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August 12, 2013

Elite 2017 players shine at DunkDog.com game




GREENSBORO — Some of the most talented members of the class of 2017 were on display in a spirited DunkDog.com All-American Game on Monday, in conjunction with the CP3 Rising Stars camp.

The spirited all-star game went to overtime when Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon School freshman power forward Cody Riley helped send it to overtime. Riley's ability to play above the rim and stroke the outside jumper was evident throughout the game, and helped back his early Kansas offer. Riley and the White squad road the momentum for a 82-76 win over the Black squad in overtime.

The Black squad was poised to pull out the win, but a pair of missed free throws on front ends of one-and-one's helped open the door Riley and the White squad. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic wing D.J. Harvey, who played for Team Takeover 15s, proved to have the eventual game-winning basket in overtime.

Riley, and Sierra Canyon School teammates Ari Lee and Remy Martin, a power forward and point guard respectively in 2017, will be taking unofficial visits to Duke and NC State on Tuesday. Lee played against Riley on the Black squad, while Martin is nursing a minor injury.

The 35-minute contest was spirited throughout and allowed each of the players to play at least half the game and showcase why they were selected as one of the top 20 players out of the 120 who played at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp at Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day on Saturday and Sunday.

Riley received plenty of help on the White squad from Harvey, who played on the varsity last year at Arden (N.C.) Christ School, and fellow Team Takeover member Chyree Walker of Virginia. Guard Trevon Duval of Delaware and athletic small forward Terrell Coleman of Georgia also played key roles.

Future Concord (N.C.) Robinson High freshman combo guard Lavar Batts represented his home state for the White squad, and easily showed his end-to-end speed and leaping ability. Batts, Duval and Blake Williams of Memphis, Tenn., helped run the show at point guard.

Abaymoi Iyiloa and Victor Enoh, both of Georgia, and Jermaine Samuels of Massachusetts, joined Riley up front in a rotation for the White squad.

A trio of perimeter standouts helped lead the Black squad, with Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill High do-it-all guard Brian Bowen Jr. leading the way. Bowen's smooth game, body control and ability to knock down jumpers, coupled with a high basketball IQ makes him one of the top perimeter players in the class. He'll join NC State junior target Eric Davis in the Arthur Hill backcourt.

Norfolk (Va.) Maury High point guard Matt Coleman showed off his lefty stroke during the third quarter to help spark the Black squad. Coleman ran the show for Boo Williams 16s this past spring and summer, and could eventually join 2016 standouts Thon Maker, Edrice Adebayo and Chris Orlina to form a dynamite Boo Williams squad. Coleman will also inherit the 757 point guard title from NC State freshman Anthony Barber, who attended Hampton (Va.) High.

Another player who played up a few levels during the July evaluation period was Georgia native Marcus "M.J." Walker. The dynamic wing athlete was part of a star-studded Atlanta Xpress 16s squad, which also included junior 7-footer Doral Moore and Danjel Purifoy.

Walker's ability to get out in the open court and use his athleticism, while also keeping defenses honest with his jumper will help create a big recruiting buzz in the future. He also won the slam dunk contest held before the game, which star sophomore Harry Giles of High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan served as a judge.

Coleman, Justin Roberts of Indiana and Nate Pierre-Louis of Plainfield, N.J., handled the playmaking duties for the Black squad. Bowen, Walker and wing Alfred Hollins of San Francisco, all are high-major prospects.

A quartet of big men held down the paint, including the aforementioned Lee, Birmingham, Ala., native Austin Wiley, Miami Gulliver Prep High center Victor Uyaelunmo and Wendell Carter of Atlanta.

The players slotted in the 21-through-40 range and 41-through-60 played in a pair of all-star games Sunday evening at Forsyth Country Day. Chicago center Brandon McCoy, who now resides in San Diego, and Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry High point guard Markus Howard were both standouts. Howard is claiming an Arizona State offer, while McCoy said he is undecided on which high school he'll be attending.












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