|Team Charlotte 2019|
After a great showing at CP3’s tournament this past weekend in Winston Salem, NC, where Antijuan Love's 2019 Team Charlotte team stood toe to toe with some of 2019’s elite, the Charlotte, NC based team could make some serious noise when the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) season tips off this weekend. In Keyford Langley’s event, Team Charlotte defeated the defending AAU National Champion CP3 by a comfortable margin; later took down the Upstate Warriors and the Queen City Thunder, before losing to Team Florida in the championship game. For the sake of full disclosure, Langley’s team was incomplete and was not expected to compete in the tournament portion of the event, but was forced into action after All-Ohio Red was an unexpected no-show. With that said, Team Charlotte’s performance in Winston Salem was nothing less than impressive.
Team Charlotte is best described as “an up-tempo team that loves to get out in transition, press, trap and get up in your face defensively,” said Coach Love. Team Charlotte’s top guy is Zeb Graham Jr. (5’11/PG/Fort Mill, SC) who has been described as one of the best PGs in a state full of talent. According to Love, Graham finished with 32 points against CP3 and dropped another 29 points on Team Florida. Other key pieces to Love’s squad includes Raquan Brown (6’2/SG/Charlotte, NC), who is big and can reportedly play all 5 positions; Matthew Smith (6’3/PF/Charlotte, NC), who is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker; and Nas Tyson (6’0/SG/Monroe, NC), who is described as super-fast.
Formally known as Charlotte Elite, Team Charlotte is sponsored by former NBA and Tarheel great Jeff McInnis and Under Armour, and is off to a 10-4 start to the new season. That does not include an impressive run at the winter league in Charlotte where Love’s team only lost 2-3 games against high school aged players. When Love’s team arrives in Washington D.C. on Saturday for the tip-off of the NYBL they will be a virtual unknown. When asked how competitive his team would be in the NYBL Love responded, “I have no clue how competitive we’ll be; I don’t know what’s out there. I know we will be competitive,” continued Love. We just want to fly under the radar,” said Love. With guys like Keyford Langley picking you as his “NYBL sleeper team,” we’re not sure how long Love expects to sneak up on teams. Team Charlotte will make their NYBL debut Saturday morning at 9:15am when they face off against Bmores Finest.