Mecklenburg County 1A, Charter, Private school capsules
Coach: Jay Forsythe (1st Year)
Returning Starters: Nick Isaac, 6-2, G, Jr;.Brian Battle, 6-4, P, Sr.; Josiah Harper, 5-9, G, Jr.; Dan Thompson, 6-3, G, Jr.
Key Newcomers: AJ Gallagher, 6-3, P, 8th; John Henry, 6-3, P, 8th; Mac Brydon, 6-6, P, Fr.
Coach: Shonn Brown
2011-12 Record: 24-8, 8-0 (CISAA Champs)
Top returnees: Patrick Rooks, SG, SR. 14.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 37 percent 3 pt. (All CISAA); Matthew Fisher-Davis, G, Jr. 11.6 ppg, 3 rpg, 38 percent 3 pt. (All CISAA); Chandler Goodson, F, Sr., 2.3 ppg, 3 rpg; Trey Phills, G, Soph. 4.8 ppg, 2 rpg.
CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY
Coach: Dwayne Cherry (24-27)
2011-12 Record: 11-15
Returning Starters: Matthew Spears, 5-11, PG/G, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 6.4 apg; Defensive Player of the Year.
Notes: Spears being recruited by several D-II schools.
Coach: Chris Berger (43-35)
2011-12 Record: 17-10
Returning Starters: Joe Baynard, 6-2, G, Jr., 8.9 ppg, 5.6 apg, 4.4 rpg; Adam Herrmann, 5-10, G, Sr., 13.5 ppg, 4.2 apg , 42 percent 3 pt. (All-CISAA); Jacob Nabatoff, 6-8, F, Sr., 8.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg., 46 percent FG; Rusty Reigel, 6-2, G, Jr., 12.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 49 percent FG (All-CISAA).
Key Newcomers: Eddie Goode, 6-2, G, Junior; David Herrmann, 5-8, G, Soph.; Parker Julian, 65, F, Freshman.
Notes: All-Conference guard Adam Herrmann is back at full strength after undergoing shoulder surgery this summer. The only starter not returning this season for the Hawks is Matt Tome, who is playing college basketball at Sewanee.
CHARLOTTE UNITED CHRISTIAN
Coach: Mitchell Baldwin (0-0, 1st year)
2011-12 Record: NA
Returning Starters: David Warren, 6-1, Jr, G; Alex Noto, 6-1, Jr., G
Key Newcomers: Stefan Kostic, 6-1, Jr., G; Jordan Hines, 6-3, Jr., F; Fred Smith III, 6-1, Fr, F
Notes: Baldwin is a former Charlotte 49ers basketball player...Kostic moved to Charlotte from Serbia to play basketball
Coach: Wade Tapp (1st Year)
2011-12 Record: 11-18
Returning Starters: David Airing (18 ppg 6 rebounds 64, Wing, Senior, crossed 1000 pt. mark last season); Ben Hawks (8 ppg 2assists 62 PG, Senior (Captain)); Drew Pierce (5ppg 64 Senior (Captain)); Ethan Vandevelde (6ppg 510 Senior).
Key Newcomers: Justus Melton (66 transfer from East Meck).
Coach: Joel Justus (1st Year at Davidson Day 35-48 career)
2011-12 Record: 31-4
Key Returnees: Justin Jordan 6-3, G, Sr.; Kenny Hairston 6-0, G, So.; Johnny McLean 6-1, G, Jr.
Key Newcomers: Jermaine Blackmon 6-4, So., F.
Notes: New Head Coach; No returning starters or key members of 2011 State Runner Up; Justin Jordan (nephew of Michael Jordan).
Coach: Jermaine Walker (35-37)
2011-12 Record: 24-3
Returning Starters: Julius Hamilton, 6-3, F, Sr., 10 ppg, (SouthLake Classic All-Tournament Team); Kedar Muhammad, 6-5, F, Sr., 4.6 ppg; Jalen White, PG, 6-1, 14.2 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg, (SouthLake Classic All-Tournament Team)
Key Newcomers: Lucas Johnson, 6-6, F, Soph.; Daemar Jones, 6-6, F, Soph.; Angelo Mays, 6-7, C, Sr., 15 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 bpg, Carolina Christian Athletic Association Conference MVP; Alex Mills, 61, Guard, Jr.
