Top Prospects from 2020 at National HS Showcase

November 23rd, 2018   •   No Comments   

TOP TWENTY FIVE 2020 PROSPECTS- that I saw AT THE NATIONAL HS SHOWCASE

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THE TOP FORTY FROM 2020 – BY POSITION
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TOP TWENTY FIVE 2020 PROSPECTS- that I saw at the National HS Showcase

Top 25 from 2020

1-Isaiah Todd, 6-10 210, F, 2020, Trinity Academy

2-Jaden Seymour, 6-8 205, PF, 2020, Northside Christian

3-Javarzia Belton, 6-10 240, C, 2020, Moravian Prep

4-Jaylon Gibson, 6-11 210, C, 2020, Grace Christian

5-Norrance Berry, 6-3 175, 2G, 2020, Christ School

6-Zavian McLean, 6-3 180, 2G, 2020, Village Christian

7-Shakeel Moore, 5-11 180, 1G, 2020, Piedmont Classical

8-Denver Jones, 6-3 180, 1G, 2020, Tennessee Prep

9-Kamiri Smith, 6-2 175, 1G, 2020, Word Of God
Transfer from Oakland (Soldiers)

10-Kevin Saikam, 6-9 240, C, 2020, Tennessee Prep

Kevin Saikam

 

11-Evan Joyner, 6-7 175, 2G, 2020, Piedmont Classical

12-Todd Burt, 6-8 205, BF, 2020, Trinity Christian,

13-Omarion Jay, 6-9 240, C, 2020, Moravian Prep

14-Josiah Shackleford, 6-9 215, C, 2020, Word Of God

15-Myles Evans, 6-9 210, C, 2020, Ravenscroft School DNP

16-Ford Cooper, 6-2 175, 1G, 2020, Carmel Christian

17-Creighton Lebo, 6-1 175, 1G, 2020, Greenfield School

18-Christian Bailey, 6-5 190, SF, 2020, Greensboro Day

19-Myles Hunter, 6-6 180, 2G, 2020, Carmel Christian

20-Jakari Outlaw, 6-5 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School

21-DJ Bailey, 6-5 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School

22-Landon Sutton, 6-0 170, 1G, 2020, High Point Christian, High Point, NC-LM

23-Trey Pittman, 6-7 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School

24-Jalen Joiner, 6-6 185, F, 2020, Piedmont Classical

25-Cason Pierce, 6-6 180, SF, 2020, Greensboro Day
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THE TOP FORTY FROM 2020 – BY POSITION – that I saw at the National HS Showcase

1-“Top Eight” 2020 Big Forwards
2-“Top Seven” 2020 Bigs
3-“Top Eight” 2020 Small Forwards
4-“Top Nine” 2020 Two-Guards
5-“Top Eight” 2020 Point-Guards
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Eight Top 2020 Big Forwards

Isaiah Todd, 6-10 210, F, 2020, Trinity Academy

Jaden Seymour, 6-8 205, PF, 2020, Northside Christian

Todd Burt, 6-8 205, BF, 2020, Trinity Christian

Allan Taylor, 6-8 210, BF, 2020, Grace Christian

Anjay Cortez, 6-8 200, BF, 2020, United Faith Christian

Zach Shumate, 6-7 215, PF, 2020, High Point Christian

Jahmi Foster, 6-7 190, PF, 2020, Greenville School

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Seven Top 2020 Bigs

Javarzia Belton, 6-10 240, C, 2020, Moravian Prep

Jaylon Gibson, 6-11 210, C, 2020, Grace Christian

Myles Evans, 6-9 210, C, 2020, Ravenscroft School

Myles Evans

 

 

Omarion Jay, 6-9 240, C, 2020, Moravian Prep

 

Kevin Saikam, 6-9 240, C, 2020, Tennessee Prep

Josiah Shackleford, 6-9 215, C, 2020, Word Of God

 

James Mariech, 7-0 220, C, 2020, Calvary Day – DNP

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Eight Top 2020 Small Forwards

