. Area coaches tell me he's one of the best-looking freshman to come through Charlotte in a long time. He attended Clemson's invitation only elite camp and is being recruited by the Tigers, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

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