EAGLES EXTRAS: NCCU lands quality recruit

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 01:15 PM

The hype continues to build around college basketball's talented freshmen, guys like Andrew Wiggins at Kansas, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has a pretty good one in Jabari Parker.

But none of those young fellas are as young as the fella landed by N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton.

Moton, a master recruiter, has reeled in Durham product and Neal Middle School seventh–grader Dashawn Hill.

“This guy right here made us work extremely hard in the recruitment process,” Moton said. “It came down to us, Duke, North Carolina and the NBA.”

Dashawn chose NCCU on Thursday, signing a national letter of intent to come to the school, making him an honorary member of the men’s basketball team if he makes good grades and keeps his nose clean.

It’s a huge leap that Dashawn is making, taking his talent from Neal to NCCU.

“To be able to make that jump from middle school to college, he has to have a lot to offer,” NCCU guard Jeremy Ingram said.

“I have to just get stronger,” Dashawn said.

Dashawn is expected to push NCCU point guard Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman, the school’s all-time leader in assists.

Chapman said that Dashawn, with all of his moxie, may take his job.

“He kind of considers himself his favorite player, and I didn’t really have that kind of confidence, so it kind of scares me," Chapman said. "Whatever record I have, it’s just going to get smashed when Dashawn steps on the court.”

NCCU guard Ebuka Anyaorah said Dashawn has “got to be prepared to work hard, and he’ll be all right.”

Dashawn’s not scared to work. Why, that guy put a crossover move on a brain tumor that has been in remission for two years.

Chapman has a reason to worry about his playing time. In two games this season, he has not been aggressive enough to get to the free-throw line, while Dashawn, immediately after putting on his new NCCU jersey, shot 50 percent from the charity stripe, as you’ll see by clicking here: