Cherokee Showcase Recap
It was a productive day in Cherokee, NC on September 25th, as 31 players came from 7 different states to learn and play in front of pro coaches and agents.
After a practice session with their respective teams, players were broken up into groups and put through skill development sessions by the coaching staff led by Tanner Massey. Tanner has experience in the NBA G-League, Canada, and Japan. Players were put through drills and actions that emphasized spacing, ball movement, and game-like scenarios. Players were also able to learn from camp director James Blackburn on ways to market yourself, how to maximize your experience at a Coast2Coast event, and how to succeed as a professional player.
Every player played in two full length 40 minute games on the day. Here were the results.
Game 1: Canada beat New Zealand 74-51
KJ Arrington (6’5”, SF) was solid throughout the game and was able to show the ability to score at all 3 levels. Warren Vinson (5’10”, PG) controlled tempo.
Game 2: Spain beat Denmark 104-87
Seth Hill (6’5, SG) was on fire as he 8 made three pointers . Spain couldn't miss beyond the arc as Moni Anderson (6’0”, PG) and Brandon Schlosser (5’10”, G) also filled it up from deep.
3rd Place Game: Denmark beat New Zealand 71-42
The trio of camp MVP D’Monte Evans (6’3”, wing), Shaun Scriven (6’1”, G) and Keandre Marion (6’0”, G) was a tough matchup as they exploded for a combined 55 points.
Championship Game: Canada beat Spain 76-52
Spain started the game on a 10-2 spurt but Canada tied the score by the end of the quarter. Both teams really struggled to score in the 1st half as the defense was tight. Canada separated itself early in the 2nd quarter and went up 18. Spain had one more run in them in the 3rd but never got closer than 12 points as Canada went on to win the championship. Coach Tanner Massey's squad played together, moved the ball, and executed.