6’8 ’20 Tay Williams (Liberty Heights)
Few teams in the region have as much talent as Liberty Heights, and Williams is arguably their most impressive prospect. He’s long, athletic, and possesses great size but moves and plays like a guard, making him a walking mismatch against any type of opponent. Williams scores regularly from all three levels, displays quality passing vision, and has strong versatility on both ends of the floor. In terms of ability, the sky is the limit for this young man.
6’7 ’20 Dominique Davidson (Liberty Heights)
As much talent as this team has, it would be difficult for them to enjoy as much success without a guy like Davidson. He’s a high-motor big man that outworks opponents and does all the little things on both ends of the floor. Davidson embraces his blue-collar approach, consistently fighting for rebounding position, loose balls, and extra possessions. He is the type of player that every team can utilize, so it’ll be exciting to see his recruitment unfold throughout the season.
6’3 ’21 Trae Benham (Concord First Assembly)
It’s easy to see how Concord First Assembly finds success. They have talented, unselfish players at every position and Benham was arguably their most reliable performer during this contest. He offers a terrific balance between playmaking and three-level scoring, especially from beyond the arc. Benham utilizes his strong body to gain separation and offer resistance on defense, which forces opponents to account for him on both ends of the floor.
6’8 ’20 Cheick Traore (Concord First Assembly)
The Youngstown State commit is arguably the unsung hero of this squad, seeing as he always looks to do the dirty work and doesn’t require a ton of offensive touches to be effective. Traore is an exceptional rebounder with strong hands, great footwork, and the ability to outmuscle most opposing big men. He alters a ton of shots around the rim and can do so multiple times on the same possession given his activity level. Traore runs the floor hard in transition and continues to get better on both ends of the floor.
6’5 ’22 Freddie Dillione (Trinity Christian)
Despite a complete roster overhaul, there’s still a ton to like with the new-look Trinity Christian squad, and Dillione’s presence is a big part of that. He built his foundation as a lethal three-level scorer and has maintained that while expanding various other parts of his game. Dillione is now capable of running a team and setting up others extremely well. He’s a reliable rebounder and defender with the ability to switch across multiple positions. Division I programs would be wise to start laying groundwork now.
5’10 ’22 Cam Oates (Trinity Christian)
While there are probably stronger, more appealing long-term prospects on this team, it’s impossible to deny Oates’ value and effectiveness. He’s slightly undersized but very strong and able to play through a lot of contact/physicality on both ends of the floor. Oates is a quality leader and floor general with the ability to make nonstop plays, both in transition and the half-court. He has a tight handle and sharp passing vision, but can also score in a variety of different ways.
6’5 ’20 Kobe Antwi (Crestwood Prep)
The Columbia commit has arguably been Crestwood’s most productive performer through two games at Phenom National Showcase. He’s extremely well-rounded and knows how to simply do a strong amount of everything. Antwi is a great rebounder, ball-handler, defensive menace, and reliable creator for himself and others. He has no real weaknesses and should ultimately end up as a terrific fit with Columbia.
6’3 ’21 Javonte Waverly (Henderson Collegiate)
There’s a lot to like with this Henderson Collegiate squad, especially when Waverly is showing flashes of dominance like today. His masterful wizardry as a playmaker and tenaciousness on defense is well-documented, but he’s taken another step forward as a scorer. Changing his shot was the first step, but now it’s directly improving his consistency from midrange and beyond the arc. Waverly has quietly asserted himself as a top-tier floor general in North Carolina and should only continue to attract Division I coaches.
6’7 ’20 Trey Pittman (Greenfield)
It’s easy to look at Greenfield’s roster and get excited about their array of guards, but Pittman is truly as important as anyone on this team. His willingness to do the little things is somewhat unique, but his approach never wavers. Pittman has gone from just a high-motor post prospect to an all-around guy with the ability to space the floor, work on the block, and setup others within the flow of the offense. He’s the type of player that every team can utilize.
6’0 ’20 Collin Guilford (Greenfield)
It’s easy to get excited about a team with guys like Bailey, Lebo, and Lynch, but Guilford was as important as anyone today. He’s tough, scrappy, and does an excellent job at getting downhill and to the rim. Guilford defended effectively and made his presence consistently felt in transition, where he seemed to finish everything—regardless of contact. He will continue to play a vital role for this group and could be a nice fit at the right program.