Posted On: 10/27/18 6:25 PM

We all know how the saying goes, ‘‘ Defense wins championships’’, well we believe this to be true and know that any team that wants to win in February and March will need top notch defenders. So let’s take a look at some players that excelled on the defensive end of the floor last season that will only get better this year.

Granville Central Sophomore Guard Terrance Harcum: One of the better two way players in the state, Harcum locks in on the defensive end of the floor. He uses his lateral quickness and wingspan to cause problems for defenders but one of the things that we like about him the most is he plays good, honest defense without fouling.

South Granville Sophomore Guard Bobby Pettiford Jr.: He is known for his ability to score the ball and finish above the rim but we have seen on multiple occasions that he has a chance to be a really good defender. Why? Speed and quickness are some of the main reasons why we feel this way, he has quick active hands and impressive lateral quickness that he uses to be a pest on defense.

South Central HS Senior Guard Shykiem Phillips: Another player that is known for his offensive capabilities and rightfully so as he has put together some 30 and 40 point game. This should not take away from the fact that this young man averaged almost 4 steals per contest last season and has all the tools to be a special defender.

Western Harnett Senior Forward Tobias Dillard: At over 4 Blocks per game, he was one of the leading shot blockers in the state. He uses his vertical, wingspan and timing to accomplish this feat even though many times he is not close to being the tallest player on the court. Look out for him to have another big season on the defensive end of the floor for the Eagles.

Burlington School Junior Forward Mylyjael Poteat: In the words of Dicky V, this young man is a stat sheet stuffer! Last season he averaged 20 Points, 11 Rebounds and almost 4 blocks per game for his squad that would finish 15-10 on the season. Although he is 6’8 he doesn’t rely just on his height to help him defend but instead does a nice job of reading opponents and reacting quickly to whatever play is attempting to be made.