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North Meck Ranked #1 is State Poll

North has started in the #1 spot in the State poll.

Davion Mintz Commits to Creighton


Davion Mintz commits to Creighton

By @ChrisNovakSBN on Oct 4, 2015, 9:56p +

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The Charlotte, North Carolina native will be playing for the Jays.

2016 combo guard Davion Mintz has committed to Creighton University.

Mintz, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, will be heading to Omaha for college according to Phenom Hoop Report's Rick Lewis. The report would later be substantiated by Bluejay Banter, a network site. Subsequently, head coach Greg McDermott likely confirmed the news with some subtlety dashed in.

Davion also confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account:^tfw

Mintz's commitment takes place at the conclusion of his official visit to the school. On September 30, CU was among three schools that offered the 6-foot-4 Carolinian combo guard along with Tulsa and Kansas State.

Less than a week and a trip to Omaha later, the Bluejays have landed the North Mecklenburg High School student who is the first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 for Greg McDermott.


Here's a highlight video of Mintz. H/T to Bluejay Banter for the link.




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Former Viking Shivaughn Wiggins Part of Historic Day

Highlights of Shivaughn Wiggins and the Chanticleers historic visit to Cuba for 3 exhibition games and a local kids clinic. Shivaughn avgeraged a team leading 17pts per game.

August 14, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 8 – Witnessing History and Coming Home
August 12, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 6 – Basketball Clinic No. 2
August 11, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 5 – Basketball Clinics and Salsa
August 10, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 4 – Gameday No. 3
August 10, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 4 – Gameday No. 3
August 9, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 3 – Gameday No. 2
August 8, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 2 – Gameday No. 1
August 7, 2015 - #ChantsInCuba: Day 1 -- Arrival

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Former Viking Karl Barkley

Karl Barkley wins national award for service


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Posted on 10 February 2015.

Karl Barkley is a guard for Swarthmore College. (Swarthmore Athletics photo)

Karl Barkley is a guard for Swarthmore College, where he’s averaging 9 points per game. (Swarthmore Athletics photo)

sports people bugKarl Barkley of Davidson, a former North Mecklenburg High basketball standout who now plays at Swarthmore College, is among 10 players nationwide selected for the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The award is chosen by coaches and recognizes college basketball players for community service and charitable work.

Barkley was among 158 men nominated for the award, which is now in its third year. The 10 winners include five players from the Division I level and five players from Divisions II, III and the small school NAIA – where Swarthmore plays.

The award is organized by Allstate and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) their charitable achievements and community service activities. The organizers say the award recognizes “a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.”

“Karl is the definition of a servant leader,” Swarthmore basketball coach Landry Kosmalski said. [Davidson Wildcat fans will remember Kosmalski – he graduated in 2000 and played and coached under Davidson coach Bob McKillop.] “He leads by putting others’ needs before his own at all times, whether it be on the court as our team captain or off the court as our altruistic leader. We are grateful that the NABC and Allstate are nationally recognizing what our community has known for years: Karl’s unique selflessness has an immensely positive impact on those around him every single day.”

Kosmalski nominated Barkley for the award and plans to honor him before Swarthmore’s final home game against McDaniel on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Barkley has a long list community service accomplishments, including:

  • Helping to research and write a business plan for the Chester Community Involvement Process, which is trying to start a retrofitting and solar installation subsidiary.
  • Organizing Swarthmore’s first-ever Zero Waste Campaign, which raised awareness of recycling and waste management on campus. In addition he was the driving force to have LED automatic lights being installed on campus and having recycling bins placed throughout Swarthmore.
  • Regularly volunteering at Arch Street United Methodist Church, preparing and serving food to homeless in Center City Philadelphia.
  • Working with the Special Olympics.

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, where they’ll join a community service project. Women’s winners will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, FL, where they’ll also participate in a local community project.


