The Charlotte based CBC Elite program has built a strong foundation during its seven years, and the club appears to be ready to take another step forward behind a talented group of young stars.
“We have sent 20 players on to the next level, and last year we had our first All-American,” noted CBC Elite founder and president Vince Jacobs. “We work hard to teach these kids that they need to put their family first, then school, and then basketball. On the court, we have been having more and more success each year, and I that all comes down to the players you have. We have some very good younger players in our organization now, so we’re very excited about our future.”
Those young stars will have a chance to shine this spring at the 2015 Deep South Classic, which will be played in Raleigh, NC on April 24-26. The Deep South Classic, which annually features the nation’s top travel programs, will once again have the entire tournament in one facility — the tremendous Raleigh Convention Center.
The CBC lineup for the Class of 2018 is highlighted by Ahlana Smith (5-8, PG, ranked at No. 37 nationally in her class by the All Star Girls Report) and Lyric Mitchell (5-8, G, No. 62).
“Ahlana is the type of player who led her high school team in points and rebounds as a freshman,” Jacobs said. “She is a big time scorer who gets to the rim and shoots the three well. She can also be a floor general, and she always hustles. Lyric is a tremendous athlete who can score in a lot of different ways. She can attack the basket, and she shoots the three.”
ASGR analyst Bret McCormick also added his perspective on the up and coming CBC Elite prospects.
“Smith is quick and very aggressive. She can score in a lot of different ways — off the dribble, mid-range, three-pointer or even post you up,” McCormick said. “Mitchell is very athletic. She is an explosive player who can score in traffic, and she has a nice mid-range game.”
The 2018 unit will get major contributions from Kennedy Boyd (5-6, PG) and Evonna McGill (6-0, F), as well as Omarri Holland (5-5, G) and Hailey Gibson (5-5, G).