Top 33 from 2018 at the Phenom National HS Showcase

November 21st, 2017   •   No Comments   

In this Report:


Top 33 from 2018 – By Height

Flo Thamba, 6-11 220, C, 2018, Mountain Mission

Nathan Springs, 6-10 205, C, 2018, United Faith-Ohio U.Signee

Jack Hemphill, 6-9 225, C, 2018, Ravenscroft School

Heratio Carr, 6-9 190, BF, 2018, Legacy Charter

Ignas Brazdeikis, 6-8 215, F, 2018, Orangeville Prep-Michigan

Jairus Hamilton, 6-8 220, F, 2018, Cannon School

D’Marco Baucom, 6-7 240, C, 2018, Liberty Heights Academy,

Daniil Kasatkin, 6-7 190, SF, 2018, Mountain Mission Prep

KC Hankins, 6-7 190, F, 2018, United Faith Christian

Aaron Cash, 6-7 190, F, 2018, Word Of God Christian

Michael Wynn, 6-6 180, SF/2G, 2018, Liberty Heights-East Carolina

Vince Cole, 6-6 180, SF, 2018, York Prep

Jaylen Sims, 6-6 180, SF, 2018, United Faith Christian

Brett Swilling, 6-6 180, F, 2018, United Faith Christian

Johnny Newman, 6-5 185, SF, 2018, Greensboro Day-Clemson Signee

Jaron Williams, 6-5 180, SF, 2018, York Prep-Longwood Signee

Trey Wertz, 6-5 165, 2G, 2018, Providence Day-Santa Clara Signee

Alex Michael, 6-5 185, SF, 2018, Greensboro Day

Luguentz Dort, 6-4 230, SF, 2018, Athletes institute

Sharone Wright, 6-4 180, G/F, 2018, Legacy Charter-Wake Forest Signee

Sam Rautins, 6-3 175, 2G, 2018, Athlete Institute

Issac Suffren, 6-3 180, 2G, 2018, Providence Day

Josh Price, 6-3 175, 1G, 2018, Carmel Christian-Liberty Signee

Savion Dawkins, 6-3 175, 2G, 2018, York Prep

Will Dillard, 6-2 175, G, 2018, Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC-Georgia Southern

Zach Newkirk, 6-2 180, 1G, 2018, Word Of God Christian

Dawid Saczewski, 6-2 175, G, 2018, Mountain Mission

Chris Barnette, 6-1 175, 1G, 2018, Ravenscroft School

Dontrell Shuler, 6-1 175, 1G, 2018, Legacy Charter

Tripp Green, 6-1 170, G, 2018, Greensboro Day

Devon Dodson, 6-0 175, 1G, 2018, Providence Day-Kansas Signee

Malcolm Wade, 5-11 175, 1G, 2018, United Faith Christian

Rafael Jenkins, 5-11 160, 1G, 2018, United Faith Christian


November 21st, 2017   •   No Comments   

In this Report:


My Top 10 from 2018

Ignas Brazdeikis, 6-8 215, F, 2018, Orangeville Prep-Michigan Signee

Jairus Hamilton, 6-8 220, F, 2018, Cannon School

Johnny Newman, 6-5 185, SF, 2018, Greensboro Day

Luguentz Dort, 6-4 230, SF, 2018, Athletes institute

Flo Thamba, 6-11 220, C, 2018, Mountain Mission

Devon Dodson, 6-0 175, 1G, 2018, Providence Day-Kansas Signee

Michael Wynn, 6-6 180, SF/2G, 2018, Liberty Heights-East Carolina

Daniil Kasatkin, 6-7 190, SF, 2018, Mountain Mission

Vince Cole, 6-6 180, SF, 2018, York Prep

Sharone Wright, 6-4 180, G/F, 2018, Legacy Charter-Wake Forest Signee

Sam Rautins, 6-3 175, G, 2018, Athlete Institute


My “Top 10” from 2019

John Lecque, 6-4 180, G, 2019, Christ School

Joey Baker, 6-8 200, F, 2019, Trinity Christian-Duke Commit

Brandon Stone, 6-11 215, BF, 2019, Christ School

Greg Gantt, 6-8 205, F, 2019, Trinity Christian

Kobe Brown, 6-7 220, F, 2019, Lee HS

DJ Burns, 6-9 245, C, 2019, York Prep

Josh Nickelberry, 6-5 180, 2G, 2019, Northwood Temple

Dallaz Corbitt, 6-7 220, PF, 2019, Heritage Academy

Ben Hendriks, 6-10 215, C, Athletes institute

Larry “Jamal” King, 6-5 190, SF, 2019, Word Of God

The Rewards of Sports

October 23rd, 2017   •   No Comments   

The great things we experience in sports are a unique aspect of life that are indeed a privilege.
The rewards from sports come in many forms. Sure, for the greatest players, those rewards might include millions of dollars.
However the percent of those who are thus rewarded is very low.
Priceless rewards such as the people we meet, the experiences we share and in some cases the lifetime friendships we make, are immeasurable aspects of the world of sports.
Sports are not separate from life. They are a part of the life of those involved. The rewards are not always great financially and they seldom bring fame, but they are priceless.
Involvement in, or with sports can be tiring, but to me sports only resembles work in one way.
What you get out of it is determined by what you put into it.

