In the final game of the 2020 City of Oaks Classic, the Louisburg Warriors took on the North Raleigh Christian Knights. The Warriors trailed for much of the game but they bounced back thanks to 40 points from 2021 guard Elijah Jamison. Jamison put up 25 of his 40 points in the second half to boost the Warriors to a 65-57 victory. He shot 15-of-23 from the field while also snagging 13 rebounds. He's a top prospect in North Carolina's 2021 class with offers already from a number of Division I programs.
The Village Christian Knights didn't get a victory over the Durham Academy Cavaliers, falling 67-62 in overtime, but it wasn't due to the lack of effort from lead guard Zavian McLean. McLean finished the game with 33 points, 18 of them coming on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 shooting from the 3-point arc. He opened the game efficiently to give the Knights a 28-25 lead at the break. After halftime, he still managed to score 15 points while missing a few key shots down the stretch. He still managed to finish shooting 14-of-21 from the field with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He's a solid get for Columbia University.
The Piedmont Classical Bobcats shook off a slow start thanks to the play of 2021 guard Jamarii Thomas. He posted 26 points, seven steals, two rebounds and an assist in their 63-53 victory over Holly Springs in the opening game of the City of Oaks Classic. Thomas showed poise on both ends when his team needed him in the early going. He had 12 early points along with four steals in the first half. As he learns to find easy buckets for his teammates, he'll become a more complete guard and more appealing to coaches at the next level. He holds offers from Mars Hill, Catawba and Lees-McRae already.
It took some timely shots from 2021 guard Cole Sinclair for the Durham Academy Cavaliers to secure a 67-62 victory over Village Christian in overtime. Sinclair finished the game with 24 points with three made 3-pointers, showing off his ability to create off the dribble and off the catch. He also entrusted in guys like Nik Graves and Toby Harris to make some big plays in the extra frame. At 19-4 and without M.J. Rice, the Cavaliers are set to prove a lot of folks wrong with Sinclair leading the charge.
The South Granville Vikings and Leesville Road Pride played a heck of a game with the Vikings backcourt featuring 2021 top prospect Bobby Pettiford Jr.. Pettiford led the way for South Granville with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 64-56 victory. He controlled the pace well and showed off his ability to get downhill and get to the rim with purpose. After the event, he earned an offer from East Carolina. He'll also be on an unofficial visit next weekend to Virginia Tech.
2021 point guard Carter Whitt was the other featured prospect in Leesville Road's matchup against South Granville. Whitt showed off his skills as a combo guard with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. He's an unselfish guard that is crafty with the ball in his hands and sets up teammates well for easy scores. He's a high-major prospect that always plays at a high level no matter who is in front of him.
Kaleb Scott put together another double-double performance for the Holly Springs Golden Hawks despite their loss to the Piedmont Classical Bobcats. Good things happened when Scott touched the ball most of the time for the Golden Hawks. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, a block and a steal despite the result for Holly Springs. He'll be a solid addition in the frontcourt next season at Georgia State.
Micah Jones was another top performer for the South Granville Vikings in their 64-56 win over Leesville Road. Jones went for 19 points on three made 3-pointers along with three rebounds and an assist in the South Granville backcourt. He also made four shots from inside the arc, showing that he can get to the rim off the dribble when given opportunities as well. He's an unsigned senior to watch in the Vikings rotation.
Durham Academy wing Toby Harris only put up 14 points in the Cavaliers overtime victory but his baskets came in timely moments. He made his last 3-pointer to put Durham Academy up for good, 64-62 with just seconds remaining in the game. He also came up with the final stop on the final possession to seal the win. He's slowly developing into a versatile threat on both ends for the Cavaliers.
6-foot-9 forward Dante Kiesenhofer is another player in the Holly Springs frontcourt that posted a double-double despite the loss. Kiesenhofer put together 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks for the Golden Hawks, showing flashes of his potential as a threat in the paint and on the perimeter. As he learns how to make an impact on every play, he'll be a forward to watch in North Carolina's junior class.
