Friday, August 1, 2014
Class of 2016 North Carolina Top 50 Rankings

Class of 2016 North Carolina Top 50 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.

Rank First Last  Ht. Pos. City School
1 Dennis Smith 6’2 PG Fayetteville Trinity Christian
2 Harry Giles 6’8 PF High     Point Wesleyan   Christian
3 Edrice Adebayo 6’9 PF Pinetown Northside
4 Iran Bennett 6’9 C Durham Bull City   Prep
5 Ebuka Izunda 6’10 C Charlotte Victory Christian
6 Ty Graves 5’11 PG Greensboro Page
7 Quate McKinzie 6’7 PF Harrells Harrells Christian
8 Papa N’diaye 6’9 C Winston-Salem Quality Education
9 Justice Kithcart 6’1 PG Durham Hillside
10 Quentin Jackson 6’2 PG Raleigh Word of   God
11 Brandon Childress 5’11 PG Winston Salem East Forsyth
12 Jalen Harris 5’11 PG Wilson Greenfield
13 Jaylen Fornes 6’2 SG Raleigh Word of   God
14 Kwe Parker 6’2 WF Fayetteville Trinity Christian
15 Matt Elmore 6’8 Post Holly Ridge Dixon
16 Grant Williams 6’7 Post Charlotte Providence Day
17 Isaiah Whaley 6’9 PF Gastonia Ashbrook
18 Ty Gadsden 6’1 PG Charlotte United Faith
19 Diondre Overton 6’6 F Greensboro Page
20 Ian Boyd 6’3 WF Apex Apex
21 Zach Cottrell 6’4 WF Hayesville Hayesville
22 Ayi Armel Tete 6’9 C Fayetteville Northside Temple
23 Trevor Willis 6’3 WF Beaufort East Carteret
24 Jalen Sanders 5’11 PG Salisbury North Rowan
25 Jashaun Smith 6’4 F Garner Garner
26 Mark Gilbert 6’2 G Fayetteville Terry Sanford
27 Juan Munoz 5’11 PG Morrisville Panther Creek
28 Michael Pippins 6’7 Post Greenville DH Conley
29 Charles Norman 6’2 PG Durham Prominence
30 Matt Kalaf 6’7 F Raleigh Neuse Christian
31 James Lewis 6’7 PF Gastonia East   Gaston
32 Dondre Griffin 6’2 CG Raleigh Neuse Christian
33 Thadd Middleton 6’6 F Durham Mt  Zion
34 Trey Carver 6’6 WF Elizabeth   City Northeastern
35 Mike Buckland 6’3 W High Point Wesleyan Christian
36 Chazz Surratt 6’3 W Denver East   Lincoln
37 Marsellis Pervis 6’6 Post Winston-Salem Quality Education
38 Avery Meltcalf 6’3 WG Harrisburg Hickory Ridge
39 Cory Gensler 6’3 SG Cary Cary
40 Josh Howard 6’6 F Charlotte Providence Day
41 Stephen Misenheimer 6’5 WG New London North Stanley
42 Ray Kowalski 6’2 WG Charlotte Northside Christian
43 Ben Robertson 6’5 F High Point High Point Christian
44 Nico Payne 6’6 PF Concord First     Assembly
45 Emmitt Tilley 6’2 WG Durham Northern
46 Thank God Msughter 6’7 PF Fayetteville Freedom Christian
47 Akeem Tate 6’3 WG Knightdale Knightdale
48 Darion Slade 5’11 PG Clemmons West Forsyth
49 Kylia Sykes 6’5 WF Fayetteville Trinity Christian
50 Davion Mintz 6’1 PG Charlotte North Meck
50 Timmy Walker 6’2 G Charlotte Northside Christian


About 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.

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