Final 4 Teams
1. Durham Academy (28-4)
2. Greensboro Day (31-4)
3. Cannon School (25-6)
4. Charlotte Latin (21-7)
Players to Watch
6’7 Toby Harris6’ Cole Sinclair
NC State Commit Cam Hayes
6’ Brock Williams – Elon, High Point
6’5” Bryce Harris – Elon, Howard, Stony Brook, Lafayette, etc…
6’4” Jarvis Moss – Buffalo, Samford, Houston Baptist, Rider, etc…
6’3” Jaden Bradley – Xavier, DePaul, Arizona St, Seton Hall, Maryland, Florida St, Texas Tech, etc…
6’6” DJ Nix – Washington St, Boston College, Charleston, etc…
7’ Christian Reeves
Holy Cross Commit Randy Johnson
Greensboro Day (2) vs. Cannon School (3)
I believe it is no surprise to say that most eyes throughout the state will be firmly planted on this game. The two played earlier in this season, as Cannon traveled to Greensboro Day to play in Phenom’s Gate City Showcase to come away with a 1-point loss on a Cam Hayes buzzer-beater. While that was heartbreaking, these two teams are as evenly matched as they come, with next-level talent strewn across the floor.
The key matchup to watch in this game will be at the point guard, as NC State signee Cam Hayes, a senior for Greensboro Day, will face off with the nation’s top-ranked point guard for 2022 in Jaden Bradley. Both players have great size and length and both play an incredibly poised brand of basketball.
Since UVa signee Carson McCorkle’s season-ending injury, junior Brock Williams has really stepped to the forefront, showcasing his ability as a ball hawk on defense, really proving to be the catalyst for what makes this team go. Speaking of defense is the ultimate tough guy Bryce Harris, who has had to man the post position a lot this year. He guards across the floor and really thrives with the dirty work. Add in the contributions of Whit Trevy and Cason Pierce along with the health of Christian Bailey and this GDS team is peaking at the right time.
A look across the scorer’s table to Cannon School and you have DJ Nix, a sophomore wing, who has really stepped up his scoring output and confidence this season, finishing on all three levels. Jarvis Moss is a noted marksman, really feeding off the vision of a high-IQ, paint touch point guard like Jaden Bradley. Moss has a quick, high release to go with a very soft touch and range, a perfect recipe to b able to knock in 5-10 threes in a game if he gets rolling. The frontcourt duo with 6’7” junior Elijah Ormiston and 7’0” sophomore Christian Reeves gives Cannon a clear height advantage when Coach Che Roth has the duo on the floor together.
Looking across both lineups, this will be a great rematch, as we mentioned before, one that many have earmarked to pay attention to. We know we at Phenom Hoops will be planted front and center, watching
Phenom’s Experts Picks
Patrick O’Brien – Cannon School
Jamie Shaw – Greensboro Day
Rick Lewis – Greensboro Day
Jeff Bendel – Cannon School
Durham Academy (1) vs. Charlotte Latin (4)
As we can see with these seedings, the 4A brackets went chalk, as expected. Both Durham Academy and Charlotte Latin received two-round byes to start and then breezed through their third-round matchups. Durham Academy defeated Providence 70-41 and Charlotte Latin topped Christ School 71-58.
Both of these teams are well-coached, methodical, can really shoot it and the players buy in. While the rosters may not be as talent-laden as the previously talked about the game, these teams are certainly not void of talent. Durham Academy finished their Conference undefeated and, even after losing 5-star MJ Rice to a knee injury, they have not lost a game in the 2020 calendar year. They are led by their junior duo of 6’0” Cole Sinclair and 6’7” Toby Harris. Sinclair, averaging 16.5 points per game, is a noted 3-point marksman as he has knocked in 96 so far this season, at a 46% clip. Harris is a long-armed, wing, who is able to do a lot of things on the floor. Like Sinclair, Harris is shooting over 40% from 3 (44% on 82 makes) while averaging 12 points and 5.5 boards per game. Look for both Sinclair and Harris to really catch the eye of college coaches from this point through the summer.
Also for Durham Academy watch for sophomore point guard Nik Graves (5.5 assists) and junior wing Brent Randleman (9.5 points) to be the x-factors here, you cannot lose sight of either as they both are capable of taking over halves of games.
For Charlotte Latin their play is centered around Randy Johnson, a Holy Cross signee. Johnson is a paint touch lead guard who is able to finish at the rim, but also get the ball moving to find open teammates as the defense is scrambling to recover. Junior guard Graham Calton has been leading the team in scoring, he has been on a tear since the turn of the year, going over 30 some and mostly staying over/around 20 points. You have some brute strength on the front line with Bennett Smith, a 6’6” senior who has multiple football offers, and 6’5” senior Grayson Clements. This team is experienced and very well-coached, they will not make mistakes to hurt themselves. Also watch for 6’1” junior Chase Montgomery who went for 11 in the team’s quarterfinals win.
For basketball purists, this game will be a dream. The ball movement and fundamentals will be off the charts, with shooting, team defense and boxing out all over the floor. While it may not have the headline power that the other game has, this game will feature a lot of talent, some maybe even under the radar.
Phenom’s Experts Opinions
Patrick O’Brien – Durham Academy
Jamie Shaw – Durham Academy
Rick Lewis – Charlotte Latin
Jeff Bendel – Durham Academy