2021 6’3 Glynn Hubbard (Northside Christian Academy)
Hubbard started the day off in fashion, in what I expect to be a big year for him. Started off knocking down his outside shot, especially how deadly he can be from three. But there aren’t too many guards that can stay in front of him when he attacks the rim. This young man is going to be a name to remember this year.
2020 6’8 Garrett Hien (Concord First Assembly)
Hien is an absolute mismatch beyond belief. With his frame and now continuing to get stronger, he will continue to flourish in a big way. Whether it is dunks, transition basketball, or stepping outside, there isn’t much that he can’t do and will be a huge part of a successful season for Concord First Assembly.
2021 6’1 Cole Sinclair (Durham Academy)
Sinclair is a scrappy guard that can play on or off the ball offensively. Even at his size, he plays tough and is a sturdy guard. He can create his own space and find the open jumpers, but also works really well when he pushes the ball in transition.
2022 6’5 MJ Rice (Durham Academy)
What isn’t there to like about Rice. Many think that he is just a bruising prospect but he is much more. He still finishes well but his ability to handle the rock as well as step out and knock down jumpers is incredibly impressive. Look for him to continue this dominance.
2022 6’0 Nik Graves (Durham Academy)
Graves caught our eye earlier this summer and continue to develop his overall game. He has a great feel for the game with the ball in his hands as a point guard. His change of pace and direction can be too much for defenders but that doesn’t even mention his vision on the floor.
2022 6’0 Jaquante Harris (Northwood Temple Academy)
Harris is a poised guard that continues to fly under the radar. This may be his year to show what he can do. He is a physical guard that plays tough on both ends of the floor. He gets after it on defense and can score the ball in an array of ways but also be that lead guard to find his teammates; whatever his team may need that night.
2020 6’8 Cheick Traore (Concord First Assembly)
Traore’s development as a player has been impressive to watch. Of course, he brings the strength and physicality to the floor immediately but he continues to grow and develop his overall game, on both sides of the floor. What you have to like about him is his continuing work with his footwork, which helps him in so many ways. His understanding of his game is impressive and he doesn’t try to do too much out of his comfort zone.