By: Kevin Schneider Top 10: Big Shots Team Charlotte Live, Team CLT wins 17U-15U, Aaron Wiggins MVP
Charlotte, NC – Over 150 college coaches and ESPN’s National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi were on hand at Big Shots Team Charlotte Live as many of the Carolinas & surrounding regions top teams and players faced off.
Team Charlotte went for the sweep in Big Shots Charlotte ESPN Paul Biancardi back in May & did the same in similar fashion here for Big Shots Team CLT Live winning the 17U, 16U, 15U title respectively.
Top-60 talent Maryland commit Aaron Wiggins was named Slam 17U MVP and showed why he is amongst the elite shooting wings in the country. He is as efficient as they come and can do it in so many ways. 3 20-point outings for the Wiggins over the weekend.
TMP 2018 6’6 SG Aaron Nesmith has officially blown up. The sharp shooter had many high major head coaches in to see the hot prospect and he showed out in averaging 21 ppg. Nesmith and Wiggins were the top two overall performers in the tournament. Nesmith narrows his list to seven: South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Harvard, Yale.
Some of the Nation’s Elite Bigs faced off…
Top 100s Manny Bates of Team Felton vs Creighton commit Ian Steere was a heavyweight bout of length, athleticism & skill. Manny Bates is one of the hottest 2018 centers in country. Quick leaper that is a space eater with his length and can stretch the floor even shooting the 3. Many high major head coaches and assistants were in to see.
Team CLT Ian Steere soars through the lane on dives looking to punish you at the rim as one of most powerful finishers in the 2018 class. His wide frame and quick jump was on display at both ends of the floor all weekend. Great get for Blue Jays.
Top 100 Garner Road 6’8 PF Jimmy Nichols vs TMP 6’8 C Jake Lanford matched up South Carolina’s top 2 centers in 2018. Nichols the more finesse lefty that creates a mismatch with his skill set and ability to stretch the floor shooting. Lanford is a prototypical high level Big bruiser that is a fundamental power player and uses his strong frame and high basketball IQ to make plays with hooks and crashing the glass.
2018 Point guards Kody Shubert and El Ellis saw their recruiting take off with their play. As high major recruits Devon Dotson and Joey Baker were not there Shubert and Ellis took full advantage of the opportunity in showing not only their ability to score but run the team and control flow of the game. Both earned offers following the event.
Team CLT 2019 Myles Pierre again was clutch down the stretch continuously making game winning plays in leading his team to the title. Pierre holds several mid-high major offers and had those coaches courtside this weekend.
Team CLT 2020 was led by MVP Dedrick Givens, a high motor wing that competes at both ends, and the guard play of Jalen Hinton, Jordan McPhatter and Elijah Love to win the 15U title.
Garner Road advanced to the title game in the 17U-15U divisions. 2021 6’3 Carson McCorkle and 2020 6’8 Day’Ron Sharpe are high major Top 50 prospects. McCorkle explosive off the bounce scored 29 points in Round 1. Sharpe is North Carolina’s top big in 2020 with high major frame and high level fundamentals. The 2019 backcourt of DJ Horne, Shykiem Phillips and shooter Chase Forte consistently produced big numbers for the 16U Garner Road squad.
TMP 2019 6’7 PG Josiah James is a Top 60 national talent. The lefty point guard makes hard plays look easy in making the right read and play nearly every time. Plays at a pro-pace letting the game come to him. James impressed Paul Biancardi in the Spring earning an ESPN Top 60 ranking and continued that play in July with several high major coaches courtside watching. SC No. 1 2019 prospect.
Charlotte Dragons 2019 6’5 Paul Hudson
High Point Havoc 2018 6’3 Cameron Whiteside
Team Felton 2019 6’6 Greg Gantt
Team Wall 2019 6’0 PG DJ Robertson
Big Shots Elite NC 2019 6’2 PG Caleb Burgess,
Big Shots Elite NC 2019 6’2 Fletcher Abee
Big Shots Elite NC 2019 6’8 Javarzia Belton
Big Shots Elite WV led by MVP Brady Dingess and the backcourt of Clayton Thomas, Brenton Knapper and Austin Webb won the 14U division. Talented group that won 5 titles on the year finishing 26-4 and No. 3 nationally in the Big Shots Power Rankings
Shooters… Aaron Nesmith, Kaden Metheny, Fletcher Abee, Cameron Whiteside, Luke Thomas, Clayton Thomas, Patrick Dorsey, Logan Ammons, Dorian Groggs,
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