Monday, November 16, 2009

2A Basketball Overview

2A Prep Basketball Overview
Boys’ Starting 5

Devince Boykins, East Rutherford, 6-foot-3, Jr., G: Son of former J.C. Smith star Robert Boykins is powerful leaper and solid combo guard.
Jahaan Hailey, Salisbury, 6-2, Sr., G: Shot 45 percent from 3-point range last season, averaged 13 points.
K.J. Jones, West Caldwell, 5-10, Jr., G: All-Observer as a sophomore.
Rickey Perry, Berry, 6-3, Sr., F: Undersized post averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks; first-team all-conference pick.
Darien Rankin, Salisbury, 6-2, Jr., G: N.C. Preps 2A all-state pick averaged 16 points, six rebounds last season; is a 3-year starter.
Boys’ State Title Championship Contenders
Berry: 10-15 last year, but moving down in class and returning a loaded team. Marquise Buckman and Perry were all-conference, last season, and the Cardinals are very athletic.
Salisbury: 28-2 last season and returns eight of the team’s top 10 scorers. Of those, 10, five are juniors.
Boys’ Notable
-- Mike Helms is the new coach at first-year Cuthbertson High in Union County. He’s got two, a pair of two-year starters to build around: 6-4 Mike Cuthbertson from Porter Ridge and Ray McDode from Weddington.

Girls’ Starting 5
Essence Baucom, Berry, 5-4, So., G:
Averaged 12 points, five assists and four steals in excellent freshman season. Team MVP and first-team all-conference pick.
Tyana Bryant, North Stanly, 5-6, Jr., F: Averaged 20 points and seven rebounds last season for a 26-3 team.
Ashia Holmes, Salisbury, 5-9, Jr., G/F: Versatile all-conference star averaged nine points and six rebounds for state champs.
Bubbles Phifer, Salisbury, 5-6, Sr., G: 15 ppg, three apg, four spg for N.C. 2A state finals MVP.
Alicia Quinn, Berry, 6-2, So., C: All-conference star averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks last season.
Girls’ State Title Championship Contenders
North Stanly:
26-3 last season and 171-27 since 2002. This year’s team returns five regulars and adds a 6-1 sophomore center. Watch out.
Salisbury: 29-3 state champions are back with nearly the entire team in tact.
Girls’ Notables
-- Dropping down to 2A could be as good for Berry’s girls as it was for Berry’s football team, which made the playoffs. The team adds two 6-footers from middle school to four returning starters, including Baucom and 6-2 sophomore Alicia Quinn (10 ppg, nine rpg, five bpg). Look for the team to improve on last year’s 8-17 record.
Salisbury added 6-2 East Rowan transfer Olivia Rankin, who joins adding to 5-11 Jessica Heilig and 5-10 Isis Miller.

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