It was great to get back on the court for the start of the Hoop State Fall League, giving us at Phenom Hoops a chance to view teams early on and check out what programs will be bringing to the court this season. One team that should have everyone’s attention this year will be West Charlotte after the year they had.
West Charlotte lost some key guys from last year but when we watched their group in action at Cox Mill, one will notice that the guard play they will be bringing to the table should be fun to watch this year. At the time, they were missing some of their bigs like Donovan Raymond and Mohammed Kone; however, the guard play took over in Week 1 at the Fall league, as this is a group that runs deep and West Charlotte will have a few new weapons as well.
When diving into the team, you first have to look at 2025 6’3 Chadlyn Traylor, who has gotten bigger and stronger while also showing just how poised he can be on the court. Traylor did a great job in reading the floor, making the right decision, creating for himself, getting around defenders, knocking down shots from deep, and being a playmaker for his teammates. Then we got to check out 6’1 2023 Ollie Alford, who we recently wrote about mentioning his defensive presence, his ability to make plays and be a leader on the court while also being an effective scorer.
They also have guards like 2023 Damarris Day and 2024 Damani Day, with Damarris showing his ability to find teammates and make unselfish plays on the court while Damani was knocking down shots from the perimeter in Week 1.
Lastly, that doesn’t mention the future of the program in 2026 6’4 Markus Kerr, who is a long prospect who is already showing his ability to be an offensive threat, displaying good athleticism in finishing, creating and knocking down outside shots, and one that plays with extreme confidence already.
These are just a few names that captured our eyes on the court, with other names also filling out the depth at the guard position. But this looks like a team that will only continue to be a strong presence in North Carolina, so continue to watch out for the guard play from West Charlotte.