The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team:

NCAA Division I

  • Kevin Alter (U.S. Naval Academy)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia)
  • Jordan Green (Texas A&M University)
  • Michael Obacha (Appalachian State University)
  • Dominic Romeo (Santa Clara University)

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

  • Rob Anderson (California Institute of Technology)
  • Karl Barkley (Swarthmore College)
  • Justin Kuhlman (Belmont Abbey College)
  • Sam Pugh (Pittsburg State University)
  • Joel Redfoot (Penn State Altoona)

The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

  • Kyndal Clark (Drake University)
  • Alex Cohen (Northwestern University)
  • Bria Goss (University of Kentucky)
  • Stephanie Leon (University of Delaware)
  • Devon Roeper (Columbia University)

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

  • Kathryn Clark (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Jasmine DeBerry (Wingate University)
  • Megan Whittaker (Loyola University New Orleans)
  • Shanteona Keys (Georgia College & State University)
  • Lea Sobieraski (State University of New York at Geneseo)

Judges who selected the team included headlined by former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill.

CJ Bryce Helps North back to the Top.

CJ Bryce helps North Mecklenburg back to the top.

North defeats Rival Hough

North Meck runs away with 81-56 win over Hough

Posted: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
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    North Meck’s C.J. Bryce (12) prepares to throw down a one-handed dunk against the Hough Huskies on Friday night at North Meck High School. Bryce led all scorers with 30 points.

About 20 minutes before the tip of the boys’ basketball game Friday night between Hough and North Mecklenburg, school officials outside of the North Meck gym announced they were closing the doors; No one else would be let in.

Fans crammed into the bleachers and stood along the baseline, ready to see a matchup between two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Sweet 16 and tied atop the MECKA standings – with Concord Robinson and West Charlotte.

What the crowd saw was a dominant performance by the No. 3 Vikings, who beat No. 9 Hough 81-56.

“Great, tremendous team effort,” North Meck coach Duane Lewis said. “I mean the crowd was into it, the team was into it and that’s the way we play. We want everyone involved, having fun, taking shots.”

The Vikings (15-1, 5-1) never trailed and had an 18-6 lead after the first quarter. The lead continued to grow throughout the game: 20 at halftime, 25 after the third quarter and as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.

UNC Wilmington recruit C.J. Bryce led all scorers with 30. He was helped by North Meck teammates Taj Middleton and Derrick Maxwell, who had 13 points each.

Eleven players scored in the game for the Vikings.

“Taj Middleton was great tonight, unbelievable,” Lewis said. “Everybody wants to talk about C.J., C.J. was great. But Taj ... hit some shots early and that opened up lanes for C.J. And how about Derrick Maxwell? Great job off the bench.”

The Vikings’ defense limited Hough forward Luke Maye, a North Carolina recruit, to just two points in the first half and 11 in the game.

“I don’t think that we necessarily ever focus on one player. We are more focused on team defense,” Lewis said. “I think as a team we did an unbelievable job of moving our feet, rotating ... making it difficult on (Maye).”

Michael Grigg led Hough (11-5, 4-2) with 12 points, 10 coming in the final period.

“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Hough coach Jason Grube said. “They executed better, they showed poise, they made shots. ... We didn’t get (Maye) the ball enough. I thought our windows were small to get him the ball, and we missed those windows. We don’t have a lot of margin of error.”

Hough’s best run came early in the third quarter. Down 37-17 at halftime, the Huskies scored seven unanswered points to open the second half, pulling to within 13 and seeming to have some momentum.

The Vikings proceeded to go on a 12-2 run to pull away and never led by fewer than 20 the rest of the game.

North Meck’s fast-paced style seemed to wear down Hough’s defense, leading to several easy drives and lay-ups in the second half.

“We want to play up tempo. We want to get up and down,” Lewis said. “I know that eventually, if we’re playing our style, we’re going to wear teams down.”

North Meck has responded well to its only loss of the season, to Concord Robinson Jan. 6. The Vikings beat Vance by 20 last week.

“I think we’re re-energized, refocused,” Lewis said. “It was an eye-opener for them. ... We’re back zoned in to where we want to be.”