Kappa Magic wins 16U State – 1997

October 3rd, 2017   •   No Comments   

The Kappa Magic 16U AAU team, based in Winston-Salem, won the 16U State Championship, twenty years ago. The team, organized by and coached by Mr. John Allen had won the, then coveted “AAU State Championship” in the Magic’s first year of existence.

The Kappa Magic organization competed for a number of years and won a National Championship, led by a guard by the name of CHRIS PAUL.

That Kappa team also featured Rayshawn Terry, Chris Gaynor and Roy Peake, as well as the big man Brandon Setzer & was coached by John Allen, Lacardo Means and Andre Gould.

For now, let’s go back to the Kappa Magic 1997 team, which like all of John’s Kappa teams, featured defense and teamwork.

Anthony Moore, a 6-6 forward and Rasheed Wright, a 6-4 wing, usually, led the way for the that team in the scoring column, but they were amply supported by the team’s other 12 members.

Kappa Magic, 16U  1997

Hargrave is Deep and Talented

September 26th, 2017   •   No Comments   

September 15th, 2017

Hargrave Military’s Prep Basketball is having “Open Gym” this month, to give college coaches an opportunity to observe this year’s team.

Lee Martin has taken over as head coach for the Tigers, succeeding Coach A.W. Hamilton. Coach Hamilton accepted a position as an assistant on the staff of Kevin Keatts at NC State. Keatts, who was named Head Coach of the Wolfpack last spring, is also a former head coach at Hargrave.

Here’s a few of the players that Coach Martin is counting on this year to help continue the winning tradition at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.

In addition to the young men pictured below, Coach Martin is counting heavily on: Jules Moor, Houston; Trey McGowens, Piedmont, SC; Myles Parker, Madison, AL; Collin Blanchard, Huntsville, AL; Chris McGraw, Columbus, OH; Cameron Norman, Culpepper, VA; Malik Morgan, White House, TN and Bryce Beamer, Tampa, FL.

D.J. Myers and Mo King are the returning veterans, while Conner Crabtree and Tavin Lovan lead a formidable new group in Chatham.










































Concord First Assembly Reloading

September 26th, 2017   •   No Comments   

Stephen Edoka

This year’s edition of the First Assembly Christian Eagles is gearing up for the coming season, with “open gym” play, as are other prospective teams around the state.

Stephen Odoka and Strah Rajic are set to lead Coach Frankie Cantadoria’s Eagles to an even better record than last year’s 22-11 run.

This year’s Eagles welcomes 6-8 sophomore, Cheick Traore from the Ivory Coast, as well as Victory Christian transfers, 6-6 Jimmy Leprovost and 5-11 Jalen Gool. Also, Bailey Benham is back, after a year in Florid

Strah Rajic

Jimmy Leprovost

Cheick Traore

Yanceyville Racers AAU Basketball 1983

September 5th, 2017   •   No Comments   

Yanceyville Racers lose tough pair in AAU Basketball Tourney.

I found this photo, among my many newspaper clippings from the early years of AAU Basketball in North Carolina.

Yanceyville Racers 1983

I’ll be doing similar things in the future, not only AAU, but from many areas of classic basketball.

Now here, is the rest of the story.

The Yanceyville Racers traveled to Charlotte for a 10:00 am contest in their first game in Pool Play in April of 1983.

It was the first year of Rod Seaford’s long run as the head of AAU basketball in North Carolina. There had been some AAU basketball in the state, prior to 1982, but there was no effort promote the organization, before Rod became the head of North Carolina’s AAU basketball.

As I said, it was Rod’s first year of being the head man in North Carolina AAU basketball, but it was his second year as a coach of the, then named, Charlotte Hornets. It was also my second year as coach of the Yanceyville Racers from my home county, Caswell, a rural county with 20-25,000 people in the entire county.

note: The Hornets became the Charlotte Royals, when the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets came into being.

This was 19U AAU basketball, which was where “it was at” in AAU basketball in those days. In those days high school seniors couldn’t sign a scholarship until April. There was no “early signing” period in November, as there is today, so college coaches were still recruiting seniors in an effort to sign them later that month.

