What's happening in the Triad: Pt 2

1. Larry Borland III is the best big you don’t know

6'6 2018 Reynolds (NC) forward Larry Borland III has had a breakout senior season and he's outplayed some of the top bigs in the state. The performances are already paying dividends on the recruitment trail.

One key matchup that stood out was vs. A tough Charlotte Independence squad, Borland led his side in points and assists. Borland also outplayed Patriots forward 6'6 2018 Matt Miller in a key matchup down low. Miller currently holds several division one offers including (App St, Hampton, Presbyterian), Borland flashed a capable jumper from the elbow, his face up game is
polished, Borland gave zone defensive sets fits with his shooting and passing abilities from the top of the key. Borland has a high motor he will compete for every rebound off shot misses, Borland is extremely long his massive wingspan and natural shot-blocking instinct will translate nicely at the collegiate level. Borland is versatile if he can improve on ball handling the upside here is sky high.

Currently, Borland is averaging 16 points per game and he's leading a scrappy Demons team that have the potential to make a postseason run. The more exposure the better at this point in the season and a deep playoff run could definitely attract the local division ones. This kid could help a lot of programs, Borland is far from a finished product but there is a lot to work with Lander University was the latest to inquire about him at the division II level Borland is an All American type talent.

 

2. Recruitment update on the Langley Brothers

The Langley brothers were verbally committed to Virginia Tech for the majority of the last year but in December decided to reopen their commitment. Most recently the twins visited hometown High Point University a program that has seen success on the hardwood in the past. If the Panthers are able to land the two brothers sitting in their backyard, HPU would have the star power to build around over the next four years and could find themselves back in the NCAA tournament.

The duo has seen their recruitment skyrocket since making the move from local public 3A Southwest Guilford to nationally ranked powerhouse Wesleyan Christian. The Langley's are accustomed to big games but there has been an adjustment period going through a rigorous national schedule.

'You got to take care of your body and do the right things to stay ready to play, Wesleyan was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our talents. You know at Southwest the competition was good but it's better competition playing a national schedule.' Keyshaun said.

As far as recruitment, the duo are keeping their options open. The Langley's want to find the best opportunity to succeed on the floor.

'We're really just waiting to see where our opportunities are at, we took a visit to HPU last night, and we're just seeing where things go after that,' Kobe said.

 

3. Dunk Mountain continues the triad pipeline with Ant Hicks signing

Ant Hicks is the latest triad prospect to take his talents to Lees McRae and this news is groundbreaking for a program that has experienced a major revival on the hoops scene.

Hicks is a legitimate division one talent he's a true 6'5 combo guard with the skill set to run an offense or take over offensively.Versatility will be a big key with Hicks, currently, a small forward for North Forsyth. Hicks plays the one but also guards opposing bigs down low at times.

The Tre- 4 native has improved his jump shot over big time over the last year, also an above average rebounder Hicks utilizes his natural bounce to sky over defenders for boards. On the drive Hicks is hard to keep out of the lane he's long and absorbs contact at the cup, Hicks is best in the open floor where he has space to operate and make decisions.

Hicks best ball is definitely ahead of him with his combination of size and ball skill the sky’s the limit long term. At Lees Mcrae Hicks will be able to polish his overall game and get stronger physically under an excellent coaching staff.

 

4. Jackson Gammons drops fourth 30 ball'of the season

6'3 2019 Jackson Gammons of Calvary Day finished with 30 points last night in a big conference win over Burlington Christian Academy.

The performance resulted in Gammons fourth 30- point effort on the year and Gammons along with the Cougars as a whole are playing their best ball of the year. Currently, Coach Rybak has his squad in second place currently half a game behind Caldwell Academy (NC). Gammons confidence has continued to grow, through a brutal schedule he's averaged 15 pts, three ast, and four boards.

The recruitment trail has picked up for Gammons multiple Ivy League schools are showing serious interest; offensively Gammons is a polished three level scorer, a true combo guard Gammons is a high-level shooter the off ball, Gammons is effective in the pick n roll with his precise decision making and underrated passing ability.

Gammons is also sneaky athletic, he's takes it strong to the cup and is a capable finisher with either hand. Gammons has racked up several posters in his young career so if you underestimate him off the bounce you might pay for it.

It seems like all roads to a conference title lead to a matchup with Greyson Collins and Caldwell Academy. Collins has been in or around the top ten in scoring all season and the Eagles go as he does. In their last matchup, the Eagles edged the Cougars by three points but they will meet again in two weeks.

Gammons has a solid supporting cast with Dan Gross, Cliff Harris, and co, this group could be dangerous come postseason!

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