AAU season has ended and now we are in a slow period gearing up for high school. This article is taking a look from the national perspective, North Carolina guys who aren’t ranked within the nation’s Top 150 prospects and should be.
North Carolina Guys
5’11” Shakeel Moore
Moravian Prep (Hickory)
Moore is a ridiculously explosive lead guard who has the strength and the ability to get his shot at any time, against anyone. However, Moore’s most notable trait is the fact he is one of the best on the ball defenders in the country. Moore’s recruitment sure does match that of a Top 100 type prospect with 25+ offers spanning over the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big East and others. A recent transfer to Moravian Prep to play with Top 25 prospect Josh Hall may put some national spotlight on him, but rest assured, Moore is a bully on the floor and will bring you out of your seats throughout the course of a game.
6’5” Josh Banks
Olympic HS (Charlotte)
Banks is one of the top 2-way guys in this region, with the ability to defend multiple positions with great length, motor, and quick twitch. Offensively he is able to create his shot and score efficiently from each level. He has the look of the type of wing Texas Tech has done well within recent years, also Michigan has had a few like him in the Beilein era. Regardless, its interesting Banks hasn’t all the way blow up yet with the Top 150 ranking and the 15+ high major offers, but Providence, VCU and Virginia Tech have gone in on him, more should come.
6’5” Ricky Council IV
Southern Durham (Durham)
Council is uber-athletic, this is obvious and you see that from the opening tip. Council is a premier scorer, who is able to create his shot off the bounce or get open off the ball. His brother signed with Providence out of prep school is now at UMBC, and Council IV is ready to follow in the high major footsteps. Without a doubt, Council IV has a high major body and high major athleticism. His ability to make shots puts him in this range. It will be interesting to see who jumps in first at the Power 5 level.
6’11” Jaylon Gibson (Wake Forest)
GRACE Christian (Cary)
The story of Jaylon Gibson is a unique one, he is a late bloomer in that he has grown 6 inches over the last year and a half. Still growing into his body and frame at this point, Gibson is incredibly fluid in the way he moves. He is long and athletic, so he protects the rim and rebounds well, but where his uniqueness comes is in his ability to run the floor. He finishes above the rim and he can handle, pass and shoot it. The upside here is immense, was a good snag by Wake Forest who saw him early and stayed on him hard.
6’6” Nick Farrar (NC State)
Apex Friendship (Apex)
Farrar’s key to success is his tenacity. He won’t win the look test, at least not now but keep in mind he is only 16 years old, however, once that first ball is tipped, his play test will be off the charts. He is skilled, and a matchup nightmare. He rebounds, he can grab and go and he can shoot off the catch. Strong and tenacious, at only 16 years old there is so much to like here. Long term, he will be an issue at NC State, not to mention he will be a very popular kid on campus and in the locker room.