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Northside Christian basketball, Providence Day kick off season vs. national competition

Northside Christian coach Byron Dinkins will take his young Northside Christian team to the second Phenom National Showcase event in the Winston-Salem area Friday and Saturday David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Northside Christian coach Byron Dinkins will take his young Northside Christian team to the second Phenom National Showcase event in the Winston-Salem area Friday and Saturday David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Two Mecklenburg County teams will play in the second Phenom National High School showcase at Forsyth Country Day school in Kernersville Friday and Saturday.

Northside Christian, coached by Byron Dinkins, and Providence Day, coached by Brian Field, are part of the field, which includes several national powers, including Oak Hill (Va), ranked No. 3 in USA Today’s preseason national poll. Oak Hill, however, is playing without Duke pledge Harry Giles, the nation’s top recruit who recently injured his knee.

The tournament will feature at least a dozen players who are signed or committed to Division I schools and more than 50 who are receiving Division I interest or have Division I offers.

“There’s not many tournaments, if you look at the quality of players attending and look at the quality of teams, that will have a stronger field top to bottom,” said tournament organizer Rick Lewis. “It gives the regional and local teams an opportunity to play against top national teams.”

Providence Day, for example, will play Oak Hill Friday night at 7:30. Oak Hill has more than 10 Division I recruits, including former Concord High star Ty-Shon Alexander, a junior who recently committed to Creighton. Saturday at 3, the Chargers play Mountain Mission (Va.). Mountain Mission is led by 6-foot-9, 260-pound Jethro Tshisumpa, 6-11 Maciej Bender, 6-5 guard Harold Baruti and 6-7 forward Jakub Mijakowski.

Northside Christian will play Legacy Charter (SC) Friday at 1:30 p.m. Legacy Charter has a top 100 junior in Nick Claxton, who has offers from Arizona, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Florida State, Baylor, Murray State and Southern Cal. Another Legacy standout is Jashaun Smith, a 6-5 wing who transferred from Garner -- the team that beat Ardrey Kell in the N.C. 4A finals last March.

Saturday at 4:30, the Knights play host Forsyth Country Day, led by 6-9 Division I recruit Bruno Solomon.

Lewis, who is considering moving the event to Charlotte next year, expects more than 40 college coaches, including some from Charlotte, the ACC, the SEC and Conference USA to attend the event. There will also be more than 40 media members present including representatives from Slam Magazine, Jason Jordan from USA Today, Lenoir-based recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons and national recruiting analyst Clark Francis. Gibbons and Francis are on the McDonald’s All-American selection committee.

Phenom National Showcase Schedule

Friday

10:30 am St. Louis Christian vs Tennessee Preparatory

12:00pm Myrtle Beach Christian vs Raleigh Ravenscroft

1:30 pm Legacy Charter vs Northside Christian

3 pm Hill Academy (Canada) vs Mountain Mission

4:30 pm Bishop Sullivan vs Forsyth Country Day

6 pm Christ School vs 22 Foot Academy

7:30 pm Oak Hill vs Providence Day

9 pm Virginia Episcopal vs Quality Education

Saturday

9 am Legacy Charter vs St. Louis Christian

10:30 am Genesis vs Greenfield

12:00pm Bishop Sullivan vs Gray Collegiate

1:30 pm Ravenscroft vs Virginia Episcopal

3 pm Mountain Mission vs Providence Day

4:30 pm Northside Christian vs Forsyth Country Day

6 pm Christ School vs Greensboro Day

7:30 pm 22 Foot Academy vs Oak Hill

9 pm Quality Education vs Hill Academy

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