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The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

10, Jun 2020

The Carolina Corner with @JustinByerly

In this week’s Carolina Corner we take a look at a new addition to Winston-Salem Christian, Team Charlotte’s AJ Smith updates recruitment, Bobby Pettiford makes decision, a look at college bound seniors and more.


New Addition to WS Christian Reeling in Offers


Daniel Nixon

Winston-Salem, NC

6' 7"
National Pos. Rank
State Pos. Rank

Bronx, New York native Daniel Nixon has enrolled at Winston-Salem Christian and has seen his recruitment take a big jump over the recent weeks. The 6-foot-7 small forward comes to North Carolina from The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. The class of 2021 prospect has recently pulled in offers from Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Tulane, Stony Brook, Bryant, Penn State, East Carolina, Iona, LaSalle, Old Dominion, Marist, and Temple.

Schools showing interest in Nixon include Maryland. Tennessee, St. John’s, Cincinnati and Iowa. Nixon is ranked as the 4th ranked player in our HoopSeenNC 2021 rankings.

Winston-Salem Christian is now coached by former Moravian Prep head coach Antonio Lowe who also spearheads the Team Loaded NC program. Nixon played last travel season with Team Durant on the Nike EYBL circuit that has subsequently been cancelled for this season due to COVID-19. Lowe on Nixon, “Daniel Nixon is a STUD utility guy that is very versatile and will take the hoop state by storm.”


AJ Smith Recruitment Update


AJ Smith

Charlotte, NC

6' 2"
School Team
National Pos. Rank
State Pos. Rank

Smith, one of the top guards in the class of 2021 in North Carolina plays on the always talented Team Charlotte program founded by Charlotte native Jeff McInnis. Smith spent this past high school season playing at Hickory Grove Christian just outside of the Queen City. Smith is a 6-foot-4 point guard that averaged 28.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the 18-10 Lions. Smith is ranked as the 7th best prospect in our HoopSeenNC rankings.

His most recent offer comes from William & Mary, who offered in early May. His other offers consist of Texas A&M, Elon, Hampton, Charlotte and Appalachian State.


Pettiford to Louisville

Bobby Pettiford

Creedmoor, NC

6' 1"
National Pos. Rank
State Pos. Rank

2021 guard Bobby Pettiford out of South Granville High School has committed to Louisville. This is another big pick-up for Chris Mack and staff from the state of North Carolina where the Cardinals have had some good luck.

Pettiford, a 6-foot-1 point guard spent the travel season playing with Team CP3.

Pettiford held offers from Tulsa, Ole Miss, Louisville, Providence, UNC-Wilmington, Elon, Virginia Tech and High Point.



