Here’s a brief look at the freshmen for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team. It’s a small class as Alan Major has added two scholarship freshmen from the class of 2013 to the Niners’ roster.
#20 Cameron Blakely | 6’9″, 216 | Apalachee | Winder, GA
Blakely is one of two players from the Peach State (the other being sophomore Willie Clayton). In his senior year, the Wildcats went 17-10 (9-7 in their region) en route to the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs, where they lost to New Manchester. He averaged 16.9 points a game, 9.9 rebounds an outing and 3.9 blocks during that senior campaign, with season highs of 25 points (loss to New Salem on January 4), 19 rebounds (loss to Salem on February 5), and 10 blocks (loss to Cedar Shoals on November 27, 2012). He was regarded as #5 in the entire state by ESPN.com and #33 nationally among all power forwards nationwide.
What they’re saying: “He can shoot the 3, runs floor, very good passer. He allows us [versatility] on defense because he can block and alter so many shots. Our guards can get out and pressure the ball with [him on the back end].”–Kevin Morris, Apalachee boy’s basketball head coach
#30 Marcus Bryan | 6’7″, 224 | Ravenscroft | Raleigh, NC
Bryan enters Charlotte after a fine senior season in which he averaged a double-double (17.8 pg, 12.8 rpg) while recording an average of 2.7 blocks per outing. The Ravens were 18-10 (7-0 in conference play) and won their seventh straight TISAC championship; Bryan was named an all-conference selection shortly after. He initially considered playing prep ball to get some more college looks but decided on college instead and selected Charlotte.
What they’re saying: “(Bryan) rebounds at a high level and knocks down the 18’ jump shot at a high rate. Bryan is very well built with great strength and long arms. His motor is huge as is his IQ, strength and anticipation. Has a skill to always be in the right position…and (will) produce day in and day out.”–Rick Lewis, Phenom Hoop Report
The Niners also add a pair of walk-ons: #25, Reid Aube, a 6’6″, 212 lb. forward from Concord High School right outside of Charlotte; and #5, Mason Wyrick, a 6″4, 190 lb. guard from New Garden Friends School in Greensboro.