By: DeAjai Dawkins

6’5 2023 Brock Rose (Team Synergy/Ardrey Kell) 

Brock Rose has consistently proven himself to be one of the more talented scorers in almost every single event I’ve ever watched him play in. I heavily take that into account when speaking about him to others. He’s someone who I believe could easily lead a varsity program in scoring, but plays on a team full of talent. I believe his talents will only continue to blossom, as I hope his recruitment soon begins to reflect. 

2023 6’3 Elijah Carroll (Showtime Elite 16U/Gonzaga)

Elijah Carroll was one of the more assertive athletes I watched yesterday, providing a sturdy build on the wing with comfortable ball-handling skills. The D.C native attends the renowned Gonzaga High School, and will likely benefit from playing such an elite brand of Basketball. I often say that Gonzaga plays in the most difficult high school conference in the country, one of which constantly produces next-level talent. No reason Elijah shouldn’t hold himself to that standard.  

6’1 2022 Landon King (Charlotte Guards/West Charlotte) 

Landon first caught my eye last year at the Hoopstate Fall League where he served as Independence’s most lethal scorer. Entering a senior campaign at West Charlotte, King presents mid-range scoring prowess that is very difficult to rival in the Queen City area. If you allow him to get to his spots in the mid-range, he’s liable to make you pay. I believe that his recruitment will be heavily impacted on his ability to play within West Charlotte’s system, with players that mirror the size he looks to play alongside in college.

2025 6’3 Tre and 2026 6’1 Taurean McKinnon (Team Eat/Lake Norman)

I think the entire state needs to take note of the McKinnon brothers. Tre and Taurean are both very talented in the open floor. Mobile athletes that can shoot as well. Tre is in a position to give Lake Norman High School some great years. His 3-level scoring has already reached a level that most coaches would be more than satisfied with at this stage in his development.