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I watched Desmond Ringer and his Eagle's Landing team rout Peachtree Ridge in basketball today. Eagle's Landing is a pretty good basketball team and had no trouble with their opponent -- winning by around 25 points.
Ringer looks every bit of 6-10 and has a fairly chiseled upper body. He played most of the first three quarters but will need to work on his conditioning (as most high school players do) to stand up to the rigors and speed of the college game.
With the game well in hand early in the fourth quarter, he was pulled and didn't return. Still he managed 10 points and 12 rebounds for a double double.
He's not a high flying skywalker but is well schooled in the game and knows how to position himself for rebounds and put backs. He didn't attempt any outside shots -- scoring mostly from underneath. One bit of good news is that he was 4-4 from the free throw line.
His ball handling is pretty good and no one took the ball away from him -- save the one time he tried to dribble out of a double team under his own basket. That play would've drawn a stare from Frank Martin.
He passed the ball well and loved to mix it up on the inside. He wasn't shy about leaning on guys and pushing them out of his way. I knew one of the referees and spoke to him after the game. He said, "He's a load."
In summary, he's going to be an upgrade for us at the post position and I see him playing a lot as a true freshman. He's got the size, the strength, and the natural ability to play SEC basketball sooner rather than later.
Thanks for sharing
Ringer was a good get, he got everything started...That said he may play a good bit next year, but I dont see him as more of a 10-20 minute player ass he gets along in his career. Very fundamental, he does have an upside of a Richard Howell (which I would take in a second)...
Would play a very nice compliment to Henry (wink wink fingers crossed)...
I'd love to see them land Henry as well. I have no clue as to what he's thinking.
What does Henry do well?
I've never seen him play but the pundits seem to rank him quite high and his offer list is impressive. My understanding is that his offensive skills may be more advanced at this stage.
Typically with big men transitioning into college from high school they lack the offensive skill set and understanding that Henry has (see demontre Harris). He's a guy that will be able to contribute day 1 in the post and has great upside.
I am not sure I entirely agree with this...He will certainly contribute from day 1, but that has more to do with our lack of bodies at the position...He has some skills on offense but can be inconsistant. He is more comfortable facin the basket and is not comfortable against guys as tall and athletic as he (a common thing in the SEC)...He has a high ceiling and has the chance to reach it...However, his inconsistancy may cost him some PT early in his career...
He would be a huge get, but your expectations may be a bit high for him, here...
Fwiw, I do think Damontre Harris is a pretty apt comparison at this point...Can handle, can shoot the J, does have a fade away, but is tall and sinewy and needs to put it all together...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by JamieShaw 16 months ago
To clarify, I do feel like offensively he's a little further along than Ringer and athletically will be able to contribute from day 1. Do I think he'll average 20 ppg? No. Do i think hell be playing 30 minutes per game? No. he will contribute though and it will probably resemble Harris is all I meant. But given time to adjust physically and mentally to college life and SEC basketball, he will be a good one.
PTree Ridge is a very good team, surprised by that score. They have a junior big man that is mid major prospect so I'm assuming Ringer went up against him so good competition for him. ELCA is loaded they can recruit as a private school. They dominate football too.
PT Ridge is dwn this yr from yrs past. They struggled to put away Spartanburg yesterday. Wasn't very impressed by Ringer but it was the one and only time I've ever seen him play. Hard to judge someone on one appearance.
Justin Dotson from Daniel was the best player I saw yesterday. Sat and watched him while sitting with Wofford Assistant. Before the game I asked him if they offered Dotson he said no, by HT he already knew where his mom was sitting.
Eagle's Landing had players who were 6-7, 6-8, and 6-10. They were as tall as we are.
They're top 5 in the state in 6A. Capps and Amir are both D1 guys, Capps was super 6 in Gwinnett. They should win the region with a win over NGHS already and Norcross missing one of their best players. It'll be between them and Norcross for toughest region in the state.
They have a freshman guard that comes off the bench that is one of the quickest kids I've ever seen.
Seen them play twice, they aren't near as good as they've been in the past.
There are two Eagles landing high schools in that area. One public and one private. I believe Ringers school is the public one. They play at 8:30 tonight at Dorman. You can also watch it on ustream. Just search 2012 upward classic.
On a side note that MIllbrook girls team has 8 (5 D1) girls who have signed to play college ball...I find that pretty amazing for a single class in a public high school...
Oh well another championship for the girls trophy case!!
BTW, they have an awful website...Terribly UNinteractive...
Good post thanks. With Geathers and Ringer it looks like we will be able to mix it in the middle with the big teams and have some post presence. I look to see the new transfer, Tyrone Johnson playing the point next January and Thornwell will be settled in some. All the current freshman will be much better and this team will find its identidy and groove which is missing now. I think were going to very good when March, 2014 rolls around and if we can get into the NCAA's next year, then we might be able to do some damage. Go Cocks!!
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