Christian Bailey, 6-5 190, SF, 2020, Greensboro Day

Christian Bailey

 

 

Jakari Outlaw, 6-5 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School

Dij Bailey, 6-5 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School,

Trey Pittman, 6-7 180, SF, 2020, Greenfield School

Jalen Joiner, 6-6 185, F, 2020, Piedmont Classical

 

Cason Pierce, 6-6 180, SF, 2020, Greensboro Day

Jake Bertolini-Felice, 6-5 185, SF, 2020, Trinity Academy

Josh Massey, 6-6 180, F, 2020, United Faith
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Nine Top 2020 Two-Guards

Norrance Berry, 6-3 175, 2G, 2020, Christ School

Zavian McLean, 6-3 180, 2G, 2020, Village Christian

Evan Joyner, 6-7 175, SF, 2020, Piedmont Classical,

Myles Hunter, 6-6 180, SF, 2020, Carmel Christian

Kenny Gwynn Jr., 6-3 175, G, 2020, Carmel Christian

Chase Forte, 6-4 175, SF, 2020, Word Of God

LucRichard Rameau, 6-2 200, 2G, 2020, Ravenscroft School

Lee Langstaff, 6-3 180, 2G, 2020, Carolina Day

Jaylen Dibble, 5-11 160, G, 2020, Cannon School
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Eight Top 2020 Point-Guards

Shakeel Moore, 5-11 180, 1G, 2020, Piedmont Classical

Denver Jones, 6-3 180, 1G, 2020, Tennessee Prep

Kamiri Smith, 6-2 175, 1G, 2020, Word Of God

Creighton Lebo, 6-1 175, 1G, 2020, Greenfield School

Ford Cooper, 6-2 175, 1G, 2020, Carmel Christian

Landon Sutton, 6-0 170, 1G, 2020, High Point Christian

Miguel Juan, 6-1 170, 1G, 2020, Wesley Christian

Steven Riley Jr., 5-9 160, 1G, 2020, Ravenscroft School
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Sixty Prospects from the National HS Showcase

November 21st, 2018   •   No Comments   

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STAR HOOPERS OF TOMORROW-S.H.O.T-SCOUTING SERVICE, Nov 19, 2018
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In this Report:

The “Top Sixty” – That I saw – at the National High School Showcase @ Greensboro Day School

 

Providence commit, Greg Gantt

 

1-Eight 2019 Bigs
2-Nine 2019 Big Forwards
3-Five 2019 Combo Forwards
4-Twelve 2019 Small Forwards
5-Nine 2019 Two-Guards
6-Nine 2019 Combo Guards
7-Eight 2019 Point-Guards
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Eight 2019 Centers

Arol Kauchuol

Arol Kachuol, 6-10 210, C, 2019, Wesley Christian

Moulaye Sissoko, 6-9 235, C, 2019, Lincoln Academy

Derrick Quansah, 6-11 215, C, 2019, Village Christian

Brad Stone, 6-11 210, C/PF, 2019, Christ School, Arden, NC-LaSalle

Vadim Clanet, 6-8 220, C, 2019, DME Academy

 

Julien Steinfeld, 6-11 215, C, 2019, Grace Christian

Tony Hauser, 6-7 240, C, 2019, Northside Christian

Hasan Beniz, 6-9 230, C, 2019, Northwood Temple
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Nine 2019 Big Forwards

Greg Gantt, 6-7 205, F, 2019, Trinity Christian, Fayetteville, NC-Providence

Michael Fowler, 6-9 215, BF, 2019, Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC-James Madison

Nicholas Evtimov, 6-7 230, PF, 2019, Greensboro Day,

Erin Gulic, 6-8 220, BF, 2019, Wesley Christian,

Matt Cole, 6-7 220, BF, 2019, DME Academy

Jake Boggs, 6-8 190, BF, 2019, Carmel Christian, Charlotte, NC-UNC-Wilmington

Chris Dodoo, 6-8 205, BF, 2019, Village Christian

Sam Wolfe, 6-8 215, BF, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NC

Brandon Franklin, 6-8 180, BF, 2019, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC
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Five 2019 Combo Forwards

