Felton Leads Latta to First-Round Victory

Raymond Felton

CHARLOTTE, NC--UNC basketball signee Raymond Felton led his Class A Latta HS Vikings to 65-49 victory over 17-2 Eastern Commerce High School in the first round of the Dell Curry High School Basketball Shootout.

The precocious high school senior scored 21 points on 8-12 shooting (5-7 three-pointers), dished out six assists, had three blocked shots, made two steals, and absolutely dominated the glass with 19 rebounds

With no player taller than 6-2, the smaller Vikings played almost exclusively zone defense against a taller Eastern team. The, at most, 6-1 point guard played in the middle on defense which led to a game-high 19 rebounds--18 on the defensive end.

"It's not a problem," said Felton of his position on defense. "I'm a team player. I do whatever I can just to win. I'll do whatever [I'm needed to do] to help my teammates. If I've got to play down low, I'll do it. I don't prefer that, but it's fine. I love to play outside, but if I have to go down low, I will."

In the stands watching was UNC head basketball coach Matt Doherty and several of the UNC basketball players.

"It made me feel good that they were out there coming to support me," said Felton. "I thank them a lot for that."

His Vikings play tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. against the St. Raymonds-Mt. Zion winner, but afterwards he'll be heading over to watch the Tar Heels as they take on the College of Charleston.

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