Phenom Hoops previews each team participating in the NC Top 80. We check out Team 4 here.

Team 4

The Name

6’2” Junior Dennis Smith (Trinity Christian) – By now, most people have heard Dennis Smith’s name. The stories of his abilities are well traveled. Smith has a tight handle, a strong frame, a quick first step, and a consistent shot from behind the arc. When Smith is locked in, there are not a point guard in the country that can play with him.

The Dog

5’11” Sophomore Rayshawn Neal (Garinger) – The lefty, Top 80 alum, is a dog. The kid is quick as a hiccup and always looking to learn. As a freshman he averaged around 16 points, and this season he upped that total to just shy of 20. Neal has a jet quick first step, and a good hesitation dribble to get into the lane. Neal loves to compete and will not back down from anyone.

The Player to Watch

6’7” Junior Parker Julian (Charlotte Latin) – Julian is skilled, a high IQ stretch four man who you can do some interesting play sets with. Julian has touch beyond the arc, and passes the ball very well from the high post. Look for the highly academic Julian to pick up a lot of interest over the summer.

The Breakout

6’8” Freshman Jude Akubeze (Prominece Academy) – Akubeze has a world of upside. Already, at his age, he possesses good coordination and footwork. He has great hands, and looks to dunk everything within 8”. This is a new name that not many people have seen yet, but look for his names to quickly start making the rounds.

The Knockdown

6’2 Junior Rob Whitfield (Wake Christian School) – Whitfield is an alum of the Top 80, where he established himself last year. He has developed who he wants to be as a player a little more, as he carved out a nice niche as a scoring point guard this year. Whitfield has a quick release and confidence well beyond the arc.

The Human Highlight

6’7” Junior Osinachi Smart (New Garden Friends) – There is no denying this kid makes the all airport team. The high motor Smart has a powerful build and long arms. Smart is a post player that knows he is a post player. He rebounds out of his area well, and tries to tear the rim off any time he has the ball close to it.

The Young Buck

6’2” Freshman Will Dillard (Greensboro Day) – Dillard is already a well known name, as he is a top 50 player in most national services. Rightfully so, Dillard was the leading scorer in this year’s state championship game (a game that displayed over 10 D1 prospects). Dillard is a high level athlete, but the lefty is also a high level passer.

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