The North Carolina 2020 class is rich in talent and once again has a tremendous amount of depth. In today’s issue we will take a look at my FAB FIVE. Here is our rankings for the 2020 class https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/rankings/2020-north-carolina-rankings/
6’10 2020 Day’Ron Sharpe (South Central HS)
The UNC commit solidified his spot by averaging a double double at the NBA Top 100 camp. Sharpe averaged 15 PPG and 10.3 RPG. In our opinion, Sharpe is the best true center in the country and what’s not to like about a “big” that understands his role and position on the court. First of all, Sharpe is excellent at establishing low post position. He has terrific footwork and unbelievable “passer friendly” hands. He’s extremely patience on offense and is a willing passer out of the post area. That being said, once he established position in the paint, he is nearly impossible to stop. More importantly, Sharpe has great basketball instincts especially when it comes to rebounding. He simply gets his hands on the majority of rebounds in the paint.
6’10 Isaiah Todd (Trinity Academy Raleigh)
Simply stated, Isaiah Todd is truly one of the most gifted players in the country. We’re talking about an athletic, mobile, fluid and easy going 6’10 wing. Todd has advanced ball handling and passing skills for a player his size. He has the ability to step beyond the 3-point line and casually knock down 3-pointers, hit the midrange and can take it in for a poster dunk. For Todd, the game comes easy, too easy at times and his fluidness and overall smoothness is not often seen for someone his size. In addition, Todd has the ability to run the offense from his “point forward” position.
6’9 2020 Josh Hall (Moravian Prep)
No one has seen more of rise in the national rankings than Josh Hall and rightfully so. We’re talking about an ultra smooth wing that has outstanding range and now has become one of the more coveted players in the country. For Josh Hall, the ascension to the top has been a combination of hard work accompanied by his length, athleticism and matching skillset. Hall has excellent ball handling skills, but it is ability to knock down long range 3-pointers with consistency to make him such an attractive prospect.
6’3 2020 Carson McCorkle (Greensboro Day)
Although Carson McCorkle has verbally committed to the University of Virginia. He is virtually still flying under the national recruiting radar. We’re talking about a tough, hard nosed, fundamentally sound player that is bouncy and athletic. To put it simply, Carson McCorkle is a winner. He was instrumental in leading Greensboro Day to the NCISAA 4A state championship, not to mention has outstanding numbers on one of the top travel ball teams in the country with Garner Road. McCorkle has not gotten the proper credit on a national level and his omission from the recent NBA Top 100 was a complete shame.
6’2 2020 Tristan Maxwell (North Mecklenburg)
Tristan Maxwell is wired to score, it’s in his DNA. Maxwell has enjoyed an outstanding spring travel ball season with Team Charlotte and is the third leading scorer on the Under Armor circuit, not to mention he was one of the top scorers at the NBA Top 100 camp. There are few players in the state that can literally take over a game with his shooting ability. Maxwell has a super quick release and is a confident and effective 3-point shooter. He has greatly improved his ball handling skills and can become a secondary point guard at the highest level. That being said, Maxwell is far more effective coming off screens and knocking down long range 3-pointers.
Tough as Nails Award/Best Defender: 6’0 2020 Shakeel Moore (Piedmont Classical)
Shakeel Moore is a tough as nails competitor. He has a college ready frame, has excellent strength and unbelievable leaping ability. While Moore is known for his ability to play above the rim for his size, he has proven to be one of the state’s best defenders especially on and off the ball. At the NBA Top 100 camp, Moore led the camp in steals.
Stock on the Rise: 6’11 2020 Jaylon Gibson (Grace Christian)
Simply put, 6’11 Jaylon Gibson is oozing with upside and potential. He’s an athletic and agile hybrid forward. Gibson has the ability to score from all three levels including being an effective 3-point shooter. Already sporting excellent ball handling skills, Gibson has terrific court vision and is such an unselfish player.