Elias King, 6-9 215, BF, 2019, Lincoln Academy, Suwannee, GA-Mississippi State

DeAngelo Epps, 6-6 210, F, 2019, Carmel Christian, Charlotte, NC-College Of Charleston

Jake Van der heijden, 6-8 210, BF, Ravenscroft, Raleigh, NC-Bucknell

Daniel Lobach, 6-7 215, F, 2019, Moravian Prep

Jason Thompson, 6-7 190, F, 2019, United Faith Christian

AJ Morris
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Twelve 2019 Small Forwards

Puoch Puoch, 6-8 185, SF, 2019, Wesley Christian

Juwan Gary, 6-7 185, SF, 2019, Liberty Heights, Charlotte, NC-Alabama

Josh Hall, 6-8 210, SF, 2019, Moravian Prep,

Ahmad Harvey, 6-6 180, SF, 2019, Aspire Academy

Traizon Byrd, 6-7 180, SF, 2019, Tennessee Prep

Paul Hudson, 6-6 180, SF, 2019, Charlotte Christian

Max Farthing, 6-6 190, SF, 2019, Word Of God

Cortez Marion-Holmes, 6-6 185, SF, 2019, Carmel Christian

Donovan Gregory, 6-3 215, SF, 2019, Carmel Christian, Charlotte, NC-App State

DeAngelo Elliott, 6-4 180, SF, 2019, Carolina Day

Cliff Harris, 6-4 185, SF, 2019, Calvary Day
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This young man will be back from injury this week.

Noah Dunn, 6-4 210, SF, 2019, Greensboro Day
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Nine 2019 Two-Gs

Damion Baugh, 6-4 180, 2G, 2019, Tennessee Prep, Memphis, TN-Florida

Damion Baugh

 

Josh Nickelberry, 6-5 180, 2G, 2019, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC-Louisville

Trae Hanibal, 6-2 190, 2G, 2019, Harsfield HS, Hartsfield, SC-South Carolina

Martin Maide, 6-5 180, 2G, 2019, Carmel Christian, Charlotte, NC-Liberty University

Dylan McFee, 6-4 180, 2G, 2019 DME Academy

 

CJ Allison, 6-4 210, 2G, 2019, Wesley Christian

Marcus Henderson, 6-2 170, G, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NC-Evansville

Jamahri Harvey, 6-5 175, 2G, Northwood Temple Christian

Seth Bennett, 6-3 180, 2G, Charlotte Christian
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Nine 2019 Combo Guards

Darrell Belcher, 6-4 180, G, 2019, Tennessee Prep

DJ Horne, 6-2 175, G, 2019, Trinity Christian

Myles Pierre, 6-2 185, G, 2019, Carmel Christian

 

 

Jackson Gammons, 6-2 175, G, 2019, Calvary Day, Winston-Salem, NC-Citadel

Trey Austin, 6-1 170, G, 2019, Christ School,

Efoso U-Edosomwan, 6-2 180, 1G, 2019, Charlotte Christian

Brad Halvorsen, 5-11 170, G, 2019, Christ School

Talton Jones, 6-3 170, G, 2019, Trinity Christian

Travion McCray, 6-1 185, G, 2019, Village Christian
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Eight 2019 Point Guards

Caleb Burgess, 6-3 175, 1g, 2019, Moravian Prep

Austin Inge, 6-2 175, 1G, 2019, Greensboro Day

Austin Inge

 

JC Tharrington, 6-1 170, 1G, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte, NC-App State

Caleb Fields, 6-0 175, 1G, 2019, Aspire Academy

Kojack Thompson, 5-8 170, 1G, 2019, Christ School

Davier Dixon, 6-0 170, 1G, 2019, Liberty Heights

Jaeden Lanning, 6-1 170, 1G, 2019, Calvary Day

KJ Marshall, 5-9 175, G, 2019, Trinity Christian
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Ten Unsigned NC Senior Forwards

November 16th, 2018   •   1 Comment   

Ten unsigned Senior Forwards

There was some outstanding talent at the November 3, HS Jamboree in Greensboro’s Proehlific Park Complex. Among those outstanding prospects were the ten forwards listed below.

