6’0 ’22 Cole Sinclair (Durham Hurricanes)
It should come as no surprise to anyone within the grassroots scene, but Sinclair continues to showcase a lot of ability as the clear leader of this group. He’s a lethal shooting threat with vision and a nice change of pace, which allows him to effectively manage the game while picking his spots from all three levels. Sinclair handles the ball well and knows how to utilize his body when attacking the basket.
6’7 ’23 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan Panthers)
Although most college coaches aren’t necessarily extending offers to prospect in the Class of 2023, it would probably be beneficial for programs to get involved with Baptiste. He’s already extremely polished, especially for his size and position, and capable of naturally causing mismatches with his overall skill level. Baptiste can effectively create for himself or others and score on all three levels, but also operates well without the ball. His IQ and inside-out game should appeal to coaches at the next level.
6’5 ’24 Cam Scott (Team United)
Arguably the top prospect in the Carolinas, Scott continues to showcase an incredibly smooth, effortless game in every possible setting. He has IQ, physical tools, and truly possesses no real weaknesses within his skillset. Scott can score frequently and efficiently from all three levels, and just naturally seems to make his presence felt as a passer, defender, and rebounder. He can easily operate as the primary option or find opportunities as an off-ball threat. Scott is a special talent and should have his pick of where to further his career beyond the high school game.
6’9 ’24 Jarin Stevenson (Team United)
It’s easy to see what has so many folks buzzing about Stevenson and the extremely advanced identity he already possesses. Although he didn’t necessarily look to dominate this contest, his high-level feel is more than evident through every movement he makes. Stevenson plays such a clean, straightforward game with the ability to rebound, block shots, set up others, and reliably face-up or finish out of the post. His polish and fluidity as a 6-foot-9 rising sophomore is more than impressive.
6’8 ’24 Mason Hagedorn (CC Elite)
While there was already a lot to like with Hagedorn, his improvement over the last calendar year has been noticeable. Not only has he added strength and developed coordination, his overall skillset and understanding of the game have both drastically progressed. Hagedorn is a capable finisher, floor-spacer, and rebounder with the ability to alter shots with his length. He should only continue to improve.
6’4 ’22 Macahi Nelson (Maryland Movement)
The Maryland Movement were easily among the most exciting teams on display, and Nelson’s production stood out as a major contributor for their success. He’s a tough, rugged, high-motor forward prospect who plays much bigger than his size would imply. Nelson simply knows how to outwork opponents for rebounds and second-chance opportunities, and possesses the necessary physicality to finish through contact with regularity. He definitely has the ability to be an impact player at the next level.
6’4 ’22 Davis Wagner (Carolina Riptide)
Arguably no prospect in attendance has improved more than Wagner over the last twelve months, and it’s been evidenced through his play over the weekend. He’s really shined as an all-around leader of this group, both by example and through communication, and has consistently produced on both ends of the floor. Wagner can pass, finish, rebound, space the floor, and play much tougher than opponents think. He’s an exceptional competitor and contributes to winning, which should ultimately make him an asset wherever he should further his playing career.
5’6 ’23 Jahsan Johnson (Maryland Movement)
Though young and somewhat undersized, Johnson continually impressed with his blinding quickness, open-floor speed, and overall ability to run a team. Johnson pushes the break in transition but also breaks down his man in the half-court with relative ease. He finishes extremely well through contact, especially for his size, and overwhelms opposing ball-handlers with his defensive presence. Johnson is the type of guy to follow into battle.
6’6 ’24 Rakease Passmore (NLPB)
Given the combination of size, skill, and athleticism at a young age, folks should definitely expect Passmore to become a top-tier prospect within North Carolina’s Class of 2024. Despite some struggles as a team, it was easy to see the high-level flashes on a frequent basis. Passmore is a powerful athlete with the ability to finish through contact or knock down shots at an efficient clip from the perimeter. He rebounds well, forces turnovers at a strong rate, and is excellent in the open floor. While early, it’s easy to see what makes him a special prospect.
6’4 ’22 Elijah Thomas (Sheed Wallace Select)
Although it might sound like a broken record at this point, Thomas genuinely epitomizes toughness and being a quality teammate/leader for this group. He’s a strong athlete and finisher, but can also knock down perimeter jumpers effectively off the catch. Thomas sets the tone defensively and on the glass, consistently playing bigger than his size and outworking opponents for extra opportunities on a regular basis.
6’0 ’22 Seth Bradford (Charlotte Hoyas)
While he probably doesn’t receive as much attention as other guys on this roster, Bradford certainly provides meaningful minutes for the Hoyas. He’s a tough, rugged guard prospect with a high motor and quality defensive prowess. Bradford understands how to embrace his two-way role, harassing opposing ball-handlers and filling in the gaps offensively.
6’2 ’23 Treymane Parker (Fayetteville Flash)
Possibly the most exciting player in the gym, Parker continues to showcase so much appeal as a next-level prospect. He possesses the effortless explosion and all-around skillset to legitimately dominate all types of opponents, regardless of context or setting. Parker is far smarter and more skilled than folks seem to think, and understands how to consistently set the tone as a leader. He scores from all levels, passes the ball at a high level, and rebounds very well for his size/position. Parker is still amongst the top prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2023.