There are two holiday basketball tournaments Friday and Saturday in Mecklenburg County: the Leroy Holden Thanksgiving tournament at North Mecklenburg and the Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Myers Park.
No. 2 Ardrey Kell girls vs. No. 3 Providence Day, Fri., 5:30 p.m. at Myers Park: The Knights are a state championship contender in 4A public schools but have lost early-season showdowns to No. 1 Myers Park and No. 4 Weddington.
Victory Christian boys vs. No. 4 Lake Norman, Sat., 2:30 p.m. at Myers Park: Victory Christian has three players at 6-foot-10 or so and is a private school state title favorite. Lake Norman has two at 6-10 and is a public school 4A favorite. Victory Christian has 6-10 Charlotte commit Ebuka Izundu. Lake Norman has 6-6 Davidson commit Kishawn Pritchett.
No. 1 Myers Park girls vs. No. 4 Weddington, Sat., 5:30 p.m. at Myers Park: Two of the nation’s top point guards meet in a battle of 4A (Myers Park) and 3A (Weddington) N.C. title contenders. Myers Park’s Aliyah Mazyck has signed with Southern Cal. Weddington’s Stephanie Watts is a North Carolina recruit.
No. 4 Hough boys vs. No. 6 Providence Day, Sat., 7 p.m.: Another battle between public and private school state championship contenders. It also features two of the state’s best big men: Hough’s Luke Maye, a North Carolina recruit, and Providence Day junior Grant Williams.
Charlotte Hoops Challenge Players To Watch
Abdul Ado, Hamilton Heights (Tenn.): 6-11 junior is the No. 4-rated center in the Class of 2016.
Lavar Batts, Robinson: Made MaxPreps freshman All-American team and set school freshman scoring record (425 points)
ZaQwaun Matthews, Myers Park: all-conference star will play at Chattanooga
Aliyah Mazyck, Myers Park: Southern Cal recruit ranked among the nation’s top 50 girls’ players.
Luke Maye, Hough: North Carolina recruit ranks 72nd nationally, according to national scout Bob Gibbons.
Kishawn Pritchett, Lake Norman: Davidson recruit led his team to N.C. 4A final last season.
Daniel Relvao, Mountain Mission: Valparaiso recruit played for Portugal U18 national team.
DD Rogers, Myers Park: N.C. State recruit was most valuable player of the 2013 N.C. 4A girls’ championship game.
Steven Santa Ana, Ardrey Kell: Elon recruit is among state’s top-ranked seniors.
Stephanie Watts, Weddington: North Carolina signee is ranked among the nation’s top 50 girls’ players
Grant Williams, Providence Day: 6-7 junior forward was all-state and Observer CISAA Player of the Pear as a soph.
Charlotte Hoops Challenge Schedule
Friday at Myers Park
Gym 1: Rocky River boys vs. Gaston Day, 1:30 p.m.; West Oak boys vs. Winston-Salem Quality Education, 3 p.m.; East Hall girls vs. Northside, 4:30 p.m.
Gym 2: South Meck girls vs. Charlotte Christian, 1 p.m.; South Meck boys vs. Davidson Day, 2:30 p.m.; Providence Day boys vs. Hamilton Heights, 4 p.m.; Ardrey Kell girls vs. Providence Day, 5:30 p.m.; Myers Park boys vs. Charlotte Latin, 7 p.m.
Gym 1: Providence Day girls vs. East Hall; Robinson boys vs. Weddington, 3 p.m.; Kennedy Charter boys vs. Mountain Mission, 4:30 p.m.
Gym 2: Hamilton Heights boys vs. West Oak, 1 p.m.; Victory Christian boys vs. Lake Norman, 2:30 p.m.; Ardrey Kell boys vs. Davidson Day, 4 p.m.; Myers Park girls vs. Weddington, 5:30 p.m.; Hough boys vs. Providence Day, 7 p.m.
Leroy Holden Thanksgiving Tournament
Friday at North Mecklenburg
Boys’ Tournament: Independence vs. Lake Norman Charter, 3 p.m.; Mooresville vs. North Mecklenburg, 6 p.m.
Boys’ Bracket II: Garinger vs. Cox Mill, noon; Community School of Davidson vs. West Brunswick, 7:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tournament: Mooresville vs. North Meck, 1:30 p.m.; Independence vs. Lake Norman Charter, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday at North Mecklenburg
Boys’ Tournament: Third-place game, 3 p.m.; Final, 7:30 p.m.
Boys’ Bracket II: Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.; Final, 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Tournament: Third-place game, noon; Final, 6 p.m.
Spartan Classic at Sun Valley
Friday: Central Academy boys vs. Cuthbertson, 5; Union Academy girls vs. Sun Valley, 6:30; Union Academy boys vs. Sun Valley, 8
Saturday: Union Academy boys vs. Cuthbertson, 5; Cuthbertson girls vs. Sun Valley, 6:30; Central Academy boys vs. Sun Valley, 8