Sunday, November 23, 2014
Class of 2016 North Carolina Top 75 Rankings

Class of 2016 North Carolina Top 75 Rankings

It is that time of year when we update the Phenom Hoop Report rankings. Jamie Shaw, Rick Lewis, and the rest of our Phenom Hoops team will dive into the top players in North Carolina by their respective class. The rankings are merely “projections” of where we believe players will land at the collegiate level. We have watched players over the past spring, summer and fall to form a composite ranking. We have added new names to the list as we were able to have a more extensive viewing of certain players.

First of all, we only ranked players that are attending high school in the state of North Carolina. North Carolina residents that are playing in other states will be listed in those state rankings.

The North Carolina class of 2016 is loaded. We counted over 55 players that are being recruited by D1 schools. Like every ranking, the top 25% are usually agreed upon without any deviations between the nine of us. However, with so many AAU teams playing in numerous events, it is rather difficult for all of us to watch every player. That being said, the rankings are based upon our evaluations during these events. Note that they are rather fluid and subject to change over the course of the year.

PHR Rank First Name Last  Ht. Pos. City School
1 Harry Giles 6’8 PF High Point Wesleyan Christian
2 Dennis Smith 6’2 PG Fayetteville Trinity Christian
3 Edrice Adebayo 6’9 PF Charlotte Northside
4 Ebuka Izunda 6’10 C Charlotte Victory Christian
5 Kwe Parker 6’2 SG Fayetteville Wesleyan Christian
6 Iran Bennett 6’9 C Durham TBD
7 Papa N’diaye 6’9 PF Winston-Salem Quality Education
8 Ty Graves 6′ PG Greensboro Page
9 Isaiah Whaley 6’9 PF Gastonia Ashbrook
10 Quate McKinzie 6’7 PF Harrells Harrells Christian
11 Jalen Harris 6’1 PG Wilson Word of God
12 Jaylen Fornes 6’2 SG Raleigh Word of God
13 Brandon Childress 5’11 PG Winston-Salem Wesleyan Christian
14 Grant Williams 6’6 PF Charlotte Providence Day
15 Ian Boyd 6’3 WF Apex Apex
16 Ty Gadsden 6’ PG Charlotte United Faith
17 Jalen McManus 6’6 PF Charlotte North Mecklenburg
18 Jay Huff 6’8 F Durham Vogayer
19 Aaron Adiar 6’5 W High Point High Point Christian
20 Matt Elmore 6’8 PF Holly Ridge Dixon
21 Zach Cottrell 6’4 SG Hayesville Hayesville
22 Jalen Johnson 6’5 SG High Point Wesleyan Christian
23 Diondre Overton 6’6 WF Greensboro Page
24 Jashaun Smith 6’4 WF Garner Garner
25 James Lewis 6’7 PF Gastonia Gaston Day
26 Dondre Griffin 6’2 CG Knightdale Knightdale
27 Juan Munoz 5’11 PG Morrisville Panther Creek
28 Jalen Sanders 5’11 PG Salisbury North Rowan
29 Mark Gilbert 6’2 CG Fayetteville Terry Sanford
30 Jordan Sheppard 6’1 PG Asheville Asheville Christian
31 Patrick Tape 6’8 PF Charlotte Queens Grant
32 Chazz Surratt 6’3 WG Denver East Lincoln
33 Ayi Armel Tete 6’9 C Fayetteville Northside Temple
34 Marsellis Pervis 6’6 PF Winston-Salem Quality Education
35 Michael Pippins 6’8 PF Greenville DH Conley
36 Thadd Middleton 6’6 F Durham Mt Zion
37 Raequan Scott 5’8 PG Charlotte Butler
38 Avery Meltcalf 6’3 WG Harrisburg Hickory Ridge
39 Riley Jones 6’10 C Lake Norman Lake Norman
40 Charles Norman 6’2 PG Durham Prominence
41 Mike Buckland 6’3 WG High Point Wesleyan Christian
42 Davion Mintz 6’1 PG Charlotte North Mecklenburg
43 Stephen Misenheimer 6’5 WG New London North Stanley
44 Emitt Tilley 6’2 SG Durham Northern   Durham
45 Thank   God Msughter 6’7 PF Fayetteville Freedom Christian
46 Trevor Willis 6’3 WF Beaufort East Carteret
47 Ben Robertson 6’4 F High Point High Point Christian
48 Nicodemus Payne 6’6 PF Concord First Assembly
49 Jordan McKinzie 6’0 PG Concord JM Robinson
50 Ray Kowalski 6’2 SG Charlotte Northside Christian
51 Tyree Hough 6’8 PF Red Springs Flora McDonald
52 Matt Kalaf 6’7 F Raleigh Neuse Christian
53 Ben Eke 6’8 C Charlotte United Faith
54 Josh Howard 6’6 F Charlotte Providence Day
55 Darion Slade 5’11 PG Clemmons West Forsyth
56 Rob Whitfield 6’1 CG Raleigh Wake Christian Academy
57 Henry Odunze 6’9 C Erwin Cape Fear Academy
58 Kamil Chapman 6’0 SG Charlotte South Mecklenburg
59 Akeem Tate 6’3 WG Cary Green Hope
60 Cory Gensler 6’3 SG Cary Cary
61 Zach Reeves 6’4 WG Arden Christ School
62 Timmy Walker 6’2 PG Arden Christ   School
63 Bradley Pierce 6’2 W Durham Cresset
64 Caron Corpening 6’0 PG Hickory St. Stephens
65 Chris Freeman 6’4 WG Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds
66 Akia Pruitt 6’6 PF Winston-Salem RJ Reynolds
67 Tristen Reese 5’11 PG Durham Cresset Christian
68 Ashton Mounce 6’5 F Mt Airy Mt Airy
69 Eddrico Brown 6’2 SG Charlotte Harding
70 Keenan Black 6’2 W Concord Concord
71 Tre Armstead 5’10 G Clayton Clayton
72 Brandon Reeves 6’5 WG Belmont South Point
73 Jaylen Gore 5’11 PG Greensboro NW Guilford
74 Michael Melvin 5’11 PG Fayetteville Freedom Christian
75 Michael Seals 5’10 PG High Point High Point Christian
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Jamie Shaw
Rick Lewis


