The North Carolina 1A/2A Mixed Conference has a lot of talent in it, especially at the younger ages. You have 2021 studs like Terrance Harcum at Granville Central, Po King at Roanoke Rapids and Bobby Pettiford at South Granville. Here is an NCHSAA recap of the first round of this conference’s playoffs last night.
Last night, South Granville faced off against Warren County. Both are 2A programs. This game, however was pretty lopsided from the get go. Looking at what South Granville coach Jake Wohlfeil has on his roster and the stuff he runs and the discipline his team plays with, South Granville may be a team to watch out for come play off time.
They have good size and length. They have good athleticism. They have great two-way guard play. When you add those things together, that is a great recipe for going on a string of wins. Especially when you have a team of guys who have fun playing the game, which it appeared they did last night.
South Granville – 81
Warren County – 45
Player of the Game
6’3” Unsigned Senior James Morton
Morton seemed to be unstoppable in this one, doing whatever he wanted on the floor. He carries a strong frame and soft touch on his jump shot. He came into the game as the team’s leading scorer (14.4) and rebounder (8.2) while shooting 40% from three and 46% from the field. Last night he finished with 26 points in about 2.5 quarters of play. He went 3-5 from three and snagged 11 rebounds to go along with 4 assists. College coaches need to sneak a look here, this kid can absolutely help teams win in the D3 to D2 level, next year.
Scholarship Level Senior
6’6” Unsigned Senior Ryan Moore
What a difference a year makes. Last year, at this time, Moore stood a 6’1” lefty shooter. In the last year, he packed on weight and grew to be 6’6”. And he is a long 6’6”. Looking like a player who could play the 3 or the 4 at the D2 level, Moore has made 55 threes on the year, and added 4 more (going 4-6) last night. Moore is strong, has great length and can really stretch the floor. D2s should be flooding in at this point to get a look.
Final Stats: 17 Points, 4-6 3P, 5 Boards, 2 Blocks
The Young Gun
6’ 2021 Bobby Pettiford
Start tracking Pettiford now, as he is tracking to be a national level type recruit. He has all the tools, he has all the skills and he has all the poise, it is just a matter of time. Pettiford did a little bit of everything in this game last night, including catching a vicious body on a strong 2-handed slam off an alley-oop pass from James Morton. Think along the lines of Raymond Felton when you think about Pettiford and enjoy the ride.
Final Stats: 14 Points, 7Assists, 5 Boards, 5 Steals
Also, colleges need to watch for 6’1″ unsigned senior Isaiah McLean. The point guard is current being recruited hard by the likes of NC Wesleyan, Ferrum and a couple of D2s. He is long and athletic with ability as a lock down perimeter defender and aggressive lead guard, getting to the rack.
Warren County’s Eye Opener
6’ 2020 Andrew Smith
When Smith is playing with confidence, things roll well for him. He has a smooth shot and he is able to create for himself both off the bounce or off the ball. Smith got on a roll making a few shots but then the flow of the game got things going up and down and he flowed in and out of the game. He is one to watch moving forward.
Final Stats: 14 Points, 2-3 3P, 5 Boards, 3 Steals