Phenom’s Game Report
Village Christian vs. Berean Baptist
This game was lop-sided from the get go as 2-time defending NCISAA 2A state champion Village Christian was simply too much. Each year it seems Head Coach Kurtis Darden brings in talent, not only that he is also one of the best developers of talent around.
Right now Darden has Village Christian graduates playing all over Division 1 from the past 5 seasons, Washington State, Air Force, VMI, etc…This 2017-18 team has done nothing but reload and has talent across the floor.
First comes to first, let’s give notice to Berean Baptist 5’11” 2021 Kelton Battle is a player to start monitoring. He has a natural basketball feel, playing both ways. He defends and handles well and looks the part. 6’2” 2019 Aaron Sinclair is a college level player as well. He is the team’s leading scorer and will be throughout the year. He finished this one with 15 points, 2 steals and 3 assists. It will be interesting to watch as they grow.
Now let’s get to the Village Christian team. Only having eight players to dress, it was about the quality of his players over the quantity of them. Even with eight players each came into the game expecting to contribute and playing their part.
Now let’s take a look at who did what for Village Christian…
The Under Recruited Ring Leader
6’2” 2019 Travion McCray is a known commodity. He played along side Wake Forest signee Sharone Wright last year at West Florence and then on the Adidas Silver Gauntlet with the Karolina Khaos. He currently has offers from Longwood, Stetson and South Carolina State. McCray is a strong guard, he plays with a chip on his shoulder as he switches seamlessly between the point and shooting guard positions. McCray plays good on the ball defense and plays with great pace as he turns the corner and gets downhill.
Look for McCray to put up big numbers this season as he is playing with incredible confidence. He finished this game with 30 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 boards. Mid major type coaches should be very excited about getting in to watch this one.
The Highest Level Prospect
6’7” 2019 Khuath Gatkhuath played last season at Bellevue East in Omaha, Nebraska. He transferred to Village Christian this off season and impressively enough grew in size, expanded his game and is now officially on prospect watch. Gatkhuath is a legitimate wing, he has deep range that mixes well with his handle in the half court, his vision and his ability to defend. Last season, in Nebraska, he averaged 44% from beyond the arc along with 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Still very unknown, Campbell stands as Gatkhuath’s only offer, but that will quickly change as he should become one of the more sought-after wings in North Carolina’s 2019 class.
Look for Gatkhuath to put up big numbers across the board this season. In last night’s win he finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists. He is a presence across the entire stat line. Higher Mid Majors (and possibly higher) should be getting excited about watching this one.
The Rim Protector
While McCray and Gatkhuath did most of the damage on the score board, it was 6’11” 2019 Fiifi Quansah who prevented a lot of damage from the opposition. Still learning his body and the game, Quansah uses his 7’4” wing span to alter anything from 10 feet and in. he is a strong 2-handed rebounder and does a good job of gaining as well as extending possessions. From this point last year, until now Quansah has improved immensely, with his working out with David West in the offseason look for that learning curve to continue.
Quansah should average double figures on the boards and a handful of blocks throughout the year. In last night’s win he finished with 8 points, 15 boards and 5 blocked shots. He is a Division 1 player and he could end up going anywhere from low to high major. Regardless, coaches need to start keeping tabs on his progress.
6’3” 8th Grader Jalen Higgins was inserted into the line-up without hesitation. He came in and immediately made a couple plays, drained a couple shots. Once it got circulating around the court that Higgins was only an 8th grade there seemed to be an excitement building about him. Rightfully so, Higgins is tracking as a high level type of player. Already standing 6’2”/6’3” he has great length and a pure looking jump shot. Given this roster currently only has eight players, look for him to get some good playing time. Tuck this name away in your SIM card.