Phenom Hoops continues their road trip around the region, this time checking in on a very talented group in Charlotte and certainly one that has big aspirations coming into the season. We traveled out to check out the talent JL Chambers had and there was plenty to go around.
2022 Daniel Sanford looks to be the leader once again for this squad, as the senior is a known prospect around the state already. Sanford plays extremely strong, brings good athleticism, can operate from multiple levels, and brings that vocal leadership for this team. Right now to him will be 2023 Jaylen Curry, a guard that leads the offense, does a great job in getting up the floor and finishing in transition, but also showcases his ability to be a big-time shot-maker from outside. Add on his vision and speed, he is going to be a problem once again in the state of North Carolina and looking to help be a leader for this group.
2022 Antoine Piper is back on the court for JL Chambers and certainly brings a physical attitude and presence that will help in an array of ways, whether is it scoring, rebounding, or on the defensive end. 2023 Nick Dorn has quickly risen up the rankings with his big frame and ability to knock down shots; he has shown to be a proven shooter from deep and really should help open up the offense more. The same could be said about 2022 Evan Ashemore, as the long prospect also can stretch the floor with his outside game.
Helping Sanford down low will be a very talented and skilled 2024 6’6 Maurio Hanson, who continues to develop his feel down low but also moves incredibly well for his size. He should be a difference-maker on the boards and help bring a strong low-post presence.
JL Chambers will also have the depth to help out on both sides. 2022 Chastin Gatewood is a strong point guard that plays tough and can capitalize on scoring opportunities and can help on the defensive end. 2022 Kendall Smith brings a bit more size and athleticism, while also helping on both ends of the floor and has the experience to be a big contributor. 2023 Jakoby Jackson is one that competes and plays hard, while also being able to create for himself and gets after it on the defensive end. 2024 Jordan Patton should see some minutes with his size and skillset, while 2025 Osvaldo Haynes Jr. is a young big still developing.
There is no doubt about it though, the talent is there for JL Chambers to make a run at a state title. The pieces are there but the games have to be played, so time will tell if everything can come together for the Cougars.