All-American Watch List & Scholar-Athlete of the Month

February 19th- 9:55 AM (CST)

The NCHBC is excited to announce our extended Player Watch List! The “Dandy Dozen”

Over the last few weeks, varsity players who meet a specific criterion have been nominated as homeschool players we should keep an eye on. These players have demonstrated success in NCHBC events, received college offers, or are ranked in their area. This is just the first release of NCHBC players we should all be excited to watch at upcoming events!

The NCHBC desires to promote our varsity athletes in 3 ways:  Player to Watch List, Scholar-Athlete of the Month, and the Recruiting Services form (for those wanting to play at the next level). If your player desires to be on one or all of the lists mentioned, please click their corresponding link to sign up.

OK! Without further ado, here is the inaugural NCHBC Players to Watch and our Scholar-Athlete of the Month!


Men’s Scholar-Athlete Of The Month! JANUARY

The NCHBC is excited to recognize NW Indy Warriors TAYLOR SMITH as our January 2024 Scholar-Athlete for the month!

Taylor has a 4.14 GPA and has over 35 hours of volunteer work! This includes serving as 10u boys interim head coach while his program searched for a permanent replacement. This is a big deal because it required Board level approval, which demonstrates his service mentality while he takes 10 classes during his Junior season. Several of those are considered advanced courses!

Please join us in congratulating Northwest Warriors Taylor Smith on being the January 2024 NCHBC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month!


Women’s Scholar-Athlete Of The Month! JANUARY

On the women’s side, the NCHBC is excited to recognize Salt & Light Eagles Mikaela Curtis as our January 2024 Scholar-Athlete of the month!

Mikaela has absolutely crushed her academics! She is maintaining a 4.56 GPA and received recognition from Duke & Northwestern Universities for her outstanding SAT/ACT scores, 1500 & 33 respectively, as part of their gifted and talented programs. She is also recognized as AP Scholar with Distinction and National African American Scholar by the College Board for Advanced Placement/AP Exam results. Mikaela is a volunteer teaching assistant for her co-op and director of volunteer peer tutoring program for over 200 hundred students! She is also a member of her church worship team. Mikaela had multiple colleges, but just announced her commitment to Wheaton University (NCAA DIII) to play basketball on a full-ride academic scholarship!

Please join us in congratulating Mikaela Curtis on being the NCHBC women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month!

Men’s Scholar-Athlete Of The Month! December

On the men’s side, the NCHBC is excited to recognize Joey Heaston as our first Scholar-Athlete for the month of December!

Joey has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 32 on his ACT. He is an active volunteer with his church and Northside Lions program, and has received offers from 6 universities!

Please join us in congratulating Northside Lions Joey Heaston on being the NCHBC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month!

Women’s Scholar-Athlete Of The Month! December

On the women’s side, the NCHBC is excited to recognize Aggieland Panthers Pearson McVay as our first Scholar-Athlete for the month of December!

Pearson maintains a 3.92 GPA while helping care for a special needs family-member and being an active volunteer at her church.

Please join us in congratulating Pearson McVay on being the NCHBC women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month!

18u Girls – Dandy Dozen!

Lilly Williams – HEA Firebirds (Class of 2026):  Michigan State University Spartans Commit Lilly Williams joins, Taber Spani (Tennessee), Tori Lewis (Ole Miss), Recee Caldwell (UCLA), and Moriah Jefferson (UCONN) represent some of the best athletes to participate in NCHBC events. Lilly is on track to join this illustrious group as she currently holds multiple offers B1G schools and is ranked the #1 player in her class! Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast- CLICK HERE

Madison Hurta – San Marcos Panthers (Class of 2024):  Madison returns for her senior season with a commitment to East Texas Baptist University (NCAA DIII) in her future. She is aiming to help her San Marcos Panthers earn back-to-back Undisputed National Championships and her deadly shooting from the outside (#4 in the state of Texas for 3pt made) will play a big role in accomplishing that feat. Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast- CLICK HERE

Kendall Beck – San Marcos Panthers (Class of 2024):  Kendall joins her teammate, Madison Hurta, in returning for her senior season with DI commitment in hand. She signed with Houston Christian University in July of 2023 and has proceeded to average a near double-double since. Kendall played a huge role on last year’s championship team and is hungry for more!

