Coach Rick’s “Getting to Know”

6’5 2022 Michael Zanoni (Providence Day)

Shooters translate at every level and 6’5 2022 Michael Zanoni (Greensboro Day) will be in the conversation as one of the best pure shooters in the state regardless of class. He is currently ranked no. 27 in our most recent North Carolina 2022 rankings and look for his recruitment to turn up in a major way this summer and fall. As a sophomore, Zanoni averaged 17 PPG and made 95 3-pointers shooting at a 45% clip. Pretty impressive numbers for a player that was often face guarded and became the opponent’s number one target in shutting down. 

With Zanoni, we’re talking about a fundamentally sound, high IQ player, and extremely efficient shooter. First of all, Zanoni does an excellent job of moving without the ball and does a great job of getting his feet set, shoulders square and has a quick and compact shooting touch. He is terrific coming off ball screens and does a fantastic job of getting open. We are also impressed with his overall patience, allowing the game come to him, and not trying to force or manufacture bad shots. In addition, Zanoni utilizes the shot fake with the one dribble pull up jumper. Simply put, Zanoni is smart, cagey, crafty and lethal with his ability to make shots and will become a high priority for mid to high major schools this fall. What’ not to like about a lengthy, high IQ, and a player with an advanced skill set.

North Carolina Top 80 Evaluation: March 2019
Michael Zanoni. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect that showcases a quality feel for the game and a firm understanding of how to operate within the team concept. Zanoni is a phenomenal three-point shooter, especially off the catch, and can really get going from the perimeter. He plays within himself but also knows how to take advantage of open opportunities. Zanoni showed a little bit of creation skills and made the right play whenever possible, but can continue to expand that area of his game. He’s very poised and mature for his age, which is certainly encouraging for his growth going forward. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would help make him a better penetrator and finisher through contact. Coach Lowe on Zanoni: “Michael took a while to gain confidence but proved to be a good shooter from the perimeter. He displayed a good attitude and was able to work as a strong spot-up option.” Zanoni has the mentality and all the necessary tools to become an exceptional prospect sooner than later, so it’ll be exciting to watch his continued progression.