Northside Christian was fun to watch last year and came up just short in their hopes of a state championship. Now, Coach Hatchett has lost a few key seniors and players from last year’s team but is excited about what the future holds with this year’s group. A blend of scoring, quickness, versatility, and experience, Northside Christian is going to certainly be a team to watch once again.
And they aren’t backing down from anyone, as they are welcoming all challenges this year. But let’s dive into an early look at some of the key players that you will see with this program this upcoming season.
2021 Glynn Hubbard: Coming back on the court and looking to make a statement, Hubbard is looking to really make his mark as a point guard and a facilitator, but also continue to show the ability to create and score. Hubbard works well with the ball in his hands, creating off the dribble, changing speed and direction, and staying aggressive. His vision and ability to see the floor is what really stood out on the court.
2021 Noel Tesfa: A player that understands the system and what the staff wants, he is going to provide depth at the guard spot and could really make his mark with his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. Very unselfish, team player on the court.
2021 Jan Homanen: A new name to the state of NC, the 6’6 prospect plays with a good IQ on the court. Coming from Finland, he brings a fundamental game to the floor but is a player that has sneaky bounce and will be able to provide positive minutes with this group.
2022 Jalen Mattocks: Mattocks is going to develop a lot of what Solomon Tucker was last year, as he will be doing the dirty work, battling down low, scoring when the opportunity is there, and getting on the glass. Mattocks has continued to develop his feel for the game and with his frame, will be key down in the post on both ends.
2022 Daniel Lamaba: This is a young man that brings an incredible motor on the court, as he seems to never stop. He works hard on both sides, relentlessly attacks, and is a strong prospect that is going to be a big help for this team in several areas. He is a good two-way prospect and has a strong frame to his game.
2022 Calik Thomas: Thomas is going to continue to do what he does, which is impact the floor in an array of ways. Thomas shows the ability to play on or off the ball, knows how to create and score for himself, and brings that aggressive nature that coaches love. He also gets on the boards, can initiate the offense, and showcases a non-stop motor.
2023 Aaron Hall: Hall has seen growth in his size and game, showing a nice combination of mobility and skill. He is one of the more athletic forwards on this team, running the floor and finishing at or around the rim. Hall has a few traits that you would see in guards and wings, with his change of direction and smooth feel but brings good size and timing on the boards as well.
2023 Wesley Tubbs III: Young man continues to get better and with his 6’6 frame, skill set to score on multiple levels, and now letting the game come to him, Tubbs is going to be a big name to remember. Love how he is vocal on the court and the energy he brings on both ends.
2023 Mychael Mitchell: Young, quick guard that can help run the point for this team. He uses his quickness well on both ends, getting after it on defense while also pushing the tempo with the ball in his hands or getting to his spot for his shot.
2024 Isaiah Sutherland: Sutherland has made tremendous strides from when we first saw him in the open gym last year. We are talking about a 6’9, mobile big that covers a ton of space and is learning more of what he is capable of doing. Finishes around the rim and is going to be a big man to watch in NC.
2025 Aaron Concepcion: A young new name to start putting on your list in the class of 2025. Even though it is early, Concepcion is superbly quick on the floor, getting by defenders and attacking defenses off the dribble.