Grace Abrams – MHEA Eagles (Class of 2025):  Grace picked up her first D1 offer from UT-Martin before the season began and she is demonstrating why with 17p/10r per game averages for one of the storied homeschool girls basketball programs in NCHBC history!

Hannah Gibbons – Springfield RUSH (Class of 2024):  The John Brown University commit (NAIA) is lighting up the scoreboards in Missouri. Per MaxPreps, Hannah is #1 in 3pt made, #2 in scoring, and #30 in steals per game in the state of Missouri! The RUSH are 14-3 on the season and looking to make some noise in this year’s NCHBC tournaments.

Kayla McGarity – San Marcos Panthers (Class of 2024): The returning All-American for the defending Undisputed champions is averaging a strong 13p/10r per game. She is currently ranked 14th in Texas for double-doubles and had a dominant 24p/16r against 4A La Vernia. Kayla will look to help her team repeat at the Big South and Nationals!

Lillian Mindeman – Southern MO RUSH (Class of 2024): Lillian will be joining her teammate, Hannah Gibbons, at John Brown University in 2025. She is ranked in the Missouri top 25 for 3pt and FG made. The returning All-American will aim to help her #11th ranked team make some big-time noise with her elite ball-handling and terrific shooting. Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast-

Pearson McVay – Aggieland Panthers (Class of 2024): Pearson is dominating the competition this season. She is averaging 16p/11r per game and has 20 games with a double-double! Including a TRIPLE-DOUBLE (23p/20r/10s) game against the Austin Royals. Pearson has over 13 offers to play at the next level!

Chloe Kern – Aggieland Panthers (Class of 2026): This 3pt shooting machine is lighting it up from the outside this season with 98 3pt field goals made while averaging 19 points per game. She has been All-Tournament selection in 3 different tournaments (2 public school & 1 homeschool) and looks to repeat as All-District & All-American selection in 2024.

Audrey Barth – THESA Riders (Class of 2026): Shooting a scorching 56% from the field while averaging 17ppg! The returning All-District & All-American player has over 10 games with 20 points this season. Her best outing came against last year’s Final Four contender, Dallas Thunder, where Audrey scored 30 points and had 6 three’s! She was selected to the All-Tournament team at the All Saints Holiday Classic tournament!

ERIN MITCHELL – CEC Cougars (Class of 2024):  This 6’3” senior is the first person opponents see when they step onto the court to face-off against the CEC Cougars. A beast in the paint who pulls down almost 10 boards and blocks 3 shots a game. She leads her conference in both categories and is the only person to win All-Conference & All-Defense award this season! Erin has attracted significant college interest and received offers from 14 of them! Erin has committed to play at the next level for Alfred State College as she pursues a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography!

DOVIE COCHRAN – West Michigan Hornets (Class of 2024):  Dovie is the all-everything player for the #3 ranked West Michigan Hornets. She is All-Conference, All-Defense, All-State, and All-American winner for the #2 team in the Midwest region! Dovie had an 18pt game while helping her team reach this year’s state championship final. She has attracted interest from a few universities and 1 offer!

Also Considered: Avery Mier (CHSM), Chloe Eversole (Dallas Thunder), Yasmine Aly (FBCHA), Mikaela Curtis (Salt & Light), Jocie Boyd (RUSH)


18u Boys – First 10!

Andrew Thomas – MHEA Eagles (Class of 2024):  All Andrew does is win. The returning NCHBC Maravich award winner has not lost at Nationals in the last 3 seasons, and the team he is currently leading is just as strong. Andrew has come on strong lately and could be a Sullivan award winner. Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast- CLICK HERE

Toby Pike – PT Warriors (Class of 2025):  The 6’8” post helped his team reach the Undisputed National Championship last season and currently has an offer from Howard Payne University. The big man from Texas is averaging a double-double for the #3 team in the nation.

Tyvon Taylor – CHSA Wolverines (Class of 2025):  Tyvon jumped onto the scene during last year’s title run with the 16u Wolverines. He possesses prototypical size, speed, and ability that college coaches like to see. This is a can’t miss player to watch.

