The fifth annual Bojangles’ Bash kicks off Thursday at Ridge View High School. The three-day event features top teams in the Carolinas and nationally. Here are five things to watch:
North of the border
For the first time, the event will have a team from Canada.
Orangeville of Ontario, Canada, will play three games. Orangeville is the alma mater of Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker and Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray. This year’s team features Michigan commit Ignas Brazdeikis and senior Junior Farquhar, who is the eighth-ranked player in Canada.
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Nationally ranked teams
Huntington Prep (West Virginia) and Cox Mill (North Carolina) enter the event, both ranked in this week’s USA Today’s Super 25 poll.
Huntington is ranked seventh and off to a 7-1 start. They will play three games beginning with Orangeville on Thursday. HP features UCLA commit Kenneth Nwuba and former Andrew Jackson standout Dontarius James.
Cox Mill moved up one spot to No. 21 and is 4-0. The Chargers’ only game at the Bash will be against Ridge View on Saturday.
Cox Mill’s dynamic duo
Cox Mill might have the top duo in the event in senior Rechon “Leaky” Black and junior Wendell Moore.
Moore is one of the top juniors in the country and is ranked 25th for the class of 2019. He is off to a monster start, averaging 31.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-5 sophomore has more than a dozen offers including South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and North Carolina State.
Black, a senior, is a North Carolina commit and is averaging 10 points, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
More Tobacco Road flavor
Cox Mill is one of four teams from North Carolina in the event with Trinity Christian, Word of God and North Mecklenburg.
Trinity Christian features Duke commit Joey Baker. The Trinity Christian (North Carolina) junior is ranked No. 13 in theclass of 2019, averaging 17.3 points and 4.6 rebounds this year. Trinity plays games against Gray Collegiate and Orangeville.
Finishing with a bang
The Bojangles’ Bash ends with a marquee matchup between two of the Midlands’ top programs, Gray Collegiate and Lower Richland.
Gray Collegiate, ranked No. 1 in The State’s Midlands Top 10 poll, is off to a 4-0 start heading into Wednesday’s game against Oceanside Collegiate. Lower Richland, ranked No. 2 in the Midlands, is the defending Class 4A champion and is 3-1.
The matchup features two of the Midlands’ top players in Gray’s Juwan Gary and Lower Richland’s Christian Brown.
Tickets: General admission tickets are $10 a day or $25 for three days. VIP Reserved Seating and Bojangles’ Hospitality Room Access are $25 Thursday and Friday and $35 for Saturday.
6 p.m. – Westwood vs. Keenan
7:15 p.m. – Ridge View vs. Rock Creek (Md.)
8:30 p.m. – Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Orangeville (Canada)
6 p.m. – Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Rock Creek (Md.)
7:15 p.m. – Ridge View vs. Orangeville (Canada)
8:30 p.m. – Gray Collegiate vs. Trinity Christian (NC)
Noon – Ben Lippen vs. West Florence
1:30 p.m. – Word of God (NC) vs. A.C. Flora
3 p.m. – Sumter vs. Dorman
4:30 p.m. – Trinity Christian (NC) vs. Orangeville (Canada)
6 p.m. – North Mecklenburg (NC) vs. Huntington Prep (WV)
7:30 p.m. – Cox Mill (NC) vs. Ridge View
9 p.m. – Gray Collegiate vs. Lower Richland
Players to Watch
Joey Baker (Trinity Christian) – Ranked No. 13 for class of 2019; Duke commit
Rechon “Leaky” Black (Cox Mill) – Top 100 prospect; UNC commit
Ignas Brazdeikis (Orangeville Prep) – Michigan commit
Christian Brown (Lower Richland) – Ranked No. 13 by ESPN in class of 2019
Gabe Bryant (Dorman) – Gardner-Webb commit
Junior Farquhar (Orangeville) – Eighth-ranked prospect in Canada
Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate) – Ranked No. 27 in class of 2019
Jermaine Harris (Rock Creek Christian) – Rhode Island commit
Dontarius James (Huntington Prep) – Xavier commit
Wendell Moore (Cox Mill) – Top 25 prospect for class of 2019
Kenneth Nwuba (Huntington Prep) – UCLA commit
Malcolm Wilson (Ridge View) – Offers from Clemson, South Carolina;rated in top 150 in class of 2019