Wilmington, NC – In the 5th annual Big Shots Wilmington, North Carolina Top 150, many of North Carolina’s top talent took center stage. In years’ past MVP’s have included Quate McKenzie, Ricky Council II, Brandon Childress and Ricky Council IV. 2023 Jai Williams scores 33 points and was the MVP of the Next Division. Let’s check out the top performers in the 2023-24 class at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150.
BIG SHOTS WILMINGTON 2023-2024 All Stars
2023 MVP: Jai Williams 2023 5’10 G New Bern Christian Academy NC Flight 22
2024 MVP: Zehren Hilton 2024 5’0 PG Community House Middle School NC
Bryson Cokley 2023 6’ G Central Middle School NC Flight 22
Reese Loughlin 2023 5’9” G Holly Shelter NC Flight 22
Joseph Bachman 2023 6’1 G St, Marks Catholic NC Flight 22
Antwan Thorne 2023 5’10 SF Murray Middle School NC Wbc Elite 14u
Noah Cutler 2023 5’8 PG Myrtle Beach Christian SC Big Shots Elite SC 2023
Isaiah Bromelle 2023 5’6” G Swansboro Middle School NC Flight 22
Landon Johnson 2023 6’4 F Calvary Day NC PSB-Winston Salem
William Brimmer 2023 6’1 SF Grover Fields NC Big Shots Elite NC/Eastern Carolina Phenomz
Jai Williams 5’10 G New Bern Christian Academy (NC)/Flight 22 | The show was his at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150 as the Next MVP poured in a camp high 33 points hitting six 3-fgs. Jai is a smooth lefty point guard possessing the ‘it’ factor that can fill it up scoring and distribute the rock with the best of them at the PG spot in North Carolina’s 2023 class. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150, Jai was named 1st Team All Star averaging 11 ppg hitting 3 3’s in each game. It was so much scoring as it was his pace and court savviness that stood out at the Raleigh camp. A coach’s son that always brings the energy, confidence and natural point guard skills. He’s a joy to have at camp as he is very coachable and picks up on teachings quickly carrying them over to games. Quick first step, slides feet defensively, pushes tempo in the break leading to easy layups for him or teammates. He sprays the court in the break seeing the floor. A 2-time MVP at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150 in 2017 and 2018. Big Shots NC 2023 Watchlist.
Zehren Hilton 2024 5’0 PG Community House Middle School (NC) | When the ball goes up Zehren has consistently shown he can put the ball in the hole. At Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150 Hilton earned 2024 MVP honors by averaging 16 ppg. He took the game over for his team scoring 20 points in game 2 including four 3 fgs. Zehren is a composed point guard that plays with confidence. Competes at both ends of the floor. Plays with a high motor getting after loose balls, runs his lane leading to easy layups. Quick with the ball, fearless on offense able to score at all 3-levels. Very coachable and determined. Named Big Shots 2024 All Star at Wilmington NC Top 150 in 2017. Uses his quicks and high basketball IQ to make plays. He has tight handle, quick feet and the ability to get into the paint scoring on floaters. He’s crafty when finishing around defenders and can knock down the three or pull up off the catch or dribble. Now a 3-time all star in SE Top 150, WV Top 150 and Wilmington NC Top 150. Big Shots NC 2024 Watchlist. @zehrenhilton
William Brimmer 6’1 F Grover C Fields (NC)/Big Shots Elite NC | As usual William Brimmer is bringing the energy and the numbers follow. High motor hybrid forward that produces big numbers. At Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150 Brimmer averaged 15.5 ppg earning all star honors. The last two seasons Brimmer has been a consistent all star performer. Active defender that leads the break off a rebound to convert a layup or an assist at the other end. A double-double guy that uses his athleticism and length to create a mismatch inside-out. Impressed with his ability to continue to stretch his jumper to shoot efficiently from 3 and not just rely on his inside game. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 William scored 18 points in game 1 en route to to averaging 14 ppg for the camp. He is a high percentage shooter in the paint scoring on putbacks, dump offs and drives. Big Shots NC 2023 Watchlist.