Caleb Thomas – MHEA Eagles (Class of 2025):  The younger brother of Andrew is a killer from the outside. If he doesn’t beat you with his shot, then he will beat his man with his high basketball IQ. Caleb is part of a winning tradition at MHEA and has continued to help MHEA defeat some top competition in Tennessee this season. Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast- CLICK HERE

Joey Heaston – Northside Lions (Class of 2024):  He holds offers from six universities in the Midwest, the senior guard is the #1 three-point shooter in Indiana, and #3 in the country. He is also ranked #34 in scoring in the state and has helped lead his team to a 4-0 record in a conference that boasts the INDY Wildcats, Northwest Warriors, and Cincy Trailblazers. Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast- CLICK HERE

Robert Dawkins – MHEA Eagles (Class of 2024):  The 6’5” senior gives MHEA the NCHBC version of the “Big Three”. He has scored over 1200 points in his career, averages a double-double, was all-tournament selection at STL Tip-Off, and MVP of the Memphis Hoopfest. He gives MHEA a 3-headed monster as they look to become the first ever 4-peat homeschool team in NCHBC history!

Kevin Johnson – KC East Lions (Class of 2025):  The 6’7” post is a beast on the boards! He has 7 games with 17 or more rebounds, and 4 games for 20+! He is #1 in Missouri and #2 in the nation with double-doubles. While there have not been formal NCHBC stats on rebounding, it is safe to say that if the KC Hoops Player To Watch continues to rebound at this pace, then he can easily be considered one of the best ever on the boards for postseason NCHBC events.

Jacob May – Houston Homeschool Raiders (Class of 2025):  Jacob is playing the 2024 season like a man on a mission. The 6’1” guard is #56 in his class and averages 17p/7r/6a/3s per game. All while competing against some of the best private school competition in the Houston area. The returning All-American recently scored 23 points against the 2025 #1 player in Houston! Interviewed on NCHC YouTube Podcast-

Tanner Rizan – CHEF Patriots (Class of 2024):  The lefty shooter is lighting up scoreboards throughout Louisiana. He is #1 in the state for 3pt made and FG made, and he is #3 in scoring. He is the returning ACEL MVP and scored 1,000 points in just 2 seasons. Most recently, he dropped 47 points in the Silver Championship game at Space City Jam. He also picked up his first offer to play college ball!

Elias Strasser – Cincinnati Trailblazers (Class of 2024):  The 6’2” guard recently joined the 1,000 point club! He is averaging 16p/6r per game and was selected 1st-Team & MVP of the Bettis Classic over the New Year’s weekend. Final game stat line:  32 points and 11 rebounds! He has 1 offer to play at the next level from Saint Vincent and continues to draw additional interest!

JOSEPH GRAVES – Southern Missouri RUSH (Class of 2024):  The 6’6” senior from Springfield, MO is having a terrific senior season! This 2,000 point scorer has won multiple all-tournament awards this season, including the recent state tournament. RUSH won the Missouri state championship, propelled by Graves’ 31p & 8r effort in the state semi-final against the #1 team in the region. He has interest from multiple NAIA schools, 2 upcoming visits, and an offer from Mission University!

COLTEN DOBRODT – MCAC Wildcats (Class of 2024):  This standout senior from Indiana has terrorized teams in the Great Lakes Homeschool Conference for the last 3 years. He is a 3-time GLHC All-Defensive player, varsity captain, and has amassed over 1500 points & 1500 rebounds in his career. Per MaxPreps, Colten ranks #1 in the state for double-doubles and has a top 10 ranking for free-throws made & rebounds. He is currently drawing interest for D3 and NAIA colleges!

Also Considered: Preston Moore (HSAA), Joseph Graves (RUSH), Will Day (THESA), Carson Headquist (DASCHE), Abel Shreve (LKY Saints)

Nominations for All-American Watch List:
The NCHBC will be releasing the next players to watch right before or right after upcoming District tournaments. Nominations for January 2024 are now open! 

Nominations for January Scholar-Athlete of the Month are now open and we will recognize the men’s and women’s scholar-athlete shortly after the District tournaments! CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!

Recruiting Services- Do you want college coaches to know that you want to play at the next level?- CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE NCHBC RECRUITING SERVICES FORM!

YOUTUBE Podcast NCHC Athletics- Numerous players on this list have already been interviewed (or will be!)
NCHC YouTube Podcast LINK:

A very special thank you to CJ Pomeroy & Paul Gilmore, who have worked hard to bring the concept of the All-American Watch List & Scholar-Athlete of the Month to NCHBC HomeSchool Athletes! Both alumni have consistently found ways to enhance the HomeSchool Athletic Experience!