If you live in the Triangle Area and have not made it out to the North Carolina Pro-Am to see the competition then you are truly missing out. The fast paced, organized play is a great way to spend one of your mid-week summer evenings. So I went to check it out, for the first time, last night…and there was one player that truly dropped my jaw and opened my eyes literally every single time he touched the ball; North Carolina Central University transfer Dominique Sutton.
If you guys saw what I was exposed to last night, you would understand why he supposedly quieted North Carolina Tar Heel stand-out Sophomore Harrison Barnes in one of their Summer League games last week; he is an absolute pleasure to watch play. Last night, Wednesday the 20th, Sutton’s team – Team Jamison – absolutely annihilated 751 South by 50+ points. The game was close for about the first two minutes of play until Sutton threw down an alley-oop slam which turned my head along with the heads of many in the enthusiastic crowd. After a couple of fast break manly slams he caught the ball on the break-away for one more stuff in which he really wanted to please the crowd…let me be the first to tell you that the man took off from the right elbow and dunked the rock one-handed.
He, however, was not done. He then, in the second half, went on to play for only 10 minutes out of the 20 minute running clock period and had an ‘and 1′ off of a fade-away 25-footer (a four point play in which he converted). He then went on to mix together certain skill sets in order to show the crowd his repertoire replete with ball-handling, power, and shooting. Truly a phenom that will head the 2011 NCCU Eagles squad – accompanied by CJ Wilkerson and Charles Futrell – that is sure to make a lot of noise not only in this area but around the nation.
Once again folks, if you have not yet made it out to the Pro-Am you are doing yourself a huge injustice. This is some of the most intriguing basketball to watch in the state – and possibly in the country – because you always have to keep one eye on the action… you never know when someone is going to get posterized. Did I mention it’s free – parking and admission – so you now have no excuse; call your buddies up and let em’ know what’s good before it’s too late! Check out Sutton, Barnes, and various NBA/College/High School talent from this area next week on Tuesday or Thursday night and then the following week on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday Night.
Now I will leave you with the 2010 Official Hoopmixtape.com Mix for the NC Pro-Am…It is honestly the Mecca of Summer League Basketball
The Official Site of the Greater North Carolina Pro-Am: http://www.ncproam.com/index.html