The 41st annual Holiday Invitational kicked off at Broughton High School and while there were a few setbacks, it still gave a glimpse of the top talent the triangle has to offer. Held at the alma mater of Pete Maravich and Shavlik Randolph, Broughton offers a rich tradition and has a trophy case that any high school hoops fan would love to take a look at.
Once the games tipped on Wednesday morning, the event (now sponsored by HighSchoolOT.com) let the local teams get their shine first before bringing in national powers for the nightcap. Unfortunately, Karl towns and his St. Joseph’s squad weren’t able to make their game due to their flight being delayed, but advanced in the bracket after winning a coin toss. Isaiah Hicks dominated and Word of God walked away with a win over Apex via solid all around performances from their handful of college prospects.
Here’s a look at a few of the top performers that we saw on the first day of action:
Isaiah Hicks, 6’8, PF, Webb HS (NC), 2013- The top senior on NC did not disappoint the sold out crowd that packed in Broughton to see UNC‘s best recruit. Hicks beat everyone up and down the floor, finished a number of filthy dunks in transition, and dominated the interior defensively. Mix in a rapidly improving game facing the basket and it’s evident why there’s so much optimism surrounding Hicks moving forward.
Thaxter Spruill, 6’9, PF/C, Clinton HS (NC), 2014- Starting off the game incredibly hot, Spruill cooled as the game went on but gave us glimpses of the skills that has VCU recruiting him. He ran the floor well, hit a few jumpers facing the cup, and used his nice wingspan to alter a number of shots. He still needs to get tougher and more consistent as a positional defender, but all of the raw tools are there of a mid major big man.
Mitron Terry, 6’3, SG, Webb HS (NC), 2014- Continuing to emerge as a prospect was combo guard Mitron Terry. His speed, ability to defend multiple positions, and creativity finishing in the lane made him a serious problem for Clinton, as seen by his 32 point outing.. Still very early in the recruiting process, expect guys with an innate ability to finish with either hand like Terry to receive a lot of attention regionally.
Josh Newkirk, 6’2, PG, Word of God (NC), 2013- The top senior point guard in North Carolina led his Word of God teammates to a win over Apex with no shortage of highlights. He threw down a pair of dunks you wouldn’t usually see out of a point guard in traffic and brought a flare to the court unlike any point guard we saw tonight. The Pitt recruit didn’t nail many jumpers, but finished with 16 points and moved on in bracket play.