In what has been a considerable rivalry game over the years, Wesleyan Christian Academy and Greensboro Day School matched up against each other yet again this season, but this time for the state title. The game was close all the way through and Greensboro Day’s more deliberate pace clearly bothered the uber-talented WCA unit, coached by former Maryland point guard Keith Gatlin. Ultimately, it was the talent that won out, giving Wesleyan their second consecutive state title by the score of 54-47 in overtime.
Here are a few of the players who stood out:
Theo Pinson, 6’6, SG/SF, Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2014- Starting off the game a bit slow, North Carolina’s top senior made an impact when it counted. Playing everywhere from point guard to power forward throughout stretches of the game, he used his size to post smaller defenders and skill to create on the perimeter. Even though his jumper wasn’t falling early, the UNC recruit hit a three pointer to send the game into overtime with 17 seconds left, capping off his storied high shool career with another state title.
Peter Agba, 6’6, PF/, Greensboro Day School, 2015- Agba was the most productive big man that we saw on the low blocks throughout the tournament, finishing just about everything he put up within five feet of the cup. He used his nice length to provide a solid interior presence defensively and even stepped out a few times to hit short jumpers. Agba isn’t the flashiest big man that you’ll see, but he is the type that any coach would love to have on their team.
Michael Buckland, 6’4, Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2016- Receiving time on varsity since his middle school days, Buckland was about as collected as you could imagine down the stretch for WCA. He made timely three pointers, hit clutch free throws, and showed off more athleticism than people give him credit for. Expect for Michael to have a much larger role on next year’s Wesleyan squad, too.
Darius Moore, 6’1, PG, Greensboro Day School, 2015- A capable scoring point guard, Darius Moore served as the main catalyst for a Greensboro Day School that played a lot of team-oriented basketball. He shot the ball well from deep, finished at the rim, and played with the confidence that you’d hope to see out of a future division one guard in a big game.
Deshaunte Curelock, 6’5, PF, Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2014- Curelock was an absolute force on the block, killing GDS with his flurry of quick drop steps to the rack. The long, active big man produced consistently and while his emotions got the best of him late in the game, provided the interior presence that WCA needed. Curelock is still open with his recruitment and will be a steal for a division one program in the late signing period.