Eye Catchers: Asheville Christian vs. Hickory Grove
Raishaun Brown (6’0, 2019): Brown came out hot in the first quarter, scoring 13 points in an array of ways. He displayed a very good ability to move around the floor and find those quick openings to get his shot off. He was also very confident from behind the arc. Brown is an underrated guard that can flat out find ways to score and has that quick trigger. He can play in the half court within the offense, especially with how this team passes the ball, but he can also use his speed, one-step to get his own bucket. Stats: 30 points (5 3-pointers)
Tyler McKinney (6’4, 2020): McKinney is one of the guards that constantly moves on the floor, never running out of energy and just makes all the right decisions; one of the true motors for Asheville Christian. Whether it is dishing, rebounding or knocking down the open jumper, he can fill up the stat sheet. McKinney makes all the right moves and really makes the team run. Stats: 24 points
Collin Mills (6’0, 2021): Mills comes off the bench as a young prospect but he showed that he can put points on the board; it certainly runs in the family (brother is Caleb Mills). Give him time to develop his overall game going ahead; he is one to keep an eye on. Stats: 5 points
Jalen Walker-Crawford (6’0, 2019): solid overall game that made the right decisions on the floor. He hustles all around and makes “productive” plays.
Tre’lin Harper (6’7, 2021): Harper was one of the true bigs for Asheville Christian and he made it difficult on the floor, was active on the glass and had a few moments on the offensive end. What you have to like about his offensive game is that he played with his size, keeping the ball high and his hands always up on both ends.
Others of Note: 2021 6’0 Kavan Horton finished with four three’s and 14 total points in the win.
AJ Smith (6’3, 2021): Smith is an absolute Top-100 talent for his class. The young but physical guard loves to get up and down the floor, using his frame and strength to muscle defenders bigger and older than him, yet he still finishes. He works best when he is in attack mode, which he usually is, putting the ball on the floor and going. However, don’t make the mistake that he doesn’t have a smooth stroke from outside because he does; confident, smooth release. The physical guard is a player that should explode onto the scene nationally very quickly. Smith has the ability to be a takeover guard for any program at a high level. Stats: 29 points
Jacori Owens (6’8, 2021): Owens is still a young prospect learning the game, developing what he is able to do on the floor. He has great size and body for his age, and has solid timing in blocking shots/ on the boards. Offensively though, he has the talent to be a very good big man, stepping out and using much of the space inside the arc. Once he learns to be decisive and stronger offensively, which will come with time, he will be a very good big in the state of North Carolina. Stats: 13 points
Regin Larson (6’5, 2019): Larson has that pure jump shot no matter where he is on the floor. He also can be another ball-handler for his team, always looking for his teammate or his shot. Larson was a vocal leader for this Hickory Grove, a team with several young prospects; he plays hard on both sides of the floor. Smaller schools should really be keeping an eye on him. Stats: 15 points