Raleigh Word of God Christian, the alma mater of No. 1 NBA pick John Wall and former McDonald’s Basketball All-America C.J. Leslie, is expected to have an extraordinarily good basketball team this season.
The Rams were expected to be a little down with the transfer of Dez Wells, a Xavier recruit, to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave, but a bevy of transfers may help Word of God field one of the top high school teams in the country.
T.J. Warren, the leading scorer on a balanced 25-4 Durham Riverside club in 2009-10, is now attending the southeast Raleigh private school.
So is guard Josh Newkirk, who was the leading scoring at Southeast Raleigh High a year ago.
Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-9 N.C. State recruit, enrolled at the church-supported school last spring.
Torian Graham, who created some national recruiting attention at Durham Hillside, also transferred this fall along with 6-8 Yemi Makanjuola from Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill and 6-8 Abdul Kasim from Durham Mount Zion.
Bishop Daniels, who is getting some Atlantic Coast Conference looks, and 6-6 Division I prospect Stacy Caroway are among the Rams’ veterans.
Rev. Frank Summerfield, who founded the school, said the players are working hard in the classroom this fall. He said players must have a minimum 2.4 grade point average in order to participate.