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.