PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Triangle Area Bracket Breakdown: NCISAA

4A (7) Ravenscroft Ravenscroft is one of just three teams in the triangle who have a first-round bye and will play the winner of North Raleigh Chrisitan and Charlotte Latin in round two. They’re also just one of two teams in the triangle to receive a top-eight seed. They will be the favorites regardless of who they draw, having beaten NRCA twice in the regular season, by 20 and 28 points,...

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Public School Top 20: Week 12 Explained

Tier One Green Level (22-0 (12-0)) The Gators are the obvious choice for the top spot once again in week 12, marking their 10th consecutive week atop our rankings. Izzy Eatman has truly come into his own throughout this season, shooting the absolute cover off the ball and taking a noticeable step up defensively. In the same vein, Isaac Ericksen has noticeably improved his motor, fluidity, and...

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Wake Hoops Team Preview: Chapel Hill

2022-23: 19-8 (7-5), 3rd in DAC, 1st Round of Playoffs (L to Sanderson 48-53) Key Losses Ryan MacKinnon – 15p, 7r, 2a, 1s, 55 3pm – Graduated – Playing at Choate Rosemary HallTyler Stillson – 8p, 3r, 1a, 50 3pm – Graduated – Playing Baseball at Case Western Key Returners David Mirikwe – Sr – 9p, 3r, 3a, 2sFranklin Johnson – Sr – 8p, 4r,...

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Wake Hoops: Cardinal Gibbons Preview

By: Wake Hoops 2022-23: 13-15 (7-3), 1st in CAP-6, 2nd Round of Playoffs (L to Broughton 56-58) Key Losses Connor Higginbotham – 13p, 3r, 2a, 1s, 34 3pm – GraduatedAlex Fann'y – 10p, 5r, 1a, 1s, 46 3pm – Graduated – Playing at Washington & LeeCarlos Leon-Teran – 3p, 2r – GraduatedBlake Raphael – 3p, 2r, 1a – Graduated – Playing...

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Apex Friendship 2023-24 Team Preview

By: Wake Hoops Apex Friendship 2023-24 Team Preview 2022-23: 12-13 (5-9), 6th in SWAC, Missed Playoffs Key Losses Moustapha Diop – Graduated – Playing at RandolphNoah Toster – Graduated – Playing Football at ChowanDrew Weschler – GraduatedTerry Hicks – Graduated – Playing Football at Hampden-Sydney Key Returners Jadon Green – So – SWAC...

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Wake Hoops: 2024 Rankings Explained Part 7 (1-5)

By: Wake Hoops As we wrap up the rankings release with our top five rising seniors, we get into a group of prospects that should be flirting with high-level scholarship programs throughout the region. The link to the full rankings can be found here. (1) 6'10' Wyatt DeGraaf (Cary Academy) DeGraaf is a long, active, and strong big man who knows how to produce within his role. He has improved his...

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Wake Hoops: 2024 Rankings Explained Part 6 (6-10)

By: Wake Hoops As we get into the top 10, we look at five perimeter players who have all been under-recruited to this point. It should be expected that these guys all receive serious bumps in recruitment in their senior seasons. You can see the updated rankings at the links below. Tier 3 (6-8)Tier 4 (9-12)Tier 5 (13-16)Tier 6 (17-22)Tier 7 (23-28)Tier 8 (29-34)Tier 9 (35-39)Tier 10 (40-44)Tier...

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Wake Hoops: 2024 Rankings Explained Part 5 (11-15)

By: Wake Hoops As we move into the top 15, we look at five guys who each impact winning in major ways. You can see the updated rankings at the links below. Tier 4 (9-12)Tier 5 (13-16)Tier 6 (17-22)Tier 7 (23-28)Tier 8 (29-34)Tier 9 (35-39)Tier 10 (40-44)Tier 11 (45-50)HM Part 1HM Part 2 (11) 5'9' Tye Cain (Green Level) Cain is a dynamic point guard with a strong and physical frame and the...

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Wake Hoops: 2024 Rankings Explained Part 4 (16-20)

By: Wake Hoops As we move into the top 20, we look at five players who have each improved their stock recruiting-wise significantly over the past six months. You can see the updated rankings at the links below. Tier 5 (13-16)Tier 6 (17-22)Tier 7 (23-28)Tier 8 (29-34)Tier 9 (35-39)Tier 10 (40-44)Tier 11 (45-50)HM Part 1HM Part 2 (16) 6'4' Brandon Ihle (Middle Creek) Ihle has been one of the most...

