MATTHEWS, NC – Famed Oak Hill Academy headlines the absolutely loaded field of the inaugural Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. The nine-team event will bring together some of the best talent from across the country.

This will be the nation’s first high school basketball event. On opening weekend, all the nation’s basketball eyes will be on the new, state of the art, Carmel Christian facility on November 9-10, as they will get an unbelievable show.

Last season Oak Hill finished second in the Geico High School Championships (formerly known as Dick’s Nationals) and ended up ranked 3rd in the Fab50 end of year rankings. Oak Hill Head Coach Steve Smith is in the Naismith Hall of Fame having accumulated a career 1,118-72 record (94%) and 9 national championships.

This year the Oak Hill team has reloaded and, on paper, will put forth their most talented team yet. USA Today Chosen 25 #1 player Cole Anthony headlines the group. The 6’3 point guard is down to his final twelve schools, and it is a who’s who of Top 20 programs.

Also on the Oak Hill roster is: #25 2019 prospect 6’10 Kofi Cockburn
ESPN #28 2019 prospect Jahmius Ramsey
ESPN #58 2019 prospect Chandler Lawson
ESPN #29 2020 prospect Cam Thomas #77 2020 prospect Lynn Greer
6’8 2019 BJ Mack
6’10 2020 Dylan Cardwell

Host school Carmel Christian is also looking to build on their best season in school history. Last season they finished 24-4 winning the NCISAA 2A State Championship and finished ranked #38 nationally.

This year they bring back a slew of talent, in all seven of their players hold Division 1 offers. They are led by 6’4 Marten Maide who is a Liberty commitment and 6’4 Donovan Gregory who is an Appalachian State commitment.

However, they also have:
6’6 2019 Deangelo Epps (Final 5: Austin Peay, Murray St, Kent St, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina)
6’2 2019 Myles Pierre (O: Houston Baptist, Hampton, Winthrop)
6’7 2019 Jake Boggs (O: UNC-Wilmington)
6’4 2020 Ford Cooper (O: Tulane)
6’5 2020 Myles Hunter (O: Hampton)

Chris School carries a great tradition of having a winning program with incredible talent. This year should be no different, coming off a year where they finished 23-13 and made a run to the NCISAA 3A Final Four.

The talent level is high here as well. They start off with ESPN #37 6’9 2020 Justice Ajogbor. Ajogbor carries offers from the likes of Tennessee, Maryland, Auburn, UConn, Mississippi St, Pitt and more.

They also have a pair of Top 150 prospects in 6’11 2019 Brandon Stone and 6’4 2020 Norance Berry. Along the way, Stone picked up offers from the likes of South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Duquesne and Penn State. Berry’s offers sheet consists of Tennessee, Auburn and others. Also keep a close watch on 6’10 2021 Gabe Wiznitzer, who picked up his first two offers this summer with St John’s and Iona stepping forward.

Northwood Temple, out of Fayetteville, NC, carries a loaded roster, led by ESPN #85 2019 prospect 6’5 Josh Nickelberry, who is a Louisville commit. Also on the roster is 6’5 2020 Jahmari Harvey who carries offers from Hampton, Longwood and South Carolina St. Also on their roster are Division 1 college recruits 6’9 2019 Brandon Franklin, 6’7 2021 Sam Ibel and 5’9 2021 Emmanuel Mason.

Looking into the future, Cannon School (Concord, NC) has two of the five best rising freshman in the state of North Carolina on the team. 6’3” 2022 Jaden Bradley, a Top 15 prospect in the class, was recently invited to USA Basketball camp. They also carry 6’6” 2022 DJ Nix who is also a Top 100 player, nationally.

Speaking of future studs, Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) has two players to keep firmly planted on your radars. 2021 point guard Cyncier Harrison is primed for a huge season taking the reigns from 5-star Kansas freshman Devon Dotson. Also, 6’10 2022 Christian Reeves has future star written all over him.

The inaugural Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report will also host Lincoln Charter, led by Jackson Gabriel who currently sits as North Carolina’s 3rd All-Time 3-pointers made. Concord First Assembly, whose has a scholarship level front line that goes 6’9, 6’8, 6’8. Asheville Christian, who is coming off a 19-9 year that saw them make a run to the NCISAA 2A State Final Four.

The schedule will be released soon, keep your eyes out for more on Phenom Hoops’ website also with Langston Wertz at the Charlotte Observer as he will be breaking some more, very exciting, information about this event as well.

Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic
November 9-10
Carmel Christian (Matthews, NC)
Tickets Sold at the Door

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