Each year around this time, at least a dozen college coaches start bringing up the topic of shooting and their desperate need for high-level threats from beyond the arc. Rather than getting involved at an early stage, these programs would rather make someone like Michael Zanoni legitimately battle for (what should be) obvious scholarship opportunities. Given their respective combination of size, consistency, and ability to compete at a high level, he and Donovan Atwell are the top two shooters in North Carolina—pretty much however you turn it. However, their offer sheets simply don’t match their on-court product. Despite everything he’s done over the years, Zanoni only holds scholarships from UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s. Let’s figure out why…

In short: there’s no valid reason to explain the lack of offers for a 6-foot-5 elite perimeter shooter with ability outside of just being a spot-up threat. He’s been a major factor in the success of Greensboro Day and Team CP3 throughout the last calendar year. Due to his understanding of how to effectively thrive within a role and apply pressure as needed, folks neglect to realize Zanoni’s IQ, well-rounded game, and overall capabilities as an offensive catalyst. Very few players across the state could find ways to match his impact with the limited number of touches, simply put. Add in the quality competition over his high school career, and the lack of offers genuinely doesn’t make sense. 

Futhermore, Zanoni is also a reliable secondary ball-handler with the tools to initiate offense or operate without the ball. He can effectively create his own shot within two to three dribbles, and converts a strong percentage of all his opportunities from the perimeter. That being said, Zanoni also knows how to attack closeouts and make smart decisions. He moves extremely well without the ball, displays incredibly sharp shooting mechanics, and knows how to expand his production as needed. His value should already be quite evident, but perhaps Division I coaches just needed a reminder. Zanoni is certainly worthy of more opportunities and should ultimately be a priority over the coming months.