Another outstanding North Carolina Top 80 event has come and gone, and the talent was fun to watch. Some of the biggest names were all under one building and so many players could be found making this list, but these are a few players from the Class of 2023 that really popped off with their play at the event.
2023 6’8 Torey Alston (Winston Salem Christian): Alston had a great day of basketball, eventually earning his way to MVP honors at the NC Top 80. His rise from when we first wrote about him to where he is today has been incredible to watch and after this upcoming high school season, that rise could only continue. Alston’s length, quickness, and motor are tremendous, as he not only was finishing strong at the rim, but also attacked the boards, finished with touch in the paint, and showcased just how fluid and quick he can be at his size. But he also made his presence felt on the defensive end, blocking and altering shots and crashing the boards.
2023 6’3 Isaac Dobie (First Flight): The senior guard had a strong showing at the Top 80 event, averaging 14.3 points throughout the event and showing why he not only belonged at the event but why he should be a name more programs could look at. Dobie competes on both ends and made his presence felt. Whether it was his ability to knock down shots and showcase his range or attack off the bounce, Dobie can be a useful weapon in what he provides. But you also have to like how he worked hard on the defensive end as well along with him being an unselfish player.
2023 6’8 Avion Pinner (Concord Academy): What we have seen out of Pinner this offseason and now at the NC Top 80 has been eye-opening and if he continues to play this way, his recruitment should really elevate with college coaches. Watching Pinner now, it seems he is playing at a different level and with something to prove. Whether it is his transition play, his athleticism on offense or defense, his ability to finish at the rim or create off the dribble, or his defensive impact, it seems that Pinner has hit another level with his game and has really elevated his game heading into his senior year.
2023 6’8 Max Frazier (Northwood): Frazier is an intriguing prospect at 6’8 and he is still a prospect that I believe has more to his game when he gets to the next level. With his length, athleticism, developing skill set, and timing/presence on offense and defense, Frazier continues to show that he can be a useful piece for a program. Always enjoy what he provides defensively, having great timing in blocking shots and protecting the rim. But he continues to add more to his overall feel each time we watch him and he still has upside to his game.
2023 6’10 Kaleb Siler (Carmel Christian): Siler showed me a little something at the NC Top 80. The 6’10 big man continues to work on his overall frame and it shows, but he gave us a little more by being more assertive on the court. He already has great size and touch around the basket, but with him focusing on his body, it is showing more with how he can finish at the rim. With Siler putting it altogether more, he could really be an even bigger breakout-type year for him. And it will be needed at Carmel with the aspirations the program has this year.
2023 6’0 Jamerl Brockington (Lumberton): Brockington has been a name we have mentioned before, especially when you look at what he provides for his high school team. He puts up some impressive stats and seems to have his hand in a bit of everything. At the Top 80, he did just that, showing how crafty he can be in getting to spots and creating, creating well for others, and just having his presence felt in an array of ways. There was a reason why he was named Mr. Playmaker and it will be interesting to see how his recruitment continues to elevate after this event and season.
2023 Justin Monden (Word of God): Monden is a guard that should earn more eyes his way, especially with his ability to create pressure on the defensive end, get paint touches and create, and his ability to be a scoring factor. He may not be the flashiest player on the court but productivity is the name of the game for Monden, whether it is on the offensive or defensive side.