Bryson Cokley 6’2 G Central Middle School (NC)/Flight 22 | Bryson was the 2023 breakout performer at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 and the skill set was on display once again at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. A smooth shooting wing from Whiteville that has all the intangibles of shooting, size, length and inside-out game similar to that of a former Whiteville star Shaun Kirk (NC State-UNC Pembroke). At camp he scored 15 points in game two to average 13 ppg scoring at all 3-levels coming off screens or on the drive. His stroke was noticeable in the skill session and attracted the interest of many scouts on hand early in the day. Cokley has a pure jumper with range and big hands and feet that show he’s got more growth to add to his frame. Be sure to keep an eye on this lengthy shooter with upside as he continues to develop coming up the ranks. Big Shots NC 2023 Watchlist.
Isaiah Bromelle 5’6 G Swansboro Middle School (NC)/Flight 22 | Isaiah is a lefty two-way guard that can score it with speed and touch around the rim. At Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150 he scored 15 points hitting three 3-fgs in game 2. Bromelle efficiently scored 14 points in consecutive games at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150. Smooth stroke from 3, hit the mid-range pull up and did majority of his damage inside the paint on floaters and runners. Teaming up with Jai Williams in the backcourt for Flight 22, Isaiah was relentless off the dribble at attacking his defender to create for himself and teammates. Named 2023 All Star at Big Shots Raleigh NC and Wilmington NC Top 150.
Reese Loughlin 5’9 G Holly Shelter Middle School (NC)/Flight 22 | Shooters shoot and Reese can fill it up. He had the hot hand in game 2 finishing with 13 at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. Noticeably in the skill session Reese had a pure release as he made a run at the 3-point shootout title. Balanced form, good follow through, can’t leave open on the perimeter. He knows how to play and move without the ball to free himself up. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 he had the hot hand from 3 but proved he’s not just a sharpshooting as he mixed it up inside on drives showing his touch at the rim. He averaged 12 ppg scoring 14 points in game 1 followed by 10 points in game 2. Named 2023 2nd Team All Star at Big Shots Raleigh NC & Wilmington NC Top 150 and joins NC 2023 Watchlist.
Noah Cutler 2023 5’8 PG Myrtle Beach Christian Academy (SC)/ Big Shots Elite SC 2023 | Cutler puts the time in and the results show on the floor. Coming off an MVP showing at Big Shots SC Top 150, Baby Birdman was back for more at Wilmington and his handle and court vision shined again. Cutler is one of the best ball handlers in the 2023 class. Known nation-wide for his handles with Stephen Curry and music videos with The Professor, Noah is a baller that is a joy to watch. At Big Shots SC Top 150 Noah was named MVP where he averaged 14 ppg setting up his teammates with a dime or scoring with his left or right on drives. Plays with a high basketball IQ, dazzles with the ball, a pure jumper from mid-range and from deep with the ability to finish with his left and right at a high rate. High assist-to-turnover ratio. BIG SHOTS SC 2023 Watchlist that starred for Big Shots Elite SC 2023 all season.
Joseph Bachman 2023 6’2 W St, Marks Catholic School (NC)/ Flight 22 | Joseph competed with energy at both ends of the floor and earned 2023 all star honors at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. An inside-out wing that can play and defend multiple positions. He averaged 15 ppg at camp with a game high 17 points in game 1. Scored on face up jumpers and rip throughs to the basket. Used his speed to beat bigs down the floor scoring in the break. Loved how he hit the glass at both ends, coming up with loose balls for his team.
Landon Johnson 2023 6’4 F Calvary Day(NC)/ PSB-Winston Salem | The stroke was evident in the skill session as Landon was the breakout performer at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. Standing at 6’4 Landon showed a jumper with smooth release, range and footwork to go with it. At that age the intangibles are there for him to blossom into a good one. He scored a high of 9 points in game 1. With his ability to stretch the floor he creates a mismatch and go by slower 4-men. Named 2023 Big Shots All Star at Wilmington NC Top 150.
Antwan Thorne 2023 5’10 SF Murray Middle School (NC)/WBC Elite | A defensive shutdown wing that turned defense into offense at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. Thorne scored 11 points in game 1 getting out in transition and finishing at the rim. A quick first step can get by offensively. Defensively he slides his feet and gets into the passing lanes.
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