6’3” 2020 Zavian McLean
Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC)
McLean had one of the better weekends a player could have. Going head on against a pair of top 50 teams, McLean was awarded the MVP of both games. He is a hyper athletic 2-way wing who showcased the ability to both defend the perimeter and create offense. He scored the ball at each level and was a deciding factor down the stretch. This should be the type of showing, on a big stage that could really kick start a player’s recruitment. With the coaches and programs in the stands watching, expect that to happen.
6’5” 2020 Jamahri Harvey
Northwood Temple (Fayetteville, NC)
Harvey has been on a brink of a breakout all season. He has all the tools with his size, athleticism and 2-way ability. He attacked the rim off the bounce, showcased the ability to consistently shoot jump shots and he defended the point of attack and the perimeter. His 31-point outburst on Saturday caught everyone’s eye and it could be the breakout performance we all knew would come at any time.
6’11” 2020 Francisco Borra
Tri-City Christian (Conover, NC)
This was our first viewing of Borra and we walked away impressed. What is there not to like in the Italian post player who stretched the floor out to 3, rebounded the ball well and finished with multiple dunks around the basket. We don’t want to get caught up in the moment, after our first viewing, here but he showcased all the tools. To hear the likes of Penn State have interest in him backs up our eye test. Expect a major jump in the NC rankings for him and coaches should get in the gym to see him, a lot to like.
6’2” 2019 AJ McKee
Independence High School (Charlotte, NC)
McKee may be the best on the ball defender in this region. He has been called the high school version of Patrick Beverly, which isn’t far off. He showcased the ability here to initiate offense to go along with his ability to score off the ball and really defend. This is an incredibly valuable player, one who will translate immediately to the next level. Kudos to Queens University in locking him up early, had he waited he would have had numerous additional suitors coming after him.
6’11” 2019 Deandre Wilkins
Great Bridge Christian (Norfolk, VA)
We have seen Wilkins since his freshman year, prior to his reclass. He has always had great hands, moved pretty well and had an unbelievable frame. Well now the dog is coming out. He has dropped 25 pounds, looking like a chiseled big. He is a mobile athlete who looks to be a switchable big. He protected the rim well and really rebounded the ball at a high level. Wilkins has solid touch, but tries to dunk everything around the basket. He will catch at least one jaw-dropping put back per game and another major dunk in the half court each game. Wagner got a good one, whose best basketball is directly ahead of him.