6’4 Nick Elliott (Grimsley)
Despite playing (and producing) on an entire roster of college players, Elliott still doesn’t have the appropriate recruitment. We will say it again: Elliott is firmly in the discussion with the top shooters in the state—and is arguably as accurate as anyone in catch-and-shoot situations. He’s also long, active defensively, and understands how to make proper decisions when attacking closeouts. Elliott is a capable finisher with solid athleticism and an extremely quick release. He doesn’t require the ball to pose a constant threat. Elliott should be recruited similarly to the other premier shooters in North Carolina.
5’10 Matt Kirby (Greenfield)
There are so few point guards who really understand and embody the ideal of being a coach on the floor, but Kirby is within that small grouping. He’s a smart, tough, unselfish floor general with an excellent feel for how to properly run a team on both ends of the floor. Kirby is a poised ball-handler and creator for others, displaying patience, quickness, and a willingness to make the best available play with consistency. He’s a respectable scorer from all levels, but typically looks to set up others and assert his scoring presence as needed. Kirby is also a legitimate pest defensively. He should warrant more attention from college coaches.
6’2 Gavin Bullock (Central Cabarrus)
Definitely one of the more confusing recruiting situations in North Carolina’s Class of 2023, Bullock is someone who has continually produced and outperformed others in every possible setting—yet has no offers. It’s actually perplexing. Sure, Bullock has somewhat of a unique game, but his adaptability and constant production should speak volumes. His uncommon identity should actually make him more appealing, given his ability to defend three or four positions while operating as a well-rounded perimeter player on offense. Bullock is a natural glue-guy who can comfortably do a quality amount of everything on the court. He will be a difference-maker at the next level.
6’3 Nayshin Waller (Wayne Country Day)
In a similar vein to the others, there is no real reason to explain Waller’s general lack of recruitment. He’s a smart, physical, well-rounded guard with the ability to succeed from either backcourt position. Waller can effectively get downhill and finish, hit jumpers, or run a team as a point guard if necessary. He’s a reliable defender with quickness, sharp instincts, and a high motor. Waller is quite adaptable to his surrounding teammates and shows a willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge. He does everything well, and should have a variety of next-level suitors emerge over the coming months.
6’5 Evan Ashemore (Carolina International)
Although he suffered a major injury prior to July, Ashemore is someone who should still be a scholarship-worthy prospect. He’s long, athletic, and scores the ball from all levels. Ashemore is an explosive finisher with the size, length, toughness, and sheer physicality to dominate his assignment on both ends of the floor. He’s a reliable defender and rebounder with the ability to push the break and make decisions with the ball in his hands. Ashmore was slated to have a breakout season prior to injury. That being said, he should remain on the radars of college coaches.