Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Scouts, recruiters find hidden talent at basketball camp

LEWISVILLE, N.C. National recruiting analyst Dave Telep of ESPN said last weekend's N.C. Prep Phenom 150 camp was about opportunity.

More than 150 high school basketball players from the Carolinas, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia attended the two-day showcase event at Forsyth Country Day.

"It's about finding 15 to 20 guys who want to be Division I players play hard and show they want it," Telep said. "It's basically a tryout, an unbelievable opportunity to grab a headline for yourself."

Telep said he was surprised some kids didn't play hard in front of Telep and several other national and regional scouts.

The consensus top player was Andrew White, a 6-foot-7 guard from Virginia. White said he's been working out three times a day. Telep said the time and effort clearly are showing.

Telep said he also was struck by the potential of Wilmington New Hanover's Nigel Holley, a 6-7 sophomore post player.

The top N.C. player, scouts said, was 6-8 junior T.J. Warren of Raleigh Word of God. He started slowly but, when challenged, showed off a game that included a solid jump shot and big-time dunks. Some scouts on hand said Warren could be a national top 50 player by the time he's a senior.

Telep came away impressed with some newer faces.

"There's 20 guys who will be Division I here," Telep said, "and probably half of them you wouldn't have known their names before today."

Camp Standouts

The top Carolinas' players from last weekend's N.C. Prep Phenom 150 basketball showcase:

Brandon Hairston, Eastern Guilford, 6-3, Jr., G

T.J. Warren, Raleigh Word of God, 6-8, Jr., F

Terry Henderson, Raleigh Neuse Christian, 6-4, Jr., G

Justin Cousin, Graham, 6-2, Jr., G

Josh Newkirk, Raleigh Word of God, 6-1, So., G

Brandon Hooks, Apex Middle Creek, 6-5, Jr., G/F

Alex Biggerstaff, Burnsville Mountain Heritage, 6-4, Jr., G

Stephen Sims-King, Columbia Richland NE, 6-4, Jr., G

Shane Whitfield, Pamlico County, 6-7, Jr., C

Matthew Uchedike, Greensboro Caldwell Academy, 6-10, Jr., C

Emeka Ikezu, Greensboro Caldwell Academy, 6-9, So., F/C

Carlin Bremner, North Mecklenburg, 6-0, Sr., G


Jimmy said...

Those players did well but that was an easy job to do as they got center stage. I was dissappointed in the writers there who seemed to have a lackadaisical approach maybe they had long summers. For example one kid John Edwards(the Christ School) shot an airball early in his first game and he then went off for close to 33, 25 and 30 points in all around dominating performances but for some reason he got slated. another kid Dwayne Montrell Goldston out of Grimsley Greensboro did everythinjg you can do to the point that his teammates started top defer to him, which is really rare in events like this. The kid did it all set the tempo on defense and drove to rack while dishing assist and keeping team involved. He also was slighted and received no recognition. Maybe they need more writers I don't know, but it has got to be hard for kids when the same guys get ink no matter what you do. Good things these kids are determined and hard workers because everyone can't count on the event or the writers to do them justice. Its Just Us! Coach Jimmy Hayes

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree, there needs to be more writers, and it seems to be the concensus with a couple of other coaches and writers. I know there was other talent at that camp that received no recognition what so ever. We know who the top recruits are...give some of the other kids a chance to get looks. Most of the kids you write about already have offers...they don't need to impress anyone else. Let recruiters know that there are some other up and coming talents on the radar. They work just as hard if not harder than these guys who get all the press. And many of them didn't even have the privilege of having to pay not to be recognized.