From the Sidelines
NCISAA 1A Semi-Final

Phenom Hoops traveled to Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to cover the NCISAA 1A semi-final game between Trinity Christian and United Faith. United Faith jumped out to a first-quarter lead behind the hot 3-point shooting of 6'6 senior Jaylen Sims (UNC-Wilmington) and 6'8 unsigned senior KC Hankton, however, the overall length of athleticism was simply too much to handle. While Trinity took charge in the second half, United Faith fought to the bitter end, showcasing tremendous pride and hustle. Now, let's take a closer look at the impact players.

The Big Three

6'8 '19 Greg Gantt (Trinity Christian)

Greg Gantt was simply sensational today against United Faith. The strong, athletic and hybrid forward was clicking on both ends of the court. He was scoring from all three levels. Gantt knocked down a 3-pointer, hit a few midrange jumpers and attacked the rim. He cobbled up rebounds, handled the ball in transition, and made nifty passes off the dribble. Gantt finished with a game-high 25 points and showcased a high-level game.

6'8 '19 Joey Baker (Trinity Christian)

The Duke commitment is as crafty as they come. He utilizes the head/pump fake and is really good off the one dribble pull up jumper, however, if he gets his feet set, he is an efficient 3-point shooter. Baker has a diverse game and the multiple talented wing forward just knows how to play the game. He may not be the most athletic player on the court, but one thing is for certain, this young man has an advanced skill set. Baker finished with 19 points and an overall excellent game.

6'7 '19 Au’diese'Toney (Trinity Christian)

This is his first year at Trinity Christian and may have played in the shallow of Gantt and Baker to some degree. With Toney, that doesn't matter. He is quietly making a name for himself on a national level and don't be surprised if Toney will be mentioned in the same breath as his teammates. We're talking about a strong, lengthy and athletic wing that can really handle the ball in transition. He has good court vision and makes timely passes, plus he is a monster on the boards on both ends of the court. Toney finished with 16 points and double-digit rebounds.

Silky Smooth


6'8 '18 KC Hankton (United Faith)

One thing is for certain, KC Hankton has a silky smooth and fluid game. The southpaw has outstanding range and finished with a team-high 24 points. He connected on three 3-pointers in the first half and was more aggressive in the second half finishing at or above the rim. More importantly, Hankton scores within the rhythm of the offense and has improved on his overall toughness in attacking the rim. What Hankton needs is strength, which will come easily at the next level.

The Complete Package


6'6 '18 Jaylen Sims (United Faith)

Jaylen Sims was terrific in the first half (15 points) and finished up with 20 points for the game. He connected on three early 3-pointers and was making plays for himself and his teammates. Sims can simply do it all. He can dribble, pass and shoot, in other words, Jaylen Sims has the complete package., The UNC-W signee should be an impact player for coach CB McGrath.

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