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2024 Rankings Explained Part 2 (5 Names in the Back Half)

By: Wake Hoops The 2024 class is filled with a variety of prospects that range in levels, production, and potential. In this article, we look at five players ranked between 26-50 that epitomize that range in production and potential, with each player having a different path and trajectory. You can view the rankings up to this point at the links below. Tier 7 (23-28)Tier 8 (29-34)Tier 9...

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Wake Hoops: 2024 Rankings Explained Part 1 (5 Honorable Mentions)

By: Wake Hoops With the 2025 class wrapping up, we turn to a 2024 class that has a ton of talent for all levels of college basketball. In this article, we breakdown the players that are just outside looking in and have all the tools to move up in our rankings. You can find the full list of honorable mentions here (part 1) and here (part 2). 5'11' Caleb Hardy (Wakefield) Hardy is a guard with a...

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Wake Hoops: 2025 Rankings Explained Part 6 (1-5)

By: Wake Hoops As we finally reach the top five for the 2025 class, we find ourselves with five guys who should leave their marks on the national scene when it's all said and done. Some of them have already begun doing that while others are due for a breakthrough any week now. The complete rankings can be found here. (1) 6'6' Jackson Keith (Southern) Keith has won District 6 POY in back-to-back...

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Wake Hoops: 2025 Rankings Explained Part 5 (6-10)

As we get into the top 10, we arrive at prospects that have begun making waves throughout the state and should only further solidify their placement over the next two years. The current rankings can be found at the links below. Tier 3 (4-7)Tier 4 (8-13)Tier 5 (14-18)Tier 6 (19-21)Tier 7 (22-25)Tier 8 (26-31)Tier 9 (32-36)Tier 10 (37-40)HM (part 1)HM (part 2) (6) 6'3' Will James Jr. (Holly...

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2025 Rankings Explained Part 4 (11-15)

In Part 4, we look at five players who are all very close to making real noise on the statewide scene. The current rankings can be found at the links below. Tier 4 (8-13)Tier 5 (14-18)Tier 6 (19-21)Tier 7 (22-25)Tier 8 (26-31)Tier 9 (32-36)Tier 10 (37-40)HM (part 1)HM (part 2) (11) 6'7' Jake Cackovic (Holly Springs) Cackovic is a big, strong, and mobile forward that shoots it as well as most...

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2025 Rankings Explained Part 3 (16-20)

By: Wake Hoops In Part 3, we make our way into the top 20 and look at five prospects who should all have a wide variety of college options come graduation. You can view the 2025 rankings up to this point below (link tier 5). Tier 5 (14-18)Tier 6 (19-21)Tier 7 (22-25)Tier 8 (26-31)Tier 9 (32-36)Tier 10 (37-40)HM (part 1)HM (part 2) (16) 6'6' Levi Beckwith (Heritage) Beckwith is a smart, physical...

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2025 Rankings Explained Part 2 (5 Names in the Back Half)

By: Wake Hoops In Part 2, we look at five of the more intriguing prospects that fall between 21 and 40 in our rankings. These guys are all legitimate college prospects and have real potential to climb our rankings as time goes on. As always, you can see the 2025 rankings up to this point below. Tier 6 (19-21)Tier 7 (22-25)Tier 8 (26-31)Tier 9 (32-36)Tier 10 (37-40)HM (part 1)HM (part 2) (23)...

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2025 Rankings Explained Part 1 (5 Honorable Mentions)

With the 2026 class rankings wrapped up, we move on to the deepest class in the triangle from top to bottom. Elite top-end talent and college-level players littered up and down the rankings. There's legit talent well outside the 40 that we've ranked, and the 10 honorable mentions are a testament to that. You can view the full list of honorable mentions here (part 1) and here (part 2). 5'9'...

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Wake Hoops: 2026 Rankings Explained Part 4 (1-5)

Before looking at our youngest class and their top 5, it's worth looking back on the top 5 from our 2023 class and seeing how their freshman seasons played out. Collin Kuhl of Holly Springs was (semi-notoriously) a reserve player on the Hawks JV team as a freshman. Sam Martin of Apex averaged 4p, 4r, & 1b for a 3-win Cougars team. Micah Jones of Holly Springs was the starting PG for Cardinal...

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