Nick Evtimov, 6-7 220, PF, 2019, Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC

Nicholas Evtimov

 

This young man has really emerged as a prospect over the past 18 months. He has a very good feel for the game. He is solid in all phases and he plays hard. He’s an outstanding passer.

James Leible, 6-7 220, PF, Prep, Washington Prep, Greenville, NC

He’s a strong forward, whose forte is hitting the boards on both ends of the court. That’s not all he does well however. He’s a solid defender, he posts well and he has soft touch from the high post.

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Firay Ceylan, 6-7 215, PF, 2019, Rabun Gap School, Nagahoochie, GA

He’s a blue collar forward, who defends and hits th boards. He also has a solid offensive game. He has touch to 16 feet and he’s a very good passer.

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Sam Wolfe, 6-8 215, PF, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NCThis young forward hits the boards really well and he’s solid defensively. He has touch within 15 feet and in the paint.

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Joshua Hall, 6-7 200, F, 2019, Moravian Prep, Hudson, NC

This young man is a very skilled perimeter player. He is a very good shooter from mid-range and he drives the rock to the hole effectively, as well.

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Christian Wells, 6-6 210, F, Prep, Washington Prep, Greenville, NC

Christian Wells

 

 

This young man, pictured at the top is a very solid basketball player. Offensively, he drives it well and he has a solid mid-range stroke. He’s an excellent defender and a stalwart on the boards. He plays hard, as his father Bonzi Wells did.

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Daniel Lobach, 6-7 205, F, 2019, Moravian Prep, Hudson, NC

After homeschooling, for most of his life, Daniel ventured to Moravian Prep this year and his game has blossomed. He has adjusted really well to very good competition and he has made himself a definite DI Prospect.

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Jason Thompson, 6-7 190, F, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NC

This forward is a very versatile performer. He can guard big forwards and small forwards, just as well. Offensively, he relies on a nice mid-range stroke, which is solid.

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Jahahri Harvey, 6-5 180, SF, 2019, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC

This young forward is an above average athlete, with a true shooting stroke, especially from mid-range. He’s a long armed defender, who pressures his man really well.

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Brandon Franklin, 6-9 180, F, 2019, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC

This young man has grown 5-6 inches in the past two years. He hasn’t lost his shooting stroke, during that growth spurt. He’s solid all around, but his best asset is one that coaches covet and that is a very good perimeter shooting stroke.

Top Forty Four 2019 Prospects-that I saw Nov. 3, at Proehlific Park’s HS Jamboree by Phenom

November 10th, 2018   •   No Comments   

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STAR HOOPERS OF TOMORROW-S.H.O.T-HS SCOUTING SERVICE, Nov. 8, 2018

In this Report:

Centers

Nikola Vuksanovic, 7-0 225

Filip Vuksanovic, 6-10 220

Peter Olatunji, 6-8 220

Michael Okoye

Harrison Beniz, 6-9 230

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2019 Big Forwards

Michael Fowler, 6-9 215, James Madison University commit

Tyshaun Claude, 6-8 215

Tyshaun Claude.

Nick Evtimov, 6-7 220

James Leible, 6-7 220

Firat Ceylan, 6-7 215

Sam Wolfe, 6-8 215
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2019 Combo Forwards

