James Blackburn, who now will be working with the Charlotte Bobcats (congratulations, James!), attended Winston-Salem Prep’s first-round game of the annual Frank Spencer Classic tournament.
The tournament starts on the home floors of the individual participating schools, and the winning games are playing the weekend of Christmas in the Lawrence Joel Coliseum of Winston-Salem, NC.
James scouted Winston-Salem Prep in a surprising loss to Carver High School, but James still got a chance to see several of Prep’s players in action:
Carver vs. Winston-Salem Prep
The first round of the Frank Spencer was played tonight as Carver defeated Prep, 74-68, in overtime.
Down by three with 10 seconds left, Jacoby Corpening hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Carver outscored Prep 16-10 in the overtime period to move on in the tournament. Prep heralds several players that college basketball fans should keep an eye on in the future.
Does everything well, leader on court, smart player, good shooter, loves to drive to the basket and finishes with contact, good free throw shooter, good intangibles. Finished with 21 points and four assists.
Best perimeter defender on team with quick hands and quick feet—finished game with four steals and drew several charges. Calm and patient under pressure and can shoot the basketball effectively.
Steps out on screens well, good rebounder, and has long arms which he uses to block shots and defend.
Can light it up from three-point land, creates his own shot well, and has quick hands—finished with three steals.
Good shot blocker, despite standing about 6’4”; does so because of long arms. Athletic, good defender with good hands who runs the court and rebounds on both ends; finished with four points, five rebounds, two blocks, and three steals.