6’2 ’22 Marcus Farley Jr. (Team Together)
Despite a lot of surrounding talent, Farley was arguably the best player on the court. He led by example, controlled the offensive action, and made numerous plays on defense. Although Farley is a noted athlete, it was his savvy and attention to detail that really stood out during this contest. His vision and ability to set others up was undeniably impressive, especially given the frequency.
5’10 ’22 Marcus Willis (Charlotte Royals)
Though Willis was the youngest and smallest player on the team, he was arguably their most dominant player on either side of the ball. He scored on all three levels, consistently mixed it up, and set up others at a quality rate. Willis offered a tough, heady defensive presence while standing out as an intelligent floor general on offense.
6’1 ’21 Skylar Busby (CC Elite)
It’s easy to see what makes Busby so valuable to this team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He’s a high-motor pitbull with great quickness, positioning, and toughness, making him an absolute pest for the opposition. Busby attacks the basket well, finishes through contact, and makes his presence felt quite regularly in transition.
6’1 ’21 Joshua McClary (Charlotte Nets McClary)
The battle between CC Elite and Charlotte Nets was quite intense, but McClary rose to the occasion as a clear leader. He showcased a very impressive skillset with the all-around ability to dictate the action at all times. McClary defended the point of attack, made intelligent decisions, and consistently stood out in transition. He’s another player with the tools to make an impact throughout his senior season.
6’6 ’21 Mike Herrin (Manzer)
Arguably the most impressive long-term prospect for either team, Herrin stood out with his combination of size and skill. He has a pretty smooth approach and quality balance between interior and perimeter scoring. Herrin has excellent length and a frame that should continue to add strength over time. He moves very well for his size and should have more attention as a scholarship-level prospect, especially given his arsenal of tools and ability.
6’4 ’21 Trevor Kelly (PSB-Lowry)
Despite their various weapons, Kelly stood out as one of the most reliable players for this team. He has size and a phenomenal shooting stroke, especially from three-point range, while showing an understanding of how to rebound and contain his assignment defensively. Kelly also has a noticeably quick release on his shot and can get off clean looks with very little space.
6’7 ’22 Randi Ovalle (24 Elite)
The appeal with Ovalle should be fairly clear, considering how much he naturally affects on both sides of the ball. His combination of size, skill, and versatility should have Division I coaches buzzing. Ovalle offers a very smooth feel and approach for the game. He still remains one of the best newcomers in North Carolina but should attract a lot of attention going forward.
6’2 ’21 Makoa Surigao (24 Elite)
Although there were many enticing prospects, Surigao really stood out with his 3-and-D identity from start to finish. He is an absolutely knockdown perimeter shooter with great preparation and the ability to move without the ball. Not only does he have a quick release and the ability to disregard defensive pressure, but Surigao also showed the ability to attack off the bounce. He’s a prospect worthy of a place at the next level.
6’5 ’21 Nygell Verdier (Anthony Morrow Elite)
There were numerous standouts from Anthony Morrow Elite, but Verdier was basically unstoppable throughout this showing. He was their offensive focal point, consistently mixing it up and applying pressure from all levels. Verdier possesses great length and utilizes it well on both ends of the floor. The upcoming season should lead to a massive uptick in his recruitment.
6’7 ’21 Terrence Johnson (Defenders Elite)
The Defenders Elite team offered a pretty well-rounded roster, and Johnson performed well as their leader. He’s a long, powerful athlete with rebounding instincts and a nose for the ball. Johnson can cause a lot of issues with his defensive presence, given how well he moves for his size and protects the rim. Scholarship-level coaches should be prioritizing Johnson.
6’5 ’21 JP Haggerty (PSB UA Rise)
This PSB squad shared the ball as well as any team on display, and Haggerty was a massive part of their approach. Arguably the most well-rounded player on the team, Haggerty can do a quality amount of everything without ever needing to force the action. He can initiate the offense, spot-up without the ball, or create for himself off the bounce. Division I coaches should be laying groundwork sooner than later.
6’8 ’21 Tre Morgan (Garner Road Whitley)
While it was a pretty balanced attack for Garner Road Whitley, Morgan shined as their main hustle player and blue-collar worker. He’s a long, active forward/post prospect with great rebounding instincts and the ability to block shots around the basket. Morgan is a capable finisher with either hand and understands how to maximize his role on both ends of the floor.