6’5 ’23 Trey Barbee (Strong Center)
Despite Strong Center’s extremely balanced two-way approach, Barbee consistently found ways to emerge as a leader for this group. He possesses nice size and displays a fairly versatile offensive game with the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Barbee applies constant pressure in the midrange, but also attacks the basket and positions himself for success in transition. He plays hard and provides great effort defensively.
6’5 ’21 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats)
There are a lot of unsigned seniors on this NC Wildcats squad, but Walker is arguably as appealing as anyone on the roster. He’s long, wiry, and able to get out in transition with frequency, where he’s proven to be a capable cutter and finisher. Walker intercepts passing lanes defensively, involves himself as a rebounder, and plays hard on both ends of the floor.
6’5 ’22 Josh Scovens (NC Gaters)
Given his production over the last calendar year, it should come as no surprise to see Scovens continuing to make strides within his progression. He’s very polished and skilled for his position, but also plays bigger than his size would imply on either end of the floor. Scovens is a matchup problem for most opponents, since he’s too strong and physical against smaller guys and too skilled and mobile for bigger defenders. Scholarship-level schools should be heavily involved.
6’2 ’22 Finley Simmons (NC Spartans Hartzell)
Easily one of the more balanced squads in attendance, the NC Spartans genuinely excel behind the steady, reliable presence of Simmons. He’s a natural glue-guy with the motor, unselfishness, and adaptable skillset to consistently affect the action on both ends of the floor. Simmons is a useful creator and shooter with nice instincts as a cutter and defender.
5’11 ’22 Jamori McDougald (Fayetteville Flash)
Although we wrote it earlier this week, it should be reiterated that McDougald is worthy of more action within his recruitment. His showing with Fayetteville Flash has only further solidified his abilities as a balanced floor general. McDougald is a blur with the ball in his hands, especially in the open floor, and makes incredibly smart reads as a playmaker. That being said, he also applied efficient scoring pressure from all levels. More programs should be involved, simply put.
6’2 ’22 Nik Graves (Garner Road)
There are numerous notable floor generals on display, but Graves might be in a league of his own in terms of poise and polish. His IQ is especially evident with the ball in his hands, given the calm manner in how effortlessly he sets up others and controls the offensive action. Graves is an exceptional passer and reliable penetrator with the ability to knock down perimeter jumpers at a solid rate. His recruitment should trend upward over the next calendar year.
6’6 ’23 Brandon Dufore (Team Rogue)
Team Rogue is as balanced as any team on display, and Dufore is a massive part of their overall identity. The 6-foot-6 forward possesses excellent length and skill for his size/position, able to set up others, apply scoring pressure from all levels, and run the floor effectively in transition. Dufore can actively toggle between the interior and perimeter, which tend to make him somewhat of a matchup problem for opponents.
6’3 ’22 Aaron Murphy (Garner Road)
The big, strong-bodied wing prospect continues to shine as one of the more productive players across the state. Murphy showcases a well-rounded skillset and possesses the necessary motor and physicality to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. He scores the ball from all levels, secures rebounds at a strong rate, and defends with terrific energy.
6’8 ’23 Sam Martin (Strong Center)
There are a ton of enticing post prospects in attendance, and Martin is certainly among the top interior players. He’s a great rebounder, useful shot-blocker, and fairly well-rounded offensive threat with the ability to operate inside the paint or along the perimeter. Martin runs the floor properly in transition and understands how to excel within his role.
6’6 ’23 Julius Harrison (NC Gaters)
Although the Gaters were short-handed in this contest, Harrison clearly stepped up and stood out as a leader throughout this contest. He’s an extremely versatile defender with a fairly well-rounded offensive skillset, which makes him a matchup problem for most opposing wings/forwards. Harrison plays with a high motor, rebounds effectively, and pushes the break or runs the floor properly in transition.