Six of the eight top-100 players in a strong basketball recruiting class from North Carolina in 2010 -- plus a player from Georgia who's committed to N.C. State -- were in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational last week. A look at each player, with links to the full stories:
Reggie Bullock, Kinston, committed to North Carolina: He looks to pass first, then waits for open 3-point opportunities when the ball comes back to him. In the Glaxo, he grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with his 30 points against Garner. He was named the most outstanding player in his bracket as Kinston fell to Harlem (N.Y.) Rice in the final. "He's not a player that's selfish," said Garner's Donald Johnson, who guarded him at Glaxo. "It's hard playing against a player that has such a high basketball IQ."
C.J. Leslie, Raleigh Word of God, uncommitted: He is 6 feet 9 and strong enough to play power forward in college. He is quick enough to guard wings. "I can do a little bit of everything," Leslie said. "I've got to notice wherever my team needs me and play that, whether it's been outside and taking my man in, or whether it's been inside, posting up, or blocking shots on the other end." Leslie was named the most outstanding player of his bracket at the Glaxo, but his team lost 71-59 to United Faith of Charlotte in the championship game. He promised reporters that he would narrow his list of college choices soon.
Luke Cothron, Red Springs Flora MacDonald, committed to N.C. State: Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said Cothron plays like a small forward and right now doesn't have the skills needed to play small forward in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Gibbons sees a very skilled player but wonders where Cothron will play if he doesn't add the strength needed to battle players who are taller and just as physical. "He is very talented. The key, like it is so many times, is how he develops," Gibbons said.
J.T. Terrell, West Charlotte, committed to Wake Forest: J.T. Terrell envisions himself coming off the bench next year at Wake Forest to provide instant offense. Recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger considers the West Charlotte guard to be the best 3-point shooter in the class of 2010 ACC recruits. Terrell is the type of shooter who can score points in bunches.
Melvin Tabb, Raleigh Enloe, committed to Wake Forest: The 6-foot-8 Tabb runs, jumps and shoots well. He can take down a rebound and start a fast break with either a dribble or a quick outlet pass. He can spread out on defense and cut off a drive or go high and block a shot. But for a player with his ability, he doesn't always get the type of results you would expect.
Ryan Harrow, Marietta (Ga.) Walton, committed to N.C. State: It might be impossible to find a high school player who is craftier at scoring than the N.C. State recruit. In Walton's 61-60 victory over Millbrook, Harrow worked at both ends of the floor as he helped his club rally for the victory. Harrow, who averages 37 points per game, did not shoot as well as he normally does, but he still managed 35 points. He is among the quickest recruits in the country, handles the ball exceptionally well and is a great passer.