6’1 Jaleel Smith (Northside Christian)

Without continually reiterating the obvious, Smith is already showcasing the makings of a special player. He’s comfortable from either guard position, displaying polished creation skills, cutting instincts, and the ability to score from all levels. Smith is a smart playmaker and overall decision-maker with the ball in his hands. He offers a pesky defensive presence and rebounds well for his size. Smith is adaptable to team needs, but is already capable of asserting himself and taking over in big moments. It would be surprising if he didn’t become a high-level prospect.

6’6 Mason Collins (Christ School)

Despite he and his brother being new additions to the roster, Collins hasn’t had any issues making an impact for this group. He already possesses the necessary blend of IQ, size, and skill to be a major foundational piece. Collins plays hard and naturally fills in the gaps on both ends of the floor. He does a nice job of finding opportunities within this loaded collection of talent, but should be expected to blossom over the coming years.

5’9 Sherod McCormick (Concord Academy)

Since becoming their primary point guard, McCormick has found a lot of success with Concord Academy. Although he’s the youngest guy on the team, he displays a terrific understanding of his role and how to assert his presence within the flow of the action. McCormick is a smart creator who plays under control, gets others involved, and seizes scoring opportunities as needed. He’s also a reliable defender at the point of attack and consistently makes hustle plays. McCormick is great at breaking down opponents and getting downhill, but can also knock down jumpers as needed.

5’8 AJ Morman (Mt. Zion)

Rounding out this group, Morman has easily been one of the most impressive young players across North Carolina. Despite his age, the heady floor general is already arguably one of the top two players on this roster. He’s small in stature but quick, tough, and intelligent enough to effortlessly dictate the action. Morman possesses a tight handle, sharp vision, and the ability to apply scoring pressure as needed. He’s a crafty finisher, especially for his size, and has no problem breaking down opponents at the point of attack. Morman also displays terrific feel and instincts defensively, and will only get better as his body develops.