Phenom’s Open Gym Tour
Asheville Christian (Asheville, NC)
By Rick Lewis
Phenom Hoop Report stopped by Asheville Christian to talk hoops with the staff of Asheville Christian. Head coach Andy Ray and assistants coach Jonathan Bennett, and coach Mike Woods spent quality time to discuss the upcoming season. For Asheville Christian, the 2017-18 season will be a challenging one to say the least and one the entire staff has embraced. One thing is for certain; Asheville Christian doesn’t mind playing a difficult schedule. As a matter of fact, they embellish the opportunity to play some of the top teams in the state. They play in a the tough NCISAA 2A division and have other games scheduled against Greensboro Day, York Prep, Spartanburg Day, Carmel Christian, Gaston Day, Christ School, and an exciting trip to Spain the week prior to Christmas.
Below is a recap of the players that will be making an impact for Asheville Christian this season.
6’3 ’19 Caleb Mills
Caleb Mills has been on our recruiting radar for quite some time. We currently have him ranked the ninth top prospect in the 2019 North Carolina class. Mills really elevated his play over the summer and put together an outstanding performance against CP3 where he had eight 3-pointers. He currently sports offers from High Point, Western Carolina, Liberty, Winthrop, and Appalachian State. Coach Ray stated he is also getting interest from George Mason, Wofford, Cincinnati and Kansas State. Coach stated, “Mills has picked up about five pounds. He has gotten stronger and we’re really pleased with his leadership in the preseason. Caleb has become more vocal and has made a huge improvement on the defensive end of the court.“ Look for Mills to pick up more recruiting steam throughout the season. He’s just beginning to scratch the surface on his long-range potential. In addition, Mills carries a nice 3.8 GPA.
6’0 ’19 Raishaun Brown
Raishaun Brown will spearhead the team as the floor general. He has good/solid instincts at the point guard position. He currently sports an offer from Western Carolina. Coach Ray stated, “Brown is also picking up interest from West Point and a lot of interest from D2 schools.” We have always been impressed with his ball handling and court vision. He’s quite effective in dribble penetration and finishing with consistently at the rim.
6’8 ’18 Justin Tene’
Justin Tene’ went home to the Senegal for the summer and a lot of schools don’t know enough about him. We’ve watched him in the past and he has a solid 235 lb. frame. He isn’t the most explosive vertically, but he is tough in the paint. He has passer friendly hands and is a willing passer out of the post.