The final game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two teams who are among the top programs within North Carolina in Northwood Temple and Winston-Salem Christian. After establishing themselves as one of the better teams in the state, Winston-Salem Christian came out of the gate somewhat sluggish and Northwood Temple pounced on the lack of effort, leading 11-19 through the first eight minutes of play. The second period consisted of more of the same, as the Eagles only seemed to get better as things carried onward, walking into halftime with a 18-37 advantage. Although Winston-Salem Christian continually got better in the second half, they were unable to close the gap, ultimately falling 46-60 to Northwood Temple.
6’7 ’21 Julian Williams
After a notable showing earlier in the event, Williams only seemed to get better and better throughout the day. He displayed touch, face-up ability, and quality athleticism around the basket. Williams secures rebounds, runs the floor well, operates within the team concept, and simply knows how to maximize his presence on both ends of the floor.
6’5 ’21 Yohann Axel-Sam
It’s easy to appreciate Axel-Sam’s presence for this group, given his motor and two-way toughness. He’s a consistent rebounder with the ability to space the floor and operate within two to three dribbles. Axel-Sam does the dirty work and makes hustle plays with regularity for this group. He should have a variety of suitors at the next level.
6’11 ’22 Brandon White
The big, strong-bodied big man continues to offer a ton of excitement as a long-term prospect, especially given his athleticism and interior presence on both ends of the floor. White blocks shots at a strong rate, secures rebounds well around his area, and looks to dunk everything around the basket. Although already productive, White should only continue to get better.