Let’s dive into some unsigned seniors.
Just look at the latest 2018 rankings and its crystal clear the North Carolina class is deep and talented. The top 10 players have committed to Power Five Conferences with the likes like Coby White (UNC), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Jaylen Hoard (Wake Forest), Aaron Wiggins (Maryland), John Newman (Clemson), Rechon Black (UNC), Hunter Tyson (Clemson), Michael Wynn (ECU), Kris Monroe (Providence).
Now, look at the second tier and we have Nate Hinton (Houston), Immanuel Bates (NC State), Trey Wertz (Santa Clara), Ian Steere (NC State), Isaiah Bigelow (Charlotte), Adrian Delph (Appalachian State), Elijah McCadden (Georgia Southern), Jarron McAllister (Virginia Tech), Blake Preston (Liberty), and Will Dillard (Georgia Southern)
Going into the third level, players ranked 21-30, we have Jayden Gardener (ECU) Trey Murphy (Rice) and Kevin Obanor (Oral Roberts). There are still many players in the 22-50 ranking range that have raised their recruitment status. Today, we want to dive into some of the top unsigned seniors.
6’5 Stephen Edoka (Concord First Assembly)
We have been a fan of Stephen Edoka for quite some time. He sports a college-ready frame for an athletic wing who plays with a high motor. Edoka has an impressive wingspan (6’8), not to mention tremendous strength. Simply put, he is the ultimate stat stuffer. He is averaging 18.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.3 SPG, and 1.4 APG. More importantly, he is a strong, active and aggressive defender. Currently, he has an offer from Winthrop. That being said, he is definitely one for low to mid-majors to carefully monitor over the next
several months. Someone, just someone will come away happy.
6’9 Milos Stajcic (Freedom Christian)
Milos Stajcic is definitely a player many college coaches have not heard about. This is his first season in the United States and has still gone under the recruiting radar to some degree. He does sports offers from Arkansas State, Campbell and Murray State. First of all, we’re talking about a stretch four that is very skilled, is fundamentally sound and has a great feel for the game. Like many Serbian players, he has good mobility and can step out and consistently hit the 3-point shot. He has excellent hands, good court vision and has advanced passing skills.
6’6 Qon Murphy (Cannon)
Qon Murphy has encountered an up and down recruitment over his high school career, however, his play this season is exactly what we expected. Murphy has always had the physical tools. He has excellent length and advanced ball handling and passing skills for his size. What we have seen is a Qon Murphy that has played with a sense of urgency. For the season, he is averaging 23 PPG, 7 RPG, and 5 APG. He has a well-rounded game. Murphy currently owns offers from Houston Baptist, Alcorn State, Charlotte, Hampton,
Southern Utah and IUPUI. In addition, he was terrific at the Chick-Fil-A and John Wall playing
against strong and talented competition.
6’6 Isaac Suffren (Providence Day)
Isaac Suffren used the Chick-Fil-A as his own personal playground and was named to the All-Tournament team. Suffren has been putting up big time numbers and is one fierce competitor. He currently sports offers from Drexel (From his Chick-Fil-A performance), Charleston Southern, and Presbyterian. The “do it” all guard reminds us of Furman’s All-Conference Devin Sibley. Isaac has long arms and excellent strength. He can score from all three levels, but more importantly, he is accustomed to making winning plays.
Suffren plays with passion and conviction and is going to be a nice late-season addition
to some lucky collegiate team.
6’8 KC Hankton (United Faith)
KC Hankton is a skilled hybrid forward that can really play. The southpaw has a unique skill set for his size/position. He has a soft velvet touch and excellent body control around the rim. While he does need to add additional strength, it’s not often to find a player like Hankton that is still available with his skill set, fundaments and overall basketball IQ. He sports over 10 offers. (UTRGV, Eastern Kentucky, Hofstra, Utah State, Kent State, Winthrop, Charlotte, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo, Hartford, Campbell, and Eastern Washington)
6’5 Jamarius Burton (Independence HS)
Jamarius Burton has a strong, lengthy frame the wing guard position. He is so explosive in the open court and his play has elevated Independence High School into one of the top teams in the NCHSAA 4A and has become one of the hottest unsigned seniors in the state. Burton can play and guard multiple positions and is an absolute “pit bulldog” on the defensive side of the ball. For the season, he is averaging 14.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 4.4 APG and 2.1 SPG. One thing is for certain, you will never have to teach effort with Burton. He’s a fierce competitor and leaves it all on the court. He carries offers from LaSalle, East Carolina, Kent State and Hampton.