  1. Our mistake. We had him in Virginia and did not catch the move to QEA the first time. Also, he reclassed which we failed to catch. WE will make correction. It slipped through the cracks. Transfers and reclassifications are hard to track. Again, our error and we will correct.

    • I went to the Greenfield tourney in Wilson this week end and the kid Robert Whitfield really impressed a lot of people. He plays at Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh and he literally has no help but is really good talent. I’m expecting for him to move up your rankings soon so keep an eye out for him.

      • I have to agree with Rod. We played against Wake Christian for the consolation game and he was very tough. Fun to watch and seemed to be very coachable. I will also have to put a plug in for a Soph from Wayne Country Day, Kris Cooley. He had a great tournament as well and has played very well against some big talent this year.

  2. There is no doubt that Rob Whitfield should be on the list for 2016. He is by far one of the best point guards in the state. I also saw him at the Greenfield tournament and he was very impressive against other top players. He also leads his team in four categories; 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebonds, and 2 steals a game from the point guard position.

  3. Looking forward to the spring season! I got a young bronco biding his time waiting his turn….

  4. Lawrence Williams and Brian Howell from New Hanover High are players to watch, this upcoming tournament season. I think they should definately be on that list. Its too much talent coming from this area!Ty Walker, David Pellum ,Kadeem Allen, Alijah Wilson,Ridell Camidge! Who’s representing the 910?

    • Ronnie, thanks for the heads up on the 910. We do need to see the players from the Wilmington area a tad more. We hope to see more of them during the state playoffs.
      Rick Lewis

  5. When did Kithcart reclass? I thought he was 2015. What is happening with Cooley’s recruitment at QEA?

    • Kithcart has maintained a 2016 throughout HS…
      He is getting a lot of D2 love, waiting a little longer to see what open gyms and work outs may bring him…

      • He reclassified in the 8th grade

      • Mke sure your facts are correct, re classing happens in high school, its call placement in middle school. Justice has 2 D1 offers and lots of D1 interest. 2 ACC schools are highly interested as a matter of fact. D2 school have never contact him.

        • We appreciate your reply James…I wanted to note that if you take a look at the initial question, the D2 part was in response to a different kid (not Kithcart) the original poster also asked about…

  6. Still say Isaiah Stallings from Terry Sanford should be on that list!!

    • Hope to see him play soon. We actually had about 65-70 players that could crack the top 50. It is that competitive. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I seen Noah Cummings play in Richmond several weeks ago. I was really impressed with his outside shot and his inside play. For a kid who is over 6-10 he is true sleeper and one to what out for.

  8. I viewed your rankings and I must admit I’m amazed to see that the Kid Michal Seals is ranked so low. You even have him ranked under a guard who came off the bench on his team. I had the pleasure of watching this young man playing all summer with; Team Winston who I must say has stamped a name for themselves next year. With the coaching of Travis H. and Craig Dawson this team can make some noise next year.
    Back to Michal seals I had the pleasure of watching him at Queens college where he had stood out among all guards. He has unbelievable speed, he’s a great defender that can guard anyone 94 feet and doesn’t miss a beat. Most importantly he’s a pass first point guard who still manages to score. I watched this kid play in Myrtle beach and destroy top rank guards. I never seen this kid struggle against top ranked Guards. His team played Team Penny 16U in Savannah Ga and this kid showed out. No one could stop him from getting to the basket. I don’t believe he had 1 turnover. My last homage to this young man was watching him play against the Slade kid who you have ranked so high. He didn’t score much in that game but he won the game. Within the last minute of the game this kid got two back to back steals that sealed the game. I didn’t get to see him play in Kentucky but rumor has it he put on a show there playing Team United. It’s a shame to see him ranked so low on the list. I am looking forward to watching this kid play this year at High Point Christian. He is a very skilled point guard who should be ranked much higher. I’m still trying to figure out why he’s ranked lower than some of his team mates. All Team Winston need now is another 5 and they will be a tough team to beat. Trust me. I hope to see the young man Michal Seals work his way up the rankings and earn his rightful spot.

  9. I am shocked Kip Peak at Veritas Christian is not on this list. Him and Jordan Sheppard are probably the 2 premier PGs in Western NC. He’s already received a good number of letters from D1 schools across the south. He averaged over 15 ppg, 5 rebs, 4 assists , and 2.5 steals in the Greensboro event this past weekend. I’ve coached in Wilmington and Asheville over the past 7 years (including travel ball). I am not sure what else this guy needs to do to get on the radar, but he’s definitely being over-looked. I’ve coached for and against players like TJ Williams (UT Chat), Elijah Wilson (Coastal Carolina), Stillman White (UNC), Kadeem Allen (Arizona), and many others. Kip Peak is definitely a Division 1 talent and if anyone needs proof I’d be glad to show them the film to back it up.

    One of the guys above mentioned Brian Howell and Lawrence Williams at New Hanover High School. Brian plays travel ball for me and Lawrence played for me 2 years ago at Ashley High School. Both of these are great prospects as well.

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