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1A/Private Schools Basketball Preview

Charlotte Christian girls basketball player Kirstie Phills
Charlotte Christian girls basketball player Kirstie Phills

1A/Private Schools Preview

Girls’ Players To Watch

Name

School

Ht.

Cl.

Pos.

Comment

Kerstie Phills

Charlotte Christian

5-9

Sr.

G/F

Averaged 13.6 ppg last season

Maya Caldwell

Davidson Day

6-0

Jr.

G/F

24 ppg, 10 rpg in 2014-15

Eleah Parker

Northside Christian

6-4

Jr.

C

Top 50 national recruit

Erin Whalen

Providence Day

6-1

Sr.

F

Vanderbilt commit; 16 ppg last season

Janelle Bailey

Providence Day

6-4

Jr.

C

18 ppg last season

Girls’ Teams To Watch

Team

Cl.

’14-’15

Comment

Charlotte Christian

3A*

21-11

State semifinalist returns three starters

Comm. School/Davidson

1A

19-7

Size, 5 senior starters for So. Piedmont 1A champs

Davidson Day

2A*

24-5

Five starters back from state semifinalist

Northside Christian

2A*

26-4

Four starters back from 2015 state finalist

Providence Day

3A*

27-3

Chargers won 6 straight state titles, 8 in 9 years

Boys’ Players To Watch

Name

School

Ht

Cl.

Pos.

Comment

Emeka Nwankwo

Metrolina Chr.

6-6

Sr.

F

17 ppg, 15 rpg in 2014-15

Patrick Tape’

Queens Grant

6-9

Sr.

F

16 ppg, 14 rpg, 9.6 bpg; Columbia recruit

Grant Williams

Providence Day

6-7

Sr.

F

Observer co-player of the year in 2014-15

Josh Howard

Providence Day

6-6

Sr.

F

Double-double machine in 2014-15

Parker Julian

Charlotte Latin

6-7

Sr.

F

Led team to 2015 state quarterfinals

Boys’ Teams To Watch

Team

Cl.

’14-’15

Comment

Lincoln Charter

1A

25-6

State quarterfinalist returns 4 starters

Queens Grant

1A

17-9

All five starters return from 1A title contender

Carmel Christian

2A*

16-9

3 starters return, including 6-10 Sr. Mac Brydon

Charlotte Latin

3A*

19-8

Senior-driven team has size and shooting ability

Providence Day

3A*

25-5

5 Division I recruits form nucleus

NOTE: * denotes NCISAA

Notes

▪ Concord Cannon (6-7 Jairus Hamilton), Gaston Day (6-2 MJ Armstrong and 6-5 Quan McCluney), Northside Christian (6-5 Nate Hinton), Providence Day (6-2 Devon Dotson and 6-4 Trey Wertz) and United Faith (6-3 Jonathan Hicklin) have players considered among the top 20 in the N.C. Class of 2018.

▪ Carmel Christian could be poised to make a jump toward elite status in the area. Three starters return from a 16-9 team that adds 6-6 United Faith transfer Brett Swilling and promising 6-1 freshman guard Myles Pierre. Carmel Christian is big. And deep.

▪ Concord First Assembly’s girls were 24-6 last season, led by junior Zaria Wright (18.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 4 spg). …Gaston Day’s Jenesai Mohammad averaged 21 points per game as a junior.

▪ Hickory Grove’s girls return starters Haley Bearden, Holly Bennett and Imani Cherry from a 20-9 team and could challenge Northside Christian and Concord First Assembly in the Metro Athletic Conference.

Langston Wertz Jr.

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