Notes: First-year head coach Jermaine Walker used to coach Waddell Kennedys first year playing in the Greater Carolina HS Athletic Association (GCHSAA).
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER
Coach: Aaron Reeves (13-13, 2nd Year)
2011-12 Record: 13-13
Returning Starters: Jamon Cunningham 511 PG SR 7.3 ppg 5.5rpg & 2.2 steals Team MVP; Davis Elkins 511 SG SR 8.3 ppg; Alex Scearce 62 PF SR 9.3 ppg 8.5 rpg; Jake Williams 62 C SR 4.3 ppg 4.5rpg.
Key Newcomer: Marques Hill-Wilson.
Coach: Byron Dinkins
2011-12 Record: 31-1 (NCISAA 2A state champs)
Returning Starters: Luke Morrison, 6-8, Sr., C; Davon Bell, 5-10, Jr., G
Key Newcomers: James Demery, 6-5, Jr., G; Keyshawn Woods, 6-4, Jr., G; Phillip Reed, 6-9, Sr., C; Austin Dasent, 6-1, Jr., G
Notes: Demery has offers from Charlotte, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech. Hes a top-10 player in the junior class...Reed has offers from Hampton and Lincoln Memorial...Morrison will sign with West Point Wednesday. Woods has offers from Charlotte, Davidson, Appalachian State, UNC-Greensboro and Radford
Coach: Brian Field (82-93)
2011-12 Record: 13-17
Returning Starters: Jordan Watkins, 6-1, G, Jr., (All CISAA); Bryon Fields- 5-11, G, Sr.; Devin Mills, 6-2, SF, Jr., Chaz Raye- 5-9, G, Soph.
Key Newcomers: Grant Williams, 6-5, Fr.; Isaac Johnson, 6-5, Fr.; Matthew Lee, 6-5, Soph., played limited minutes on varsity last year
Notes: Watkins has a 3.3 GPA and is being recruited by schools like Harvard and Davidson...Fields returns after missing the last half of last season following wrist surgery. Fields has a GPA greater than 4.0 and has committed to play football for Duke.
Coach: David Wilson (5th Year 55-32)
2011-12 Record: 11-14
Returning Starters: N/A
Key Newcomers: N/A
Coach: Rodney Monroe (10-19, 2nd Season)
2011-12 Record: 10-19
Returning Starters: Cody Cox, 6-5, Jr, F (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Ralph Mccollum, 6-8, Jr., C (6.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 blocks); Jalen Sanders, 5-10, Jr., PG (7.5 ppg, 1.6 stl, 1.5 apg); Ben McCrickard, 6-1, Sr., SG (3.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
Key Newcomers: Hayden Goins (Lake Norman Charter transfer); Jonah Hood (JV last season)
Coach: Muggsy Bogues
2011-12 Record: 18-10
Returning Starters: Alec Wintering, 5-9, Sr., G; Nehemiah Mabson, 6-5, Jr., F
Key Newcomers: Kyle Williams, Sr.; Jared Cooke, Sr.; Ty Gadsden, Fr.
Notes: Bogues is the former Charlotte Hornets point guard and all-time assists leader. He starts his second season. Wintering is a former All-CISAA guard at Cannon School.
Coach: Jason Blanton (1st Year at Carmel Christian; 18-32 career)
Key Players: Sarah Thomsen, PG; Grace Battle, C; Rebecca Barker, G/F.
Notes: This is the first-ever varsity girls team at Carmel. It is comprised of mostly home schoolers.
Coach: Anthony Gill (1st Year)
2011-12 Record: 24-7, 6-2 CISA
Top returning players: Giselle Bailey, 6-2, Sr., C; Morgan Franklin, G, Jr.; Meredith Harris, G, Soph.
Key Newcomers: Kerstie Phills, Chelsea Cepeda, Saundra Smith.
Notes: Bailey, an all-state pick, averaged 22 ppg, 10 rpg, but missed much of the second half of the season with illness.
CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY
Coach: Andre Haston (22-27)
2011-12 Record: 9-15
Returning Starters: Beth Erb, 5-6, G, Sr; 20.5 ppg, 1.3 apg, 3.0rpg, 2.7 spg; London Vaughn, 5-8, G, Sr; 4.2 ppg, 1.4 apg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 spg; Hanna Krueger, 5-9, F Sr; 5.5 ppg, 1.5 apg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 spg; Lauren McFayden, 5-10, F, Sr; 2.9 ppg, 2 rpg.
Key Newcomers: Lucy Pedlow; Ali Gakenheimer; Julia Loesch.
Note: Erb has scored more than 1,000 points. She was an all-conference and all-state pick last season when she broke her schools single-season scoring mark.
Coach: Deb Savino
2011-12 Record: 10-15
Returning Starters: Becca Jones, 5-11, F, Sr., 11 ppg, 7 rpg; Brooke Brown, 511, C, Sr., 11 ppg, 10 rpg; Cydne Pennington, 5-6, G, So, 5 ppg, 3 rpg.
Key Newcomers: Kiera Dowell, 5-5, PG, Fr.; Chanin Scott, 5-11, F, Fr.
Note: Schools were asked to return information to the Observer. Information presented is from what was returned.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON
Coach: Scott Burkhard (1st Year)
2011-12 Record: 9-11 (Mix varsity and JV games)
Returning Starters: Isabella (Izzy) Krider, 5-3, PG, So., 2.6 spg; Kendyl Bradley, 5-3, SG, So., 36.4 percent; Caroline Alexander, 5-8, SF, So., 6.1 ppg, 3.4 spg; Laura Knight, 5-7, PF, Jr., 5.4 rpg; Abigail Banzhof, 5-7, C, Jr., 6.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg.
Key Newcomers: Julia Grainda, 5-6, PG, Fr.; Courtney Burkhard, 5-2, SG, Fr.; Anna Lavella, 5-6, PF, Fr.
Notes: First year of full-time varsity ball.
Coach: Zach Turner (1st Year)
2011-12 Record: 16-15 overall, 9-4 CISAA conference.
Returning Starters: Morgan Mosteller, 5-7, G, Sr., 10.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg.
Key Newcomers: Hannah Billiard, 5-10, F, So.; Sarah Billiard, 5-10, G-F, 8th grade; Caitlin Villela, 5-3, G, Sr.
Notes: Sarah Billiard, An 8th grader, will play varsity...Covenant will not field a junior varsity team.
Coach: Chaquita Foster
2011-12 Record: N/A
Returning Starters:: TeAja Sanders, Jr.; Tyali Warren, Soph.; Jasmon Thompson- Soph.; Khadijah Walker, Soph.; Denisty Bennett, Fr.
LAKE NORMAN CHARTER
Coach: Bobby Williams (74-21)
Returning Starters: Alex Busch, 5-10, Jr, F (12ppg, 6 rpg, All-conference/Offensive POY); Ezinne Mbamalu, 6-2, Jr, C (14ppg, 14 rpg, 4.5 bpg, All-conference/Defensive POY); Carolyn Huddy, 5-11, Sr., G (3ppg, 3 apg, 3rpg, 2 spg, Team MVP); Brittany Buckstad, 5-8, G-F (3ppg, 3rpg).
Key Newcomers: Sierra Wiley, 5-7 PG, Jr. (Mallard Creek transfer).
Notes: Advanced to 2nd round of 1A state playoffs last season with schools first playoff win.
Coach: Josh Springer (132-23 - 6th year at Providence Day, 15th overall)
2011-12 Record: 29-4 (Won 3rd straight 3A NCISAA State Championship)
Returning Starters: Jada Brayboy, 5-7, Sr., G; Jatarie White, 6-3, Jr., F/C
Key Newcomers: Dani Brown, 5-8, Fr., G; Izzy Gallant, 5-9, Fr., G/F; Celine Ives, 5-9, Fr., G/F.
Notes: PD won seven of the last eight NCISAA 3A State Championships; PD has not lost a CISAA conference game in nine years...Brayboy is a UNC-Asheville signee; White is ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN in the junior class.