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Elijah Wilson Takes
Home Big South MVP Honors
Congrats to Elijah Wilson, former 3 year Flight 22 standout, on taking his Coastal Carolina team to back to back NCAA tourney appearance and winning the Big South Tourney MVP as a sophmore! The Chanticleers will face off with top seeded Wisconsin Friday in the first round of tournament. Elijah looks to continue his tremendous play verse the badgers. We'll be watching and looking for that upset.
Slam Kings of the Courts Champions
This past weekend, the Flight 22 Slam team took home the Kings of the Courts Championship in Fayetteville. Led by '16 PG Myron Carmon's 18 ppg, the Slam team went 4-0 on Sunday to capture the title. The impressive showing showed the team's stamina and desire to win. The slam team is now 10-3 this showcase season. This weekend, all 9 Flight teams will be playing in Wilmington at a tournament co-hosted by Flight and Big Shots.
2014 Big Shots
North Carolina Showcase with Flight 22
This years Big Shots/Flight 22 was a resounding success. College scouts looked on as some of the nations best young talent went through a day of skill-building and competitive game play. The showcase, held at Laney HIgh School in Wilmington, featured instruction from the Flight coaching staff, led by Nathan Faulk, and also a guest speaker. Bob MacKinnon, a long time coach at the collegiate and professional levels, shared his knowledge and experience, especially relating to college ball, the next step in the players basketball careers. Christian Jeffords continued to play phenomenal basketball, taking home MVP honors. Christian (see below) took home Breakout Performer at Big Shots Columbia just a few weeks ago. He wasn't the only Flight player to look good as it was an impressive showing all around for the organization as the young men continue to get better. Look no further than Fllight big Connor Dillion, who played well and has seen tremendous improvement over the last several months. Flight 22 coaches spoke very highly of the event. Coach Patrick McCarthy, who led one of the skill stations and coached a team, said it was great to see so many players eager and ready to improve their play.
No suprise that Kevin Schneider and Big Shots filled the gym with scouts and ran a flawless event. Check out bigshots.net for more.
Flight July continues in Atlanta
Flight 22 took one 17-U team as well as the 15 and under boys down to Big Shots Atlanta over the weekend. The Slam team continued to play well and the 15's ended finished up their season on a high note, taking some time to unwind and enjoy themselves in ATL.
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In what will be the final tournament of the season, Flight 22 heads to Big Shots VCU this weekend. If the first two July tournaments are any indication, VCU looks to be a huge affair, filled with incredible talent and of course, lots of college coaches. The Slam team will be looking to notch their 20th win of the season while Flight 22 B looks to build on their best tournament of the year in Myrtle. The SC team is eager to close their season on a high note and the 16-U's are hoping to continue their success after a Silver Championship in Myrtle Beach.
Malik Pugh signs with UNC Wilmington
Former Flight 22 great, Malik Pugh, signed today to play his college ball at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Malik looks to make an immediate impact at the point under new head coach Kevin Keats. He brings quickness with the ball and big time scoring potential along with a keen ability to facilitate for his teamates. Malik has an impressive game to go along with his big smile. He is an outstanding young man and the Flight family could not be more proud.
Koel Cutler signs with Northwest College
Outstanding Flight wing, Koel Cutler, has officially signed with Northwest College (WY). Koel plays with the Flight 22 SC team and has been on a tear so far during the showcase season. His versatile skill set will translate well at the next level. A deadly 3-point shooter, Koel can also get to the rim with ease. He handles the ball well plays above the rim. The Flight family is incredibly proud of Koel and we know he will thrive in the next chapter of his basketball career.
Bert Rivenbark signs with Brunswick Community College
Flight big, Bert Rivenbark, who plays at Laney High, has officialy signed with Brunswick Community College. Bert is a force in paint and an good shot blocker. His vibrant personality and hard work ethic will make him an excellent addition Coach Shaw's program. The Flight family is incredibly happy for Bert and excited to watch his career develop. Bert had this to say after signing:
"I'd like to say thanks to my parents for everything they do. I'd like to thank my team for all their support. I'd also like to thank Coach Faulk for helping me get to where I am. I look forward to the next couple of years playing at BBC. I'd like to thank Coach Shaw for the opportunity to play basketball for his great program. I look forward to being able to play and still be close to my family and friends."
