2024 Lewis Walker (Winston Salem Christian): It seems that every time I watch Walker, he is producing and helping lead his team. He did so once again on Day 1, continuing to display his ability to make plays for himself, put the ball on the deck and be physical, and finding ways to score around the basket but also showing more of how he has expanded his game. Not sure what else this young man needs to do' he simply produces and does so consistently.
2023 Torey Alston (Winston Salem Christian): The growth and maturity that we have seen from Alston has been fun to watch but the story doesn't seem like it will be stopping anytime soon. Alston's ability to have such an impact on both ends is impressive. He moves extremely well in putting the ball on the deck, making plays and finishing with his length, and making a defensive impact in blocking shots or creating havoc at the top of the defense.
2025 Kaden Hammond (The Burlington School): Hammond was a strong force on Day 1 for TBS, and he should be a prospect that college coaches will want to monitor and check out. Hammond continues to display his ability to operate down in the post, use his frame to carve out space, finish with touch and feel in the paint, and also be able to step out for his mid-range. Hammond also plays hard on the boards as well.
2024 Drake Powell (Northwood): Powell continues to show why he is, in my opinion, the top player in the state of North Carolina; it is because his impact can be felt in so many ways on the floor. Whether it is initiating the offense (which he is comfortable in doing), finding ways to create and get paint touches, finishing at the rim or knocking down shots with his pull-up game, his leadership and IQ on the court, or his defensive presence, Powell checks off so many boxes. And as he gets to the next level and continues to improve in areas and adjust to the college level, his game continues to translate even further.
2023 Max Frazier (Northwood): It continues to amaze me why more schools aren't getting involved with Frazier' He is a 6'8 (plays even bigger and longer) forward that moves extremely well, has really taken his game to another level and continues to develop, and really can make his impact felt on both sides. A high-flying, athletic forward that finishes at the rim, is expanding his game, and can be a rim protector.
2023 Collin Kuhl (Holly Springs): This may have been the best viewing overall from Kuhl that I've seen from the forward, as he made his impact felt all over. Kuhl really impressed with how he was able to operate around the basket, displaying that same athleticism he has shown before, but also making terrific plays with his footwork and skillset in the paint. He played with tremendous energy and with a high motor, as he racked up an impressive double-double on Day 1 for his team. Again, it was one of the best overall viewings I've seen from the Georgia Southern commit.
2023 Jah Short (Farmville Central): Short was off the charts, as the New Orleans commit led the charge and filled up the stat sheet in this one. Whether it was him finishing acrobatic finishes around the rim or out in transition, his ability to get to the rim and finish with impressive dunks, scoring from all three levels, or being a playmaker in setting up his teammates and hitting the boards, Short did it all as he helped carry his team to a strong Day 1 victory.