With the departure of seniors Ray Willis and Ebuka Anyaorah, and the transfer of starting forward Stanton Kidd to Colorado State, N.C. Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton has some big shoes to fill.
Moton began the retooling process by adding six recruits to the 2013-14 class. Only three of the six, however, are allowed to participate immediately, while the other half will have to sit out the season.
Ramon Eaton, Reggie Groves and Jordan Parks will lace up their sneakers in November.
Eaton, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is a New Mexico Junior College transfer. He helped the Thunderbirds to a 26-7 record and advancement to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 5 Tournament.
Groves, a 6-foot-2 guard from Canisius College, reunites with Moton from his high school playing days at Raleigh Sanderson High, where Moton was the boys varsity coach. He was fifth on the team in steals and will be a redshirt senior.
The 6-foot-7 Parks transfers from the College of Central Florida, where the Patriots went 34-3 and won the school’s first NJCAA National Championship. He averaged 10.8 points per game.
Sitting out the season will be Jamal Ferguson, Enoch Hood and Nate Maxey.
Hood leaves a James Madison team that went 21-15 and claimed the 2013 CAA Tournament. Ferguson is a Marquette transfer and will be a sophomore. Maxey completed his sophomore season at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The 6-foot-11 center set a school record with 57 blocks.
“We are proud to welcome these young men to our program,” Moton said. “They are each high-character young men that come from incredible families. We look forward to their success as we relentlessly pursue championships on the floor, degrees in the classroom, and the intangibles that build quality young men.”
DA soccer honors
The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association honored Durham Academy’s girls soccer coach Susan Ellis with the Region 1 Coach of the Year Award and Steve Engebretsen as Athletic Director of the Year.
Six team members were named to the NCSCA All-Region 1 team: Lakin Barry, Lily Doron, Frances McDonald, Tara Nagar, Dana Rowe and Dana Williams. McDonald and Nagar also were named to the NCSCA all-state team.
The Cavaliers finished 15-2 last season.
• Southern wide receiver Maurice Trowell has committed to NC State.
• Hillside rising senior wide receiver Trevion Thompson has narrowed his choice to six schools, according to published reports. They are NC State, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and West Virginia. Thompson, who caught 700 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns, also plays basketball.
• Hillside running back Donte Thomas-Williams has narrowed his recruiting schools to four: Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and West Virginia. The Hornets lost to Southeast Guilford in the first round of the 4-A state playoffs.