It is no secret that the state of North Carolina has always been an incredibly talent rich area. The greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, went to high school in Wilmington. Brandon Ingram (Kinston) and Dennis Smith Jr (Fayetteville) each competed in the Futures Game at the NBA All Star Weekend. Steph Curry (Charlotte), Chris Paul (Winston-Salem) and John Wall (Raleigh) are perennial NBA All-Stars. Needless to say Webb Wellman coined North Carolina as the Hoop State and there is no question that per capita, some of the best basketball players in the country come from the Hoop State.

When you come from an area that possess this much talent, the conversation will always be in play for which graduating class is the best. Taking a look at the amount of talent produced from North Carolina, 117 total NBA players with 17 currently on some kind of NBA roster, that is a debate that will continue to go on for ages.

Most recently 2016 and 2019 classes are the two that are getting the most traction in these discussions as the best. North Carolina's 2021 class is one that has a very interesting start as there were 16 freshmen who averaged over 15 points per game on varsity this season. However, all of these classes have been talked about, what we are going to go into North Carolina's 8th grade class.

Introducing … Who's Got Next!

10 to Watch (alphabetical order by last name)
Jayden Bradley 6'3 Cannon School

Freddie Dillone 6'2 Trinity Christian

Jeremy Gregory 6'4 Charlotte, NC

Jalen Higgins 6'3 Village Christian

Jalen Hood-Schifino 6'3 Charlotte, NC

Jacob Newman 5'9 Charlotte, NC

DJ Nix 6'6 Cannon School

Davon Jones 6'3 Wilson, NC

Marquise Rice 6'4 Creedmoor, NC

Asa White 6'7 Garner, NC

Others to Watch:
Dontavious Pettway 6'2 Greene County, NC

Mikhail Pocknett 6'5 Goldsboro, NC

Nolan Ford 6'6 Raleigh, NC

Keondre Rogers 5'7 Hertford County, NC

Hagan Aderhold 6' Cary, NC

Anthony Breland 6' Hickory, NC

Miles McClure 6'5 Franklin, NC

TJ Miller 6'2 Greensboro, NC

BJ Morris 6’4 Clemons, NC

Chatham Lambiotte 6'6 Wilmington, NC

Cam Oates 5'11 Trinity Christian

Naturally this class is just beginning. Kids will come and kids will go in the coming years. However, at this point moving forward, this class has everything you need with size, guards, wings, athleticism and it is spread across the state.

Coming on March 10 will be Phenom Hoops 15th annual NC Junior Phenom Middle School Exposure Camp. It is the region's longest running middle school exposure camp with the region's best coming through year after year. with camp participants strewn throughout Division 1 and in the NBA (REGISTER HERE). Without question, these guys haven't even started yet, but they are certainly ones to keep eyes on.

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