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North Meck Celebrates Arby's Classic Title

Arby's Classic Championship A statement from Bryce, North Mecklenburg




  • Arby's Centerville vs North Mecklenburg


    North Mecklenburg's #12 CJ Bryce celebrates with his teammates after the Vikings defeated Centerville in overtime to win the Arby's Championship.

Arby's Centerville vs North Mecklenburg


Centerville's bench jumps up in celebration after Daniel Buchenroth hit a three point shot at the buzzer to send the Arby's Classic championship game into overtime.


Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:39 pm | Updated: 11:09 pm, Wed Dec 31, 2014.

Allen Gregory | Bristol Herald Courier

  • Allen Gregory
  • Posted on Dec 31, 2014

    BRISTOL, Tenn. - For prep basketball players and coaches, national high school tournaments offer a popular way to gain exposure.

North Mecklenburg senior C.J. Bryce felt Wednesday’s Arby’s Classic championship victory over Centerville (Ohio) represented much more than a fancy trophy.

It was about a statement.

North Mecklenburg is located just outside Charlotte in the NASCAR-strong community of Huntersville. The Vikings were ranked second among Class 4A teams in the latest North Carolina poll.

“We definitely wanted to represent our home area in Charlotte and our state,” Bryce said.

While North Carolina prep football teams such as Independence and Havelock have appeared on the national sports radar, Bryce said prep basketball in the Tarheel state is thriving in Charlotte and beyond.

“We’ve got some good really good teams in our area like West Charlotte and Hough, and that type of competition helps makes us better,” said Bryce, a 6-fot-4 shooting guard who has been rated among the top eight players in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer

The majority of fans in Viking Hall on Wednesday expressed support for Centerville. That just added to the already potent fuel for Bryce.

“I know a lot of people didn’t want us to win, and that motivated us a lot,” Bryce said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder.”

Bryce, who has signed to play at UNC-Wilmington, displayed big-stage presence and refined skills in the title game, en route to collecting 21 points, eight rebounds and tournament MVP honors.

“It was a really good tournament,” Bryce said. “I liked the 3-point contest, the dunk contest and the way the fans turned out.


“We played in a local tournament last year. This was the biggest tournament we’ve been in.”

Many basketball stars develop their though years of AAU competition.

Bryce has taken another route. He credits his development to the nurturing ways of veteran North Mecklenburg coach Duane Lewis. Bryce transferred to North Mecklenburg after his sophomore year from Hopewell High School in Huntersville.

“My game really started going to the next level when I came to North Meck and Coach Lewis,” Bryce said. “He got me a lot of [college] looks and has a great program.”

After a two-year stint as an undersized power forward at Hopewell, Bryce said he has been able to diversify his game at his new school by focusing on guard skills.

Lewis has groomed a number of college players over the past 16 years in addition to winning to the 2005 Class 4A state championship.

The Centerville Elks were also looking to increase their basketball portfolio. The Dayton, Ohio, based school is already known as a football hotbed.

The extensive Centerville alumni base includes college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk and former Ohio State kicking hero Mike Nugent.

Centerville posted a 10-1 record this season in football before falling in the opening round of the playoffs. Clayton Schmerber, a 6-foot-7 and 245-pound senior, earned all-conference honors at tight end and also stars in basketball.

“This tournament has been a great experience for us,” Centerville basketball coach Brook Cupps said. “We got to see a lot of different teams and styles that we have to prepare for.”

It’s doubtful Centerville will face a team with more talent than North Mecklenburg.

“That team is as good as anybody we will see all year,” Cupps said.

Cupps doesn’t single out individual players from opposing teams in his scouting reports and game plans, but Bryce was a difficult matchup.

“He’s pretty good,” Cupps said. “He made some big plays and shots there in the third and fourth quarter when they were struggling to score, but I love the way our kids play. They don’t back down.”

Backing down is not an option for any athlete at Centerville.

“We have a good football program that has had a ton of NFL guys come through,” Cupps said. “We’re all trying to do the same thing. Hopefully, a game like this will help light the ball for us. We’ll be ready to fight the next time out.” | Twitter:@Greg_BHCSports | (276) 645-2544

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