There is still a lot of unsigned talent in the 2022 class that deserves a look, and could potentially provide a late boost to programs in need. Guys that can contribute from lower D1’s to D3’s in need of a diamond in the rough.
Some of the prospects listed have offers already and strong interest from other schools, many have played on the biggest stages, and others might be unfamiliar names coming into this season, I do believe all these prospects will be in positions to have expanded roles and productive years for their respective squads.
6’1 2022 Nasir Gibbs (QEA)- Gibbs was one of the most prolific scorers in the state last year at Shining Light Academy and was key in the knight’s state title run. Gibbs had multiple thirty and forty point outbursts, against some of the top guards in the Hoop State. Gibbs is a streaky scorer that can fill it up in spurts, he possesses three-level scoring ability. Gibbs has deep range and can make shots from the volleyball line consistently, off the dribble he’s a tough cover, Gibbs is shifty in the open floor and has no problem creating space to get his shot off. This year Gibbs has transferred over to Quality Education Academy, the Pharaohs lost a couple of key perimeter pieces, including senior TJ Mills. There will be shots for the taking and Gibbs is a player that can fill that scoring void and also compliment the core of; 2022’s Camian Shell, Omari Bolden, and Anthony Sellars.
6’3 2022 Sam Cogan (Moravian Prep National)- The former state champion has had expectations since he entered the prep ranks, Cogan has exceeded those expectations and added more to his game every year. Cogan has good size, he plays hard, and is extremely coachable. After a stellar career with Lincoln Charter, Cogan has made the move to powerhouse Moravian Prep. Cogan should plug right into this run and gun wide-open offense, This group will more than likely shoot and make more tre balls than any program in the state, Cogan is also a guy that can get to the cup and finish above the rim through contact, that will be an added dynamic to this lineup. Cogan is a willing defender and he can deliver on the big stages, I believe the opportunity to perform against a national schedule will boost his recruitment tremendously.
6’3 2022 James Wilkins III (Calvary Day School)- Wilkins III has been playing major varsity minutes since middle school, and he’s produced every year since. Wilkins III is one of the more polished unsigned floor generals in the state, he plays to his strengths and Wilkins III gets to his spots effectively. Wilkins III is at his best with the ball in his hands in space, where Wilkins can make decisions with the rock and get guys around him involved. Wilkins is good in the Pick N Roll also, he can really thread the needle, last season he was the leader of a young group and the Calvary Cougars took some lumps. This year I believe this group can make some noise, a year older and some big additions to the roster will provide a punch. Most notably to this point 6’9 2023 Jaydin Spillman and inside-outside stretch four should be a nice compliment to Wilkins in pick N roll sets, and Spillman will provide a reliable rim protector this group has lacked for several years.
6’4 2022 Christian Cornish ( Lake Norman Christian)- Cornish came to the Tre-4 with the reputation of a big-time scorer and a physical, gritty defender. I don’t think we saw Cornish’s best game last season with WS Christian, he’s made the move to Lake Norman Christian and I love the fit. This group was mostly hailed as the Mikey Williams and Trey Green show, this was a talented group all around especially the starting 5, but with the Storm losing their backcourt and top perimeter threats, they will have plenty of shots to go around. I think the Storm needed Cornish and he needed a fresh start to revamp his recruitment, Cornish will provide immediate offense, he’s a marksman from deep and has a frame built for contact. Cornish will bring effort and intensity on both ends.
5’11 2022 Alex Reece (Ledford HS)- Reece had a big summer for the Carolina Stars on the independent circuit, we saw him at multiple Phenom events and production never faltered. Reece has one of the purest strokes in the state, he’s constantly in motion off-ball, and he doesn’t have to dominate the ball or jack bad shots to get going. Reece plays within the offense and gets a high percentage looks for himself, the handle has continued to improve to the point defenses have to respect Reece off the bounce. This year he should be the focal point of Ledford’s offense, a group that has been together a while and maybe ready to take that next leap in a wide-open conference.
5’8 2022 Peyton Compton (Forbush HS) – Compton absolutely has the ball on a string and has taken a lot of ankles over the summer, he’s a smaller guard but Compton is extremely confident and plays with that edge, Compton isn’t ducking any smoke, and genuinely wants the ball with everything on the line. Compton can heat up from deep in a hurry, he’s got impressive burst in his first step, and Compton is crafty around the cup. Compton has the float game in his bag, something all smaller guards should possess, Compton can get flashy with the passes but is never out of control. Defensively Compton is quick and has active hands, he’s bound to pick a few pockets whenever he laces up.