Millbrook “A Closer Look”
Last year, Millbrook lost in the NCHSAA 4A state championship to South Central. Coming into the John Wall Holiday Invitational, Millbrook was on an absolute roll. They entered the event undefeated winning by an average score of 31.8 PPG. In the second round of the John Wall Holiday Invitational, Millbrook had the dubious honor of playing the undisputed No.1 team in the country, Montverde. While Millbrook lost by the score of 82-53, don’t let that score mislead you by any shape, matter, or form. Montverde is simply on another level.
Having the opportunity to watch three Millbrook games at courtside, this Millbrook team is quite special. Head Coach Chris Davis is a master technician on the sideline. He’s simply underrated as a coach. His teams are fundamentally sound, have high basketball IQ and all have bought in to the team first approach. They are talented and well coached!
They have four players averaging in double figures. Leading the way is 6’8 junior Will Felton who is also averaging a “double double.” For the season, he is averaging 20.6 PPG and 11.5 RPG and once again proved he is Mr. Production no matter the competition. In the game against Montverde, Felton went for another double double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. He went 6-13 from the floor and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. In addition, he had three assists and zero turnovers. Felton has excellent hands, nifty footwork, but most of all is a willing passer out of the post. He is without question, one of the most productive players in the state.
6’9 junior Eric van der Heijden has length, size, skill and the ability to stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting. Also, in the game against Montverde, he had 16 points going 6-9 from the floor and 3-5 from the three-point line. In the third-place game of the David West Bracket against Farmville Central, Eric van der Heijden tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists two blocks and one steal showcasing his overall versatility. He went 7-13 from the floor and 4-9 from the 3-point line. Simply put, he has touch, range and the ability to score from all three levels. After his performance at the John Walll, he picked up an offer from Ole Miss which will be one of many more to follow.
6’4 senior Jalen McCoy may just be the team’s “glue guy.” He just does a lot of things well and was especially good in the last two games of the John Wall Holiday Invitational. Against Montverde he had 10 points going 5-11 from the floor and collected six rebounds. In the exciting and entertaining game against Farmville Central, McCoy showcased his worth and value on both ends of the court. He finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and even had four steals. It was one of the more complete games at the John Wall Holiday Invitational in my opinion.