The future of Dunk City was on display in the Wally Keller Classic on Friday night.
Jacksonville Providence topped Miami Norland 68-44 in front of an intrigued crowd at Charlotte High School.
The two players who piqued the interest of Southwest Florida basketball fans the most were Providence’s Christian Terrell and Norland’s Zach Johnson. Both have signed to play at FGCU and are expected to enroll this summer.
Johnson led the Vikings with 21 points, while Terrell scored 17 for Providence.
“It was good to see how your future teammate plays,” Johnson said of playing against Terrell. “We definitely will be able to play together next year. I’m looking forward to it.”
“He is really good and I think we will be an awesome backcourt in the future,” Terrell said.
Terrell and Johnson spent much of the second quarter guarding each other as Providence built a sizable lead.
Johnson drilled two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Norland finally got into an offensive rhythm. Terrell made two easy layups in the fourth and both exited the game with roughly two minutes remaining.
Both players handled point guard duties at times on Friday night and each played off the ball some as well.
“Both of us can play either guard position,” Terrell said. “I think we will compliment each other really well. We can play wherever they want to put us.”
Providence spent much of the night finding superstar senior Grayson Allen open for baskets. Allen, who has signed with Duke and is a part of the No.1 recruiting class in the country according to rivals.com, scored in a variety of ways and finished the game with 21 points.
He was named his team’s MVP after the game while Johnson won the award for Norland.
PORT CHARLOTTE 66, CHARLOTTE 60, 2 OT
The Pirates shook off an 11 point second half deficit to come back and defeat their bitter rival in another Classic game.
Pirate big man Nickson Blanc scored seven points in double overtime alone to help Port Charlotte seal the game.