Expectations are high for the Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, VA) varsity boys basketball team, which went undefeated and captured the VIS Division II state championship in 2011/2012. UVa-bound senior point guard Devon Hall headlines the list of returning starters for the Dolphins, but he isn’t the only college prospect on the roster.
Starting alongside Hall in the Dolphins backcourt is junior shooting guard Ayron Hutton , who scored 14 points (draining a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line) in last year’s state championship win over Virginia Episcopal.
“He’s a shooter. He’s a dead-on shooter,” Coach Hall said of Hutton, who stands about 6’3″. “We had a Nike workout [the weekend of October 20-21]. A lot of guys really got a chance to see him showcase that talent. He put on a shooting display.”
Major Division 1 programs are eyeing the sharpshooter, but no major programs have offered as of yet. According to Coach Hall, Hutton has a good mid-range shooting game and NBA-range from beyond the arc.
“Miami, Virginia Tech and VCU love him,” Coach Hall said. “He has already been offered by St. Mary’s and Holy Cross. No major heavy hitters yet, but the interest is there.”
Also from the class of 2014 is Jimmy Paige, who has earned the nickname of “Junkyard Dog” for his ability to do the little things to help the team win.
“Jimmy’s a 6’4 1/2″ junior. He shoots extremely well. He’s athletic,” Coach Hall said.
“He’ll score 20 and you won’t even know it. He bangs. He gets a lot of loose balls. He’s good at rebounding, and he’ll finish with authority.”
How high a college level recruit he will be is the main question with Paige. Virginia Tech and VCU are keeping tabs while Liberty, Mount St. Mary’s, Norfolk State, and UNC-Greensboro are expressing more serious interest at this time.
“If he goes to a high-major, he’ll have to be able to guard the perimeter,” Coach Hall said. “He’s not as explosive athletically as a player like (Virginia freshman forward) Justin Anderson, but his ball-handling and lateral quickness are pretty good.”
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