It feels like every year we look back at the North Carolina landscape for unsigned seniors and must scratch our head in confusion. The Class of 2018, like many recent classes, is full of prospects that have been overlooked as Division I-worthy. However, there are still two full months left to show college coaches why these players deserve another look.
Stephen Edoka (Concord First Assembly)
Over the last few years, Concord First Assembly has continued to stay relevant while developing an interesting variety of prospects, especially Stephen Edoka. The 6-foot-5 wing plays with great power, able to frequently get downhill and will finish through all contact at the rim. Defensively, Edoka has incredible upside, given his frame and wingspan, and could feasibly defend three positions at a high level sooner than later. His shooting consistency has gradually improved over time, but he must begin punishing opponents from three-point range in order to reach his ceiling as a two-way player. That being said, Edoka has all the makings of a Division I prospect and should have no problem securing a spot at the next level. He just recently picked up his second offer, from Mount St. Mary’s, to pair with one from Winthrop.
MJ Armstrong (Gaston Day School)
There have been very few players who have enjoyed consistent success like MJ Armstrong, yet he still flies under the radar for most Division I programs. Armstrong remains one of the best shooters in the state but possesses a frame that most ‘shooters’ rarely have. Standing at 6-foot-3 and built like a linebacker, Armstrong has no difficulty scoring from inside the arc while hovering around an efficient 40% clip from distance. He’s able to guard two or three positions comfortably and carries his weight in the rebounding department. Armstrong should definitely find a home in college who can utilize his well-rounded game.
Jordan Love (Voyager Academy)
Some players can do everything right and still get overlooked throughout the recruiting process, which has seemed to be the case with Jordan Love. The 6-foot-5 wing possesses a wiry frame, but knows how to put the ball in the basket better than most prospects in North Carolina. Love has been the unquestioned leader at Voyager for a few seasons and, despite finishing as their leading scorer (again), it feels as though he’s been forgotten through this process. Now with NC Red Storm, coaches need to see Love go to work on offense, where he has grown into a natural savant with the ball. He has held a Coppin State offer for quite awhile, but it’ll be interesting to see what other programs enter the mix over these next few months.