2020 North Carolina College-bound Prospects


Player  High School  College 
Ade Jenkins Carolna Basketball Association Fairmont State
Ambaka Le Gregam Concord First Assembly  Presbyterian 
Ahmil Flowers  Grimsley High Point
Alex Holt  Lexington High Point
Alec Topper  Forest Hills  Bridgewater 
Anjay Cortez United Faith  Alabama A&M
Anthony Allen  Independence  Lees-McRae
Armon Muldrew Panther Creek Lenoir-Rhyne
AJ Thompson Athens Drive Brunswick CC 
AJ Rossi  South Brunswick Brunswick CC 
Axel Holm Lincoln Charter Piedmont 
Aymeric Touissant Freedom Christian  Florida SW 
Ben Bryson West Henderson  UVA-Wise
Brady O'Connell  Ravenscroft  Old Dominion 
Brandon Johnson Rolesville Brunswick CC 
Bryce Causey Southwest Guilford  Columbia International 
Cam Hayes  Greensboro Day  NC State 
Carson McCorkle Greensboro Day  Virginia 
Cheick Traore  Concord First Assembly  Youngstown State 
Christian Hampton Northwest Guilford Tallahassee CC 
Christopher Nobles Garner  USC-Salk
CJ Huntley  Davidson Day  App State 
Daniel Ransom  Vance  Western Carolina 
Davidson Hubbard  Ardrey Kell  Hampden-Sydney
Dean Reiber  NW Guilford  Rutgers 
Demarcus McLaurin  Laney  UNC-Pembroke
Djimon Bailey  Greenfield School  Richmond
Dylan Blake First Flight  East Carolina (PWO)
Evan Joyner  Piedmont Classical Tennessee State
Garrett Hein Concord First Assembly  Furman 
Georges Lefbevre Cape Fear Academy  Vermont 
Issac Parson Kinston Winston-Salem State
Isaiah Todd Word of God  NBA
Jackson Threadgill  Davidson Day  Charlotte 
Jacob Moore Mt. Tabor Butler CC
Jaden Seymour Northside Christian  Wichita State 
Ja'von Anderson Moravian Prep Francis Marion
Jadyn Parker  West Brucswick  North Florida 
Jaden Scriven Fayetteville Christian Lees-McRae
Jadun Michael  The Burlington School  Elon
Jamarhi Harvey Moravian Prep  UNC-Wilmington
James Freeman Freedom Louisburg
JaJuan Carr Pender UNC-Wilmington
Jason Sellers  Page  Averett University 
Jaylon Gibson  Grace Chrisitan Wake Forest 
Javarzia Belton Moravian Prep  Southern Mississippi 
Jake Bertoli-Felice Trinity Academy  Gettysburg
Jalen King-Joiner Piedmont Classical  Lees-McRae
Jalen McCoy Millbrook  USC-Aiken
Jay Hickman Northwood Temple Mars Hill 
Jaquan Mosley Kinston Pitt CC 
Jeremiah Dickerson Dudley Paine College
Josh Banks  Olympic  VCU 
Josh Massey  United Faith  Western Carolina 
Josh Rubio Combine Academy  Erskine 
Joshua Ried Village Christian  Miami Dade CC 
Ja'Dun Michael  The Burlington School  Wichita State 
Jimmy Forte Community Christian  Wake Tech
Ji'Lil Michael  The Burlington School  Mars Hill 
Josh Hall Moravian Prep  NBA
Josh Hall Ravenscroft  Navy
Josiah Shackleford Word of God  Brunswick CC 
Justice Ajogbor  Christ School  Harvard 
Justin Wright  Farmville Central  NCCU 
Justus Shelton Mountain Heritage  Mars Hill 
Kaleb Scott  Holly Springs  Georgia State 
Kamryn Edwards Liberty Heights NE Oklahoma A&M
Kamon Green Sanderson  Johnson CC 
Kalib Matthewa Henderson Collegiate Queens
Keishon Porter  SW Edgecombe  Radford 
Kennedy Miles  Williams  Western Carolina 
Kharye Cayne Wakefield USC-Salk
Kobe Jones Granville Central  Wake Tech
Kurtus Taylor Neuse Christian  Wingate
Lane Harrill  Cherryville  Mars Hill 
Lee Langstaff  Carolina Day  USC-Salk
Logan Botts Forestview  Newberry 
Marcus Elliott  Holly Springs  UNC-Wilmington
Marcus Boykin Trinity Christian  Barton College
Marquis Eskew Pine Forest  NC Wesleyan
Myles Hunter  Carmel Christian  Youngstown State 
Myljael Poteat  Burlington School  Rice 
Nic McMullen  Smith  Murray State 
Nick Farrar  Apex Friendship NC State 
Nolan Dorsey  Millbrook  New Mexico 
Randy Johnson Charlotte Latin Holy Cross
Reggie Raynor Northwood Temple UNC-G 
Rashod Smith Washington  Pitt CC 
Reggie Walton New Life Christian  Mars Hill 
Ricky Council IV Southern Durham  Wichita State 
Saiquone Harris Word of God  Hutchinson CC 
Samage Teel  Farmville Central  Winston-Salem State
Shakeel Moore  Moravian Prep  NC State 
Shamann Artis North Meck  Independence CC
Slate Hinton SW Edgecombe  Wake Tech
Soloman Tucker  Northside Christian  Army
Stephen Minor Winston-Salem Prep Queens
Taylor Bell Crossroads Christian  Wingate
Taj Anderson Quality Education Tallahassee CC 
Todd Burt Jr.  Trinity Christian  Catawba 
Trayden Williams  North Meck  Robert Morris 
Traymond Willis-Shaw Westover  Panola CC 
Trent McIntyre Piedmont Classical UNC-Pembroke
Trey Waller  Heritage  St. Vincent 
Tristan Maxwell  North Meck  Georgia Tech 
Trey Pittman  Greenfield School Lynchburg
Tyre Boykin West Bladen  UMKC
Tyler McKinney Asheville Christian Lincoln Memorial
Tyler Parton AC Reynolds William Peace 
Tyler Young  Fork Union via Greensboro Virginia State
Tyrece McNeal Hunter Huss Fayetteville State
Wykise Allen  South Granville Johnson CC
Zacc Sledge SW Edgecombe Sandhills CC 
Zavian McLean  Village Christian  Columbia 
Zach Shumate  Salem Baptist  Newberry 
Zack Austin Moravian Prep  High Point 

If we are missing anyone on the list please send to

Justin Byerly
State Editor

Justin Byerly has spent the past 15 years covering North Carolina prep and grassroots basketball. He has previously worked with The Recruit Scoop and In addition to that he has contributed to The USA Today, Charlotte Observer, The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Sun News. He has held The Justin Byerly Upstate/WNC Showcase the past two years and has helped student-athletes from North Carolina and South Carolina receive college scholarships. He owns The Byerly Report scouting service that has over 100 college subscriptions. Justin resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Danielle and four children. 

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