As the travel season continues to pick up, so does the overall recruitment process. Players have begun to accumulate offers and under-the-radar guys are becoming more identifiable for college coaches. This article will take a closer look at some of the prospects that are currently blowing up…
6’7 Nick Farrar (Apex Friendship/Team Loaded RDU)
It’s easy to see, but no player within the Hoopstate has gone from unknown to widely-known quite like Farrar. He’s big, strong, smart, and possesses a fantastic array of inside-out skills, which essentially makes him a matchup problem for most types of opponents. Farrar is mobile and skilled enough to take almost anyone off the bounce and to the rim for strong finishes. However, he’s also able to post-up and score in a variety of different ways, even against bigger interior opponents. Farrar creates space effectively and shoots the ball quite well from the perimeter, especially for his size. His body has continually improved over the last calendar year and looks likely to continue trending in a positive direction, which could easily vault him into high major territory.
6’5 Ahmil Flowers (Grimsley/Greensboro Warriors)
Like the previous prospect, Flowers has seen a tremendous rise over the last few months and now looks poised to accumulate at least five or ten offers before the end of summer. He possesses excellent versatility and a sharp two-way feel for the game, which allows him to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Flowers attacks the rim with regularity, where he displays quality vision, craftiness, and actively looks to find open teammates. His perimeter jumper is quite efficient and has improved noticeably since the high school season. Flowers has a great frame and well-rounded athleticism, which he utilizes extremely well on defense to contain multiple positions and even some big men when necessary. He’s a phenomenal leader by example and has all the tools to lead a team in all statistical categories. It all began at our Phenom Challenge with Western Carolina and then Elon offers, but expect Flowers to accrue many more over the coming months.
6’7 Nicholas McMullen (Smith/Team Felton)
There’s so much to like about the Team Felton big man, who has already picked up a handful of offers during the early travel season. McMullen plays with an incredible motor and does a tremendous job of rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. The lefty is a quality athlete with a great second and third burst, which allows him to leap multiple times while others are still on their first jump. McMullen brings a consistent steak of aggression and tenaciousness, especially on defense, and moves quite well for his amount of size and strength. He’s also continually worked on his jumper and ability to stretch the floor, as it would complement his pick-and-roll game nicely. McMullen should only continue to garner offers and interest, especially given his terrific role with Team Felton.
6’9 Dean Reiber (Northwest Guilford/Team Loaded)
It’s tough to say, but one could argue that Reiber has the best blend between skill and athleticism of any post prospect in the entire state. He’s an incredibly gifted offensive player with his ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Reiber loves to operate from the block, where he’s a proven finisher with either hand and crafty enough to create space for himself. He’s excellent at operating the two-man game and is capable of rolling or popping extremely well, as both yield very consistent results. Reiber is a quality two-way rebounder that positions himself properly around the basket and collects an abundance of second-chance opportunities. He’s athletic enough to play above the rim whenever he wants and moves pretty well laterally for his size. Like the others, it’s difficult to envision a scenario where Reiber doesn’t pick up at least another five to ten offers during these next few months.
6’3 Ford Cooper (United Faith/Team Charlotte)
Almost all of North Carolina’s top point guards in this class are interchangeable, simply based on preference, and Cooper certainly deserves to be within that group. He’s a big, sturdy point guard with IQ, vision, and phenomenal shooting range, which allow him to thrive at either guard position. Cooper can change his plan of attack on a possession-to-possession basis and is able to take what the defense gives him or dictate the action by manipulating the opposition. He moves pretty well without the ball and has the ability to alter a game with his three-point shooting. Cooper positions himself well on defense and welcomes physical play on that end of the floor. He and Trayden Williams have been spectacular all season long and both should be monitored closely by all types of Division I coaches.