When planning our events, we really look to provide a platform for kids that may not necessarily have the stage to be seen elsewhere. When targeting teams to play in our High School showcase we had some player in mind that we wanted to get on a regional and national stage, to kick start their recruitment. Cummings High School was at the top of that list.

Last week we wrote about the Brand X AAU program, this is not a repeat piece, however Zavian Jackson and Jo’Vontae Milner both also play for Cummings High School in Burlington, North Carolina. Both players have really come onto the scene over the past couple months and are worth taking note.

Cummings High School ran through their conference play with a 9-1 record last year. They went into the plays offs strong having their season end with a disappointing third round loss to Kinston in the 3rd Round of the 2A NCHSAA State Playoffs.

This year, Burlington High School is ready to make their run. They return seven (7) of their top nine (9) scorers and nine (9) of their top eleven (11) rebounders. They will be lead by 6’6” bulldog Jo’Vontae Milner who was last year’s leader in rebounding, scoring, blocked shots, free throw percentage, and field goal percentage.

To say Milner is and All-Everything type player may understate his value. Milner averaged 15.3 points (3rd in conference), 13.8 boards (1st in conference) and 1.2 blocks (5th in conference). He is a junk-yard dog that can defend the wing or the post. He makes shots at multiple levels, even showing consistent 3-point range off the catch.

Maybe no player in North Carolina has turned more heads since the season’s end than 6’2” Zavian Jackson. Jackson experienced a breakout at NC Phenom 150 camp in March, where his high flying Ball is Life highlight (Click Here) video circulated with a lot of fan-fare. Jackson has sense shown that his performance was not a fluke, as he had good showings at the NC Top 80, Grassroots Tip Off Classic, and David Rose Memorial Day Classic.

During his junior year, Jackson averaged 9 points, 2.5 boards, and 1.5 steals per game. On this Summer’s AAU circuit Jackson has shown to not only be a high flier, but he has been a very good perimeter defender.

Cummings will lose point guard Devontry Allen and will try see if 2017 Torrey Cash can step up and take on the duty. Cummings also returns 6’5” interior work horse Terrell Johnson and 6’ tough/confident guard Ryan Boswell.

Look for this Cummings team to not only be tough, but also be extremely athletic and hungry. They will be a good June test for any team. But there is certainly something to say that their players deserve this stage for recruitment.

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