The Queen City Middle School Showcase brings a fantastic event to the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, giving families, friends, and fans a chance to see the next upcoming talent around the area.   

Every year, players and teams showcase their abilities in front of hundreds of fans and scouts with Phenom Hoops.  It is also a chance to learn early and gain national exposure at an early age, as highlights, social media posts, write-ups and photos will all be part of this great event. 

Phenom Hoop Report does believe in providing a great platform for teams, which is why we want to provide a little team preview heading into the event. 

Team Loaded NC 2023

Here are players to watch for at the Queen City Middle School Showcase on February 23-24.

CALLUM RICHARD, 6-8, C, GASTON DAY: Richard has the potential to be high major. His brother is a 6-11 senior at Belmont Abbey. We expect Callum to be at least as tall. He’s taller than his brother at the same age. He’s new to D1 competitive ball but has a unique ability to seal defenders that we have not seen in our younger kids. He has good hands, great timing and is a much better athlete than you might think. To quote Michael Jordan, the ceiling is the roof with this one.

TREY HORTON, 6-2, DAVIDSON DAY: Moved up to varsity as an 8th grader, Horton has a lineage. His dad played in the SoCon for Bob McKillop at Davidson. His grandfather was Metro player of the year in DC. Horton is like a biddy ball version of Klay Thompson, a knock down shooter who doesn’t take a lot of dribbles to get it done. A big guard with a big body (doctors are predicting 6-8; Dad is 6-7), Horton will definitely be, as coach Rick says, a ’Sim Card’ dude. Horton turned 14 in January.

BRYCE CASH, 6-3, CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN: Cash has played PF most of his life because he was bigger than everyone else. We’re converting him to a combo guard and he’s making a great change. He led his middle school team to a 23-0 record (along with Team Loaded teammate Cade Nicholson) and Christian won the NBA Jr League city championship during NBA All-Star weekend. Cash is a downhill guard with a solid handle and great vision. Cash turns 14 in July.

TJ HARDY, 6-0, HOME SCHOOLED: Hardy started on varsity last year at Northside Christian in some games. A uber-polished point guard with a big body, Hardy is the team’s best defender and is probably one of the best in the area. His outside shot is improving rapidly and his basketball IQ is through the roof. Ready right now for the high school game.

Also: In Cole Callaway (5-8, Davidson Day) and Khamani Wertz (5-6, Providence Day) we have two of the region’s top shooters. Christian Foy, who won’t be 14 until July, is already 6-4 . New to D1 ball, he’s going to be very good as he grows into those long lanky arms and legs.