High School hoops: Chick-Fil-A classic teams

December 19, 2012 

  • BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT What: 11th Annual Chick-fil-A Classic When: Today-Saturday Where: Richland Northeast High Midlands teams in the field: A.C. Flora, Hammond, Spring Valley, Lower Richland, Ridge View, Keenan, Cardinal Newman and Richland Northeast CHICK-FIL-A CLASSIC SCHEDULE Today: 6 p.m.: Hillcrest vs. A.C. Flora *6:30 p.m.: Aquinas (Ga.) vs. Hammond 7:30 p.m.: Spring Valley vs. Lower Richland *8 p.m.: Olympic (N.C.) vs. Ridge View 9 p.m.: Sol Johnson (Ga.) vs. Keenan Thursday: 12:45 p.m.: Deerfield Beach (Fla.) vs. Roberts Vaux (Pa.) 2:20 p.m.: Miller School (Va.) vs. Flora Macdonald (N.C.) 3:55 p.m.: Christ (N.C.) vs. Wheeler (Ga.) 5:30 p.m.: Blanche Ely (Fla.) vs. Christ the King (NY) *6:30 p.m.: Ridge View vs. Winston-Salem Prep (N.C.) 7 p.m.: Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) vs. St. John Bosco (Ca.) *8 p.m.: JF Webb (N.C.) vs. Cardinal Newman 8:30 p.m.: Keenan vs. Richland NE * - Auxiliary Gym

A.C. Flora Falcons

Columbia

Coach: Leon Brunson

Key Player: Matt Howard, a 6-foot-4 senior guard and Penn committment who averages more than 30 points, is a floor general for the Falcons.

Richland Northeast Cavaliers

Columbia

Coach: Jason Powell

Key Player: Devante Anderson, a 6-3 senior guard who can play all five positions

Keenan Raiders

Columbia

Coach: Zach Norris

Key player: Marcus Stroman, an All-region and All-state player and South Carolina commitment, is the leader of this young squad.

Lower Richland Diamond Hornets

Hopkins

Coach: Willie Thomas

Key player: Senior Vincent Hicklin, an All-region and All-area forward, is key to the Diamond Hornets’ tempo.

Spring Valley Vikings

Columbia

Coach: Perry Dozier

Key player: Perry Dozier Jr., a 6-3 sophomore guard and son of the coach, is ranked in the national top 20 in the class of 2015.

Hillcrest Rams

Simpsonville

Coach: Reggie Choplin

Key Player: Tre Smith, who led his team with 17 points, 6 rebounds and three assists per game last season, committed to Charleston Southern.

Christ the King Royals

Middle Village, N.Y.

Coach: Joe Arbitello

Key player: Jon Severe, who has offers from Cincinnati and Xavier, is a 6-2 guard and a hot 3-point shooter

Blanche Ely Tigers

Ponpano Beach, Fla.

Coach: Melvin Randall

Key player: Dallas Cameron, a 6-3 senior guard, helped the Tigers to state title in 2011-12 as captain, and is being recruited by Pennsylvania, Yale and South Carolina.

Miller Mustangs

Crozet, Va.

Coach: Scott Willard

Key Player: Tony Washington, a 6-10 senior center from Detroit, has offers from Auburn and LaSalle.

Christ School Greenies

Asheville, N.C.

Coach: David Gaines

Key player: Shannon Hale, who is committed to Alabama, is a 6-8 forward and the top scorer for the Greenies, and a threat from 3-point range.

St. John Bosco Braves

Bellflower, Calif.

Coach: Derrick Taylor

Key player: Isaac Hamilton, a 6-foot-5 senior point guard, averaged 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists last season and is entertaining more than 30 scholarship offers.

Deerfield Beach Bucks

Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Coach: Kenny Brown

Key player: Terrence Johnson, an all-state and all-county player, is averaging 23 points and seven rebounds.

Wheeler Wildcats

Marietta, Ga.

Coach: Doug Lipscomb

Key players: All five starters from last year returned: Elijah Staley, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Giddens, Kejuan Johnson and Austin Smoak.

Robert Vaux Cougars

Philadelphia, Pa.

Coach: Jamie Ross

Key player: Rysheed Jordan, a 6-5 point guard, is strong ball distributor and a solid rebounder, who elevates the play of his teammates.

Wesleyan Christian Academy

High Point, N.C.

Coach: Keith Gatlin

Key player: Theo Pinson, a 6-5 all-state junior, averages 20 points and eight rebounds on the wing.

Flora Macdonald Academy Cougars

Red Springs, N.C.

Coach: Derrick Bond

Key Player: Jared Scott, a 6-8 senior forward, is being recruited by Temple, Clemson, South Carolina, Ohio State, and Marshall, among other programs.

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