By: Kevin Schneider @BigShotsNation

 

PHOTOS

Wilmington, NC – The 5th annual Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100 brings top talent throughout the Port City of Wilmington and surrounding regions. Past MVP’s consisted of Ricky Council II (Providence/UMBC), Brandon Childress (Wake Forest), Matt Elmore (UNCW), Jarren McCallister (Virginia Tech), Bryce Schneider (Richmond, El Ellis & many other college level players over the years. This year’s event was no different as many of NC’s top players and biggest sleepers took the court. NBA G-League Texas Legends head coach Bob McKinnon was the guest speaker at the event. Let’s take a look at the top 2022-24 performers and MVP’s:

Justin Monden 2022 5’3 PG
Justin was named 2022 MVP at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100. A quick, highly skilled point guard that stood out as the top performer in skills session offensively making reads to score at will whether off drive or jab/step back jumpers. Grasped the angles of defense philosophy and locked up players on the drive. Monden has a smooth stroke off the catch or dribble which carried over to games where he scored 11 points in game 2 and averaged 9 ppg for the camp. Love his upside and skills to go with it. Very coachable. Big Shots NC 2022 Watchlist

Reeves Cates 2024 5′ PG O’Neal NC Sandhills Warriors |
Reeves was one of the youngest athletes in the entire camp but was fearless in his approach. Named 2024 MVP at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100. He is a lefty lead guard good shooting stroke that is a two-way player. What stood out immediately was his defense especially wiwith ball pressure on the perimeter. Any time the ball was sent to the corner Reeves was all over it. Textbook body positioning and footwork. Created turnovers guarding the ball and trapping down the opposing big every time he posted up on the block. A high basketball IQ that led to an MVP performance at camp.

Mykah Frazier 2022 6’4 G NC Eastern Carolina Phenomz
Mykah was an offensive weapon at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100 where he earned 2022 All Stars honors. A multi-level scorer with length and size that knows how to play to his strengths using his frame and athleticism to make plays. He is poised with the ball makes the right reads in double teams and in full court situations. A top scorer in the Next division averaging 10 ppg. Big Shots NC 2022 Watchlist

Silas J Demary Jr 2022 5’7 CG East Millbrook Middle (NC) / WCBA |
An all star all year on the Big Shots Circuit with WCBA, Silas has a knack for showing out on the platform this time being an all star at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100. A versatile combo guard who attacks in transition creating mismatches with his size, speed and strength. A slippery drive game that finds himself making a living in the paint. Solid defender that guards multiple positions creating turnovers with his length and motor. Active player. Big Shots NC 2022 Watchlist.

Julian Richards 2022 5’9 F Havelock Middle NC Eastern Carolina Phenomz |
Julian has effective size and strength for his age. He is a fearless offensive player with a high basketball IQ that does a bulk of his damage off the drive. Well coached on the Eastern Carolina Phenomz how to use his frame to score and rebound. Also a tough defender that defends multiple positions. Averaged 9 ppg at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100 earning 2022 all star honors. Big Shots NC 2022 Watchlist

Jaison Williams 2023 5’4 PG New Bern Christian Academy (NC) /Flight 22 |
Love Jaison’s 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. Sees the floor. Big Shots 2023 MVP at Wilmington NC Top 100

Jeremy Aldrich 2022 5’4 PG Willistion Middle (NC)/ Team Wall |
Jeremy is a lefty shooter, stroked it in the skills sessions off the catch and jab step with proper form and footwork. He knows how to play, coach’s son dad Tiger asst at Brunswick CC. In games a catch and shoot guy you can’t leave open, 3pt specialist. Moves well without the ball, solid passer. Also produces in the classroom with all A’s. Named BIG SHOTS Wilmington NC Top 100 2022 All Star.


Makai Branch 2022 5’0 G Willinston Middle (NC) / Wilmington Waves |

Makai was the vocal leader on the floor. Love his energy and true point guard qualities that he brings to the court. Has a tight handle, understands the game and like good point guard do they get scorers involved and know how to make others around him better. Named Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 100 2022 All Star.

Valerian Bruce 2022 5’8′ G Sneed Middle (SC)/ Big Shots Elite SC |
Valerian is a long guard with tight handles. Count potentially become a forward if he continues to grow; however, he has a true PG mentality. Valerian went after rebounds on both ends, finished in the paint and set up his teammates. What was most impresive about Valerian was his command of the offense & his composure. He knew exactly when to push the ball in transition vs setting up halfcourt offense. He was the leader of his unit, displayed maturity beyond his years and a high basketball IQ. Named 2022 All Star ate Bi Shots Wilmington NC Top 100.


Zehren Hilton 2024 4’ 9’’ G Community House Middle School (NC) / Charlotte Dragons |

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 scoring 7 points in game 1. Very coachable and determined. Named Big Shots 2024 All Star at Wilmington NC Top 100.

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