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Posted On: 08/31/18 3:28 PM
A new school year is upon us which means we’ve had some serious shifts in the basketball landscape across VA. Whether it’s due to reclassifying, looking for a difference program or just flat out moving, we have a lot of kids that will be dawning new basketball jerseys this winter. Here’s part two of some of the top guys that are transferring within the state.
Malachi Poindexter | 6’2” G | STAB 2020
Poindexter missed last year at Louisa, but after undergoing knee surgery he’s back at STAB and has reclassified to the 2020 class. A natural scorer, Poindexter is the type of guard that can get his own shot with the ball in his hands or he can play off the basketball where he’s a high level shooter. He fills it up in bunches, can knock down shots from well beyond the arc and is capable of getting his shot off with little space.
Noel Brown | 6’8” PF | Flint Hill 2020
Brown is another guy that’s transferring to Flint Hill and reclassifying, and he’ll be joining 2019 four star Qudus Wahab and 2020 Dowar Jioklow to make one of the best front courts in the state. Brown is still somewhat of a prospect, but he can make an impact with his size and high motor as well. He runs the floor hard, he protects the rim and he’s able to finish in the paint with both hands.
Kahleef Jimmison | 6’1” PG | Woodside 2020
Jimmison transfers into the VHSL at Woodside from Hampton Roads Academy where he was a star on both the football field and the basketball court. A smooth athlete with good handles and control of the game, Jimmison is capable of getting your best players easy shots and he can create his own as well. He’s a two way impact guy who has improved over the past two years and is a guy who sets the tone on both ends of the floor.
Quadir Pettaway | 6’2” G | Miller School 2021
The other guy who is leaving HRA is Pettaway after he was one of the top scorers in Hampton Roads as a freshman. The combo guard is a walking bucket who can do it on or off the basketball, and will provide Miller with a big scoring punch in their backcourt with the departure of last year’s point guard DeShaun Wade who is now at ECU. If Miller is going to compete for another state title Pettaway will need to buy in and play a big role in the backcourt from day one.
Mike Gray | 6’2” G | Blue Ridge 2021
Another talented guard heading to the VISAA D2 ranks, Gray will bring toughness and a scoring punch after being one of the best guards in the Fredericksburg area at James Monroe last year. Not only is he a talented scorer that fill it up from all three levels, he’s also a hard worker and a dog on both ends of the floor. His blue collar mentality and understanding of the game should endear him to Head Coach Cade Lemcke early.
Jamonte Smith | 5’10” G | Roanoke Catholic 2021
“Byrd,” as he’s called by teammates and coaches, is one of the most talented shot makers in the Roanoke area and gives RC a legitimate go-to scorer when they need it. He can play on and off the basketball, he has a good handle that allows him to create space and he can knock down shots from all over the floor. He’s been on varsity at Faith Christian since the eighth grade and should score a lot of points for Catholic this year.
Greg Melvin | 6’5” F | Cape Henry 2022
Melvin just announced that he has enrolled at Cape Henry and reclassified to the 2022 class after a successful freshman year at Green Run. The athletic forward can play a little bit inside and outside, and he’s a guy who has great versatility on the defensive end. Offensively he has a decent skill set that includes being able to slash and handle in transition, but he really thrives running the wing and getting putbacks. With another year to develop he should be a highly recruited guy in four years.