6’0 ’21 Jamarii Thomas (Piedmont Classical)
Although the newest addition to this roster, it’s easy to see that Thomas is a large part of the heart and soul for this Piedmont Classical squad. His quickness, toughness, and rugged mentality are evident on every possession. Thomas gets downhill whenever he desires and possesses a certain tenacity and ferocity that separates him from other similar point guard prospects. He’s a great all-around athlete with the ability to draw and finish through contact quite regularly. Thomas should have more action within his recruitment at the current point in time.
6’8 ’21 Dante Kiesenhofer (Holly Springs)
At this point, the appeal with Kiesenhofer should be fairly obvious. He’s already a phenomenal defensive player that knows how to position himself and alter an abundance of shots around the basket. Kiesenhofer moves extremely well for his size and possesses a blossoming skillset, able to initiate offense and effectively make plays in transition. He can knock down the perimeter jumper or battle out of the post for scoring opportunities. Kiesenhofer is talented enough to start collecting scholarship offers from a variety of Division I programs.
6’9 ’21 Keeyan Itejere (GRACE Christian)
Few players have trended upward faster than Itejere, who has become something of a household name around North Carolina with his high-flying ability. However, he’s proven to be more than just a capable athlete and has continued to develop his overall offensive arsenal throughout the last few months. Itejere is a pretty clever passer with useful ball-handling skills, especially in transition. He has the unique situation where he could legitimately collect offers from a variety of different levels within the Division I landscape.
7’0 ’20 Jonas Aidoo (Voyager Academy)
Despite not scoring a ton, it’s easy to see what makes Aidoo such a tantalizing prospect. For starters, he already possesses elite defensive instincts as a rim-protector and utilizes his length exceptionally well to alter shots and secure rebounds on both ends of the floor. While Aidoo already passes and shoots the ball well from the perimeter, it’s clear that he’s truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term offensive abilities. Additionally, his body will only continue to improve upon stepping foot on a college campus.
6’3 ’20 Zavian McLean (Village Christian)
Although Village Christian had many standout performers in their battle against Durham Academy, McLean continues to shine as the undisputed leader of this squad. He has zero weaknesses and always seems to be two or three steps ahead of everyone else on the court. McLean simply does it all, operating as the primary creator, scoring on all three levels, setting the tone on defense and the glass. Columbia got an absolute steal in McLean, who seems to have all the tools to thrive at the next level.
6’1 ’21 Cole Sinclair (Durham Academy)
It was a pretty balanced affair for Durham Academy, but Sinclair was arguably their main driving force from start to finish. Already known for his shooting ability, it should be unsurprising that the combo guard knocked down multiple three-pointers, pull-up jumpers, but also finished through contact quite nicely around the basket. He seemed to step up whenever his team needed a bucket or key offensive possession.
6’3 ’20 Wy’Kise Allen (South Granville)
Though there were numerous standout performers for South Granville, but Allen was arguably the most productive of the group. He maximizes his role as well as anyone, working the glass, making the extra pass, and filling in the gaps nicely on both ends of the floor. Allen possesses nice versatility and displays a strong two-way feel for the game. He can work as a secondary creator and scores the ball quite effectively from all three levels. Allen could certainly be a useful addition to a variety of different programs at the next level.
6’3 ’21 Carter Whitt (Leesville Road)
At this point, everyone around the country seems to know about Whitt and his passer-friendly approach from the point guard position. He has such a natural way of finding and setting up teammates for easy scoring opportunities, typically working so others can immediately catch and finish. Whitt is a great rebounder that knows how to push the break extremely well in transition, where he makes smart decisions and shows his ability to finish through contact quite well.
5’11 ’21 Will Nepa (NRCA)
There were plenty of noteworthy performers for NRCA during this contest but Nepa was arguably the most reliable of the group. He proved that he doesn’t require offensive touches to make a constant impact, given how unbelievably hard he plays on both ends of the floor. Nepa is also a fairly consistent shooting threat from beyond the arc, where he displays range, quick setup, and the ability to heat up in a hurry.
6’1 ’23 Jordan Durham (Louisburg)
Despite being the youngest prospect on the roster, Durham was undeniably impressive throughout this contest. He handles the ball quite well, especially for his age and size, and has the ability to operate in a variety of different roles. Durham has all the tools to be the next big prospect out of Louisburg.