Rankings are fluid by nature. There are many changes along with the way and adjustments are made based upon improvements by players and at times when we just miss out on a prospect. As players get older and we have more quality viewings of a player, rankings have a tendency to level out. We won’t get them all right all the time, but our track record over the years have been pretty darn good. In today’s segment, we want to take a closer look at some of the biggest stock boosters in our current June 2019 NC 2020 rankings. https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/rankings/2020-north-carolina-rankings/
In part 1, we wrote about Nick Farrar, Jajuan Carr, Josh Banks, Ahmil Flowers, and Jonas Aidoo. Be sure to check out the link https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/coach-ricks-nc-2020-biggest-stock-movers/
6’6 2020 Justin Thomas (Village Christian)
There are times when you just miss out on a player. This is the case-in-point with 6’6 Justin Thomas of Village Christian and Garner Road travel ball team. Looking back at our January 2020 rankings, he was nowhere to be found. (That’s on us and not on the player) That being said, I did get a chance to watch him a few times with this high school team at the Phenom Porter Gaud Tournament in Charleston, SC last December, I commented, “We really liked the play of Justin Thomas today. Not often mentioned with the 1-2 scoring punch of Zavian McLean and Travion McCray, Thomas was an effective scorer. He finished with 18 points against a very talented Legacy Charter team and if he can bring that same mentality to the balance of the season, it will add another dimension to Village Christian. More importantly, he has excellent length and athleticism and played much taller than his listed height.” Fast forward to June and Thomas has jumped to no. 18 in our latest rankings, which still might be a tad too low. That being said, Thomas has enjoyed an outstanding spring with Garner Road and has seen his stock rise on a national level. Stock continues to rise!
6’0 2020 Trayden Williams (North Mecklenburg)
6’0 PG Trayden Williams of North Mecklenburg HS and Team Charlotte is another player we missed out on earlier. Looking back, Williams was also nowhere to be found in our 2020 rankings, but his strong high school season and play this spring has really caught our attention. We’re talking about an athletic and ultra quick point guard that has one of the best midrange jumpers off the dribble/bounce. At the recent JMAC Showcase, our scout Tommy Michaels stated, “Williams is an extremely explosive guard who can elevate in a hurry and has no problem finishing over defenders, as he did on a two-handed posterizing alley-oop dunk. He is far more than just an athlete although. Williams is a pure scorer and can do it all from all over the floor; three pointers, elbow pull-ups, and around the rim.” Williams currently has offers from Cleveland State, Robert Morris, and UNC-Asheville, but look for his stock to take off this July. He is currently ranked no. 42 in our latest June ranking and look for him to continue his climb.
6’8 2020 Alex Holt (Lexington High School)
What a story! In speaking with Team Phoenix head coach Ricky Brown, Alex Holt had tried out for two other local/regional travel ball teams only to be cut. Talk about a gift landing in one’s lap. Holt is a wide bodied power forward/post player that has an excellent feel for the game. He has tremendous footwork and passer friendly hands and usually sports a double double in each and every game. Holt has the unique ability to carve out space and establish deep low post position where he is able to finish with high efficiency. In addition, Holt has good overall basketball fundaments and is excellent in boxing out on the defensive end of the court. Holt currently has offers from Presbyterian and Morehead State. Holt’s play this spring has enabled him to land at our no. 33 spot in our latest June 2020 rankings. Big men develop later and this has been the case with Holt. Look for Holt to continue his improvement on the court which will translate into more offers this July.
6’2 2020 Trevon Williams (Olympic High School)
Go ahead and put 6’2 2020 Trevon Williams in your SIM card. Standing a lengthy 6’2, Williams is super athletic and has tremendous leaping ability. Playing for DTA, Williams has elevated his play and has been one of the more exciting players in the state. Phenom’s Jeff Bendel put it best when he stated, “Williams is a leader in basically every facet of the game, from communication to setting up others to causing havoc on defense, and does a phenomenal job of setting the tone with this group.” Williams checks in at no. 54 on our current June rankings. Williams will team up with Josh Banks of Olympic and will form one of the top scoring duos in the NCHSAA next season. College coaches should check out the explosive two-way guard for DTA this July. There’s a lot to like and look for his recruitment to get into high gear. He’s the real deal!
6’3 2020 Kalib Matthews (Henderson Collegiate)
Playing for the Royal Knights this spring, Kalib Matthews cemented his name as a scholarship ready prospect. We’re talking about an ultra smooth wing that plays with great pace and poise. He has excellent length and a really good understanding of the game. More importantly, he’s the type of player that just gets the job done on both ends of the court. In our Carolina High School Showcase, we stated, “Matthews showed a lot of promise in the shooting department, knocking down 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers with great efficiency. He can effectively play multiple positions 2-4 on offense. He has the size to score over guards and the quickness to cause a matchup problems for forwards.” Matthews went from unranked to no. 63 and we expect he will continue to rise. More importantly, Matthews has displayed a high level of consistency in each and every setting.