The Eastern Regionals provided 3 days of entertaining basketball at the Crown Coliseum and Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Media from all over, including many national scouting services, were on hand to watch some of the high profile recruits participating in regional action. Firstly, The Hoops Column would like to congratulate each and every team that were able to extend there season long enough to compete this past weekend. Secondly, we would like to formally congratulate East Carteret, Kinston, Terry Sanford, and Garner for coming out of the 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A brackets respectively to compete for the championship on next weekend. While those schools are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go for the ultimate prize, many players left an impression on us.
2015 5’9″ PG Jacque Brown – Brown averaged 29.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 9.5 rpg in the Eastern Regionals. Brown shot 50% from downtown Been saying it for a long time now, this young man can play at the division 1 level. While there are questions about his size, Brown’s speed and quickness combined with his shooting and play-making ability should earn him a few scholarships this spring. Kid will be a steal at the division 2 level.
2016 6’3″ SG Trevor Willis – Willis has worked on his ball-handling and it is very evident. That has taken his game to new heights. He has always had the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter but he is mixing it up more now. Makes all the effort plays and is a good help defender. Averaged 16 ppg, 4.5 rpg in the regional round.
2015 5’11” G Sam Johnson – Johnson can absolutely fill it up from deep. He is a player that can easily knock 4 or 5 down in a row once he gets going. Should received NAIA to D2 interest in the spring. Averaged 16 ppg in the regional round.
2015 6’1″ Wing Ty Simmons – Simmons did it all. He defended bigger players, rebounded the ball and made all of the scrappy plays. Heard some college coaches asking about this kid because he impressed big time with his work ethic.
2016 6’1 PG Koraan Clements – One of the best passers in the regional round. Clements came into the event relatively unknown but made a lasting impression. He has solid open court speed and showed the ability to make some tough finishes with his off hand. Clements finished with 17 pts, 4 asts, 5 rebounds in a lost to East Carteret.
2015 6’3″ PF Malik Peebles – Malik is a “MAN”. He is a tremendous rebounder for his size due to his athleticism. He also showed a nice touch from the perimeter. He finished with 24 pts, 10 rebs, and 1 blk vs East Carteret.
2016 6’4″ Wing Mel’Quan Ames – Ames was one of the most intriguing prospects at the entire event. He is one of the longest players that I’ve ever seen. He once grabbed a rebound on his tip toes and his hands were right at the rim. He appears to be transitioning to the wing full time. He finished with 11 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 asts, and 2 blks. With a great summer and some improved perimeter skills, he can pop up on high d2 to low division 1 radars.
2015 5’9″ PG Chris Clemons – Clemons was dynamic as usual using his speed and athleticism to overwhelm the 71st defense. He suffered a foot injury and was hobbled in the game against Garner which Millbrook eventually lost.
2015 6’0″ G Andrew Evans – Evans showed well in the regionals. He pressured the ball, and made shots. He showed well in the final games of his high school career. Kid can definitely play at the next level.
2015 6’8″ PF Rob Brown – Rob was terrific in the post. He demanded the ball, sealed, and delivered. Schools should get in on Brown because he is improving steadily.
2016 6’9″ PF Edrice Adebayo – Adebayo is a MAN CHILD. Averaged 28.5 ppg, 21.5 rpgs, 6 blks at the event. Clearly a 5 star recruit and one of the top 10 2016 players nationally in my opinion.
2016 5’8″ PG Ikeem Greene – Greene was the side kick for Adebayo at the regionals. He shot the ball well from the perimeter and made plays when they needed to be made for his team. Averaged 18 pts, and 4 rpg.
2017 6’0″ G Jarique Moore – Moore looked great for a sophomore playing in the regionals. He was not afraid of the moment and very aggressive on the offensive end. Played hard on both ends. definitely a player to watch.
2017 5’10” G Elijah Hinson – Hinson is a young athletic player that plays much bigger than his size. Has a nice frame and should only continue to get better. Keep an eye on him.
2015 6’3″ G/F Shyheim Hines – Hines showed up at the best time possible. In the match-up against Kinston, he took the challenge of guarding Ingram and attacking him on the other end. The crowd and scouts alike were enamored with the gutsy effort showed by Hines.
2016 6’11” PF Jay Huff – Huff has the ability to knock down shots from distance with consistency. Big time wing span. With added strength, Huff game will reach new heights.
2015 6’5″ Wing Christopher Sause – Sause had a great game in his final high school game. As usual he was all over the court making plays and leading by example. Sause should receive a few division 2 offers this spring.
