What a weekend of basketball it was at the George Lynch Invitational presented by Phenom Hoops, as basketball fans were treated to some terrific basketball from teams around the region. Several players really elevated their play and we were able to learn a few more names that should be on the radar for so many. Below are a few players that really impressed and made a name for themselves.
2023 AJ Hewett/ 2023 Fletcher Bigham (Charlotte Country Day): Was really impressed with these two that stepped up for Charlotte Country Day all weekend long. Hewett had a strong showing throughout the weekend, as he was able to make his impact as a high IQ forward, compete on the glass, and also make his presence felt on the defensive end. Bigham did a great job in showcasing his ability to step out and be a threat from the perimeter, knocking down shots with a confident shot but also competing around the basket and on the glass.
2025 Sean Dunn (Cox Mill): Dunn is a newer name to look at more this year and down the road, as he really opened some eyes with his feel on the court. Dunn is a shifty, crafty playmaking point guard on the floor that plays hard and competes. He is able to make plays off the bounce and get into the paint, creating for himself and for others, but he also is a reliable shooter from outside. A tough guard on the court that has a natural feel for seeing the floor and making plays.
2026 Jaiquan Clay (HP Christian): Jaiquan “Toot” Clay is a name that we have mentioned before and have seen but he introduced himself to basketball fans around the area this past weekend, as the freshman had a solid showing at the event. He is a 6’4 prospect that has upside to his game and will be intriguing to see how much he grows and develops. Clay was active around the basket and competed on the boards, finishing with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Put him on your watchlist if you haven’t already.
2025 JD Bowden (United Faith): Bowden is a guard to really start looking at for more and he showed why throughout the event. The 6’0 guard put on a show with his ability to attack and create. He excelled in getting out in transition, was able to show his shiftiness and get inside the defense/create paint touches, and score over defenders. But he also made terrific decisions in making plays for his teammates; high IQ and made plays for others. Tough guard.
2023 Efe Sekeroglu (Virginia Episcopal): It was another viewing of the 6’10 forward from VES and though the game didn’t go their way, Sekeroglu left his impression on our scouts. He finished the day with 18 points and 17 rebounds, showing off his versatility as a forward. Sekeroglu was able to operate from multiple levels, post up and score over his shoulder, and really score from an array of levels. But he was extremely active on the boards with great hands.
2023 Trey Minard (West Cabarrus): Minard finished the event off in style with 29 points to lead his team, as he was assertive throughout his game. Minard has the ability to not only get by defenders and get to the basket but also step out and knock down shots from the perimeter. The lefty has a smooth feel to his game and showed that he can fill it up and be that go-to scorer for his team.