Each year, the grassroots landscape runs into an issue with college coaches. Whether scouts, coaches, players, or spectators, folks consistently pinpoint these prospects who aren’t receiving the proper amount of attention. Typically, this identification process occurs between the junior and senior seasons (think Zavian McLean) and usually carries into the winter months. However, in an attempt to combat the delay in offers, we will start looking at those who are starting to get somewhat overlooked by the masses (specifically next-level programs). While there are plenty players deserving of headlines, one could argue that 6-foot-7 Ta’Korrie Faison (Goldsboro) is becoming the most under-recruited prospect in North Carolina’s Class of 2023.
Granted, there are a ton of worthy players in the junior class who are being brushed aside. We’ve reached this point where too many Division I schools subscribe to the same thought process and extend offers based on status. Even despite the appeal of transfers and kneejerk win-now moves, someone like Faison should already be an actual priority for a variety of programs. Let’s deduce it like this: the kid is more than talented enough with the production and translatable skillset to back it up. He’s built like a tank, yet possesses effortless explosiveness. Add in the fact that the most athletic guy in majority of gyms is now shooting 50% from beyond the arc, and offering a scholarship just seems like an obvious move. While Faison isn’t trying to break down defenders and hit step-back jumpers off the bounce, his transition into becoming a reliable floor-spacer only makes him more enticing. His tough, active, blue-collar foundation (and willingness to embrace said identity) will always make him a productive piece—regardless of setting or context.
Delving a bit deeper into his raw numbers, Faison is posting nightly averages of 21.6 PPG, 13.9 RPG, and 4.6 BPG with 69/50/72 shooting splits. Honestly, what are we talking about here? Where is the concern? He’s consistently produced since his freshman year while developing his game without compromising his identity. Faison is a quality teammate with the ability to dominate a game without necessarily needing to be the focal point—though he’s proven more than capable with his high school squad. Between his size, athleticism, rebounding presence, and offensive progression, Faison is a Division I player and should start receiving more respect over the coming months.