6’2 2020 Jaheim McCathern: Newton-Conover High School (NC)
McCathern was arguably the most steady two way performer for this Newton Conover team, his ability to rebound and play as a bruiser at his size is nothing to look over, playing much bigger than his listed 6’2 height. He showed the potential to be a smooth outside shooter while showing the ability to face up and create his own shot off the bounce.
6’0 2020 Monte McIlwain: West Meck High School (NC)
McIlwain was really effective, particularly in the 2nd half against Newton-Conover with his ability to make plays in the open floor and finish at the cup. He shows the ability to knock down the mid-range J, play great on ball defense, and provide needed leadership to this West Meck group. Expect him to lead the way in what could be a really nice season for this squad.
6’1 2022 Quan Peterson: South Pointe High School (SC)
Peterson is one of the best pure point guards on display the entire weekend with his ability to create for others and find a way to make impossible passes seem regular. His uncanny way of finding cutters and shooters on the drive and kick make him a really intriguing point guard to track in the SC 2022 class, but he can score the ball as well showcasing a smooth layup package at the cup while showing flashes of being a reliable perimeter shooter. As his skillset continues to develop, expect him to become a division one level prospect.
6’4 2022 Julius Harrison: Southwest Guilford High School (NC)
Harrison is one of the better 2022 prospects I’ve seen this weekend with his ability to create offense, use his length on the defensive end, and play with a high energy level at all times. He’s still raw in some areas, but has the physical and athletic tools to develop into a major problem at the wing spot down the road. He possesses the kind of frame needed to have an impact at the high school level while still showing the potential to develop his body and game to an entirely different level. Despite losing a lot of talent from last year’s team SW Guilford is in good hands for the next few years with Harrison at the helm.
5’9 2020 Elijah Edwards: Greater Beckley Christian (WV)
Edwards is a tough shot taker and maker, he had some crazy moments in their game against Independence, going toe to toe with one of the better teams in Charlotte. He showed an ability to create offense for himself and others, while consistently hitting shots at times when his team needed it most. He does a nice job operating in ball screen situations, and has shown the ability to hit shots with defenders draped all over him. Despite being undersized, Edwards has a big heart, and looks to be a bonafide next level kid.
5’11 2021 Jalen Hinton: Independence High School (NC)
With Anthony Allen having an off game shooting the ball (relatively speaking) Hinton provided a much needed offensive performance with his ability to get out in transition and getting easy buckets. He’s a passionate on ball defender, making life difficult for opposing guards and ensuring that nothing is given easy on that end of the court. Expect Hinton to see his role broaden next year with Independence and a glue guy that can get going on offense at any given moment.
6’2 2023 Darius Abraham: Westminster Catawba (SC)
Abraham is a really great 3 and D kind of kid at this point with the potential to become something even greater down the road. His jumper is pure and he defends the point of attack with purpose, showing flashes of what being a next level wing guard is all about. As he continues to refine his skillset and become more assertive, expect Abraham to become a really productive high school player early on in his career at Westminster Catwaba.