N.C. guard Bello among standouts

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The first D-One Sports Nike Fall Combine this past Saturday and Sunday was on the scenic campus of Westchester Country Day School. D-One Sports owner and event organizer Brian Clifton had plenty of talent on hand for the two days of organized workouts and games. The invite-only camp was limited to 25 players. It all started each day with Jason Fawcett of Portland, Ore., leading the campers through a series of intense stations and drills. The effort by the campers in attendance was intense, and the competition for execution was at a high pace. This set the tone for the rest of the camp Saturday. In the games, teams consisting of five players played four- or five-minute quarters. This approach created a competitive atmosphere.


Stargell Love (6-2, 180) PG
2010, Winston Salem, N.C./Quality Education Academy

A physical and muscular PG who has size and quickness, Love is extremely explosive and can overpower most point guards. Love plays the game with great energy; he pushes the ball with speed in transition and aggressively attacks the basket. His primary strength in scoring comes from his strong penetration. He has a quick first step and the body to finish through contact at the rim. On his drives he is comfortable and productive going to his strong hand (right), but he needs to get just as comfortable going to his weak hand to be more of a threat. In the past, his jump shot was streaky, but you could see a marked improvement to that facet of his game this weekend. He consistently made shots from midrange all the way out to the arc. His elevation on his jumper is strong, and he released it with confidence. Defensively, he can make a difference, especially on the ball guarding penetration because of his strength and energy. What was even more impressive about Love is how important winning is to him whenever he competes. Even in a workout on a weekend in the gym in October, you could see his desire to improve and win.