The second annual North Carolina Top 80 was held at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. This event features the top 80 players in the state in the 2018, 2017, and 2016 class. It’s a tremendous platform for players to enhance their resume on a regional and national level. Let’s take a look at the players from each team.

Today, we will take a look at team 2 coached by Freddie Johnson of Greensboro Day School and Howard West of Forsyth Country Day.

6’2 ’18 Tre Turner of Northwest Guilford High School (Greensboro)

Tre demonstrated an outstanding attitude and showcased his upside and potential for all in attendance. The younger brother of Charlotte Hornets PJ Hairston, Turner has quietly gone about his business and has already put his name on the D1 prospect list. Turner has a nice blend of athleticism, skill set and more importantly the correct mindset. He has a big upside and if he continues working on his game, the sky’s the limit.

5’8 ’17 Madison Cone of East Forsyth High School (Kernersville)

Madison may be undersized, but one thing is for certain. This young man brings it every game and plays much bigger than his listed height. Madison is very explosive young player and plays with a high motor. In addition, Madison received one of the highest player evaluations from his camp coaches that are based upon attitude, team play, ball handling, passing and defense. Madison came into the event with something to prove and he left a lasting impression on all those attended.

6’0 ’16 Brandon Childress of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point)

For the second straight year, Brandon Childress was voted the NC Top 80 Playmaker Award by the camp coaches. Known for his prolific shooting ability and silky smooth jumper, Brandon has transitioned into a top-flight point guard for his class. We were impressed with his overall court vision and timely pass. He made his teammates better and that is one of the top responsibilities from your floor general.

6’5 ’16 Ben Robertson of High Point Christian (High Point)

Ben is your typical blue-collar workhorse. He does so many things well and will do what is told and expected. He brings a great attitude that is matched by a tremendous attitude and a second to none work ethic. The lefty has a quick first step and has tremendous bounce off the dribble. He can score from all levels on the court but give him room and he will provide a nice “in your face” highlight dunk. While he has many strong attributes, we strongly feel it is his ability to play within a team structure.

6’0 ’17 Jordan Whitfield of Word of God (Raleigh)

Jordan is really creative off the dribble. He has the ability to create his own shot from all levels on the court. Jordan plays with confidence and poise and rarely shows much emotion. We particularly like his ability to shoot the lost art of the midrange jumper. The next step in his development is to be more effective off the ball. That being said, Jordan plays to his strengths and provides a steady and efficient play every time he steps onto the court.

6’7 ’16 Grant Williams of Providence Day (Charlotte)

Grant is a highly skilled face up power forward. He has strength and power to over power opponents with back to the basket moves, but has the ability to step out and knock down the perimeter jumper, especially from the 3-point line. Grant has excellent footwork in the post and passer friendly hands. In addition, Grant is a skilled passer out of the post and his court vision for his size/position is as good as it gets.

6’4 ’17 Kaleb Hunter of North Raleigh Christian (Raleigh)

Kaleb has exceptional athleticism, but one of his strongest attributes is his ability to listen and be coached. He plays well within the team structure and doesn’t have to the ball in his hands to be effective. Kaleb demonstrated excellent shot selection and is underrated as a passer. The combination of athleticism, skill set and his team first approach separates him from many of his peers.

6’4 ’18 Elijah McCadden of Rocky Mount Academy (Rocky Mount)

Elijah is already touted as one of the better freshman in the state. He already sports a college ready frame of length and tremendous athleticism. What separates Elijah is his ability to handle and pass the ball for his size and grade, plus he plays the PG position. He has a silky smooth game and a soft shooting touch, but upside and potential are written all over this young prospect. Be sure to put Elijah McCadden in your SIM CARD.

6’5 ’17 Rashad Dixon of Southern Durham (Durham)

Rashad has excellent athleticism, tremendous length, and unbelievable leaping ability. He is best attacking the rim and uses his athleticism well. He finishes well above the rim. That being said, the next step in his development is to refine his overall skill set which would elevate his status to another level. Once his skill set matches his raw athletic ability, the sky’s the limit.

6’8 ’17 Morgan McKay of the Christ School (Arden)

Morgan has the ability to step out and knock down the 3-point shot, which would translate well at the next level. He would be an idea face up 4 and may be more effective facing the basket rather with his back to the rim. More importantly, he has good court sense and is an advanced passer for his position. Morgan is very unselfish and carries a team first approach to the game, which will pay huge dividends down the road.

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