2022 Ji’meion Brown (York Prep): Brown brings good size and versatility to the floor at 6’7, being effective in an array of ways and showing off his mobility at his size. Brown helped in an array of ways to help secure the big win, scoring down low, running the floor well, being active on defense with five steals, and helping on the boards; just a glimpse of all that he can do on the court.
2023 Riley Allenspach (Providence Day): The 6’10 big man continues to elevate and develop his feel as a true big man. He is getting stronger and being more assertive down in the paint. Allenspach continues to show nice touch around the basket and working on his low-post moves but he also showed a glimpse of his ability to step out and stretch the floor. He was really dominant on the boards, racking up 14 on the night including eight on the offensive end.
2022 Jayden Munson (Concord Academy): Though there is talent to be found all around the roster for Concord, Munson is one that I believe doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in what he provides. An extremely quick and fast point guard, he can get up the floor so quick and excels in attacking the basket. He always is looking to get his hands on the ball, playing scrappy defense, laying his body on the line, and just seems to be everyone at times on the court.
2022 Patrick Wessler (Combine Academy): I’m not sure what else we could possibly say about Wessler and what he provides on the court. The big man just is such a mismatch and is one of the best skilled big men in his class nationally. His ability to protect the basket on defense can be such a nightmare for opponents but his skill set offensively is what separates him. Wessler’s ability to see the floor, make high IQ plays and passes, operate over either shoulder, and just his natural feel down in the post is exceptional.
2022 Richard Black III (Westminster Catawba): MJ Collins gets a lot of the attention for this team and deservingly so, but Black is another senior guard for this team that steps up as well. He can and has shown that he can fill it up offensively as well but today, he gave us a glimpse of how he can make plays in all areas of the floor. Scoring, helping on the boards, finding his teammates for easy baskets, and creating turnovers… Black really filled it up to help his team win.
2022 Cade Preston (Charlotte Christian): Preston really played well on Day 1, as the senior stepped up and made a strong presence down low in the paint, showcased great touch on his shot, finished at the rim, and ran the floor well to score the ball. He took high-percentage shots, eventually going 9-for-11 from the field for 19 points to lead the charge.
2023 Bryce Cash (Charlotte Christian): There has been a lot of talk around Cash and he showed why he is one of the stronger two-way players in the state. He can make an impact on both ends of the floor, creating steals (5 total in the win), blocking shots, and being a strong on-ball defender. Offensively, he continues to display a ton of athleticism to get to the basket but showed more of a complete game in finding his teammates as well, especially penetrating and kicking. Filled it up on Day 1 and can’t wait to watch him back in action on Day 2.
2022 Landon King (West Charlotte): King is one of the more underrated guards in the Charlotte area but he has been incredibly consistent over the last few months in showing has assertive and tough he can be as a scorer. King does a great job in creating for himself and battling through contact. He plays hard on both ends and plays with a chip on his shoulder.
2023 Sam Walters (Myers Park): Walters really stepped up on Day 1 with his play, as he competed on every possession and made those “winning” plays that don’t always show up in the scoresheet. He got after it defensively, he helped on the boards, he stepped out and knocked down some big threes, and just made those hustle plays leaving his body on the line. The young man really played hard to help his team secure the win.