6’9 Luc Therrien (Bull City Prep)
While most of the attention of Bull City Prep’s roster goes to guys like LJ Thomas and Dre Watson, Therrien is arguably as vital as anyone to their overall game plan. He possesses size, toughness, and a high motor on both ends of the floor. Therrien is a great rebounder with quality hands and the ability to finish around the basket or space the floor from the perimeter. His effectiveness within a low-maintenance role should make him appealing for various types of Division I programs, especially after receiving his first offer from Southern University.
6’1 KJ Garrett (High Point Christian)
Anyone who follows grassroots basketball within North Carolina should already know about Garrett, his story, and current status as one of the state’s top unsigned players. He’s the undisputed leader for High Point Christian, dictating the action, setting up others, and establishing the tone on both ends of the floor. He’s so quick and able to touch the paint with regularity, where he’s proven to be a quality finisher. Garrett’s balance between scoring and playmaking allows him to dominate on a nightly basis. His recruitment has somewhat stalled, but scholarship-level coaches should certainly be prioritizing the floor general.
6’5 Sheick Samoura (Fuquay Varina)
Arguably no unsigned player has generated more buzz than Samoura throughout the current season. He’s a long, fluid, athletic wing prospect with great positional size and the ability to overwhelm opponents with his physical tools. Samoura finishes very well around the basket, showing the ability to go around or through contact with relative ease, but can also hit perimeter jumpers at a nice clip. He’s strong in the open floor, both with and without the ball, and makes quality decisions with the ball in his hands. Samoura was previously committed to Air Force and seems likely to continue attracting Division I schools over the coming months.
6’4 Calik Thomas (Rocky River)
After a brief transfer, Thomas returns to Rocky River as the clear all-around leader for this group. He’s long, skilled, and able to score the ball in a variety of different ways—both with or without the ball in his hands. Thomas is a quality perimeter shooter and poses a useful threat when spotting-up from beyond the arc. He can also assume ball-handling duties and create for others with relative ease. Thomas is also a quality athlete with anticipation and a nice rebounding sense for his position. He should have a lot of scholarship-level programs in pursuit.
6’8 Peyton Gerald (Ardrey Kell)
Like multiple others on this list, Gerald should have nearly one dozen offers at this point in time. However, his recruitment simply hasn’t followed the usual pathway for that of a fluid, mobile, 6-foot-8 post prospect with length, timing, and an extremely reliable presence on both ends of the floor. Gerald is very effective at operating out of the post, finishing with either hand, and carrying his weight as a two-way rebounder. He blocks shots at a steady rate, runs the floor hard in transition, and simply knows how to make a lasting impact. Expect more schools to get involved going forward.