Nick Chase signs with Hampton Sydney College
Two year Flight player, Nick Chase, has signed a letter of intent with Hampton Sydney College. Nick is coming off a fantastic year at Moravian Prep, where he helped the team capture the 2014 USA National Prep Basketball Championship. He had several D1 walk on opportunities but felt Hampton Sydney was the right fit and is very excited to continue his career there. He boasts strong post skills, a good jump shot, and excels defensively protecting the paint. Perhaps his biggest assest, though, is his tremendous work ethic. Nick is always looking to improve his already polished game and it's this attitude that has helped him become so successful. The Flight 22 family couldn't be more proud!
Jaiquan Manning signs with Maryland Easter Shore
Flight guard, Jaiquan Manning, has signed with D1 Maryland Eastern Shore to play ball next year. Jaiquan, a lightning quick wing with explosive capabilities, will look to make an impact in the MEAC next season. He has been an intrical part of Flight's success so far this showcase season. It's been not only his physical abilities, but also his high basketball IQ, that have helped him succeed on the court. The Flight 22 family is extremely proud and we look forward to seeing Jaiquan play Division 1 basketball next year!
Matt McKinnon signs with Catholic University
Flight guard, Matt McKinnon, has signed with Catholic University to play ball next year. Matt, a floor general from the point guard position, will look to make an impact in DC next season. He has been an intrical part of Flight's success so far this showcase season. It's been not only his physical abilities, but also his high basketball IQ, that have helped him succeed on the court. The future is bright for Matt and the Flight family looks forward to watching him play going forward!
16-U's take home hardware at first big July tourney
The entire Flight 22 program looked good at Big Shots Myrtle Beach this past weekend. In front an array of college coaches, Flight put together 4 days of solid basketball. The 17-B team went 6-2 across the two tournaments and played for a Gold Championship. Highlighting the weekend was the 16-U team taking home the Silver Championship.
16-U Silver Champions
A small sampling of some of the GREAT coaches in attendance at Big Shots Myrtle Beach.
Flight Alumn Named GA for Grambling University
Congrats to former guard Flight 22 member Glenn Patterson, from Red Springs NC, who just finished playing for Elizabeth City State for being named GA for Grambling University basketball.
Flight Dominates at Co-Hosted
Big Shots Wilmington
In a tournament Flight 22 co-hosted, the program dominated the weekend. Flight teams took home both the Silver and Gold Championships.
The Slam team took home its 3rd Gold Championship of the season already. Led by the outstanding play of standout Myron Carmon, the slam team was able to overcome a couple close games to get it done on Sunday. One of those close games was a tough battle with Flight 22 West, who grinded it out in a close showdown of the Flight program. Myron Carmon, who was named tournament MVP, is an athletic point guard from Goldsboro who can score at will, has great court vision and is a true floor general.
The 17-U Purple team took home the Silver Championship with a great showing. They went 2-1 on the weekend.
Former Flight Player, Deon Boyce, Shining Playing Professionally in Nicaragua
The Flight 22 program would like to shoutout one of our former standouts, Deon Boyce, who has continued his basketball career and is currently playing professionally in Nicaragua for the Toros. A big congrats to Deon. We wish you the best of luck for a long, successful career.
Flight 22 Academy's A Resounding Success
Flight 22 Academy's have been a great success across the state. Community outreach, along with the development of young athletes skill sets is a top priority of the program. These Academy's are an excellent oppotunity for young players to learn from experienced Flight coaches and players. Even former players who've went on to have success in their careers. DJ Mason , pictured below, is a standout for Cambell University who played for Flight 22. He took time out to work with players and sign autographs.