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Charlotte Hoops Challenge: Top 10 Performers

By Big Shots Nation, 12/05/19, 1:30PM EST


Take a look at the Top 10 performers from the Charlotte Hoops Challenge.

1. Jaden Bradley, Cannon School

2022 point guard Jaden Bradley been on a show at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge across both days. In the feature game of the night on Friday, he scored the game-winning 3-pointer against Combine Academy in overtime to boost Cannon School to a 75-74 victory. On Saturday night, he put up the first triple-double in Charlotte Hoops Challenge history in a 78-72 victory over Ardrey Kell.

Bradley was impressive as ever as he put together 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals against Combine Academy and 21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals against Ardrey Kell as his squad went 2-0 on the weekend. He's a high-major target already for many D1 programs with his ability to fill up the stat sheet and make those around him better. He'll be one to watch for the next few seasons alongside 2022 forward D.J. Nix and 2021 wing Jarvis Moss.

2. Luke Stankavage, Ardrey Kell

Senior guard Luke Stankavage was unstoppable until the very end for the Ardrey Kell Knights in their lone appearance of the Charlotte Hoops Challenge in the Saturday feature game of the night. He put up 38 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the 3-point line while also snagging five rebounds and dishing out three assists. Stankavage saw a big basket early in the game and never let up as he finished with a game-high in the scoring department. A few more makes and things could have gone his team's way in the end. 

3. D.J. Nix, Cannon School

2022 hybrid forward D.J. Nix was another player off Cannon School who was impressive in the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. In their first game against Combine Academy, he put up 26 points (10-of-16 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-pt range) and seven rebounds in their overtime victory. In the second game of the challenge, he was impressive working out of the pick-and-roll and in the open floor. He finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from deep against Ardrey Kell. He's another sophomore prospect that's shown promise on this squad with his ability to make plays with and without the ball in his hands. He already holds offers from Boston College, College of Charleston and Houston Baptist.

4. Garrett Hien, Concord First Assembly

Garrett Hien put on an impressive performance against Independence High School on his way to Player of the Game honors in a 68-64 victory. Hien put up 22 points, five rebounds and two steals to lead the way for the Eagles on offense. He had a number of big shots and dunks that kept his team energized and opponents on their toes. He'll be a player that Furman University will be lucky to have next year with his ability to play free and make plays with the ball in his hands.

5.  JaDun Michael, The Burlington School

The Burlington School and United Faith Christian Academy game was another close one in what was an entertaining lineup of games in the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. In the end, the Spartans came up with a 69-68 in double overtime thanks to the strong play 2020 wing JaDun Michael.

Michael came up big in his team's clutch moments and he finished with 22 points and four assists, including the game-winning layup with a few seconds left in overtime. When his team needed things to happen, he came up big. In regulation, he dished the final assist to 2020 guard Jackeem Herbin, who knocked down a 3-pointer to tie things up at 55. With his team down 67-68 and time winding down, he took the ball to the bucket and finished in the paint to put them up for good 69-68. He'll be a fun player to watch on both ends at Wichita State next season.

6. C.J. Huntley, Davidson Day

The Davidson Day Patriots won the Buckets Brand Championship in its inaugural game over Victory Christian with a 53-41 win. App State commit C.J. Huntley had a strong and efficient day and in the paint, going 7-of-11 from the field while snagging five rebounds, three assists and a block for the Patriots in their championship victory. He showed off his length in a defensive battle for both squads. 

7. A.J. Smith, Hickory Grove

Hickory Grove Christian guard A.J. Smith came into the game as one of the top prospects in North Carolina's 2021 class. He put on a show with his ability to operate off the dribble and finish in the paint, producing 28 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive). He shot at volume from the field, going 9-of-25 when it was all said and done. Smith made 10-of-12 free throws but he shot 0-for-6 from 3-point range. His shot just wasn't falling from 3-point range, which ultimately helped the final result.

8. R.J. Johnson, Charlotte Latin

2020 point guard R.J. Johnson was another two-day player that had two big performances on both days in this year's Charlotte Hoops Challenge. He scored 27 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point land and 10-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line in Charlotte Latin's 63-52 win on Friday over South Mecklenburg. He also produced seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

On Saturday, he put up 30 points (17-of-22 from free-throw line) and dished out another seven assists in a win over Hickory Grove Christian to take home Player of the Game honors. He's an underrated guard at 6-foot with a nice blend of strength and length that allows him to create off the dribble and get to the free-throw line at a good rate. He'll be one to watch this season at Charlotte Latin.

9. Isaac Boothe, Concord First Assembly

2020 point guard Isaac Boothe is another player off the Concord First Assembly that had a strong game in a variety of ways. Boothe was methodical at the point guard position for Concord First Assembly with his ability to navigate the defense while keeping a solid handle on the ball. 

He put up 16 points and three assists on 5-of-10 shooting from the field in his team's win over Independence High School. He's another under-the-radar guy that should be fun to watch at Concord First Assembly.

10. Kevin Kullick, Charlotte Catholic

2020 forward Kevin Kullick turned heads at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge for Charlotte Catholic. Kullick played his role well, coming in off the bench and putting up 23 points 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He pulled down five rebounds with four coming on the offensive glass. He showed a nice feel for the game in the halfcourt and used his size well at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds.