Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.
Getting a chance to watch AL Brown in action the court, we have a team that has some early question marks but also is a relatively unknown program with many players from last year graduating. But they still will have some firepower, as we dive into what we saw, with more names appearing when the season comes closer.
2022 Kheni Briggs
Briggs is coming off a sophomore season in which he led the team in almost all statistical categories, averaging 18.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Coming into his junior year now, AL Brown lost several key seniors and Briggs is going to have a heavy load on his plate. He will be the for-sure go-to leader for this team and a big scoring threat, using his frame and ability to attack the paint but also showing an improving outside shot as well. Briggs should have another tremendous season statistically.
2022 CJ Wilson
Wilson is a 2022 prospect that earned some experience last year, playing in all 27 games for AL Brown. He is a sturdy, strong guard that is coming off a solid summer in which he showed he can be another scoring threat for this team. Wilson does a nice job of seeing the floor and finding teammates in transition and should see an increased role.
2023 Teddy Russell
A young prospect that has good size early on, Russell can play multiple positions for this team. When watching him on the court, he battles hard on the boards and uses his size to his advantage. One of the younger players on the court for this team but one to keep an eye on.
We also got a small sample size of 2021 Zay Black, who brings another shooter to the floor, 2022 Brycen Chajon, who is a solid ball-handler, and 2022 Jahyne Wallace. They will also have 2022 Jaden Johnson, who is an athletic power forward who can be a tough defender and rebound, while 2022 Cam Kromah will help provide depth as well.
There will be some question marks surrounding the Wonders but under new head coach Andy Poplin, who has found tremendous success, this will be an interesting team to watch this season.