The class of 2024 in North Carolina is a special one, there is no doubt about it. There are so many big-time names out there that have been playing well as of late and then there are players that are quickly rising up the rankings and putting themselves into new territory. We take a look at players that have really elevated their play this summer and have been attracting new eyes their way.
Rakease Passmore – Combine Academy
There might not be a player that has seen more rise in his game in the class of 2024 than Rakease Passmore. Passmore is already ranked as one of the top players in his class and really captured eyes last summer with his outstanding play. When you watched him last year and throughout the high school season, you continue to see his elite athleticism and ability to score getting downhill; it is quite impressive. But Passmore has only continued to put in the work and expand his game, showing more of his outside game, ability to score from the perimeter, and his ability to create more for himself. It is why more schools are coming his way and offering and that shouldn’t slow down any time soon.
Sir Mohammed – Myers Park
From the start of the high school season at Myers Park to today, Mohammed has really seen his recruitment hit another level, now with multiple high-major offers on the board. And when you watch him, what is there not to like. He brings a great frame a 6’6, can handle and initiate the offense and has shown that he can score in a variety of ways. He also has a tremendous IQ and feel for the game, plays at a great pace, and has great body control. Mohammed has only elevated his play in showing he isn’t afraid to take the big shot as well as being an impact player inside and out. And this could just be the start for this young man, as many other schools are showing interest his way. But when you are looking at a 6’6 player that can be used like Mohammed, there is a lot of like about his game.
Jaxon Prunty – Providence Day
Prunty is a very intriguing player and one that you see potential but also wonder what he could be as the final product. He is long and lengthy at 6’6 but Prunty may not be done growing, which is why the intrigue is so high for this young man. As far as his game, it took a little time early on due to his frame but he has put in the work, is getting stronger, and now showing that upside we were looking for. He has a nice feel for the game, can step out and knock down shots, but also put it on the deck and create. Prunty also has continued to add more to his game, making his game much more diverse than just a shooter. Many schools have already jumped on him with an offer but it will be interesting to see who else may join and how he continues to develop.
Jayden Harris – Salisbury
It seemed not long ago when we brought Harris to the Phenom Hoops platform, at that time, playing with West Rowan. Now, the young man is coming off a strong season at Salisbury and is showing more about his game on the big stage this summer. The 6’5 shooting guard was once known as a player that can knock down shots from the perimeter, being a big threat from behind the arc. But he has only added to that, showing more of his athleticism, his ability to create off the bounce, get into the paint and finish through contact, and show just how tough he can be to defend at his size/length. Harris just added his first high-major offer but who else will join in his recruitment? Time will tell but he is certainly one that is on the rise.