The month of November has been full of nonstop, high-level basketball, especially now with the high school season starting. We’ve hosted jamborees and showcases every weekend this month, featuring an abundance of talent from throughout the East Coast. This article will focus at five North Carolina prospects that have boosted their respective stocks over the last month.
6’3 ’19 Talton Jones (Trinity Christian)
Few guys posses the mental toughness that Jones has displayed over the last two months, especially when facing adversity and legitimate challenges. His on-court approach has remained the same, but he’s shooting the ball as efficiently as ever. Jones is long, wiry, and knows how to really overwhelm opponents without fouling. He has an incredibly calm demeanor, but also fights like a dog on the court and relentlessly looks to boost his team in any possible way. Jones is a leader by example, making smart, savvy reads on offense, while consistently setting the tone on defense. It’ll be interesting to see if his recruitment takes another leap, as his productivity is becoming too strong to ignore.
6’6 ’19 Max Farthing (Word of God)
The forward prospect has long established himself among the top shooters in North Carolina, but the recent development of his ball skills is what should have folks buzzing. He’s continued to gradually improve his ability to operate and generate clean looks within two to three dribbles, while still posing his typical threat as a knockdown catch-and-shoot option. Farthing has also done a nice job of utilizing his size around the basket by forcing smaller defenders to stop him inside. It’s somewhat perplexing to believe that he doesn’t already hold multiple scholarship offers, as Farthing could seamlessly fit and flourish with an abundance of programs.
6’0 ’19 Raja Milton (Independence)
The Independence basketball team is simply ridiculously talented, from the coaches to the players, and the emergence of Milton goes hand-in-hand with their foundation. The point guard is a strong-bodied wrecking ball that can get to the rim in the blink of an eye or manage a team and set others up for success. He’s shown time and again that he’s able to thrive with or without the ball in his hands, given his ability to spot-up and consistently punish opponents from the perimeter. Milton also commits to defense and making the hustle plays whenever possible; he’s the type of player that every coach loves to have on their team, as he just knows how to be productive and reliable.
6’11 ’19 Derrick “Fifi” Quansah (Village Christian)
These days, rim-protection should be at an all-time high, because so many teams are teams are moving away from traditional two-big lineups and now look to feature as many perimeter players as possible, making the lone big man far more vital. At 6-foot-11 with an incredible wingspan, it’s unbelievable that Quansah doesn’t hold at least a handful of Division I offers by now. He moves very well for his size and has impeccable timing when pursuing blocks or rebounds. Quansah doesn’t require touches on offense, but is capable of highlighting his soft touch around the basket whenever possible. He can score with either hand from either block and often looks to play above the rim. Quansah will anchor the defense for 3A title-contender Village Christian and should be a major part of their success this season.
6’2 ’19 Caleb Burgess (Moravian Prep)
It would be difficult to build a list of players that have improved their stock without featuring Burgess, who has been on a scoring tear over the last month. He’s a scoring-guard that handles the ball a lot for this Moravian squad, often initiating the offense and finding ways to attack his matchup. Burgess has shot the ball increasingly well since suiting up with this team, but still maintains a constant flow of penetration takes. He possesses great craftiness around the basket to go with a variety of in-between floaters and runners. It’s crazy to think that he only holds a single Division I offer, as he’s proven himself against worthy opponents on a consistent basis.