6’8 ’20 Nic McMullen ( Ben L Smith)- Simply put he was a bully today big strong and aggressive he showed at times to be unguardable down low and a one-man wrecking crew on the boards. McMullen ran the floor hard and most of the guys defending couldn’t keep up. Nic is a major key ingredient for Smith if they want to win a state championship.
6’3 ’21 Isaiah Moore (Ben L Smith) – Smith got a gift this year with Moore moving into the school district. Moore is a long wing who can impact the game from anywhere on the court, he can be used as a secondary ball-handler, rebounds, locks up on defense and he was the most reliable outside shooter through the 1st slate of games.
6’1 ’19 Themus Fulks (Moravian Prep PG-Grey)- Fulks got it done from all 3 levels shot the ball with confidence and carved up the defense getting into the paint at will. The post-grad year looks to have been good to him so far has added some muscle and is very confident leading the team.
5’11 ’22 DJ Cuttino (Hickory Grove)- Cuttino is an instant bucket soon as he steps on the court, has unbelievable range and is very confident. Even though scoring has always stood out for Cuttino I was very impressed by what he brings to the defense side of thing guards 94 feet and never backs down from a challenge. He is new to the 2022 class and should make major noise for the next few years.
6’4 ’21 AJ Smith (Hickory Grove)- AJ Smith, as usual, is a freaking bull in a china shop and is nearly unstoppable when he has his mind made up that he is getting to the basket. His team isn’t the same from last year so Hickory Grove will need AJ even more and by the looks of things he ready for the challenge, with his leadership skills and defense intensity I expect more offers to come his way.
6’1 ’21 Shane Petterson (Western Alamance)- With Western Alamance losing last years leading to graduation Peterson will be called upon to ramp up his scoring already being a knockdown shooter he was able to get to the basket and looked good running point guard for Western. Peterson is another 2021 worth monitoring hard nose plays scrappy defense and plays much bigger than his listed height.
6’2 ’22 James Wilkins (Calvary Day)– Expectations for Wilkins are very high this year the crafty guard is going to be looked upon to lead this very talented Calvary Day school. Wilkins from the lead guard spot has range and over the years has really matured he now knows how to distinguish a good shoot from a bad shot and with his playmaking skills he will always give Calvary a chance to win games.
5’10 ’20 Cameron Thompson (Moravian Prep Regional)- Mr. Thompson AKA Shake N Bake is a magician with the ball in his hand no one was able to stay in front of him at any time during the games. When defenders were scared to press upon him he would just pull from deep he was a matchup nightmare all day. When not scoring he was able to carve up the defense finding and hitting the open man.
5’10 ’20 Khalid Hinds (Ben L Smith)– Smith is talented across the board but Mr. Hinds is very important to their success. Hinds is super quick has exceptional vision and looks to be the team’s best perimeter defender. I have stated before he is underrated and whatever college that decides to take a chance on him won’t be disappointed.
6’3 ’23 Kobe George (Ben L Smith)- George last game of the day was the best one I saw aggressive on both ends of the court got his teammates the ball where they wanted it and used his length to gather numerous rebounds. George being only a freshman has a bright future and the scary part age-wise he should be in the 8th grade.
6’5 ’20 Isaiah Henderson (Greater Beckley Christian)- Henderson is a workhorse on the block once he got the ball you can go ahead and put two points on the board. Henderson has a wide body but is quite nimble for his size which he uses well to gobble up rebounds.
6’3 ’22 Jeremiah Scales (Glenn High School)- Scales is a ballplayer long athletic with range, he thrives in the open court. Scales is very disruptive on the defensive end he uses his length and athletic ability to his advantage jumping passing lanes and creating havoc.
6’0 ’21 Camden Johnson (Metrolina)- Johnson is a smart heady guard with a very high basketball IQ who limits mistakes and just seems to always be in the right spot on both ends of the court. Johnson was also one of the better shooters I saw on the day connecting on 3 or more each game I saw.
6’2 ’20 Drew Patterson (Metrolina)- Patterson is the leader of this team you can tell by his play how he controls the game putting everyone in the right spots. Patterson is a very confident player who can play on or off the ball as well as shoot the lights out.
6’3 ’21 Christian Cornish (Central Cabarrus)- Cornish who is built like a college free safety is a terror once he gets downhill all you can hope for is that he misses. He has a very aggressive style of play and will make a living at the free-throw line this year. He has a chance to be the teams leading scorer and rebounder from the guard position.