Phenom’s High School Jamboree Session 1
What We’re Looking For – Part 1

The Best Backcourt in the #HoopState

There is no question about it, some of the best guards to play basketball hail from North Carolina. In fact, look at the make up of the NBA, you currently have three perennial All-Stars with Steph Curry, John Wall and Chris Paul, but you also have two other NBA point guards getting starters’ minutes with Dennis Smith Jr (Dallas Mavericks) and Ish Smith (Detroit Pistons). Without question, North Carolina breeds incredibly talented guards.

Looking at the current make up of modern day #HoopState, many will suggest Greensboro Day has the best backcourt in North Carolina. That very well may be the case, as they have all the pieces and some depth. For starters you have a pair of uber-talented 2021 prospects with UVA commit Carson McCorkle and Top 100 prospect Cam Hayes. Both reclassified players stand at an athletic 6’3” and are looked at among the nation’s best. Rightfully so, McCorkle spent his off season cutting his teeth with the US National 3 on 3 team while Hayes has been a hot commodity among high major coaches. When you add in depth from the likes of seniors Austin Inge and Noah Dunn, both college level prospects, you have an accumulation of incredibly talented, 2-way players.

Well, with most people are talking about Greensboro Day with the best back court, many are overlooking North Mecklenburg High School. They currently have three underclass guards who carry Division 1 offers and another who will quickly start to collect them. The most notable guard is 6’2” junior Tristan Maxwell. The high scoring off guard is coming off a sophomore campaign which he averaged 21 points per game. The son of 2-time NBA champion Vernon Maxwell carries Power-5 offers from NC State and Florida. They also have 6’2” junior point guard Demar Anderson who carries a jet-quick crossover along with offers from Robert Morris and USC-Upstate. 6’2” junior Shamon Artis is a sharpshooting wing who also carries a USC-Upstate offer and 6’5” sophomore Chris Ford may be the best of the bunch. The wing has already had the likes of Michigan, Butler, Davidson and Virginia Tech in to see him.

Both teams will be present at Phenom’s High School Jamboree Session 1 on November 3. Greensboro, North Carolina will be certain to watch some high level guard play. As for the discussion of the best back court in North Carolina, well, we can leave that up to you to decide.

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**note Farmville Central with their 3-headed monster of Justin Wright, Terquavion Smith and Semaje Teel should also be in this conversation, but we’ll touch on them next week.