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THE EXCITEMENT OF ARDREY KELL BASKETBALL! 16 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!

AK falls to Harding in tourney championship (posted Feb. 2022)

The Knights fell to Harding at Harding in a tough game on Friday night. This was the Knights 4th straight appearance in the conference tournament championship (the Knights won the previous three). State playoffs will start next week!

Knights win regular season crown (posted February 2022)

Ardrey Kell won the SoMeck conference regular season championship by defeating Berry on the last game of the year. This is the 2nd year in a row for the regular season crown, and the 5th overall as the Knights had won the tournament the previous three years. Congratulations to the 2021-22 team!

Evan Smith to go to Army West Point (Posted November 2021)

Evan Smith will play college basketball and attend Army West Point. Evan becomes the 29th Knight to commit to play in college. Smith had 825 points, 325 assists, and 350 rebounds in his career (the only Knight to achieve this feat).

Toni Akinyelu set to play at Emory University (posted October, 2021)

Toni Akinyelu has committed to Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He will be the 28th Knight to commit to play college basketball!

Peyton Gerald becomes 27th Knight to sign to play college basketball (posted May 27, 2021)


Peyton Gerald Signs with Catawba!

Peyton Gerald signed with Catawba this spring. Peyton averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, shot 64% from the floor for the Knights.  Gerald was All-conference, All-district, and was selected to the prestigious East-West All-star game in Greensboro.  The Knights salute Peyton!

Knoah Carver selected for East/West All-Star Game (posted May 4, 2020)

Knoah Carver continues to add to his post-season accolades. Carver will play in the East/West All-star in Greensboro in July.  Carver is All-Conference, All-District, MOP of the state championship game, and 2nd team All-Mecklenburg County. 

Knights fall to Millbrook in Epic State Final Game (posted 3/8/21)

The AK men's basketball team fought to the bitter end but came up 2 points short in the state final game on Saturday.  The Knights clung on to a lead and had the game in grasp, only to see Millbrook make an improbable comeback and snatch the game away.  Knoah Carver had 21 points, Elijah Gray had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Peyton Gerald had 14, and Evan Smith had 8 while playing a great floor game. The Knights' 2nd trip to the state finals was a memorable one to say the least.  AK finishes 10-1 on the 2020-2021 season.  


Devin Cooper Signs with BC Boncourt in Switzerland!

Devin Cooper has successful pro season debut in Switzerland! (posted May 26, 2021)

Devin Cooper is home and just finished an MVP season playing overseas with BC Boncourt in Switzerland. He becomes the third Knight to play pro basketball! He joins Josh Freund and Steven Santa Ana as they both played overseas last year. Cooper finished up a stellar career with Catawba last spring. All three of these young men played for the 2015 team, which went to the state championship game and won a school record 27 games in a row.  


Josh Freund just finished his 2nd season of PROFESSIONAL basketball in Israel!

Josh Freund Finishes 2nd year of Professional basketball in Israel (posted May 27, 2021)

Josh Freund is back in Charlotte after finishing his 2nd season as a pro in Israel.  Josh saw considerable playing time this season and looks forward to his 3rd year!

Royce Jarrett's Buzzer Beater!


KASANGANAY WITH "THE SHOT HEARD 'ROUND CHARLOTTE"

DID YOU KNOW?


Kevin Davis

Twenty-nine former Knights have gone on to play college basketball. Click on the link below to see the student-athletes!


Knights in the pros!


Steven Santa Ana

Josh Freund, Steven Santa Ana , and Devin Cooper are AK's professional basketball players that have played overseas!

NCHSAA STATE PLAYOFF HISTORY


2021 NCHSAA 4A State Runner-up

2022-First round
2021-4A State Runner-up, Western Regional Champions, Sectional Champions
2020-3rd round (Sweet 16)  
2019-4th round (Sectional Champions-Elite 8)  
2018-3rd round (Sweet 16) 
2017-1st round
2016-2nd round
2015-4A State Runner-up, Western Regional Champions, Sectional Champions
2014-4th round (Sectional Champions-Elite 8)
2013-2nd round
2011-1st round
2010-4th round (Sectional Champions-Elite 8)
2009-4th round (Sectional Champions-Elite 8)
2008-1st round
 

THE KASTLE KRAZIES!

