6’8 2019 Nick Evtimov: Greensboro Day School
Evtimov might take the cake as the most improved player in North Carolina I’ve seen thus far this season. He’s clearly taken major strides physically, losing some weight further developing his explosiveness and quickness. His skillset continues to develop as well, he is now extremely comfortable handling the ball in certain situations where he wasn’t last year and his touch around the basket has gotten to a point where it’s a given that his jump-hook goes in. He’s looking like the feature big for a Greensboro Day team that has a ton of options all over the court. It’s clear they’re at their best when Evtimov is on the court.
6’0 2019 Austin Inge: Greensboro Day School
Inge was excellent for Greensboro Day throughout, coming up with timely baskets in a multitude of ways for the Bengals. He truly is one of the unique x-factors throughout the State of North Carolina with his calming presence and shot making ability. He’s playing with a ton of confidence and this year it feels like it’s his team. He’s simply an asset to any team and someone that most coaches would love to have on their roster.
5’10 2019 Kojack Thompson: Christ School
Thompson has been nothing short of sensational in both Phenom Hoops events, but he was on a completely different level tonight, almost leading a remarkable upset by a Christ School team playing without arguably of their two best players and their Head Coach tonight. He was simply relentless in his attack, scoring at all three levels at will against a team known for the defensive prowess. In my opinion, he staked his claim as a bonafide scholarship player tonight with his performance. I hope coaches realize how special of a player and kid he truly is.
7’0 Gabe Wiznitzer: Christ School
Wiznitzer was a true defensive anchor for Christ School tonight, protecting the rim and basically effecting every shot that came his way throughout the contest. He started to show flashes of an elite rim protector and rebounder in this one and held his own on the offensive end. Wiznitzer should start gaining serious interest from high major programs throughout the region as he continues to produce and play an important role on this Christ School team.
6’11 2020 Isaiah Todd: Trinity Academy of Raleigh
Isaiah Todd is simply one of the most unique players I’ve ever watched at the high school level. His ceiling is so high I can’t even see it, the fact that he’s 6’11 with a 7’3 wingspan and as mobile as most guards is remarkable to me. He’s an excellent shooter from the perimeter, displaying touch off the dribble or catch and initiates offense for this Trinity of Raleigh team as he’s one of the top ball handlers on the team. I’m excited to see his continued development as he looks to stake his claim as the top prospect in the 2020 class.
6’3 2022 Jaden Bradley: Cannon School
Bradley is one of the hottest young names in the country, possessing the nickname silk and for good reason. He’s one of the smoothest lead guards at his age that I’ve ever seen with his uncanny ability to weave through defenders on his way to the rack. He’s a capable shooter at this point in his basketball career with good mechanics so he should become more consistent in that aspect as his confidence grows. He’s an incredible distributor with his eyes always up, looking where the ball should be going. He’s a special talent and I can’t wait to see him reign supreme over the Hoop State over the next four years.
6’2 2019 Marcus Henderson: United Faith Christian Academy (Evansville Commit)
Henderson is a super smooth lead guard that can flat out light it up from distance no matter where the defense is. He has the ball on a string, with an ability to get by just about any man in front of him, creating for himself or others off the drive and kick. Evansville got a college ready point guard that is capable of playing off the ball due to his exceptional shooting ability. He should develop into an excellent college player.