In each year of its existence the Top 80 has been a platform that spring boarded success and recruitment of numerous players. The likes of Desmond Bane (TCU), Jethro Tshisumpa (Arizona State), Rayjon Tucker (FGCU), Chris Clemons (Campbell), Ja Morant (Murray State) and many others had no recruitment when they stepped foot in the Top 80 and each have gone on to have great careers and be named recruits with numerous offers.
This year’s North Carolina Top 80 was no different. There were numerous players who will now receive offers at a level they were no previously viewed. When you get a group of prospects who are considered the best in their state and put them on a platform that the national media and college coaches watch like a hawk this is what happens.
Who Took the High Major Jump
**Others took a similar leap, or area already being recruited at the high major level.
6’8” 2020 DayRon Sharpe
South Central (Winterville)
There are others currently ranked higher than Sharpe in North Carolina’s 2020 class however none of them have as big an upside as Sharpe. Standing at 6’8” he doesn’t even have hair on his legs yet so he may still be growing.
Sharpe has a sense of toughness on the block as he is a strong 2-handed rebounder and challenges all shots at the rim, where he has a short memory. Sharpe has nice touch on the block and he even made a shots over his left shoulder.
The sky is the limit for Sharpe who is also among the top students academically in his class. Sharpe is from the same area as 2017 UConn signee Josh Carlton, and by all accounts is further advanced at the same stage.
6’8” 2018 Aaron Cash
Word of God (Raleigh)
Cash has great length on his 6’8” frame. He is very active and very athletic. In fact, what stood out most about Cash in this event was his non stop motor. He would chase every rebound and attempted to dunk on any and everyone who stood in his way. It was very aggressive and certainly his style was very entertaining to everyone.
Cash has ball skills, with the ability to put it on the floor for a couple of dribbles and he is able to get downhill quickly. Cash carries numerous offers already, but his game should steady out into that high major realm, it may be a little unconventional but he brings a lot to the table.
6’9” 2018 Blake Preston
Charlotte Christian (Charlotte)
Entering his sophomore year at Charlotte Christian Preston was a 6’5” player people weren’t sure if he had a future in basketball. Entering his junior year, Preston filled out, grew to 6’8” and was hamming home put backs.
Now ending his junior season and entering his most important travel ball season, Preston stand a very coordinated 6’9” and is playing great basketball. During the North Carolina Top 80, against the best prospects the state has to offer, Preston showed off a complete skill set.
He runs the floor better than any big in the state, routinely beating his man down the floor for easy baskets. He has very passer friendly hands that seem to gobble up everything around him. Preston has good foot work and shows touch over his left shoulder. He also stepped out to knock down multiple 3s off the catch.
He currently carries offers from Charlotte, Wofford, Bucknell and others. His game is rounding out quickly and with more growth to be had watch of his recruitment to take a major jump.
Tag(s): North Carolina Top 80