From the Sidelines

NCISAA Cape Fear Academy vs.Gaston Day

Phenom Hoop Report traveled to Gastonia, North Carolina to cover the NCISAA 2A quarterfinal game between Cape Fear Academy and Gaston Day. The experienced and veteran Gaston Day led by the senior trio of Nate Hinton (Houston), Quan McCluney (College of Charleston) and unsigned senior MJ Armstrong was too much for the younger Cape Fear Academy. Gaston Day led start to finish and came away with an impressive 76-48 win. The win moves Gaston Day to 26-3 and they advance to the NCISAA state semi-finals. Now, let's take a look at the games' impact players.

6'4 '18 Nate Hinton (Gaston Day)

Last year, Nate Hinton was playing more at the 'off guard' position. Head coach Trent McCallister made the strategic decision and moved Hinton to the point guard position. It's not easy transiting to the point guard position going into one's senior season, however, Hinton passed the test with flying colors. Now, his game translates well to the University of Houston. Hinton scored 16 points and controlled the game with his decision making and ability to score off the dribble. Hinton has shot up the national rankings and rightfully so. That being said, Hinton is only scratching the surface on his long-range potential. While he has become a really good high school player, don't' be surprised he will even have more success at the collegiate level.

6'5 '18 Quan McCluney (Gaston Day)

The southpaw has definitely extended his perimeter game and his overall stock has increased as well. He has become an efficient and effective midrange jump shooter, not to mention his ability to hit 3-pointers with consistency. McCluney finished with 15 points What's even more important, McCluney scores within the framework of the offense and rarely hunts or tries to manufacture his own shot. He has a great understanding of the game and should become an impact player at the College of Charleston.

6'3 '18 MJ Armstrong (Gaston Day)

The unsigned senior has played equal to his teammates Nate Hinton and Quan McCluney. One thing is for certain, Armstrong can shoot the cover off the ball. He finished with a game-high 16 points. He has an excellent frame and athleticism to boot. Shooters translate and we expect Armstrong to gain traction and momentum on the recruiting front sooner rather than later.

6'5 '20 Ivan Misic

Ivan was the one offensive bright spot for the young Cape Fear Academy team. He can score effortlessly and has a really good understanding of the game. He finished with 20 points and showcased the ability to score from all three levels. In addition, Misic has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot. While he may not be overly athleticism, he is really crafty and does know how to play the game.

6'8 '19 Demilade Adelekun (Gaston Day)

What's not to like about a high academic 6'8 ever improving power forward/post player. Adelekun finished with 16 points, played aggressive defense and rebounded the ball with authority. What's even more impressive, Adelekun is finishing about the rim and increasing his athleticism. He is currently tracking as a solid mid-major prospect and has the kind of grades and academics that will warrant Ivy League recruitment.

6'8 '20 Georges Lefebvre (Cape Fear)

The best word to describe Georges Lefevbve is upside. He is blessed with excellent length, raw athleticism, and an aggressive mindset. What you see now is not the finished product, but it's easy to see Lefebvre has all the tools, physical attributes, and intangibles to be a legitimate D1 prospect. He finished with 11 points in the loss against Gaston Day.

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