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The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

8, Apr 2020

The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

In this weeks edition of the Carolina Corner we take a look at Samage Teel’s recruitment, JaDun Michael staying home, Javarzia Belton calling it for Southern Miss and more.

Finding the Right Fit

Playing for one of North Carolina’s top public schools’ Farmville Central High School senior guard Samage Teel had zero Division One offers going into the now canceled state playoffs.

After his performance on a team that includes North Carolina Central signee Justin Wright and NC State commit Terquavion Smith, Teel made it known that he was also a Division One player. He picked up offers from James Madison, Presbyterian and UNC-Wilmington over the past couple of weeks. In the end, Winston-Salem State was where Teel wanted to play and he committed to the Rams.


Staying Home

Ja'Dun Michael

Burlington, NC

6' 6"
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As Justin Young touched on earlier this week in his Meat and Three, Head Coach Mike Schrage has secured one of Elon’s biggest recruits in recent memory with our 6th ranked player in the HoopSeen North Carolina rankings, JaDun Michael deciding to stay close to home and play for The Phoenix.

Michael had offers over the last couple of weeks from NC State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Penn State, Texas A&M and Virginia.

Michael played up this season with Team Loaded NC and was a member of the 2021 class before deciding to re-class to the 2020 class. His play at our Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions earned him a spot on our 17U All-Tournament team.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater had this to say about Michael, “Elon is getting a high-major athlete with straight line driving ability. JaDun Michael needs to continue to develop his perimeter skill-set, but he’s an absolute steal for Coach Mike Schrage. Landing a kid like Michael helps accelerate Schrage’s vision of building Elon into a mid-major power.”

Michael’s brother, Ji’Lil Michael signed with Mars Hill University. A Division Two school in Western North Carolina.


Belton Makes the Call

Javarzia Belton

Hickory, NC

6' 10"
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Javarzia Belton looks like he could be a tight end in the National Football League. 6-foot-8 and 283-pounds, Belton is a behemoth of a prospect. While missing most of his senior season with an injury, Belton was starting to show signs of the type of player he could be during the last part of the year.

He chose Southern Mississippi as his college destination this morning. “I feel in love with Coach Ladner and I love what he thinks my future can be. The assistants showed love and theirs fans stayed reaching out on social media’s seems like a really good place can’t wait to get there.” Belton stated about his commitment.

Belton played his senior season on a loaded Moravian Prep team that featured NC State commitments Shakeel Moore and Josh Hall.


Murphy Down to Four

One of the hottest transfers on the market is former Rice leading scorer Trey Murphy. He is down to four schools, Houston, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Virginia. Murphy led Rice in scoring this season at 13.7 points per game this past season. The Durham, North Carolina native stated today that he is just narrowing down the four options and trying to decide on his future school.

Murphy was a standout at Cary Academy before choosing Rice over scholarship offers from Tennessee Tech, Presbyterian, Navy, Army and Rider. The 6-foot-8 forward can bring shooting from the outside and the length to play in the paint.