Joshua Hall, 6-7 200

Christian Wells, 6-6 210

Daniel Loback, 6-7 205

Jason Thompson, 6-7 190

Stephen Clark, 6-7 185

Brandon Franklin, 6-9 180

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2019 Small Forwards

Juwan Gary, 6-6 185

Michael Christmas, 6-6 200

Mathew Smith, 6-5 190 – Murray State University commit

Tyler Harris, 6-6 190

Jamal King, 6-5 190-Winthrop University commit

Jamahri Harvey, 6-5 180

Bryant Randleman, 6-4 180

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2019 Two Guards

Josh Nickelberry, 6-5 185-Louisville

Eli Lawrence, 6-6

Christian Jackson, 6-6 180

Christian, CJ, Jackson

Andra McKee, 6-3 180-Queens University

Tyler Dearman, 6-4 180

Tate Johnson, 6-2 175

EJ Bethea, 6-2 180

Jackson Gabriel, 6-2 180-Brevard College

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2019 Combo Guards

Trey Alston, 6-1 175

Brad Halvorsen, 5-11 170

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2019 Point Guards

Dakari Johnson, 6-1 175

Raja Milton, 6-0 170

Raja Milton

Lavontae Knox, 6-2 175

Austin Inge, 6-2 170

Ricky Council III, 1G, 6-0 175

Raishaun Brown, 6-0 175

Riley Adams, 6-1 175

Caleb Burgess, 6-2 180

Davier Dixon, 6-0 175

Kojak Thompson, 5-8 160

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Six Senior Standouts, Finishing their Careers on Powerhouse Teams

November 7th, 2018   •   No Comments   

Six NC Standouts, who are Finishing their Prep Careers on Powerhouse Teams

Daniel Lobach

It was big move this year for Daniel Lobach, a 6-8 forward from Durham, North Carolina, when he made the decided to make the move to attend Moravian Prep in tiny Hudson, North Carolina, which is near the mountain towns of Lenoir, Hickory and Morganton. After all Daniel was homeschooled, which is a totally different world than that of prep school basketball. Guess what? After an eye, (wide eye), opening beginning Daniel has made quite an adjustment and is now amdefinite D-1 Prospect.

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Ryan Shaffer, 6-5 180, 2G, Hargrave Military Prep, Chatham, VA

After scoring over a 1,000 points for Green Hope High School, near Raleigh, Ryan is attending prep school powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.
He’s a pure shooter, who knows how to play the game and he’s a gamer. He scored 14 points in Hargrave’s 118-102 win over Combine Prep Academy. He also grabbed five rebounds.His stroke his true and his release is picture perfect. He’s adept at moving without the ball and he gets it off quickly, with accuracy.
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Tyshaun Claude, 6-8 215, PF, Prep, Moravian Prep, Hudson, NC
This young man finished his high school career in his hometown Goldsboro, last spring. Tyshaun really blossomed in his senior year, after which he decided to attend Moravian Prep. It looks like an excellent move for him. He has packed on muscle, while maintaining his excellent vertical leaping ability. He’s utilizing those attributes, along with his determined nature to get the job done on the boards. He’s also finishing around the basket and he’s hitting jumpers from 15-16 feet consistently.

B.J. Mack, 6-7 240, PF, 2019, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA
After teaming with a nine seniors, as a freshman at Charlotte Catholic on that school’s drive to the 4A State Championship, BJ transferred to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy last year. This year he’s starting at Power Forward for that national powerhouse and he’s doing a good job. A solid inside scorer and a good rebounder, BJ has added a nice mid-range shot to his arsenal and he’s in the best shape of his life. He’s an “old school” type “Power Forward”, who is playing a big role on an Oak Hill team that has its eyes on a possible national championship.
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Dakari Johnson, 6-0 175, 1G, Washington Academy, Greenville,

This Raeford, North Carolina native is attending Washington Academy Prep, after a solid high school career and being under-appreciated by recruiters, Dakari”s decision to play a year at prep school should pay dividends. He has good speed and strength, as well as a very solid handle, with passing ability to match. He also has a solid stroke to the arc.
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Tyler Nelson, 6-5 180, SF, Prep, Hargrave Military Prep, Chatham, VA
This Charlotte area native is not only a very good basketball player, he is an excellent student as well. After his year at Hargrave, he will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Tyler is a really nice shooter and a good all around basketball player.
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Top Eleven 2021 Prospects from PrepHoops 250

October 11th, 2018   •   Comments Off on Top Eleven 2021 Prospects from PrepHoops 250   

