Charles “CJ” Holley 6’2 150 2023 Heritage High School, Newport News VA
Charles “CJ” Holley is a dynamic athlete who possesses a well-rounded offensive skill set and a scrappy and tough defensive demeanor. He attacks the rim with swiftness and shiftiness knifing through defenses at will able to deliver pinpoint passes to set teammates up for easy baskets or fearlessly driving to the rim for creative finishes or highlight-reel dunks. His first step is undeniably quick and he demonstrates great body control using change of pace and quick change of direction as he navigates his way toward the basket.
CJ can finish with either hand and shows a feathery touch on runners and floaters. His elite-level bounce allows him to hang in the air for double-clutch reverse slams and windmills as he shows off ridiculous bounce and an assortment of dunk contest-worthy rim-rattling slams. He complements his off-the-dribble variety with very good consistency with the jumper both on catch and shoot jumpers or when pulling up off the dribble and his range extends beyond the arc. CJ shows the potential to play either guard position efficiently as he demonstrates the vision, ball-handling, and passing ability necessary to lead the team but also scores the ball at a high rate from various levels. Although slight of frame he absorbs contact nicely and gets to the free-throw line at a good rate. He is a solid on-ball defender, quick-footed, and mechanically solid. Quick hands and a long wingspan allow him to tip passes and tie up ball handlers. His quickness and instincts allow him to get into passing lanes and make an impact off the ball defensively. He’s so quick end to end once he gets a steal it’s off to the races and he’s so good in space and in transition he puts defenses at his mercy.
CJ has had a strong summer and is poised for a breakout year for a very talented and young Heritage High School team and I expect college coaches will soon take notice. His Dad played at a junior college in Eastern North Carolina so he has basketball success in the family. CJ carries a 3.2 GPA. His business-like approach to his academics and athletics draws high praise from coaches and administrators. Watch for Charles Holley to have a stock-rising high school season and find himself among the top players in the 2023 class in 757.