2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022. There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living. Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks. Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going to make you better.
2023 Elijah Strong (Myers Park): Strong averaged nearly 20 points per game and certainly helped his team make a deep run. The 6’8 prospect has a strong body but one that works well posting up and scoring around the rim and getting on the boards, but also stepping out and showing he can create from outside.
2022 Justin Taylor (Carmel Christian): Saw a little bit more with Taylor today. He showed effective speed in the open court, attacking the rim, and being more aggressive while also still being that point guard that can facilitate. Averaged nearly 17 points this camp.
2022 LJ Thomas (Bull City Prep): Thomas stepped up big in his games late, eventually taking home some awards. But Thomas is such a strong, physical guard that can score the ball well off the ball but also attack and find teammates. Really think he is going to show a lot in NC this season.
2021 Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School): Thomas may have been my favorite guy to watch, but many may say that. But how can you NOT like the heart that he plays with? An absolute dog on the court and one that isn’t afraid of the spotlight. What I like about Thomas, even as a small point guard, is that people have to respect his athleticism and ability to get into the paint, but he also is unselfish in setting up his teammates for easy baskets.
2022 De’Ante Green (Christ School): Green was really showing his ability to impact and score on multiple levels. Finishing out in transition, stretching the floor but also putting it on the deck. He just simply creates those mismatch problems for team with his combination of size, skillset, and scoring ability all over the court.
2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): Jamison averaged 15 points per game at the North Carolina Top 80, and did a great job in getting to the paint and scoring, something he has shown often. He plays as a strong guard and there aren’t many that can keep him out from operating in the paint.
2022 Trey Byrd (Bull City Prep): Byrd is another that I’m just not sure why more programs are getting on. He is a wiry, long wing prospect that has that aggressive scoring mentality when he needs it, rising over defenders while also showing his outside game as well.