Phenom Hoops previews each team participating in the NC Top 80. We check out Team 6 here.

Team 6

The Name

6’4” Sophomore JJ Smith (EE Smith HS) – JJ has accomplished a lot in his young career. As a Freshman he played on the EYBL circuit for the Southern Stampede (has since left for Team Wall). He is ranked among the Top 50 Sophomores in the country. He has also finished with multiple triple-double games on the Varsity level. Smith is that good, he has great explosion, handle in the half court, and uncanny court vision.

The Dog

5’11” Junior Michal Seals (High Point Christian) – Seals is a quick downhill type point guard that seems to always be attacking on both ends of the floor. Seals possesses a sneaky strong upper body to go along with quick hands and feet. If you draw him in a match-up he will be in you for 4 quarters.

The Player to Watch

6’3” Sophomore Sage Surratt (East Lincoln) – Not only is Surratt a standout shooting guard, he also carries multiple BCS level offers as a wide receiver. This year, for his high school team, the Top 80 alum led them to a 24-1 record and the State Title game. Surratt averaged 21 points and 7 boards per game. Surratt is a deft scorer in the mid range and beyond the arc.

The Breakout

6’4” Freshman Nate Hinton (Gaston Day) – Hinton is all motor all the time type player. He has a great frame, and gets downhill in an attacking manner. On varsity this season, he averaged 12 points, 3 assists, 5 boards, and 2 steals per game. Hinton has been visited by the likes of Virginia and Davidson in his early career.

The Knockdown

6’4” Junior Trejon Jacob (Millbrook) – There is something very smooth about this lefty. He has a high, very high, arcing shot mixed with his soft touch. Jacob is more than just a shooter though as he has good court awareness and some ability to attack them rim and keep a defense honest. Jacob is able to play multiple roles, and fit into a lot of different type of systems.

The Human Highlight

5’11 Sophomore Jalen Spicer (Northwest Guilford) – On these lists the Human Highlight label has gone to mostly high wire acts. This isn’t Spicer, Spicer is the one that keeps the high wire acts happy. Spicer has a tight handle and great vision with eyes in the back of his head. Spicer always has a huge smile on his face and is just a natural in front of the camera.

The Young Buck

6’ Freshman Malik Johnson (Terry Sanford) – Johnson didn’t make his varsity debut until January, but he quickly made name known. Johnson has explosion, both at the rim and with his first step. He can shoot the ball, and has a great feel of how to accomplish what he wants on the court. Johnson has a great feel for the court and the game, and has an uncanny sense of pace. One of the top 2018s in NC, I love the upside here.

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