Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, one of the nation’s top high school basketball recruits, will play in Charlotte this season after all.
Adebayo played at Pinetown’s Northside High last season, where he averaged 32 points and 21 rebounds. Northside was scheduled to play in a Christmas tournament at Vance High. But earlier this month, Adebayo – a 6-foot-9 power forward ranked No. 8 among all seniors by ESPN – announced he was transferring to High Point Christian.
Monday, officials at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge told the Observer that High Point Christian has committed to their tournament, Nov. 27-28 at Myers Park High. High Point Christian, expected to be nationally ranked, will face Providence Day Saturday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the event’s featured game.
Boys field: Myers Park, Hopewell, Charlotte Catholic, Victory Christian, Providence Day, Davidson Day, Butler, Concord First Assembly, Cannon, Rocky River, Olympic, South Mecklenburg, JM Robinson, Carmel Christian, Raleigh Word of God, High Point Christian, Collins Hill (Ga.), Grace Christian (Tenn.). Boys pairings will be announced Tuesday.
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Girls pairings: Providence Day vs. Northside Christian; Myers Park vs. Davidson Day; South Meck vs. Central Cabarrus; Northside vs. Hopewell; Rocky River vs. Charlotte Christian; Ardrey Kell vs. Providence Day (days/times TBD).
▪ Butler High is looking for a boys/girls basketball doubleheader Nov. 17, although other dates could work. Contact Myron Lowery: 704-277-4777.
▪ Bernard Brown, the brother of Charlotte Christian boys’ basketball coach Shonn Brown, is minister of music at a church in El Paso, Texas. He has helped write and produce a song, “We’re Still Here,” with all proceeds benefiting the shooting victims in Charleston.
Brown, of Destiny Faith Center in El Paso, grew up in Charleston with the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine African-American shooting victims.
Langston Wertz Jr: 704-358-5133; @langstonwertzjr