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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Dwayne Cherry #0: 5’9 ’21 Kadyn Dawkins (Eastern Guilford) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to offer an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. He’s a smart, tough, unselfish point guard prospect with great timing as a passer, both in transition and the half-court setting. Dawkins makes the best possible play with unwavering...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Bobby Williams #0: 5’11 ’22 Cam Oates (Trinity Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to effectively run a team on both ends of the floor, Cam Oates. He’s a smart, sharp, unselfish point guard prospect with a natural playmaking sense and the ability to attack the basket or assert himself as a perimeter shooter. Oates possesses craftiness and...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Marcus Dilligard  #0: 6’0 ’22 Isaiah Tate (Kings Mountain) Starting things off, we look at a player that is quietly one of the craftier, most skilled prospects in the state, Isaiah Tate. He’s a smart, smooth, well-rounded guard prospect with an exceptional balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Tate is an efficient perimeter shooter with the ability to...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Ryan Bernardi #0: 6’2 ’21 Demar Anderson (Victory Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply possesses a natural feel and understanding as a scorer, Demar Anderson. He’s a strong, tough, smart wing prospect with the ability to assert himself from all three levels while being an effective defender and two-way rebounder. Anderson can create for himself with...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: James Baker #10: 5’8 ’22 Chris Britt (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that continually stands out with his sharp, quick, aggressive scoring prowess, Chris Britt. He’s a tough, heady lead guard prospect with the ability to reliably and effortlessly create quality shots out of little to nothing. Britt is excellent at blowing by his man and finishing around the...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Patrick King A foreword from Coach King: “This team was absolutely STACKED. I was blown away with how coachable, cohesive, and team-centric these guys played. Every single one of them bought into the unselfish brand we wanted to play, and our bench was live the entire day. It seemed repetitive to mention their coachability in every blurb, so I’ll say it about all of them right off...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Gary Hall #0: 5’9 ’23 Trey Green (Lake Norman Christian) Starting things off, we look at one of the most complete floor generals throughout North Carolina, Trey Green. He’s a smart, decisive, extremely well-rounded point guard prospect with an incredible understanding of how to run a team on both ends of the floor. Green offers a strong balance between playmaking and...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Rod Bridgers #0: 6’2 ’22 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) Starting things off, we look at a player that has proven himself as easily one of the toughest, most prolific scorers in the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, rugged, downhill guard prospect with the ability to access and convert nearly any shot from inside the arc. Jamison is quick and crafty enough to get by...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80 (Part 3)

2022 Evan Smith (Ardrey Kell): Smith had a very good camp and really think this is a player that could see an uptick in his recruitment and game this season.  He was shifty in the open floor and was showing how he can be assertive on the court. 2022 Noah Ross (Trinity Academy): Ross is going to be a player that coaches will love and really seems to be taking his game to the next...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80 (Part 2)

2021 Kuluel Mading (The Burlington School): One can see that Mading has continued to make steps with his game, becoming more comfortable with the ball in hands and creating more off the dribble.  But once again, he also impacts the floor with his ability to block shots, use his long arms on the boards, and run the floor. 2021 Ben Burnham (Carmel Christian): Burnham made it known that he was...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80

2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.  There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living.  Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks.  Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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Player Standouts at NC Top 80 v. SC Top 80

Jamarii Thomas- The tough, heady point guard prospect offered a very consistent two-way presence, overwhelming opponents with his motor and toughness. Thomas attacks the basket very well and displays a strong balance between scoring and playmaking. He’s great in the open floor and shows a willingness to make hustle plays. Julian Kiett- It’s somewhat perplexing to try and understand why Kiett...

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“Getting to Know” Anthony Sellars

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions Expectations can mean a lot within the grassroots side of basketball. This can be applied to players, parents, and every type of coach (high school, travel ball, and college coaches), as there is always something to be desired. When it comes to someone like Anthony Sellars, there’s nowhere to hide from the massive expectations put in place from his...

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Avion Pinner: An Underappreciated Prospect?

North Carolina’s Class of 2022 is absolutely brimming with talent. Naturally, everyone is going to be drawn towards the top of the list, given the trio of Team USA players (Bradley, Rice, Hood-Schifino), but there’s a case to be made for Avion Pinner forcing his way into the upper echelon sooner than later. However, in order to recognize his current status we will need to travel backwards a few...

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“Getting to Know” Redford Dunton

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions We’ve seen the situation arise various times throughout the years where players receive a lot of attention at a young age and struggle to maintain dominance beyond a certain period. However, Redford Dunton is closer to the polar opposite—staying consistent and continually getting better in all facets of the game but still not getting an appropriate...

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“Getting to Know” Justin Taylor

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions There are dozens of examples that highlight how significant hard work and skill development can be within a prospect’s growth. That being said, Justin Taylor might be North Carolina’s best candidate for this notion in the Class of 2021, given the various stages of his progression over the years. Though he’s always possessed talent, Taylor has really...

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“Getting to Know” Toby Harris

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions Being able to put a positive spin on a negative situation isn’t usually thought of as an important trait in the game of basketball. However, Toby Harris took the devastating injury to MJ Rice as an opportunity to step up and showcase his next-level abilities. It would’ve benefitted no one for Durham Academy to throw their hands up and quit on the...

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“Getting to Know” Ben Burnham

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions There are countless situations where a prospect possesses all the makings of a next-level player but doesn’t see the results within their recruitment. Whether it be his reputation, a lack of exposure to college coaches, or just the fact that he was originally located in South Carolina, each of these reasons could be evidence for why it’s taken Ben...

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“Getting to Know” Keeyan Itejere

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions There have been numerous instances where young players undergo a stage or period of swift progression or physical growth. Guys like Anthony Davis or Scottie Pippen are a few of the most successful examples in history, but Keeyan Itejere is someone who has undergone a similar spike within the past twelve months. Although those names can be unfair...

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“Getting to Know” Kadyn Dawkins

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions Watching players progress is arguably the most rewarding thing about working within grassroots basketball. We consistently see the results of these players’ hard work, and Kadyn Dawkins is someone who has worked to defy the odds and set himself apart as a prospect. Despite rapidly gaining popularity around North Carolina, Dawkins has been a...

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From the Scouts Eyes — Brady O’Connell Commits to Old Dominion

Brady O’Connell is a 6’7″ wing out of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He played his summer travel ball with Team Felton on the UAA Circuit. At the time of his commitment to ODU, O’Connell also entertained offers from the likes of Elon, Samford, Western Carolina and Mercer. Last season, O’Connell averaged 9.3 points per game for the 18 win Ravenscroft...

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From the Scout’s Eyes — Jadyn Parker Commits to North Florida

On Friday, 6'8" 2020 Jadyn Parker of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, North Carolina committed to the University of North Florida.

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