Recruiting

Millbrook’s Briana and Bria Day switch to Syracuse

tstevens@newsobserver.comSeptember 17, 2012 

Millbrook’s star girls’ basketball twins, Briana and Bria Day, have committed to new ACC member Syracuse. The 6-foot-4 duo helped Millbrook to the state 4A championship game in 2010 and the Wildcats returned to the title game in 2011 despite an injury to Bria.

The seniors committed to the University of North Carolina as sophomores, but later reopened their recruitment. They committed to the Tar Heels again, but changed their minds again.

Briana Day averaged 10.4 points per game for the 31-2 Wildcats last year, while Bria missed most of the regular season.

“They went for a visit and fell in love with the team, the coaches and the campus,” said Millbrook coach Chris East.

The Wildcats’ Mykia Jones has committed to Wake Forest University, and Courtney Best has committed to Campbell University.

Outlaw to UNC-G: Tyrone Outlaw Jr., the PAC-Six’s basketball player of the year in 2011, has committed to UNC-Greensboro. The 6-foot-6 forward at Person High averaged 22.8 points, 14.8 rebounds and 4.9 blocks last season.

He had received some Atlantic Coast Conference recruiting interest.

Cap to App: Broughton senior basketball player Devonte Graham has made a verbal commitment to Appalachian State. The 6-foot-1 Graham led the Caps in scoring with 14.2 points per game for the 21-7 Caps last season.

“He has great court awareness,” said Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell. “He understands the game and is becoming an all-around good defensive player. He handles the ball well and shoots well. If he has a weakness, it is that he may be a little bit too unselfish at times.”

Graham was expected to share the Caps backcourt this season with Chris Corchianni Jr., but Corchianni has enrolled at Ravenscroft.

Falcon to Hampton: Bayley Coleman-Cox, who averaged 20.5 points and 4.6 assists per game last year for Jordan’s girls’ basketball team, committed to Hampton last week. Coleman-Cox helped the Falcons to a 13-13 record last year as a junior.

“Hampton University offers me the unique opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an architect, attending a special university and playing for an outstanding basketball program. I am very happy to join the HU family,” Coleman-Cox said in a release.

She has scored more than 1,200 points in her career and needs 40 points to become the schools all-time leading girls’ scorer.

Apex pitcher to Asheville: Apex left-handed pitcher Camby Abell, who has been a varsity baseball pitcher in the Cougars’ program since his freshman year, recently committed to UNC-Asheville.

Camby was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA as a freshman and 0-1 with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings as a sophomore. He was primarily a reliever last year and was 1-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings.

“Last summer he was instrumental for the American Legion team (Apex Post 124) playing for the state championship with some awesome outings on the mound,” said Apex coach Mike Valder. “He is a great competitor and has continued to get better every year.”

Brown picks State: Green Hope senior volleyball player Madison Brown committed to N.C. State. Brown will be a defensive specialist for the Wolfpack next year.

Gilmore in game: Hope Mills South View defensive tackle Greg Gilmore has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Jan. 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gilmore (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) is ranked among the top offensive line prospects in the country.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story

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