The 2003 Bull City Classic field is set, and this year's event will showcase the best group of teams and talent in its history. With over 30 Division I prospects competing and a field of nationally ranked teams, the Bull City Classic is one of the best high school basketball tournaments in the country.
Tournament Director Don Fozard, Jr. has designed a format to include 14 teams playing in two four-team brackets and two three-team brackets. The brackets are: National Cup, Tip-off Classic, Challenge Series I, Challenge Series II.
The Bull City Classic will be held on November 28-29 in Durham, N.C. on the campus of North Carolina Central University - McLendon / McDougald Gymnasium. Tip-off times are set for 11:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Teams in the NATIONAL CUP: Durham (NC) Mount Zion (6-6 Roy Bright (Cincinnati recruit), 6-9 Mohamed Tangara (Arizona), top-five junior Brandon Rush, 6-6 Glen Dandridge (Missouri), 6-3 Tasheed Carr (Iowa State), 6-3 Ronald White, 6-8 Robbie Simpson, 6-4 Albert Weber (Alabama)); Centereach (NY) Our Savior New American (top-50 6-8 Juan Diego Palacios and 6-7 James Tchana); Philadelphia (PA) William Penn Charter (6-0 Sean Singletary (Virginia) and 6-8 Rob Kurtz (Notre Dame)); and Norfolk (VA) Ryan Academy.
Teams in the TIP-OFF CLASSIC: Fayetteville (NC) East Bladen (6-4 Stan Johnson), Winston- Salem (NC) Mount Tabor (6-0 Chris Gaynor), North Charleston (SC) High and Statesville (NC) Statesville Christian (6-7 Edwin Ofary, 6-10 Karlas Gbatts).
The three-team Challenge Series I Bracket: Durham (NC) Hillside (6-4 Brandon Alston), Fairburn (GA) Landmark Christian (top-15 6-11 Randolph Morris) and Greensboro (NC) Oak Ridge Military.
Teams in the three-team Challenge Series II Bracket: Raleigh (NC) Bonner Academy (6-1 Marcus Moses), Atlanta (GA) Booker T. Washington (6-6 Amadi McKenzi) and Laurinburg (NC) Laurinburg Institute (6-9 Hatila DeSouza, 6-7 Diego Belazario-Tennessee State, 6-10 Bass Dieng and 6-9 Renato Souza)
RAVE REVIEWS: HOT PROSPECT S AT THE BULL CITY CLASSIC
No. 13. RANDOLPH MORRIS 6-11 C Fairburn (GA) Landmark Christian
The progress of this strong 250-pound low post over the course of the last year was quite noteworthy, and similar to his more heralded Atlanta Celtics frontcourt mates Dwight Howard and Josh Smith, he now looks like a probable McDonald's All-American. Randolph's combination of power and quickness on his post moves is better than any senior in the Class of 2004 except Al Jefferson, but the Georgian still is prone to miss easy shots, perhaps because of lapses in concentration. Nevertheless, he does a whole lot of good things, such as drilling soft turnaround jump shots and jump hooks, attacking the glass with ferocity, hustling up and down the court, blocking shots and punishing less sturdy foes with one powerful dunk after another. He travels occasionally on his quick first step, but his deft footwork, increased explosiveness and ability to get to the rim in a hurry are quite impressive. Big-time plus prospect.
No. 15. ROY BRIGHT 6-6 WF/BF Durham (NC) Mt. Zion
Don't underrate this highly athletic, skilled and versatile forward (although he could play wing guard!) with a well-proportioned 210-pound body. What can't he do on the court? He knocks down a good percentage of soft three-point and mid-range jumpers, skies to grab an inordinate amount of offensive caroms, handles the ball solidly for a wing (although this is an area that could stand some upgrading) and always plays with a high energy level. His court awareness is good, as he sees cutters and tries to get the ball to them, and he uses his body well to finish old-fashioned three-point plays. In addition, he plays hard and alertly at the defensive end. For whatever reason, others choose to knock him, but we don't. Big-time plus prospect.
No. 43. JUAN PALACIOS 6-8 BF Centereach (NY) Our Savior
There's no way this Latin American product could slip under the radar of college coaches. Physically, he's a powerful 245-pounder who uses his strength effectively on low post moves and in attacking the glass at both ends, but he also has solid skills, including a jump shot that must be respected to 19 feet, and good enough ball-handling ability to take the ball to the basket from the wing and not lose it along the way. While not a great leaper by any means, he jumps OK, and on defense he utilizes anticipation to get steals and force turnovers. Big-time prospect.
No. 59. MOHAMED TANGARA 6-9 C/BF Durham (NC) Mt. Zion
This highly athletic, promising 225-pound native of Mali is a rebounder / rejector who's developing an effective spin move from the low post and has a fairly reliable jump shot (facing, turnaround and fadeaway) to 16 feet. His quick leap intimidates on defense and is a major asset on the backboards. On the offensive end, he needs to upgrade his left (off) hand, improve his ball-handling and polish (and diversify) his post moves. He also misses too many easy shots near the basket. Big-time prospect.
No. 63. SEAN SINGLETARY 6-0 PG Philadelphia (PA) Penn Charter
A quick floor general who does what you want a point guard to do, he's a heads-up handler who sees the open man and gets the ball to him, runs the break and makes good decisions, hits open three-pointers (his stroke is good) and clutch free throws, and pays alert, scrappy defense. He could improve his ability to finish forays to the hoop (the trees bother him), but overall he does most things plenty well. No, we wouldn't take him over Shaun Livingston, Sebastian Telfair, Justin Cerasoli, Darius Washington or Daniel Gibson, but Sean is still a big-time prospect.
No. 106. Albert Weber 6-4 WG Durham (NC) Mt. Zion
A native of Arkansas, he's first of all a shooter (off either the dribble or pass and going in either direction) with legitimate 23-foot range and a virtually automatic mid-range stroke. He also has good hops (elevates for slams on the break), makes a few (though not many) nice dishes and gleans some steals through anticipation on defense. He'll occasionally penetrate when crowded on the perimeter, but he's much more likely to fire up a long jumper. High-major plus prospect.
No. 2 (Class of 2005). Brandon Rush 6-6 WF Durham (NC) Mt. Zion
The younger brother of former prep stars JaRon (UCLA) and Kareem (Missouri, NBA), Brandon is the longest and most athletic of the three siblings. Blessed with extremely long arms and skywalking leaping ability, Rush is a monster in the open floor who may be the most athletic and exciting player in the junior class. Yes, he needs to get stronger and become a more consistent shooter to reach his considerable potential, but with the proper development, he could develop into a better player than either of his touted brothers! High big-time prospect.
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