It’s time to vote on Charlotte Observer boys basketball player of the week (2.20.20)

Langston Wertz Jr., Jay Edwards
·7 min read

Finalists for the Charlotte Observer’s boys basketball player of the week award are below. Now, it’s up to you to select a winner.

Readers can vote as often as they like.

Each week, schools can nominate players for the boys and girls basketball as well as athlete of the week. Athlete of the week includes all sports in season other than football, basketball and baseball. Football, basketball and baseball have separate votes.

The newspaper will select 10 finalists and allow readers to vote.

This week’s vote will end Thursday. At some point, results will not be shown but the poll will remain open.

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This week’s finalists

Kalib Baker, Mallard Creek: The 5-foot-11 senior averaged 19.7 points per game as Mallard Creek beat Hough and Mooresville and lost to North Mecklenburg last week.

Baker had 27 points and six assists in a 75-67 loss at North Mecklenburg, Feb. 10

The next day, Baker had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 60-56 win at Hough.

Baker finished the week with 14 points and three assists, despite playing only the first half, in the Mavericks (9-15) 78-58 win at Mooresville.

Josh Banks, Olympic: The 6-foot-5 senior averaged 23.5 points, six rebounds and four assists in wins over Providence and West Mecklenburg to clinch the SoMeck7 conference regular season title.

Banks had 30 points, including four three-pointers, seven rebounds and three assists in a 78-59 win at West Mecklenburg Feb. 10.

The next night, Banks had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead Olympic to a 71-40 at Providence, clinching the league regular season crown in the process.

Banks, a Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) commit, is averaging 24.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Olympic (18-5).

Logan Botts, Forestview: The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 28.5 points per game in Big South conference wins over Kings Mountain and Stuart Cramer.

Botts had 30 points in a 105-101 overtime win over Kings Mountain on his senior night Feb. 11

Botts followed that up with 27 points in a 73-60 victory at Stuart Cramer Feb. 14.

Botts, a Newberry College commit, is averaging 29 points per game for Forestview (15-9) this season.

Jaquez Cooke, South Stanly: The 6-foot senior averaged 20 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 steals to help South Stanly to wins over Albemarle, North Moore and Uwharrie Charter to earn a share of the Yadkin Valley 1A conference regular season title.

Cooke had 30 points, 10 steals and seven rebounds in a 58-53 win over Albemarle Feb. 14.

Two nights earlier, he had 23 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in a 60-46 win at Uwharrie Charter.

Cooke also had seven points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 47-36 victory over North Moore Feb. 10.

Cooke is averaging 14.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 4.1 steals per game for South Stanly (19-5).

Bradley Davis, Freedom: The 5-foot-11 senior guard averaged 22.5 points in wins over McDowell and Watauga as Freedom clinched the Northwestern 3A/4A conference title.

Davis had 27 points in a 76-47 win over Watauga Feb. 11.

Three night later, Davis had 18 points and seven assists in a 96-53 victory over McDowell.

Davis averages 23 points per game for a Freedom team (22-1) that has won nine straight games.

Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg: The 6-foot-3 senior led the Vikings to three more I-Meck 4A conference wins over Lake Norman, Mallard Creek and Vance to help North Mecklenburg finish a perfect 14-0 in regular season conference play.

Maxwell had 27 points in a 75-67 win at Mallard Creek Feb. 10.

The next night, Maxwell had 24 points and four assists in an 81-63 win over Vance.

Maxwell, a Georgia Tech signee, was also selected to the North Carolina roster of the Carolina Classic All-Star game on Feb. 12.

North Mecklenburg is 23-1 this season.

Quave Propst-Allison, Cox Mill: The 6-foot-1 sophomore averaged 22 points, six rebounds and five assists per contest as Cox Mill won the South Piedmont conference regular season title with victories of A.L. Brown and Central Cabarrus.

Propst-Allison had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 68-56 win over Central Cabarrus Feb. 11.

He followed that up with 27 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and a steal in a 97-72 win over A.L. Brown, avenging the Chargers’ only conference loss of the season (a 77-63 at A.L. Brown Jan. 28).

Propst-Allison is averaging 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for Cox Mill (21-3).

Jackson Threadgill, Davidson Day: The 6-foot-6 senior had 31 points, including five three-pointers and four steals, in a 93-35 win over Burlington Christian in the third round of the NCISAA 2A state playoffs Feb. 15.

Threadgill, a Charlotte 49ers’ signee, is averaging 17.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 55 percent from the field for Davidson Day (27-1), which has won 17 straight games.

Nygell Verdier, Independence: The 6-foot-5 senior had a strong week averaging 14 points per game to help the Patriots to three Southwestern 4A conference wins (Garinger, Rocky River, Myers Park) to earn a share of the league’s regular season title with Hickory Ridge.

Verdier had his best game of the week when his team needed him most: 18 points and eight rebounds in a 56-53 victory at Myers Park Feb. 14.

Verdier also had 14 points and three steals in a 77-48 win over Rocky River on the Patriots’ senior night Feb. 11.

The previous night, Verdier also had 10 points and four assists in limited minutes in a 74-33 at Garinger.

Verdier is averaging 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for Independence (17-7).

Patrick Wessler, Butler: The 7-foot sophomore center had another big week, averaging 21.3 points (shooting 66 percent from the field), 13.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per contest as Butler beat East Mecklenburg and Garinger and lost a tight game to Hickory Ridge.

Wessler had a career-high 29 points to go with 16 rebounds and five blocks in a 69-50 win over East Mecklenburg in a game that spanned two days, Feb. 13-14 (due to slippage on the floor Thursday night).

Wessler also had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in a 63-31 win at Garinger Feb. 11.

He had 17 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 63-59 loss at Hickory Ridge Feb. 10.

Wessler had 12 double-doubles in 14 SW4A conference games this season, and 18 overall.

Wessler is averaging 17.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for Butler (12-12).

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** Information published today includes statistics through February 16.

Want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.