Updated College List


Player  High School  College 
Ambaka Le Gregam Concord First Assembly  Presbyterian 
Ahmil Flowers  Grimsley High Point
Anthony Allen  Independence  Lees-McRae
Armon Muldrew Panther Creek Lenoir-Rhyne
AJ Thompson Athens Drive Brunswick CC 
Axel Holm Lincoln Charter Piedmont 
Ben Bryson West Henderson  UVA-Wise
Brady O'Connell  Ravenscroft  Old Dominion 
Cam Hayes  Greensboro Day  NC State 
Carson McCorkle Greensboro Day  Virginia 
Cheick Traore  Concord First Assembly  Youngstown State 
CJ Huntley  Davidson Day  App State 
Daniel Ransom  Vance  Western Carolina 
Dean Reiber  NW Guilford  Rutgers 
Demarcus McLaurin  Laney  UNC-Pembroke
Djimon Bailey  Greenfield School  Wake Forest 
Evan Joyner  Piedmont Classical North Carolina A&T
Garrett Hein Concord First Assembly  Furman 
Georges Lefbevre Cape Fear Academy  Vermont 
Issac Parson Kinston Winston-Salem State
Isaiah Todd Word of God  Michigan 
Jackson Threadgill  Davidson Day  Charlotte 
Jaden Seymour Northside Christian  Wichita State 
Ja'von Anderson Moravian Prep Francis Marion
Jadyn Parker  West Brucswick  North Florida 
Jaden Scriven Fayetteville Christian Lees-McRae
Jadun Michael  The Burlington School  Elon
JaJuan Carr Pender UNC-Wilmington
Jason Sellers  Page  Averett University 
Jaylon Gibson  Grace Chrisitan Wake Forest 
Javarzia Belton Moravian Prep  Southern Mississippi 
Jalen King-Joiner Piedmont Classical  Lees-McRae
Jay Hickman Northwood Temple Mars Hill 
Jaquan Mosley Kinston Pitt CC 
Jeremiah Dickerson Dudley Paine College
Josh Banks  Olympic  VCU 
Josh Massey  United Faith  Western Carolina 
Ja'Dun Michael  The Burlington School  Wichita State 
Ji'Lil Michael  The Burlington School  Mars Hill 
Josh Hall Moravian Prep  NC State 
Josh Hall Ravenscroft  Navy
Josiah Shackleford Word of God  Brunswick CC 
Justice Ajogbor  Christ School  Harvard 
Justin Wright  Farmville Central  NCCU 
Justus Shelton Mountain Heritage  Mars Hill 
Kaleb Scott  Holly Springs  Georgia State 
Kalib Matthewa Henderson Collegiate Queens
Keishon Porter  SW Edgecombe  Radford 
Kennedy Miles  Williams  Western Carolina 
Kurtus Taylor Neuse Christian  Wingate
Lane Harrill  Cherryville  Mars Hill 
Logan Botts Forestview  Newberry 
Marcus Elliott  Holly Springs  UNC-Wilmington
Myles Hunter  Carmel Christian  Youngstown State 
Myljael Poteat  Burlington School  Rice 
Nic McMullen  Smith  Murray State 
Nick Farrar  Apex Friendship NC State 
Nolan Dorsey  Millbrook  New Mexico 
Randy Johnson Charlotte Latin Holy Cross
Reggie Raynor Northwood Temple UNC-G 
Reggie Walton New Life Christian  Mars Hill 
Ricky Council IV Southern Durham  Wichita State 
Saiquone Harris Word of God  Hutchinson CC 
Samage Teel  Farmville Central  Winston-Salem State
Shakeel Moore  Moravian Prep  NC State 
Slate Hinton SW Edgecombe  Wake Tech
Soloman Tucker  Northside Christian  Army
Stephen Minor Winston-Salem Prep Queens
Trayden Williams  North Meck  Robert Morris 
Trent McIntyre Piedmont Classical UNC-Pembroke
Tristan Maxwell  North Meck  Georgia Tech 
Tyre Boykin West Bladen  UMKC
Tyler McKinney Asheville Christian Lincoln Memorial
Tyler Parton AC Reynolds William Peace 
Tyrece McNeal Hunter Huss Fayetteville State
Zacc Sledge SW Edgecombe Sandhills CC 
Zavian McLean  Village Christian  Columbia 
Zach Shumate  Salem Baptist  Newberry 
Zack Austin Moravian Prep  High Point 


Justin Byerly
State Editor

Justin Byerly has spent the past 15 years covering North Carolina prep and grassroots basketball. He has previously worked with The Recruit Scoop and In addition to that he has contributed to The USA Today, Charlotte Observer, The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Sun News. He has held The Justin Byerly Upstate/WNC Showcase the past two years and has helped student-athletes from North Carolina and South Carolina receive college scholarships. He owns The Byerly Report scouting service that has over 100 college subscriptions. Justin resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Danielle and four children. 

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