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STAR HOOPERS OF TOMORROW-S.H.O.T-HS SCOUTING SERVICE, October 1. 2018
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In this Report:

FROM PREP HOOPS 250 – TOP ELEVEN FROM THE CLASS OF 2021 AND MORE

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1-Top Forward, Top Swingman and Top Point Guard
2-Five Top “Shooters”
3-Top Three “Playmakers”
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Top Eleven from Prep Hoops 250 – By Position
1-Top Two 2021 Big Forwards
2-Top Two 2021 Small Forwards
3-Top Two 2021 Two-Guards
4-Top Two 2021 Combo Guards
5-Top Three 2021 Point Guards
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TOP 2021 FORWARD, TOP 2021 SWINGMAN AND TOP 2021 POINT GUARD

Nate Brafford

Top 2021 Forward: Nate Brafford, Tuscola HS, Tuscola, NC
Top 2021 Swing-Man: Glenn Bynum Jr, 2021, Northside Christian, Charlotte, NC
Top 2020 1-G: Chris Daniels, 6-1 170, 2021, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC
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Glynn Bynum

Top 2021 Shooters

1-Nate Brafford, 6-8 190, F, 2021, Tuscola HS, Tuscola, NC
2-Glenn Bynum Jr, Northside Christian, Charlotte, NC
3-Chris Daniels, 6-1 170, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC
4-Joel Baucom, 6-2 155, 2G, 2021, Davidson Day School, Davidson, NC
5-Brandon Wingo. 6-3 175, 2G, 2021, Fort Mill HS, Fort Mill, SC
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Chris Daniels

Top 2021 Playmakers

1-Chris Daniels, 6-1 170, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC
2-Isaiah Holman, 5-9 165, 1G, 2021, East Wake HS, Raleigh, NC
3-Tony Waters, 5-10 165, 1G, 2021, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
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Top Eleven from Prep Hoops 250 – By Position

Big Forwards

1-Nate Brafford, 6-8 180, 2021, Tuscola HS, Tuscola, NC

2-Juwelz Hargrove, 6-6 185, F, 2021, N. Guilford HS, Greensboro, NC
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Brandon Wingo

Small Forwards

1-Glenn Bynum Jr, 6-4 180, SF, 2021, Northside Christian, Charlotte, NC

2-Brandon Wingo, 6-3 175, 2G, 2021, Fort Mill HS, Fort Mill, SC
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Joel Baucom

Two-Guards:

1-Joel Baucom, 6-2 155, 2G, 2021, Davidson Day School, Davidson, NC

2-Kaylon Keys, 6-0 170, G, 2021, Jack Britt HS, Fayetteville, NC
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Bryce Alfino

Combo Guards

Bryce Alfino, 6-4 175, G, 2021, Davidson Day School, Davidson, NC

Glenwood Robinson Jr. 5-11 175, G, 2021, Mooresville HS, Mooresville, NC
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Tony Waters

2021 Point Guards

Chris Daniels, 6-1 175, 1G, 2021, Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC

Isaiah Holman, 5-9 165, 1G, 2021, East Wake HS, Raleigh, NC

Tony Waters, 5-10 165, 1G, 2021, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
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Comings and goings in NC High School Basketball

August 23rd, 2018   •   Comments Off on Comings and goings in NC High School Basketball   

Well the star of North Carolina’s Class of 2020 is transferring to IMG in Florida, while another Charlotte star, Jae’lyn Withers will play his senior year in Ohio.

One incoming high school star is Juwan Gary, a 6-7 rising senior, from Columbia, South Carolina has transferred to West Charlotte High School. Gary has committed to play at Alabama, after his high school career is completed.

North Mecklenburg defeats South Central to win the East Coast Invitational

July 3rd, 2018   •   Comments Off on North Mecklenburg defeats South Central to win the East Coast Invitational   

North Mecklenburg wins the East Coast Invitational Championship

Coach Duane Lewis’s Vikings from North Mecklenburg defeated South Central High School of Winterville, North Carolina to win the Fifteenth East Coast Invitational Team Camp Championship.

