North Mecklenburg vs. West Charlotte: I Meck 4A Showdown
It’s the battle of the Titans, two of the perennial basketball powerhouses going head to head in an early season I Meck 4A conference game. North Meck brings in a 6-0 record while West Charlotte sports a 4-2. Both teams love to get out in transition, apply defensive pressure and have tremendous speed in the backcourt. The ace in the hole for West Charlotte will be 6’8 Florida State signee Patrick Williams. While North Meck can match up in the backcourt, they will definitely have a mismatch problem trying to guard the multi-talented Williams. Now, let’s take a closer look at the impact players.
6’8 2019 Patrick Williams (West Charlotte)
Patrick Williams is a consensus top 50 player nationally, but in our opinion he still doesn’t get all the credit and accolades he deserves. We’re talking about a lengthy and athletic “point forward” that has the ability to play and guard multiple positions. Through six games, Williams is putting up monster numbers. He is averaging 24.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.8 SPG, but the most impressive statistic is the 3.7 BPG. (Blocks Per Game) Simply put, Patrick Williams is doing it on both ends of the court. The versatile, mobile, and fluid Williams will be a tough match up for the smaller Vikings from North Meck.
6’5 2021 Chris Ford (North Mecklenburg)
If anyone can contain West Charlotte’s Patrick Williams, it will be left up to Mr. Versatility, Chris Ford. Chris Ford is a walking double double guy that goes about his blue-collar workmanlike approach. He won’t bring “flash,” but he will bring effort and a relentless work ethic on both ends of the court. Game in, game out, Chris Ford “quietly” goes about his business and does all the little things that are needed to win. Ford will need to be on his “A Game” for the Vikings to steal an I Meck 4A road win.
6’1 2019 Carter Jernigan (West Charlotte)
Carter Jernigan is one of the more athletic and explosive players in the state. Jernigan sports an impressive vertical and he brings a fearless and aggressive approach to the game. He’s relentless on defense and plays with a high motor. For the season, Jernigan is averaging 12.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, and 2.5 SPG. One thing is for certain, Carter Jernigan will bring a full throttle approach and will apply tremendous defensive intensity.
6’2 2020 Demar Anderson (North Mecklenburg)
Demar Anderson might, just might, be the key to the game for coach Duane Lewis. Anderson has good size at the point guard position. He has terrific length and athleticism and his ability to control tempo and limit turnovers will be instrumental. Anderson has excellent court vision and is a passer friendly point guard that does a fantastic job of getting the Vikings into their half court sets. Limit turnovers and North Meck comes away with the win.
6’3 2019 Quinton Thomas (West Charlotte)
Quinton Thomas has tremendous size and strength at the “off guard” position, but more importantly he brings toughness and moxy for coach Jacoby Davis. He will likely match up against North Meck’s Tristan Maxwell. Thomas is currently averaging 14.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, and 1.5 SPG. One thing we have observed in previous viewing, Quinton Thomas will absolutely “bring it” each and every game.
6’2 2020 Tristan Maxwell (North Mecklenburg)
Tristan Maxwell definitely has a “shooters’ mentality” and can definitely score points in a hurry. Maxwell has tremendous range and confidence. He has improved his ability to create his own shot and can score from all three levels. If he’s on, he is one of the toughest shooting guards to defend. If you play off of Maxwell, he will bury the perimeter shot. If you crowd him, Maxwell has a quick first step and has the ability to beat you off the dribble. With Maxwell, pick your poison; you just hope you can contain him and not “go off.”
Now, check out the game recap http://www.phenomhoopreport.com/2018/12/19/north-meck-captured-big-i-meck-4a-win-over-rival-west-charlotte/