High School Sports

Glaxo field set, features some of nation's best

Posted September 30, 2009

RALEIGH — The GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational will enter its 38th season in December when 20 teams are welcomed to Broughton High School's Holliday Gymnasium for one of the premiere holiday tournaments in the country.

This year's field will feature seven of Scout.com's top 100 prospects, including four recruits from three of the big four schools. Two Wake Forest recruits, as well as one recruit for N.C. State and North Carolina will be in the tournament.

Duke recruit Andre Dawkins was originally scheduled to appear in the tournament, but he later announced his early enrollment at Duke.

The field also feature recruits from Florida State and South Carolina, and a number of uncommitted players.

For the second consecutive season, the boys field will feature two tournaments with eight teams in both. The girls tournament will feature four teams. The tournament will take place over a five day period, beginning Saturday, Dec. 26. The tournament will take a break on Dec. 27, then resume play on Dec. 28, 29, and 30.

The girls field was finalized earlier this year, as reported by HighSchoolOT.com, but the boys field underwent several changes due to transfers, Dawkins' early enrollment, and other issues.

Apex will make their tenth appearance in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational this year, led by senior Weston Murphy.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Murphy is a Division-I prospect considering schools like Cornell, Dartmouth and Richmond. Guard Connor Belicic will also help lead the Cougars into the tournament. Belicic is considering schools such as Barton College and Davidson, among others.

The Cougars are two years gone from their Cinderella-style run to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship game. Head coach David Neal has his Cougars tagged as one of the Triangle powers year-in and year-out.

Chapel Hill will also play in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational this year. The Tigers are led by guard Denzel Robinson, the son of North Carolina assistant coach Steven Robinson.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior led the Tigers in scoring last year with 14 points per game and pulled in 8.4 rebounds per game. Robinson is joined by post player James Manor, and guard Denzel Ingram. Ingram helped his Garner Road Bulldogs AAU team to the national championship.

Charlotte United Faith Christian will appear in the tournament for the first time this year. The Knights pulled a surprise 1-A state championship from the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association last season, and return key players this year, including Florida State recruit Ian Miller.

Miller, ranked No. 48 by Scout.com in the Class of 2010, stands at 6-foot. Post player teammate Peter Jurkin is a 7-foot sophomore with ACC interest.

Durham Riverside will return to the Glaxo field for the first time since 2006. The Pirates finished fourth in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational that year, and will look to repeat their success this season.

The Pirates will look to two seniors for leadership on the court, 6-foot-9 Mike Mayer and 6-foot Sean Deniton, but they have a talented sophomore forward as well, 6-foot-5 T.J. Warren.

Riverside was 20-6 last season and won the PAC 6 Championship.

Forsyth Country Day will make the school's first ever appearance in the tournament this winter, led by former Wake Forest player and two-time GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational all-tournament player Craig Dawson.

The Furies will bring in ACC football target Nick Sink, a 6-foot-6 senior forward; sophomore guard and ACC target Tyler Lewis, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the North Carolina-South Carolina 2012 all-star game; as well as seniors George Massoda and Corey Gallisdorfer.

After making a mid-season turnaround last year, Garner head coach Eddie Gray will bring the Trojans into the tournament for 16th time in school history.

Garner will bring with it 6-foot-8 Stephon Drane, a Division-I prospect. Drane played for Gray at Garner for two years before transferring to Raleigh Word of God. He is back at Garner for his senior season.

Kinston will make their 17th appearance in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, including their fifth consecutive trip to the tournament.

The Vikings bring with it 6-foot-7 North Carolina commit Reggie Bullock, the No. 11 overall player in his class, according to Scout.com.

Kinston is the favorite to win the NCHSAA 2-A state championship this coming season, led by former AP Coach of the Year Wells Gulledge.

Walton (Marietta, Ga.), led by N.C. State recruit Ryan Harrow will attend the tournament for  the first time in school history. Harrow is an all-state player in Georgia, and is ranked the No. 25 player in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com.

Former NBA star Glen Rice's son, G'Mitri, is also on the team, as is 6-foot-7 forward Kamren Belin. Both Rice and Belin are being recruited nationally by mid-major schools.