North Mecklenburg led 37-31 at the half, as junior guard Tristan Maxwell netted 14 points. The Vikings went on to victory, as highly rated forward Jae’lyn Withers took over in the second half and led the champions with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

6-9 Jae’lyn Withers is a Highly Recruited Rising Senior

Maxwell, a 6-3 combo guard finished with 21 points. Point guard Demar Anderson had an excellent all around game, finishing with 14 points eight assists and six rebounds, while fellow junior, Daqon Stewart scored 12 points. Thomas Owens came up big on the defensive end for the winners.

6-9 Forward, Jae’lyn Withers of North Mecklenburg is a highly recruited rising senior.

Withers had led North Mecklenburg in their 69-48 semifinal win over Raleigh Millbrook, finishing with 32 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Maxwell had 14 points and eight rebounds in that semifinal win, while Anderson finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Daqon Stewart scored 11 in that game.

North Mecklenburg had reached the semifinals with a 61-48 quarterfinal win over Garner. Withers and Maxwell tallied 23 each in that contest, with Stewart contributing 18 points. Withers had eight rebounds and three assists in that game, while Maxwell showed his play making ability with seven assists.

North Mecklenburg’s toughest game came against Leesville Road High School, of Raleigh. The Vikings won that contest 74-71 over Leesville Road, which was led by 2019 guard, Jalen Benjamin, the son of former NC State star Ishua Benjamin.

Withers and Maxwell scored 30 points each in the win over Leesville Road, with Jae’lyn grabbing 14 rebounds and Tristan dropping six dimes. Demar Anderson finished that game with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Withers is the son of former UNC-Charlotte star, Curtis Withers, while Maxwell is the son of former Houston Rockets guard, Vernon Maxwell, a key force, along with Hakeem Olajuwon on back to back NBA Championships in the early 1990s.

Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp

July 3rd, 2018   •   Comments Off on Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp   

Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp

I have featured Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational Team Camp, below. I’ll have much more on this fine event in the next few days.

North Mecklenburg High School, of Huntersville, North Carolina, defeated South Central High School, of Winterville, North Carolina in the championship game of this fine team camp.

Coach Wells Gulledge, started the East Coast Invitational, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, when he was the basketball coach at Jacksonville High School. Despite leaving Jacksonville to coach, first Kinston, NC, High School and now Laney High School in Wilmington, he has continued to hold this high school “Team Camp” in Jacksonville. This was the 15th year of the event and it keeps getting better and better.

Eight Top Prospects from the ECI Team Camp

Jae’lyn Withers, 6-9 210, F, 2019, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
This combo forward is one of the most improved players in the nation. Always a talented scorer, Jae’lyn has added much to his game in the past year. He was a pretty good shooter, when I first saw him three years ago, but now he is a good shooter – to the arc and beyond.
Jae’lyn also has become more accomplished at driving the rock and finishing with strength. Strength is another thing that he has added to his game. A year ago, he was lacking in strength, but now he doesn’t get bumped around and finishes through contact.
Still another improvement in Jae’lyn’s game is his post up game. He can post up and get buckets inside.

Jalen Benjamin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalen Benjamin, 5-11 160, 1G, 2019, Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, NC
This quick guard has excellent ball handling skills, good vision and very good passing skills. Jalen is also one of the best shooters in the state. He shoots it well off the dribble and he also shoots it well from well beyond the arc.
I’ve watched Jalen play, since his father Ishua started him out playing 14U AAU basketball when he was only 11 years old.

 

Shykeim Phillips

 

 

Shykeim Phillips, 6-1 170 1G, 2019, South Central HS, Winterville, NC
This young man is a very good floor leader for Coach Chris Cherry’s team. He handles well, creates well for his teammates and he also finds time to put some points on the board.
He is one of the most unselfish point guards you will see.
Shykeim has also become a good shooter, through hard work and he has one of the best runners, this side of New York City.
Shykeim is at his best, when the game is on the line. I have yet to see him miss a free throw in the fourth quarter of a game in my three years of watching him.