As I said Caswell was and is a sparsely populated county of 20-25,000 people and as you may think, there wasn’t (still isn’t) a lot of corporate sponsorship. That’s why I set 6:30 as the time to gather, before departing on the two and a half hour ride to Charlotte, for that 10:00 game. You see, Winston-Salem went down on Friday & played Charlotte that night. They spent the night, while, again, we met at 6:30 for the two and a half ride to Charlotte for the 10 am game. Then, in our second game of the day, we played Charlotte, which had had spent the night in their own beds, in a 2:00 game.

I had ten players at the few practices we had and the guys I had chosen had meshed really well as a unit. I had the five starters from a pretty good Bartlett Yancey HS, where I was assistant coach and where I had played – “few” years earlier.

That five included 6-4 forwards, Nicky Foster, senior and Irvin Hughes, a junior, as well as 6-2 senior wing, Marshall Corbett, 6-0 senior shooting guard, Thomas Murphy, while the point guard was 6-2 senior Elbert Lownes.

I had chosen Danny Poole, from Orange County HS, in Hillsborough, to be part of this my second team. Danny was a 6-3, sky-walking dunk machine, with a huge motor. Three excellent players from Person County HS were also on the team, Bernard Torrain, Ricky Davis and Ronnie Pettiford, but sadly they didn’t make it the departure point that day. If they had been able to make it to the 6:30 departure time, things just might have turned out differently.

Torain, though only 6-4, was a beast, while Davis, only 5-11, could really shoot it, he was as fast as a field mouse and believe it not, he was a high flying dunk machine. Pettiford was a savvy combo guard, who really knew how to play.

William Blackwell, a 6-2 forward, who didn’t play school ball, became the 7th man, in the wake of the absence of the three young men from Person County.

What a great performance by the Yanceyville Racers on that Saturday, with losses to Winston-Salem, 112-106 and to Charlotte 114-111, despite being the only team, among the three, to play two games in one day.

When I say Winston-Salem, it was “the best” from Winston-Salem and when I say Charlotte, it was the best from Charlotte. There were no five teams from Winston and no 10 teams in Charlotte, Each of those teams were the only teams in their respective cities. There were less than ten teams in the “whole state”.

In the previous year, there were six teams in the whole state. There two teams from Charlotte, two teams from Winston-Salem, one from Raleigh and one from YANCEYVILLE.

I hope you enjoyed “the rest of the story”, with the the 1983 Yanceyville Racers

CP3 13U Wins National Championship

August 22nd, 2017   •   No Comments   

CP3 2022 National Champs

Back Row:  Caden Davis, Harrison Alexander, Christian Reeves, Shane Fernald, Jaden Bradley

Front Row:  Julius Reese, Caleb Foster, Aden Holloway, Jordan Marsh, Brandon Nelson


This team had it’s leaders, as all teams do, but this team is a champion because every player was ready to play selflessly when called upon. The team moved the ball and they played good team defense.

These players can forever say that they won a national championship. With continued work, many of these young men will very likely play high school basketball and some will receive scholarships to play at the college level.

The determining factor of the basketball futures of these young champions will be that which has brought them thus far. Good attitudes, hard work, focus and good teamwork.

Their individual achievements will depend upon a dedication to fundamentals, individual skill work and the desire to become a better player, while also keeping the attributes of playing selflessly, playing team basketball and playing good defense.

Congratulations to these young men, their coaches and the parents, all of whom contributed to the success of this unforgettable team.

The team was coached by Jeff Bishop and Nathan Bradley.

NBA All Star Chris Paul spoke to the team in Augusta, during the Peach Jam Tournament. Chris is giving each player a championship ring to commemorate their tremendous achievement.

I hope that these young men realize the dedication it will take to continue their success on the hardwood. I’ve seen Chris Paul play, since he was 13 years old. I can truthfully attest that he has been truly focused on being the best that he can be and that he continues to do so.

The goal of each of these young men should be to do the same. Not only in the realm of basketball, but when it comes to God, family, country and school.

1975 1ST-Team Converse All American Team-How many can you name?

August 12th, 2017   •   No Comments   

1975 Converse  All American Team

Give me their last names and the college that they attended. Two are NC natives and made his home.

1975 Converse A.A.

Top Row:  Junior, Luther, A.D, Leon, Kevin,

Bottom Row:  Lionel, That’s John?, Scott, Dave, DT

How many of the Ten are native North Carolinians?

Tie Breaker:  Name the Player below.

A couple of 17U AAU Rosters from 1991 State

August 12th, 2017   •   No Comments