The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly
We are back with this weeks Carolina Corner. This week we take a look at Lucas Taylor, Millbrook adds another standout, Daivien Williamson near decision, Kuleul Mading picks up new offers, new SC school names head coach and more.
Taylor Seeing Rise in Recruitment
Lucas Taylor from Heritage High School near Raleigh, North Carolina has been one of the state’s fastest rising prospects. The 6-foot-5 wing played this past travel season with Garner Road and the latest offer for Taylor comes from Travis Steele and Xavier University. “With all the new offers coming it’s been fun just trying to enjoy the process but at the same time there’s a lot more work to be done.” Taylor was named at top-performer from our HoopSeen North Carolina Preview Camp held last September.
Taylor’s offer list now includes Xavier, Providence, Wake Forest, Wofford, East Carolina, Hofstra, Holy Cross, NC A&T, Vanderbilt, Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, VCU, Appalachian State, South Florida, Iona, and Elon.ung
Our own Tai Young updated Taylor's recruitment in April here.
Millbrook Adds Another
Heritage High School rising senior Redford Dunton, a 6-foot-6 small forward will join up with Eric van der Heijden and Will Felton at Millbrook High School next season. Dunton was named one of our top three standouts from our HoopSeen Tip-Off last March playing with Garner Road 16's.
"Ultimately I felt like Millbrook will give me the best opportunity to elevate my game, compete against great competition day in and day out, and win a state championship."
With the addition of Dunton, Millbrook, which went 23-4 overall last season will have one of the bigger front lines in the state.
Glover Named Head Coach at New SC School
Former Wando High School state champion guard Andrew Glover has been named the new head coach at Lucy Beckham High School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Glover spent the last two years Gray’s Collegiate Academy in Columbia as an assistant coach to Dion Bethea where he helped lead the team to two SCHSL 2-A state championships.
“It’s an extreme honor to be named the head coach at Lucy Garrett Beckham HS. Lucy Beckham was my principal when I was a student at Wando HS, so being able to honor and represent her in a way I know best, to coach basketball, makes this even sweeter. I want to thank every coach, player, teammate, family member, and friends I have made along the way. Everyone played a role in my growth as a coach and a person. I am truly blessed,” he said.
His new job comes with a North Carolina connection as new Beckham High School Athletic Director is former Raleigh (NC) Millbrook High School Head Coach Scott McInnes. Glover will be one of the youngest coaches in the state at 24-years old.
Mading Picks Up Another Offer
Recent addition to the class of 2021, Kuleul Mading from The Burlington School has picked up an offer from VCU. The 6-foot-9 forward can guard multiple positions and is a long shot blocker coupled with an ability to shoot the ball from the outside. He has seen his recruitment take off a little more with moving to the class of 2021. Clemson was the first high-major school to pull the trigger a few months ago based on the player that he can be with another year.
Williamson Gaining New Suitors
East Tennessee State University guard Daivien Williamson has been receiving calls from San Diego State, Wake Forest, Tulsa, South Florida, BYU and Georgetown recently but I believe this one going to be a coming home party for Williamson.
Wake Forest and their new staff (old East Tennessee staff) need guards and Williamson averaged 10.4 points per game this past season for the Bucs. Williamson has the chance to play in the ACC and play in his hometown of Winston-Salem where he led Winston-Salem Prep to a state championship in 2018. Williamson would need to sit one year unless he is given a waiver.