Posted On: 11/16/16 6:14 AM
MECKA 4-A Conference Preview
1. North Mecklenburg High School– Finished 27-3 last season and advanced to the 4A West Regional finals. Head Coach Duane Lewis returns 6-foot-2 2018 guard Vaud Worthy. Worthy is a quick in the open floor, he can attack off the dribble, can finish at the rim, and has great court vision. He can knock down mid-range jump-shots with consistency and is great at passing the basketball to the right place. He is blessed with elite athleticism and had his first in-game dunk as a 7th grader playing for QCAA during a summer contest. He was named his age group MVP at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions when he was also a 7th grader. Worthy has already picked up a offer from Winthrop University and is starting to get interest from many other Division One schools. Other players to watch are 6-foot-8 sophomore Jae’lyn Withers.
2. Vance High School- A perennial Charlotte prep power, Vance High School will be led this season by PG Cam Hamilton, who averaged 20.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.6 steals per game last season while leading Vance High School to a 14-13 record and 5-7 in the MECK-A conference. Also returning for Vance High School is Marcus Neal, a senior guard who averaged 14 points per game.
3. West Charlotte High School- Jacoby Davis takes over the head coaching position from Baronton Terry who is now the head coach at Olympic High School. 2019 guard Patrick Williams is going to be a player talked about in Charlotte for the next three years. He has already picked up a offer from Wake Forest. At 6’6 he is hard to guard and can defend multiple positions. Also returning is guard Marcus Talley. The Lions are on their way to returning to the glory days after winning it all in 2012.
4. Hough High School– With a 19-8 overall record and a 9-3 record in the MECKA 4A conference, Hough HS returns three starters off last year’s team. 6-foot-7 senior big man Ben Topp, junior point guard Cooper Crawford, and junior forward Damon Early. The transfer of Myles Washington from Berry Academy will provide some more rebounding and size in the paint.
5. Mallard Creek High School- Head Coach Jonathan Hancock led them last season to a 7-17 overall record and 3-9 in the MECKA 4A conference. The Mavericks return three starters from last season including two players who averaged double-figures. Senior returning starting point guard Eric Reed averaged 12 points per game and junior guard Jordan Campbell averaged 10 points per game last season.
6. Hopewell High School-New head coach Michael McNeil inherits a program that finished 9-15 overall last season and only return senior point guard Mark Sherrill, With the help of some talented underclassmen, Hopewell HS will look to return to their days of being a Charlotte area power.
7. A.L. Brown High School- The Wonders finished last season at 5-15 overall and 2-10 in the MECKA 4-A conference. Returning is 2018 PG Xavier Freeman who averaged 8 points per game last season.