Prep Basketball Notes: Area players select college destinationsTimes-News, Burlington, N.C. — David Kehrli Times-News, Burlington, N.C.
Oct. 10-- Oct. 10--Mylyjael Poteat of The Burlington School boys' basketball team announced his commitment to Rice.
Poteat, a 6-foot-9 post player, averaged a double-double (12.4 points, 11. 6 rebounds) last season while working his way back from knee surgery.
"Mylyjael's best basketball is ahead of him. Coming off the knee surgery, he didn't have a full offseason last year and was still very productive," TBS coach Ryan Bernardi said. "Through the June and July live period, he picked up 13 offers, and then those schools came back in the fall. Mylyjael has dropped 20-25 pounds from the time the July live period ended to the start of September, and all the sudden he's a different player than they saw."
Poteat has made gains in several areas in the offseason now that he's more comfortable, Bernardi said.
"Getting stronger and improving his balance. I think after his knee surgery, that really affected his balance," Bernardi said. "... On the court, defensively, being able to switch on the guards, being able to guard on the perimeter."
As a senior, Poteat is expected to be a key contributor for the Spartans.
"Focal point. A lot of our offensive actions will revolve around having the ball in his hands. He's such a good decision maker and he's such a mismatch for a lot of teams because his size and height," Bernardi said. "... We love throwing the ball to Mylyjael in the low post, in the mid post and in the top of the key."
Poteat played two seasons at Clover Garden before transferring to The Burlington School.
? RUSSELL PICKS UNC PEMBROKE: Hannah Russell of the Western Alamance girls' basketball team committed to Division II UNC Pembroke following several months of momentum.
Russell's recruitment picked up while participating in camps and travel ball events where she popped up on UNC Pembroke's radar.
"They invited her to a prospect camp in late fall. It was also an opportunity for her to see the campus in more detail," Western Alamance coach Ray Edmond said. "... They ended up coming to one of our workouts at Western and they invited her official and overnight (visits)."
The senior post player recorded 7.7 rebounds a game and blocked 17 total shots a season ago.
"Hannah's really taken off the last year and a half. ... Credit to her. She busted her tail," Edmond said. "Last year for us was kind of her coming-out party a little bit because there was expectations for her to contribute with us."
? MADING COURTED BY CLEMSON: Kuluel Mading, a junior with The Burlington School boys' basketball team, received a scholarship offer from Clemson. He averaged 8.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at High Point Central before transferring to The Burlington School in the offseason.
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