Luke Davis, 6-7 215, F, 2019, South Central HS, Winterville, NC
This young man is one of the most improved players in North Carolina, in the class of 2019. Always an extraordinary leaper, Luke has been putting in a lot of hard work on his overall game this spring. He was knocking down jump shot, after jump shot in Friday’s games. He’s also attacking the basket, off the dribble and finishing well at the rim.
Luke can finish at the basket, using finesse, or if given half a chance, he can throw down a powerful slam causes the crowd to erupt.

Nas Tyson, 6-1 180, 1G, 2019, Forest Hills HS, Marshville, NC
This young man has emerged as one of the top point guards in the state of North Carolina. Nas has, steadily, become very strong in all phases of guard play. He is one of the strongest point guards you will see on the high school level and his handle is tight. He penetrates well, making plays for his teammates. He also has become a good shooter from the perimeter and he’s a very good on-ball defender.
Oh, he was also one of the key leaders in Forest Hill’s run to the 2A State Championship this past March.
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Two Talents from the Class of 2020

Day’Ron Sharpe, 6-10 225, C, 2020, South Central HS, Winterville, NC-North Carolina
This young man has had a busy summer and July just arrives on Sunday.
Day-Ron had a good showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-June. In the Camp, he competed against 15-20 of the other top big men in the USA and he more than held his own. On top of that, Day’Ron was one of the few underclassmen among those big men.
The big man is playing with the Garner Road 16U AAU team this spring and summer. He’s one of the leaders of the team, which is one of the top 16U teams in the USA.
Day’Ron also found time to verbally commit to playing his college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

Tristan Maxwell, 6-3 180, G, 2020, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
This young guard is a gifted scorer, with an excellent feel for the game. He’s a sweet shooter, both from mid-range and from the arc. He’s adept at moving without the ball and utilizing his quick release for buckets, but he’s equally adept at creating his own shot, or driving it.
Tristan’s also a gifted passer with good vision and unerring accuracy whether hitting to a cutter, or dishing off the dribble.
He’s a consistent scorer, but he’s also capable of scoring points in bunches, as when he scored 16 points in a row in the third quarter of a close game between his CP3 16U team in a win over rival, Team Loaded 704, in a spring game in Greensboro.
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And from the Class of 2021

Dontrez Styles, 6-7 200, SF, 2021, Kinston HS, Kinston, NC
He’s not only one of the top rising sophomores in the state of North Carolina, but he is also proving to be one of the top players in the country in the class of 2021.
Dontrez plays with the poise of a senior, even though he has three more years of high school basketball ahead of him. This talented young man has good all around skills and he’s a good teammate.

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My 2020 All-Tournament Team from the Stay Positive Invitational

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South Central HS’s Day’Ron Sharpe

 

 

 

 

 

First-Team

Cameron Hayes, Greensboro
Myles Tate, Spartanburg
Christian Hampton, Greensboro
Tristan Maxwell, Charlotte
Josh Taylor, Atlanta

Second-Team

Justin Wright, Farmville
Ricky Council IV, Durham
Reggie Raynor, Fayetteville
Todd Burt, Garner
Myles Evans, Raleigh

Third-Team

Reggie Walton, Fayetteville
Jacari Outlaw, Wilson
Luke Stankavage, Charlotte
Aymeric Touissaint, Fayetteville
Jefferson Boaz, Pilot Mountain

15-Man Fourth-Team

Jaquari Futtrell, Durham
Omarion Jay, Roxboro
Josh Rubio, Charlotte
Brandon Forest, Fayetteville
Collin Guilford, Fayetteville
Callin Randolph, Burnsville
Landon Sutton, Greensboro
Manrique Alvarado, Fayetteville
Matt Patterson, High Point
Cameron Stitt, Indian Trail
James Freeman, Hickory
Josh Hall, Raleigh
Trey Pittman, Wilson
RJ Lee, Farmville
Justus Shelton, Burnsville