By; DeAjai Dawkins
5’10 2022 Wesley McGee (CC Elite 2022)
Wesley is an athletic guard with a slender, toned frame. He initiates almost all offense from outside the perimeter due to his comfortability with pulling the three, but won’t hesitate to use his athleticism to get into the lane. He has yet to fully tap into his potential, as he can be relied on as much more of a consistent offensive piece than he currently shows. He’s been a vital piece of a rebuilding process for Providence, we should expect to see Wesley’s name in headlines for the Panthers in his remaining two years of high school.
2022 KC Shaw (Charlotte Supreme 16U)
KC was one of the best players I saw today, attacking defenses from start to finish. Standing at a slim 6’2, Shaw is a player that shows signs of physical growth over the course of his remaining high school career. He plays on a Charlotte Supreme squad loaded with talent, so it is noteworthy that he stood out. His length at the point guard spot combined with his athleticism allows him to disrupt passing lanes on either side of him. He’s quick enough to get by his defender off the dribble and can jump high enough to challenge any contest at the rim.
2022 6’5 Nolan Hodge (NC Gaters 2022)
Nolan Hodge is a fluid wing player that shows signs of converting to a guard full time with development. He currently stands at 6’5, and has the frame of a wing to go along with productive 3-level scoring capabilities. Over the course of my first game evaluating Hodge, he attempted a shot from three, mid range, and posted up a defender all within 5 offensive possessions. He has experience playing guard for Northern Guilford High School, and I think this experience will continue to develop his scoring against high level competition.
6’7 2022 Jackson Noble (NC Gaters 2022)
Jackson Noble stands at a sturdy 6’7 with the body type of a wing. Some opponents may underestimate his strength in the post, and he uses is beautiful to create scoring opportunities for himself. Noble has a soft touch around the rim and is comfortable finishing with both hands through contact. If he’s being defended from a distance to avoid allowing him an easy look at the rim, Jackson is capable of hitting a midrange jumpshot that is difficult to close out on due to his height.
6’2 2022 Antoine Piper (Team Renegades)
Antoine has great size for either guard position and because of this serves as a viable threat from the wing. Piper possesses a high motor and is primarily defended by smaller players, allowing him to secure rebounds and put them back up at an efficient rate. Despite using his size and strength to create points at the basket, Antoine shot 36% from the 3pt arc this past high school season. This percentage was shot under a fairly low number of attempts due to his scoring capabilities at the rim, but shows that he is more than capable of knocking down the three when open. Perimeter expansion will be Piper’s biggest weapon if utilized, as drawing defenders closer to him and allowing him to use his strength to take them off the dribble and score at the rim. Expect a breakout year for Antoine.