Massanutten Military Academy forward Tyson Brown had a strong game against Huntington Prep's Regional club in an 80-54 victory. Brown put on a show in the final game of the 2020 Chance Harman Classic, with 40 points on 19-of-25 shooting and 1-of-1 shooting from 3 to go along with 14 rebounds and two steals in a big win over Huntington Prep's Regional squad. He's an active force on the hardwood with his ability to attack the rim and run the wing at 6-foot-9. He holds offers from Holy Cross, Robert Morris, Fairfield and Towson while generating interest from some other Division I programs.
The NW Guilford Vikings got a much better performance from Rutgers commit Dean Reiber in their 77-75 over Northside on Day 2 of the Chance Harman Classic. Reiber put up yet another double-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, with 18 of his 27 points coming in the second half. He took control of the paint down the stretch, going 10-of-13 from inside the arc as NW Guilford got a victory on the second day.
The Northside Vikings got a big outing from 2020 guard Jordan Wooden in their backcourt. The versatile wing posted 27 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive) and three assists in Northside's two-point loss. Wooden had a strong performance down the stretch for Northside to keep things close against their North Carolina opponent. He made three 3-pointers and stayed active in the paint throughout the game. His double-double showed he's finding consistency with making an impact when he's on the hardwood.
2021 combo guard Mike Gray had a much stronger performance for the Blue Ridge School as they got a 68-34 win over Victory Rock Prep (FL). Gray showed off his efficiency as a scorer and distributor on Day 2 of the Chance Harman Classic with 20 points and seven assists on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. He shot 3-of-5 from 3-point land and also snagged two steals in the victory, showing his prowess as an on-ball defender on the opposite end. Gray holds offers from Cincinnati, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, James Madison and Hampton.
Christopher Newport University has quite the commit in 2020 forward Parker Huffman. Huffman finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Cave Spring Knights in their 64-47 win over the Blacksburg Bruins on Day 2 of the Chance Harman Classic. He showed off his skill set as a midrange shooter and rim-runner in the Knights victory. He'll be a solid addition for CNU at the next level.
2023 forward Brock Vice was another one of those young prospects that had a standout performance in the 2020 Chance Harman Classic. Vice posted 25 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks off the bench for the Bruins despite their 17-point loss. He's a 6-foot-10 stretch forward prospect with tons of potential all over the floor. He'll be an interesting player to watch develop in the New River Valley.
2022 guard James Wilkins III had solid game in the backcourt for the Calvary Day School Cougars. He produced 17 points and seven assists, including the game-winning layup as time expired to give his team a 71-69 victory. Wilkins and company came out a bit flat in the second half, but they maintained their composure on the final possession of the game to give themselves a two-point victory. He's a crafty point guard prospect to keep an eye on in North Carolina's 2022 class.
Manrique Alvarado is an unsigned senior in North Carolina's 2020 class with some talent in his game at Freedom Christian Academy. Alvarado put together a stat line of 11 points and 11 rebounds in Freedom Christian's 62-44 victory over Cape Henry Collegiate. He uses his speed and quickness well at 5-foot-11 to maneuver through the defense and make things happen when the ball touches his hands.
2021 forward Javon Floyd's 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks were another big factor in Calvary Day School's win over Roanoke Catholic. Floyd was another key cog for the Cougars in their victory with his play in the frontcourt. He came up with three key blocks before it was all said and done. He uses his length well at 6-foot-7 and is the most effective when protecting the rim.
The Roanoke Catholic trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but they never gave up while led by 2022 guard Jack Faulkner. Faulkner finished with 17 points, five rebounds and two steals in their 71-69 loss to Calvary Day School. He made 4-of-7 3-point attempts, showing off his ability to create beyond the perimeter. He'll be a young floor general guard to keep eyes on as the seasons progress.