Athletic Holy Rams await Webb

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 11:26 PM

J.F. Webb has received true challenges in only two of its 11 games so far this season. One came in an 81-75 win at Person and the other was the Warriors' lone loss of the season to Georgia's Shiloh High School in Columbia, S.C. last week.

Webb will likely get its third challenge Friday against Word of God at the HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational in Raleigh. The Warriors cruised to an 88-67 win over Clinton in Round 1 Wednesday while Word of God topped Apex 58-47.

The Holy Rams are big, physical, athletic, and experienced, although they did struggle to put away an undersized Apex squad.

Word of God features at least two Division I recruits in Josh Newkirk, a Pittsburgh signee and Shane Whitfield, who will play at Lehigh next season.

Newkirk is a 6-foot-2 point guard with great explosiveness. He had a couple of big crowd-pleasing throwdowns against Apex Thursday. Whitfield is a versatile, 6-foot-7 forward that turned down an offer from N.C. State, according to ESPN.com.

Dont'e Reynolds and Jaquon Brownridge are also fielding offers, according to HighSchoolOT.

Isaiah Hicks will be the best player on the floor. That isn't in question. How Webb wingers Mitron Terry, Stefan Cates and Tyrek Beverly - along with point guard Devonte Williams - handle the size and athleticism of Word of God will be the key.

Webb won't be able to drive to the rim for easy buckets as often as it did against Apex. Terry and Cates, especially, will be needed from the outside.