Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pack commit Harrow shows hops at Reynolds

Late in a blowout of the Mid-State Magic on Saturday afternoon, Atlanta Celtics guard Ryan Harrow called for the ball on a breakaway at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions club basketball event.

With no defender in sight, Harrow tossed the ball hard off the backboard, then leaped to catch it and dunk it all in one motion.

“My players always want me to throw it off the backboard because they say it’s my signature dunk,” Harrow said after wowing the crowd at Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State, the school he’s committed to.

Harrow, a 6-foot-1 point guard in the Class of 2010, said he is lobbying top players such as Red Springs Flora McDonald forward Luke Cothran to join him at N.C. State.
More notes from Saturday afternoon at the Tournament of Champions:

- The great thing about the TOC is spotting a young guy with a nice game whom you’d never heard of before.

In the lopsided loss, Mid-State Magic Class of 2010 forward Jake Lliteras of Hillsborough, N.C., rained 3-pointers against a 2-3 zone until the Atlantic Celtics were forced to come out and guard him.

Then Lliteras squeezed through a double-team and drove for a layup. On the next possession he drew a charge.

He’s not athletic enough to be a high-major player, but the curly-haired, 6-foot-7 left-hander from Cedar Ridge High would be a nice find for a mid-major as a spot-up shooter.

- North Carolina commitment Reggie Bullock of the CP3 All-Stars recovered from a slow shooting start in the tournament with three second-half 3-pointers in a 50-47 defeat of the Illinois Wolves.

Bullock, a 6-foot-7 wing who’s rated among the top 20 players in the Class of 2010, finished with 18 points. His teammate, Class of 2011 guard Dezmine Wells of Raleigh Word of God Academy, said N.C. State is showing interest in him.

Wells is a muscular 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds with the ability to penetrate and finish in the lane. He said he has scholarship offers from South Carolina and Baylor, and is being heavily recruited by Virginia Tech, though the Hokies haven’t offered a scholarship yet.

- Highly recruited Class of 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis of Forsyth Country Day hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes remaining , but the Carolina Flight 16-and-under team lost by one point to Team Philly and couldn’t make the playoffs in its division.

Lewis has scholarship offers from the Charlotte 49ers, Auburn and Virginia Tech.

- Ken Tysiac

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