2023 Jaden Lyles (Rocky River): Lyles is one that I believe goes under the radar around the Charlotte area but he had a strong season last year for Rocky River in leading the charge with 18.1ppg, 4.2rpg, and 3.7apg while shooting 57 percent from the floor. We had a chance to see an updated viewing of him at the Summer Finale, and he continues to show that he can be a productive scorer, getting downhill and embracing contact, showing that he can just simply find ways to score around the basket and get inside the paint. Watch for him to have another strong season as a senior.
2023 Jordon Nevill (East Meck): Nevill is one that I’ve mentioned quite a few times and think he honestly doesn’t get the attention he deserves. He has averaged 19 points per game in his last two seasons and is coming off a junior campaign in which he hit 111 3-pointers and shot 52 percent from behind the arc. Nevill can absolutely light it up from deep and has shown that he can be a game-changer with his range and confidence. Anyone looking for a sharpshooter, Nevill might be your guy.
2023 Rashad McCormick (Hough): McCormick has really been coming on this summer and has been continuing that this offseason during the Hoop State League. So it will be interesting to see if he continues that trend this upcoming season as a senior. McCormick has great size at 6’6, he is long, and is showing that he can be effective from multiple levels. He slashes and finishes well, has good athleticism to his game, but also is comfortable in showing his range. McCormick is trending upward but we shall see if he continues it into the season.
2023 Sam Walters (Myers Park): Myers Park is going to be must-see TV with the amount of talent they have on the court. But Walters is going to be an absolutely critical piece to this team for what he brings, as college programs are starting to notice his impact. He is that glue guy, that player that doesn’t need to be in the spotlight to be effective, and does anything that he needs to do to help his team win. He is a quality defender, is tough and scrappy while not being afraid to be physical, and just does the dirty work. His leadership will be crucial for his team this year.
2023 Isaac Dobie (First Flight): Heading out to the Outer Banks again, Dobie is part of a dynamic duo at First Flight that is certainly fun to watch. The senior is coming off a junior season in which he averaged nearly 20 points and continues to add more to his game while showing his confidence in finding his shot from outside. He is shifty with his game, creates well with the dribble, and understands how to score the ball well. When we spoke with his coach, Chad Williams, he had this to say about him back in Feb 2022: “Isaac is a three-year starter. He jumped right into the mix his freshman season with a very strong nucleus of returning players around him. Isaac was fortunate to have those strong returning players that had proven themselves around him. It allowed him to settle in quickly and find his role and niche on what was a very good team. He was labeled early as a shooter, but there is so much more to his game.”