On Friday Night I had the opportunity to check out Cox Mill High School play host to crosstown rival Concord High School. Cox Mill won the game with relative ease by the score of 86-60. Let’s take a look at some of the standout performers!
6’6 2019 Wendell Moore: Cox Mill (Duke Signee) 27 Points
Wendell Moore is greatest winner North Carolina has seen since Brandon Ingram and it’s not even close. On the night where he received another pre-game honor (this one was for being named a McDonalds All-American) he poured in a game high 27 points, leading his Cox Mill team to another win, in what could be a 3rd consecutive state championship season for Moore and Cox Mill. He’s a superb playmaker, using his physical gifts and excellent vision to create for his teammates, finding shooters off the drive and kick, dump-off passes down low, and just making the right play 99.9% of the time. The “hesi” into a 3 pointer has become a go to shoot for Wendell to go with everything else he does, freezing the defender with the hesitation and then pulling up for a swish all in one motion. As Wendell continue to refine his superb skillset, he will only become a more dominant player at the next level.
6’7 2019 Caleb Stone-Carrawell: Cox Mill (Charlotte Signee) 18 Points
I said this on twitter after the game on Friday, but if I’m UNC Charlotte I’m ecstatic that Caleb Stone Carrawell will be wearing green and gold next season with his ability to do so many different things on the court so well. He’s an excellent shooter from distance and in the mid-range, he’s mobile, but still possesses a frame that can handle the physical toll that a D1 season takes on you, and he comes from a family that knows what it takes to get the job done at the next level. He plays with a high level of confidence at all times too and despite coming off the bench in this one, as soon as he got in the game he started to make a positive impact at both ends. As Carrawell gets his body 100% ready for the next level, he should have an immediate impact in Conference-USA next season.
6’0 2019 Khalid Davis: Cox Mill 13 Points
Davis is such an important piece to everything that Cox Mill is trying to do on both ends of the court. He scores it at all three levels, can play on the ball or off of it, understands how to play with the pieces surrounding him, and he possesses the ability to get scorching hot from the perimeter. He brings a lot to the table as a defender as well, super active while guarding the ball, forcing a lot of turnovers, which is one of the goals of this Cox Mill team every time they step on the court. He’s a bonafide next level talent that should have D2s and some higher level D3s watching him the rest of the year.
6’2 2019 Cody Cline: Cox Mill 4 Points
Cody Cline is another one of the super important pieces to the success of this Cox Mill program over the past few years with his athleticism, toughness, and ability to run their offense. He, Wendell, and the rest of the guys are totally in sync at all times, in total understanding of what their mission is on the court every night. He’s another one that D2 coaches should be heavily prioritizing. The ability to be one of the best players on the court while only scoring 4 points is a skill IMO. Cline can help any team in a variety of ways.
6’5 2019 Jalen O’Neal: Concord 17 Points
O’Neal was the most consistent offensive presence for Concord throughout the contest. He got it done at all three levels too, going 1/2 from deep in this one, while using his length and footwork to score on the block. He can score it in the high post as well, proving to be one of the more productive players in the area over his high school career. He recently scored point # 1,000 and should have D2s throughout the region all over him.