Greensboro Day is right in the middle of becoming a national juggernaut. Of course, knowing the history of Greensboro Day, that sounds odd to say seeing as Head Coach Freddy Johnson is the winningest coach in North Carolina basketball. and already a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He currently sits on 1,020 career wins and 10 state championships. However, it has only been recently that the country has caught on.
However, in this day of new age media, they are able to be seen on a more national level. Gone are the days are the local beat writer carrying the heavy weight, the break of the internet, the break of social media has people all across the country able to keep up (real time) with the best of the best. In 2017 Johnson was named the Ball is Life National High School Coach of the year. In 2015 and 2017 his Greensboro Day teams were invited to participate in Dick’s National Showcase. Right now, Greensboro Day is among the best of the best, and the nation knows all about them.
Over the past four years, Greensboro Day has won three state titles and amassed a 122-20 record during that time frame. In that time frame they have put numerous players into college (Clemson, Temple, NC Central, Wofford, Georgia Southern, etc…) and even won a game against a Trevon Duval led IMG Academy at Dick’s Nationals (now Geico Nationals).
Sure they lose three, four year varsity players. Players who were central cogs in all of these wins and state titles. However, this team is deeper roster than any Greensboro Day has seen and the nation’s eye is firmly planted on them as a national power.
USA Today has them in the pre-season ranking at 25. FAB 50, powered by Ball is Life has them checking in at 40. They are in the conversation as the best team in the Hoop State. Without questions the expectations for THIS 2018-19 team is greater than it possibly ever has been. As we mentioned before, the nation now knows about them.
Now, let’s take a look at the talent, boy are they loaded! It starts with their returning front court. 6’9” James Madison commit Michael Fowler and 6’7” unsigned senior Nick Evtimov. As a note, expect Evtimov, already carrying 10 or so offers, to become a hot name during the late signing period. They also add in 6’9” sophomore Josh Taylor. Taylor was a top 150 ranked prospect as part of the 2020 class and has reclassified with his transfer. Taylor will be a player who is a high major lock in the 2021 class.
The backcourt is already being talked about as the best in the state (know this, the Hoop State is known for its guards). They are led by 6’3” sophomore Cam Hayes who is ranked 20th in the 2021 class by 247Spots. Hayes in joined in the back court by 6’3” sophomore Carson McCorkle. McCorkle is ranked 20th in the 2021 class by Lindy’s sports and is committed to Virginia. This duo is explosive, both in scoring the ball and in athleticism. They can both shoot, handle and initiate.
The depth on the perimeter is strong too. Returning point guard, 6’ senior, Austin Inge is a steadying glue guy in the back court. 6’5” junior Christian Bailey has already scoring 1,000 point in his high school career. 6’6” junior Cason Pierce will play a role as a swing forward and 6’4” senior Noah Dunn is finally 100% after missing a lot of time with an injury.
This team has depth, this team has an incredible amount of talent, this team has top notch coaching, this team has tradition. Everything that a Top 25 program in the country should have.
Greensboro Day won their first game 72-40. Their next game will be Friday, November 16 at 6:30 PM against Christ School in Phenom’s National High School Showcase. This game will feature no less than 14 college level players on the floor with high majors throughout!