HS Hoops Finds AD at NEG

Posted by Andy Durham on November 29, 2006 at 1:06 pm under High School | 6 Comments to Read

Made the trek out Highway 29 North on to Hicone Road and watched Grimsley battle Northeast Guilford on Tuesday evening and the Whirlie girls were rude to their hosts and left NEG with a 56-44 victory.(the halftime score was only 19-15 GHS)  Grimsley out-rebounded NEG in the second half and the Whirlies hit their free throws and the pressure defense caused the Rams to fall apart down the stretch.  It is tough to beat a strong Phil Weaver-coached team and NEG found that out the hard way as Grimsley is too tall and too strong for most of the teams they will face this year with possibly the exception being Dudley.  You can also see the Wayne Butler influence on the young ladies from GHS.

Dudley coach Kris Britton and her star center Sierra Little were at the game scouting out the competition since Dudley will face NEG in the Triad 3-A conference and DHS could well see GHS in the finals of the girls Little Four Tournament.

The boys game ended up NEG over Grimsley 56-50 and the Rams should have won by a wider margin but both teams for some reason were WAY off the mark at the foul line.  Mezie Uzochukwu hit for 25 points for NEG but he missed a bushel of free throw baskets.  You have to give Grimsley credit for over-achieving and the Whirlies actually out-scored the Rams 29-26 in the second half.  NEG, coached by former UNC-CH Tarheel Curtis Hunter, will be tough but they have a whole crew of new guards to break into the Rams system.

Grimsley should be in every game if they keep on playing above their overall talent level and they look to Marlon Smith as their key man, but watch out in the future for David Dupont.  Dupont is an Ed Cone-type player and Dupont’s dad DD Sr., was called the purest shooter to ever come out of Page HS, by Bob Sawyer the former Grimsley AD who was sitting beside me throughout the game.  Dupont is skinny and coach Sawyer said he needs to eat beans, bread, and potatoes, plus drink 3 gallons of milk each day.

The scouts for the boys game included former Wake Forest standout Delaney Rudd, 2 assistant coaches from High Point Central, and Dudley assistant Big Kenny Ferguson.  HS hoops are a big part of what we do here at greensborosports.com and we hope to be at many of the games in 2006/2007.

The brand new Northeast Guilford gym will open for the first time when NEG plays Page on December 20.  I toured the facility on Tuesday night  and it looks sharpe. I think they should call it the John Primm Gym in honor of long-time NEG Athletic Director John Primm. 

  


  • bill said,

    hey andy,
    good report… but you didn’t mention who delaney rudd was scouting for?
    thx
    bill

  • Andy said,

    D. Rudd runs AAU basketball programs through the Greensboro Sportsplex on 16th Street and he also scouts for various colleges for both men and women’s hoops.

  • Tom said,

    Hank Bullard the former girls coach at Smith is also helping with the Grimsley girls. I saw Hank at the game the other night and he should be a fine compliment to Phil Weaver’s coaching staff.

  • Jane W. said,

    The Grimsley girls will beat the Dudley girls any time, any place, and you can take that to the bank. The Grimsley girls are the best team in the State.

  • Greg Johnson said,

    Lets see if the Grimsley girls can beat the High Point Central girls before you start thinking about Dudley.

  • debrando said,

    Greensboro need to keep a eye on the most underrated player in this city of Greensboro and his name is Marlan Smith the senior guard for the Grimsley Whirles he is leading this team to higher heights this 2006-07 season..
    So far he is avg almost 20 pts a game and his team is 2-2…..
    He scored a career high of 34 pts on wed night ..
    He playd tuff D and is avg about 3 steals a game…..
    Lets go WHIRLES KEEP PUSHING AND DONT QUIT.