THE KASTLE IS THE HOME OF THE KNIGHTS!

WATCH THE 2018-2019 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO BY CLICKING THIS LINK!

CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE THE 2018-2019 HIGH LIGHT VIDEO OF THE AK KNIGHTS!

Watch the 2017-2018 AK hi-lite Video here!


MIKE CRAFT WILL BE IN HIS 16th YEAR AS COACH OF THE KNIGHTS AND 32nd OVERALL!

Knights in College Basketball--29 College Commitments!

1. Kevin Davis (Presbyterian/Lenoir Rhyne)
2. Miguel Cardona (UNC JV)
3. Kendall Smith (UNC JV)
4. Alex Watkins (Lenoir Rhyne)
5. Jusin Cheek (High Point/Newberry)
6. Cameron McQueen (Wofford)
7. TJ Cox (Covenant)
8. Tate Small (Queens)
9. Markel Pollard (Belmont Abbey)
10. Steven Santa Ana (Elon)
11. Devin Cooper (Radford/Catawba)
12. Josh Freund (Randolph/Roanoke)
13. Rhyle Scott (Randolph)
14. Seth Davis (Lenoir Rhyne)
15. Luke Lawson (Army)
16. Wes Morgan (N. Florida/Lees McRae, Converse)
17. Jeremy Littlejohn (Roanoke)
18. Jared Carrier (Augusta)
19. Anthony Turnbow (College of New Rochelle)
20. David Kasanganay (Navy, East Carolina)

21. Royce Jarrett (Cape Fear Community College, Chowan)
22. Kameron Flynn (Queens University)

23. Stephen Sherrill (Johnson C. Smith)
24. Anthony Testa (Kenyon College)
25. Davidson Hubbard (Hampden-Sydney)

26. Chandler Speight (LA County)
27. Peyton Gerald (Catawba)
28. Toni Akinyelu (Emory University)
29. Evan Smith (Army West Point)


 

Mike Craft

Mike Craft

Head Coach

2021-2022 Coaching Staff

Stevon Baldwin (JV head and varsity assistant)
Chris Wilcox (Assistant Coach, Social Media Coordinator)
Mark Lanoue (Director of Analytics)
O'neil Palmer (Director of Player Development)
Miguel Cardona (Part-Time Assistant Coach) 
Justin Cheek (Part-Time Assistant Coach) 
 


Steven Santa Ana scored over 1700 points in his career! Scored a state championship game record 44 points!


Justin Cheek is in the 1,000 point club!


Josh Freund named All-American at Roanoke!


Locker room pre-game talk


ONE HEARTBEAT!

"The Shot Heard 'Round North Carolina." Steven Santa Ana

"The Shot Heard 'Round North Carolina." Steven Santa Ana's winning shot in the regional finals in 2015.


SMITH FAMILY LOCKER ROOM

2016-2017 hi-lite video

Decade Hi lite film

Check out the "Decade hi lite film" below.  Coach Craft wants to thank everyone for their contributions during the first decade of AK basketball!

Decade hi lite video

Watch the 2014-2015 Highlight video below!

You can watch all the highlights of the 2014-2015 season including the state championship game in the Dean Dome. Just click play below!

2014-2015 Highlight Video

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WELCOME TO THE CASTLE!

Visit the Hickory Tavern

Thank you to Brad Smith for all his support over the years!

Visit Chick fil a at Blakeney

Thank you to Barry McAllaster and Chick fil a at Blakeney!

A Special Thank You!

AK basketball would like to thank Eric Smith for all his support over the years!

Watch the 2013-2014 Highlight Video here!

Watch the 2012-2013 highlight video here!