2016 5’11” PG Chance Greene – Greene is a saavy pg that can make contested, clutch shots from the perimeter with consistency . Won’t find many players tougher than this young man.
2015 6’9″ W/SG Brandon Ingram – There was no answer for Ingram in the regionals. Ingram’s natural gifts accompanied with his skill-set was just too much for the opposition to overcome. Ingram will make a lot of money in the NBA one day.
2015 6’5″ W Mykel Hart – Hart is one of the most slept on players in the state of NC. D2 programs should get in on this kid as soon as possible. He defends, finishes above the rim, rebounds and has good size.
2015 6’4″ PF Darnell Dunn – Dunn did what Dunn does…ok now try to say that fast…ha. This young man finished strong around the rim and was the recipient of some nice assists from Ingram. Really like this kid.
2016 6’2″ PG Mark Gilbert – Gilbert had a really good game on Saturday. Finished with 24 pts while shooting efficiently. A big time football recruit, Gilbert also excels on the court.
2017 6’3″ Wing Telligence Johnson – Strong physical wing that finishes above the rim. Shows improvement on perimeter shot and ball handling skills. Has all the tools to be an elite defender.
2018 6’0″ PG Malik Johnson – Johnson has major upside!! Showed a nice handle, top notch athleticism, and already defends at a high level. Some of his blocks drew Oohs and Aahs in unison from the crowd. Terrific prospect.
2015 6’4″ F Isaiah Stalling – Stallings gets the job done. He scores, boards, defends and does all of the things to help his team win.
2016 6’0″ PG Justin King – King has improved drastically from last season. He is stronger, quicker, and more athletic. He plays with a good pace and is emerging big time on this Terry Sanford roster.
2016 5’11” PG Tre Thompson – Strong physical PG that plays well through contact. Solid handle as well.
2017 6’0″ PG Malcolm Summers – Extremely strong guard that bullies his way to the rim.
2016 6’2″ SG Shaft Parker – Parker is a solid shooting guard that has the build to play a physical brand of ball. Parker doesn’t waste motion on the offensive end and is pretty decisive once he receives the ball on offense.
2015 6’0″ PG Keyshaun Pitt – Pitt showed the ability to knock down shots with consistency from the perimeter. Played a very good game against Kinston.
2015 6’5″ PF Joshua Willingham – Willingham is one of those players that does everything a little better than you think. He had some solid performances this past weekend and should definitely get division 2 attention from a lot of programs.
2015 6’4″ SG Jaylen Gilliam – Jaylen was somewhat of a revelation in the regional round! This kid can shoot from the perimeter, he slashes well from the wing, and he defends very well. He had 21 points and 5 steals in a win over Havelock.
2016 6’5″ F Rashad Shipman – Shipman has good athleticism and is a prospect to watch. Shipman seems to be on the verge of breaking out and may do so at any moment.
2016 6’2″ G Kyran Bowman – The UNC football commit has terrific speed and athleticism. He almost single-handily kept his team competitive. While he is committed to play football at the next level, Bowman is more than capable of playing division one basketball.
2015 5’8″ PG Julius Barnes – Provided the leadership needed for his team to advance to the title game. He has been the point man at Garner for 4 years and the team goes as he does.
2017 6’0″ G Thomas Allen – Thomas Allen and the bottom of the nets have a special relationship. This young man is a “Walking Bucket”. He averaged over 20 points in the regionals including some very big baskets down the stretch. Definitely a D1 prospect.
2017 6’4″ F Alex Reed – Reed came up big in the regional finals. His ability to use his frame to get to the cup and finish with either hand was too much for Millbrook. His combination of strength, athleticism, and effort proved invaluable for the Trojans.
2016 6’4″ F Jashaun Smith – Smith hand several highlight reel dunks in the regionals. Smith rebounded the ball and guarded 3 different positions. His unsung qualities are some of the most important ingredients on this Garner team.
2017 6’9″ C Joshua Carlton – Carlton has changed his body a bit and looks like he may have a big summer. Has good hands and rebounds his area pretty good. Natural post moves and has a ton of room to grow.
2016 5’7″ PG Jaetavion Edwards – Quick jitter-bug PG that got wherever he wanted to on the floor. Solid athlete and finisher around the paint area.
2015 6’2″ G Joshua Bryant – Bryant really impressed with his slashing ability. He was the one player that posed problems for Millbrook. Solid D2 prospect.