6’2 ’20 Dylan Blake (First Flight)
Arguably no team in North Carolina brings as much intrigue as First Flight, and Blake is a major part of what they do. He’s the lynchpin in an absolutely new-age style of infinite three-point shooting. Blake is a knockdown shooter in virtually every way but also showcases the mentality of a point guard and consistently works to get others involved. He’s tougher and more athletic than majority of people initially think, offering solid defense, quality rebounding, and the ability to finish through contact. Blake might not “look” the part, but he’s a definite Division I player.
6’5 ’20 Kenny Gwynn (Carmel Christian)
There is no questioning the consistently productive output that Gwynn provides this Carmel Christian squad. He’s the epitome of a glue-guy, playing hard, unselfishly, and doing a strong amount of everything while on the floor. Gwynn is strong, extremely active, and naturally makes plays without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. He naturally makes defensive plays and knows how to turn them into buckets on the other end. Gwynn makes the right play with unrelenting poise. He’s a winner in every possible respect and shows a willingness to do whatever it takes to find success.
6’8 ’21 Ben Burnham (Carmel Christian)
At this point, Burnham is criminally underrated in the bigger scene of North Carolina’s basketball landscape. His productivity, like teammate Gwynn, is simply off the charts. Burnham is somewhat wiry, not really possessing a lot of raw strength, but always finds a way to control the glass, make incredibly athletic plays, and do everything in between. He scores through low-post play, drives from the wing, running the two-man game, and by making effort plays around the basket. Burnham is also a defensive menace that can reliably switch onto multiple positions while jumping into passing lanes and swatting away shots at the rim.
6’3 ’22 Jaden Bradley (Cannon)
As loaded as the Class of 2022 is, Bradley has arguably earned his status as the top floor general in the country. He’s so smart and able to run a team with unwavering confidence on both ends of the floor. Bradley makes no unnecessary movements or decisions, making elite-level passes appear routine and controlling the tempo on every possession. It’s tough to find anything new to say about him, as he does so much and consistently finds a way to execute. He’s a special talent.
6’6 ’22 DJ Nix (Cannon)
The dynamic of this Cannon squad is perfect at the high school level and Nix, basically a grown man, shows frequent flashes of being able to overwhelm all types of opponents. He’s expanded from a straight line-driver and rip-through specialist to knocking down perimeter jumpers and legitimately creating off the bounce. Nix is a great two-way rebounder and versatile presence that can cause matchup problems in a variety of different ways. In addition to his skill improvements, Nix has remained an absolute high-motor monster that brings intensity to every possession.
6’3 ’20 Cam Hayes (Greensboro Day)
There are multiple new pieces on this Greensboro Day team, but Hayes remains one of the constant, steadiest components. He calmly sets up the offense, looks to get everyone involved whenever possible, knows how to pick and choose his scoring opportunities within the flow of the team. Whenever the Bengals needed a bucket, it felt like Hayes was able to find his effortless midrange stroke and convert but also hit multiple three-pointers—including one to seal the deal. He continues to look poised for a big-time season and has the tools to thrive in Kevin Keatts’ style at NC State.
6’3 ’20 Carson McCorkle (Greensboro Day)
It was fairly easy to find positive performers for Greensboro Day from this contest, but McCorkle was arguably the guy that propelled them to a victory. He’s tabbed as a shooter and certainly followed through, consistently standing out as an absolute shot-maker throughout this contest. McCorkle worked as a spot-up threat and asserted himself off the bounce. It would be difficult to ask for a more efficient use of offensive touches than what he displayed tonight. His ability to make his presence felt without the ball should carry on to the next level.
6’3 ’21 Darrius Davis (Moravian Prep)
Although Hall gets most of the attention, Davis is arguably just as valuable as anyone on this roster. His high-motor, low-maintenance role allows him to affect the action on defense while asserting himself as needed on offense. Davis is a nice secondary ball-handler with quality vision, cutting instincts, and elite defensive prowess, which allows him to seamlessly operate from either backcourt position. He can adapt and expand his role as needed, and is simply the type of player that every team can utilize.
6’1 ’20 Shakeel Moore (Moravian Prep)
Few players in North Carolina have the physical and defensive gifts that Moore possesses, and that has been evident throughout this contest. He’s tough, strong, and displays a phenomenal feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Moore is as great as anyone when it comes to turning defense into offense and has the ability to create for himself and others quite well. He utilizes his body extremely well to create space, absorb contact, and overwhelm opposing ball-handlers. Moore has consistently gotten better and better, and should only continue to trend in a positive direction.
6’2 ’21 Kris Robinson (Combine Academy)
While Combine Academy has a clear amount of talent, Robinson continues to stand out as one of the most underrated players on the roster. He’s easily among the best shooters in the state but also has obvious point guard ability, given his vision and ability to create for himself or others. Robinson is also a great defender and quality rebounder that contains his assignment very well on a nightly basis. There’s a lot to like with the smooth shooter and his recruitment should only continue to pick up going forward.