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.
We got a chance to view Cox Mill, as head coach Ty Johnson looks to lead the charge again after an impressive 25-4 season last year. First off, Coach Johnson does a TREMENDOUS job in providing opportunities for his players; one of the best. This year, many of the same names will return for the Chargers, as we break down what we saw on the court, with more names potentially popping up later this season.
2022 Marcus Morgan
The younger brother of Matt Morgan, Marcus could a classic breakout candidate for this team as he will see his minutes and opportunities to increase this season. He is a good scorer but also an unselfish player on the court. Morgan is a scoring guard that can spread the defense with his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. He will have a chance to do a lot more this season for this program.
2021 Chris Hunter
Hunter was impressive on the court, as the senior guard looks to make his mark after a season in which he averaged nearly seven points per game. What we saw though was a strong, physical point guard that plays with tremendous intensity on both ends. Hunter pushes the ball well, plays with his head up, and finishes strong.
2021 John Anthony Baker
Baker had an effective summer and looks to bring it again to the court for Cox Mill. He can play several roles for the team and can work well in creating off the dribble, he shows that he can make an impact on the court. A quality prospect that holds offers.
2021 Zach Riddle
Riddle is one that can step out with his jumper but blend it just as well with his ability to put in on the deck. He showed us a smooth jumper on the court but also had a summer in which he showed he can be that glue-type player for a team. Riddle can score when needed but also help in finding his teammates.
2021 Isaiah Nelson
Nelson just announced that he committed to Sandhills Community College, so a huge congrats to him for that first off. But Nelson brings a long, active prospect that works hard down low. Last season, he played in 28 games and was strong on the boards, while also providing help scoring around the paint.
2022 Rasheed Baldwin
Baldwin is a new name to North Carolina, coming from Florida. But Baldwin brings good size to the floor and another option to knock down shots from the perimeter, hitting 51 last year. He can also stretch the floor, provide another ball handler, and can play multiple positions on the court.
2021 Noah McClanahan, who is committed to Shenandoah University already, is a student on and off the court. The 5’10 point guard should continue to provide scoring options both inside and out, along with bringing speed and athleticism to the floor. 2021 Kendall Woodlidge is a 6’3, long guard that has a smooth jumper and can score on all three levels. They will also have 2022 AJ Pierce.