Rice (New York, N.Y.) is coming to Raleigh for the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational for the second time in school history.

The national powerhouse brings with it Shane Southwell, the No. 100 player in the country, according to Scout.com.

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons will return to the Glaxo Tournament for the first time since 1988. Gibbons, led by head coach Marque Carrington, and is known for it's defensive prowess. The Crusaders held teams for 56-points per game last season.

The Crusaders will bring with them 6-foot-6 Andrew Shafer and 6-foot-4 Alberto Munoz, both three-year starters at the school. Kyle Haskin, a 6-foot-1 point guard, will run the offense for the Crusaders.

Raleigh Enloe is one of the favorites to win the NCHSAA 4-A state championship this year, led by 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward Melvin Tabb, a Wake Forest recruit and the No. 88 overall player in the Class of 2010, according to Scout.com.

Point guard Emanuel "Pooh" Chapman will run the point for the Eagles, and senior Charles Ashley and D.J. Rich are expected to make major contributions.

The Eagles are led by head coach Tommy Moore, and he could become the first person to win a GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational championship as both a player and coach. Moore was on the 1978 championship team at Enloe.

This will be the 20th appearance in the tournament for Enloe.

Raleigh Millbrook will bring a very experienced team to the tournament, their 11th visit to the Glaxo in school history.

6-foot-5 post player Donzell Hill is being recruited by low-major Division-I schools and several Division-II schools. The Wildcats will also bring Ivy League prospect Jarrick Brown, as well as 6-foot-3 win player Terrell Tate.

Raleigh Word of God returns to the tournament again this season, two years after winning the GalxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational.

Word of God brings with it one of the nation's top uncommitted seniors in C.J. Leslie.

Leslie, the No. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2010, according to Scout.com, had previously committed to N.C. State, but withdrew his verbal commitment to open up the recruiting process again. Leslie could become the first player in tournament history to be named to the all-tournament team in three different seasons.

Juniors Dezmine Wells and Bishop Daniels, both considered Division-I prospects, will join Leslie and the Holy Rams at the tournament. Daniels will have the job of filling the shoes of Kentucky player John Wall.

Red Springs Flora MacDonald will make it's first appearance in the tournament this season, bringing with it a big and athletic team.

The Cougars are led by head coach Derrick Bond, who used to coach at Laurinburg Institute. Bond will look to 6-foot-8, 205-pound senior forward Luke Cothron to lead the team on the floor.

Cothron is an N.C. State target and is being recruited by a number of other schools across the nation. Flora MacDonald also has Division-I recruits in Jerome Seagears and Darrick Martin.

West Charlotte, a powerhouse in the NCHSAA, will play in the Glaxo for the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2000.

Wake Forest commit J.T. Terrell transferred to West Charlotte from Burlington Cummings this summer. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard is the No. 75 overall prospect in the Class of 2010, according to Scout.com.

West Charlotte's best ever performance in the tournament was in it's first ever appearance in 1992 when the Lions finished second.

Wilson Greenfield is the final boys team to be named to the tournament field.

Greenfield will make its debut in the tournament this year, led by coach Rob Salter who has won four state championships in 12 years.

South Carolina recruit Brian Richardson, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, will travel to Raleigh with the Knights, as will 6-foot-6 wing man Jeremy Jeffers.

HighSchoolOT.com and WRAL will have the tournament covered again this year. Be on the lookout for expanded coverage as we near tournament time.


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  • Nick Stevens Oct 2, 2009

    No. They are sold a first come basis... No reserved seats either.

  • burns44 Oct 2, 2009

    Nick - do tickets go on sale early for this event?

  • Nick Stevens Oct 1, 2009

    The atmosphere at Broughton is a lot better than the atmosphere at Reynolds. It needs to stay at Broughton. If you want a seat, get there early.

  • jtaylo31 Oct 1, 2009

    I agree. Broughton has a great gym but need a little more space.

  • Sarge Oct 1, 2009

    They need to move this to a bigger and better site, sorry Broughton.