For 16 minutes, Walton showman Ryan Harrow put on as sensational and dynamic a scoring performance as the Holiday Gymnasium has seen since well, you pick: Pistol Pete Maravich or John Wall.
Harrow hit for 23 first half points. The Georgian sizzled to the rim and stroked 3s past the arc. If its $8 to get in to see Avatar then the $12 people forked over to watch Harrow and UNC signee Reggie Bullock was a bargain.
Walton’s one-man wrecking crew had it cooking to the point where he was throwing assists as he was saving balls out of bounds. Everything he could control, he had under his thumb. Everything except his health.
Harrow left early the second half and had to be taken to the hospital after succumbing to dehydration. Weak before the game began, the first half emptied all he had in reserve.
Meanwhile, Bullock’s Kinston crew had it in cruise control. But Walton had more in its tank and actually rallied to take the lead late. Though Bullock missed two straight free throws and only made 3-of-6 in the waning minutes, Kinston registered the 90-87.
Bullock finished with 27; Harrow 25. Everyone left with a good feeling about what they saw, everyone except Harrow who needed an IV at the hospital to get right.
Ian Miller, PG, United Faith: If you haven’t figured this thing out yet, here’s the deal: Miller is a baller. He’s in the title game against Word of God, the club he won his first state title against last year. How about 13-for-13 from the line? He had 32 points, 5 3-pointers and the respect of everyone in the gym.
Luke Cothron, PF, Flora Mac: His perimeter abilities kept Flora Mac in the game in the first half. The young man is talented (see Pervis Ellison). He’s that guy who has so much ability you tend to expect him to do it all. He was playing against a skyline frontline of United Faith and grabbed the rebounds that came to him but didn’t force the issue. He had 23 points.
Stephane Drane, PF, Garner: Good match with one of the country’s top mid-major programs. Drane has room to improve offensively and with his aggression but he’s a long-armed natural shot blocker who can run.
Jerome Seagars, PG, Flora Mac: The Washington, D.C., transplant scored 26 points. It was our first look at him and the gut says he’s a great rotation guard at the highest level and an outstanding player if he drops down one notch. We’ll see how he closes things out in Raleigh. Seegars scored 26 against United Faith. Our first look was a good one. He’s a strong guard and vocal player.
Jacoby Davis, CG, West Charlotte: With J.T. Terrell a 4-game suspension, the offense has to come from another source and today it was power guard Davis. He went for 23 points. In addition to shooting it well, he used his body and strength to finish off plays. Mid-level schools will eye him up as a combo.
Tyler Lewis, PG, FCD: For those who have seen him, you’d know the 27-point effort wasn’t vintage Lewis. West Charlotte has physical guards and the bumped and grinded him. Lewis took his licks and made 13 of 16 free throws. Chipped in with 8 assists and 5 dimes. He’s a riddle for recruiters because they must balance his superior passing ability and shot making versus his size and defense. At the end of the day, he’ll find his level and be a strong college player. His basketball IQ and commitment to improvement are there.
Kennedy Meeks, C, West Charlotte: Been waiting a long time to see him and once he got in, Meeks made things happen. He’s in the 6-6/6-7 range and has a big body. He also knows what he’s doing in the post as he searched out boxouts, throws outlets and will roll in his baby hook. Plenty to work with and great to see him in action.
Reggie Bullock stuffed the stat sheet and then tossed a few more assists on top for a final line of 27 points, 7-12 FG, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and zero turnovers. … Loved Kamren Belin stepping up and playing with pride and toughness in Harrow’s absence (13 points). Guard Lanerryl Johnson tossed in 21, all of them in the second half. … Dallas Best may go from Kinston to a junior college where he’s likely to morph into a D-I prospect. A workman-like 18 and 11 with athleticism and energy. …
Kadeem Jack is going to sign high-major, its inevitable. He’s moving in the right direction and was part of a huge 3rd quarter spurt for Rice. Against Wake Forest-bound Melvin Tabb (11 points, 8 rebs.), Jack was bouncy and comfortable inside. … Jermaine Sanders had 21 for Rice. …
Nemanja Mikic is winning over admirers with his shooting ability. Two days in a row he’s knocked down enough shots to grab mid-level attention. … Cothron is a major talent. His body language could stand to improve. While he’s a guy that can score, he’s not a guy who exudes energy. … How about Kadeem Green? He had 9 and 7 and played with more intensity than we’ve seen in the past. It was the Green that could be, the guy Missouri signed with the hopes of getting him to go hard in their style. This was a glimpse of who he can be. … T.J. Warren’s services were almost not needed as he had 2 points and 2 boards in a blowout win and sat a good portion of the game. …
Millbrook coach Scott McInness won his 300th career game on Tuesday. … UNC made a trip over to see underclassmen Lewis and Warren. …
Jerome Seegars has interest from UCLA, Tennessee, Connecticut, George Mason and George Washington. …
Assistants: North Carolina, VMI, Western Carolina, Virginia Tech, Massachusetts, Appalachian State.
Head Coaches: Roy Williams, North Carolina; Ben Miller, UNC-Pembroke.
West Charlotte 86, FCD 75
Millbrook 61, Garner 49
Kinston 90, Walton 87
Rice 64, Enloe 50
United Faith 79, Flora MacDonald 70
Riverside 71, Cardinal Gibbons 48