Anyone who has seen Greenfield over the past five years should understand the greatness they’ve achieved as a 1A school out of Wilson, North Carolina. Coby White will likely go down as the best player in school history, but many folks seem to forget how much he developed under Coach Rob Salter. The state is full of so many talented coaches, but Salter deserves to be mentioned amongst the top group—especially given what he’s done since White’s departure. In the two seasons since, Salter finished with a combined record of 62-11 while playing an absolutely brutal schedule. Their seamless transition and continued success made it seem as if they didn’t just lose Elijah McCadden and a future NBA talent in White. Although the players have been phenomenal at maximizing their identity as a team, a lot of the credit should be attributed to Salter.
In looking at the four guards that primarily controlled the action for this group, Dji Bailey, Creighton Lebo, Collin Guilford, and Jordan Lynch all possessed the ability to contribute at the next level. The first three have already committed with Lynch simply biding his time until the right program gets involved. Bailey certainly has all the necessary tools to carve out a productive role at Richmond. He has the IQ, size, skill, and ability to play multiple positions to make an impact in a variety of different ways. Lebo opted to walk-on at UNC, where he will probably stand out as one of the better (non-scholarship) players in practice throughout his career in Chapel Hill. Guilford was the most recent domino to fall, committing to Randolph-Macon. He was one of Greenfield’s most consistent players from last season and should maintain his steady approach at the next level. Last but not least, it’ll be interesting to see where Lynch ends up, as he surely has a place within the collegiate ranks.
As impressive as they’ve been throughout the last few years, it would appear that the Salter-led group is only going to continue to dominate. Given the additions already in place, it’s difficult to see a scenario where Greenfield doesn’t sit atop the throne over the foreseeable future.