2026 6’4 Markus Kerr (West Charlotte): Kerr is going to be a name that you hear more and more down the road. He should get some meaningful minutes this season with his talent and skill set, as the 6’4 prospect is a smooth operator on the court.  Kerr can score from multiple levels, stretch the floor, use his length to score over defenders and with touch, and competes on the defensive end. You have to like his game, his coordination, his athleticism, and his confidence early on… and that should only continue to grow with more experience.

2026 6’8 Rivers Knight (Jordan): At the event, I went up to Colby Lewis and said Knight just understands how to be a big man. Knight just has that feel and understanding that you don’t see in many young prospects; usually it takes some time to develop and fully understand. He knows how to position himself well, be strong in the post and around the basket, finish well, and also make himself big and disruptive around the basket without fouling.  These are things you just don’t always see in a big at his age.

2026 6’5 Jossiah Johnson (Fayetteville Academy): This is my second viewing of Johnson and each time, he has made an impression on me with his game.  Yes, Johnson has the physical traits that you love to see at 6’5, 200 pounds.  But it is also his mentality and the way he plays on the court. Johnson goes out looking to prove himself, playing with a great motor, being physical and embracing contact, and with tremendous energy. He can be overwhelming on the court and finishes really well.  He is going to be a name to really monitor as he develops.

2026 6’7 Kendre Harrison (Reidsville): Got a feeling Harrison is going to be a name you know very well, whether it is in basketball or football.  Already holding offers for football, Harrison is quite skilled on the court as well. He is a strong, physical presence with terrific hands and footwork, to go along with bounce in his game.  Harrison can make his presence felt all over the glass, battling through contact and finishing, and also running the floor and finishing at the rim. He also has impressive handles as well.  Harrison keeps expanding his game, which makes him only scarier.

2026 6’0 Chaise Smith (Washington): Smith was one of the leading scorers at the NC Freshman 40 and was consistent throughout.  He was able to show that he can score in a variety of ways and levels, showcase a smooth jumper to his game, and understands how to create his own shot but also make plays for others.  Smith has a natural feel for the game at an early age and made some eye-opening plays throughout the camp, which is why he will be a name you will want to watch out for even more if you haven’t already.